Thursday, April 03, 2008

Arsenal rues the penalty not called

As you can see from Alexander Hleb's reaction, the Gunners' midfielder was aggrieved that he was denied a spot kick after being pulled to the ground by Liverpool's Dirk Kuyt during the two sides' 1-1 draw in the first leg of their Champions League quarterfinal in London on Wednesday. Emmanuel Adebayor had given Arsenal a 1-nil lead, which Kuyt quickly cancelled out. With the away goal (and Liverpool manager Rafa Benitez's European pedigree), you have to fancy Liverpool emerging from the second leg at Anfield as semifinalists. Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has tailored his side to win the Champions League the last few seasons, and they came close in the Paris final vs. Barcelona. But, you have to wonder whether a season that held so much promise for the Gunners is now evaporating, on both the domestic and continental fronts. We shall see.