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scored two goals in the space
of 59 seconds on its way to a
2-1 win over Aston Villa that
put the visitors back on top of
the Premier League yesterday.
Jack Wilshere s 34th-minute
opener was quickly followed
by a well-taken goal by Olivier
Giroud, which proved to be
enough to lift Arsenal back
above Manchester City and
Chelsea after their victories at
Belgium striker Christian
Benteke scored his first goal
since mid-September to give
Villa hope in the 76th minute
but the home side couldn t find
an equaliser despite late pres-
With its fourth straight
league win, Arsenal restored
its one-point lead over City
after 21 matches.
To cap another disappointing
result at Villa Park for the mid-
table hosts, Villa defender
Nathan Baker was carried off
on a stretcher in the 21st
minute after briefly losing con-
sciousness when he was hit
straight in the face by a shot
from Arsenal winger Serge
Baker required oxygen and a
neck brace after being treated
on the field for seven minutes.
He was later diagnosed with
mild concussion, according to
broadcaster Sky Sports.
The pressure was on Arsenal
after seeing the rest of the top
seven all pick up victories by
two-goal margins over the
weekend. However, save for a
worrying last 15 minutes when
Villa rallied gamely, the Gun-
ners passed the ball much bet-
ter and always looked the likely
Wilshere s goal came when
he ran onto a cut-back from
left back Nacho Monreal, took
a touch and shot low in to the
bottom corner to the left of
goalkeeper Brad Guzan.
Just seventeen seconds after
the restart, the ball hit the back
of the net again. This time
Wilshere was the provider, the
England midfielder collecting
a loose ball and playing a sub-
lime pass through to Giroud,
who brought the ball down well
and fired across Guzan into the
corner. It was the France strik-
er s ninth league goal of the
season on his return to the first
team after a spell out through
injury and illness.
Villa had only scored seven
goals in its previous 10 home
games this season so a come-
back was unlikely, even if
memories were relatively fresh
of a surprise win at Arsenal on
the first day of the season.
However, when Benteke
stooped to head in Matthew
Lowton s fine cross at full
stretch after Arsenal midfielder
Santi Cazorla sloppily gave
possession away, it was all to
play for with 14 minutes left.
Benteke s downward header,
saved comfortably by Wojciech
Szczesny, was the closest Villa
came to earning a point.
MILAN--- Inter Milan was held to a 1-1 draw at
home to Chievo Verona in Serie A as its poor run
Chievo took the lead in the eighth minute when
former AC Milan forward Alberto Paloschi smashed
the ball into the top far corner with a great finish.
Inter leveled four minutes later as Yuto Nagatomo
sidefooted home Ricardo Alvarez s low pass across
the area from close range.
Nagatomo thought he had fired Inter in front just
two minutes later but his effort was harshly ruled
out for offside.
Inter has won just one of its past seven league
matches and was knocked out of the Italian Cup by
Udinese last week.
Earlier, Eder struck twice to help Sampdoria beat
Udinese 3-0 in a match which saw three players sent
ZURICH--- FIFA has given football s rule-making
panel the freedom and budget to test new ideas
before deciding on changes.
Members of the International Football Association
Board, comprising FIFA and the four British fed-
erations, said yesterday they will use their new
independence to be pro-active.
"We will have the opportunity to test and pilot
different programmes," Wales football association
chief executive Jonathan Ford said at a briefing.
"Historically, we have not been very successful in
Ford said sin bins, when a player is forced off
the field for a certain amount of time after com-
mitting a foul, were "absolutely" the kind of major
change that would benefit from detailed study.
UEFA President Michel Platini has suggested
players could be removed from the field for 10-
15 minutes for some offenses instead of receiving
a yellow card.
Platini previously joined calls for IFAB to become
more open and transparent in FIFA s recent mod-
In its new structure, the panel will appoint two
advisory groups in March at its 127th annual meet-
ing to update the laws of the game. Specialists in
football and technical issues will receive and gen-
"It means there will be easier access and a way
to listen to the world of football," FIFA secretary
general Jerome Valcke said.
IFAB s biggest decision in recent years was
approving the use of goal-line technology after
years of opposition by FIFA President Sepp Blatter
fueled a perception that the panel was failing to
represent all interests in world football.
Valcke acknowledged that had been "a fear (the
panel) could be integrated within FIFA."
An IFAB decision last year to modify the offside
law caused confusion and anger in a Premier League
match on Sunday, when Newcastle was denied a
goal against Manchester City, which won 2-0.
In March, IFAB will decide whether to allow
women and girls to wear Islamic headscarves in
matches at the end of a two-year pilot project
which followed a campaign led by FIFA vice pres-
ident Prince Ali bin al-Hussein of Jordan.
Sin bins could be the next major issue for IFAB
to handle, as Blatter also suggested giving referees
the power to stop players from returning to play
immediately if they feigned injury.
Valcke said anyone in world football could make
a law-changing proposal, and IFAB could be asked
in future to extend video technology by helping
referees make decisions on penalty kicks and off-
However, panel members were wary yesterday
of interfering with the flow of play and tinkering
"We have to tamper with the laws of the game
very infrequently to make sure we protect them,"
Scotland FA chief executive Stewart Regan said.
Football rules can be changed when a 6-2 major-
ity vote is reached. FIFA delegates have four votes
and the England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and
Wales FAs have one each.
The March meeting in Zurich will look again at
modifying the so-called "triple punishment" in
which a defender or goalkeeper can receive a red
card and suspension for conceding a penalty. The
current law is widely viewed as too severe, though
IFAB members said yesterday that relaxing the
sanction could encourage players to commit fouls
to deny a goal-scoring opportunity. (AP)
LONDON --- Bobby Collins, the diminutive former
Scotland midfielder who played for Celtic, Leeds
and Everton during a 25-year career in which he
won the English Footballer of the Year award, has
died. He was 82.
Leeds and Everton released statements on their
Web sites yesterday saying Collins died following a
long battle with illness.
The Glasgow-born Collins spent the first nine
years of his career at Celtic before joining Everton
in 1958 for what was then a club-record fee. He
moved to Leeds in 1962 and was instrumental in the
club s rise under manager Don Revie.
In 1965, he was voted the best player in English
Collins Leeds teammate, Eddie Gray, says "in my
opinion Bobby Collins was probably the most influ-
ential player in the history of Leeds United." (AP)
Aston Villa's Antonio Luna, right chefs the ball away from
Arsenal's Oliver Giroud during the English Premier League
football match between Aston Villa and Arsenal at Villa Park
stadium in Birmingham, England, yesterday. Arsenal won the
game 2-1. AP PHOTO
Ex-Leeds, Everton midfielder
Bobby Collins dies
Football rules panel to test ideas for change
Inter Milan held to
1-1 draw by Chievo
Arsenal beats Villa 2-1,
back atop Premier League
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