Alexander Hleb

Arsenal surrender gives ammunition to critics

Following Arsenal's early capitulation to Manchester United last Tuesday, text messages from Tottenham supporters were soon doing the rounds: "For sale, 57,000 red and white flags. Only used for seven minutes." At least Chelsea followers got to wave theirs for 93 minutes the next night.

Hleb set for Barca medical

Arsenal midfielder Alexander Hleb is on the verge of completing a move to Barcelona, the Catalan club have confirmed.

'It was like a thunderstorm went through the team'

Arsène Wenger did not conceal his anger towards referee Pieter Vink last night accusing the Dutch official of having missed a "blatant penalty right under his eyes" after Alexander Hleb was challenged by Dirk Kuyt. The Arsenal manager said: "He [Vink] was five yards away from Kuyt, by coincidence, and didn't give the penalty. I haven't spoken to the referee. It's difficult to understand, frankly."