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Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Monday, May 5, 2014
LONDON---The Premier League
title race is realistically down to
Manchester City and Liverpool
now, after Chelsea s latest stum-
ble at Stamford Bridge.
Jose Mourinho s team was held
to a 0-0 draw by Norwich yes-
terday, meaning City and Liver-
pool would have to lose both of
their final games to give Chelsea
any hope of capturing the trophy.
Chelsea is a point behind City
and Liverpool in third but has
only one game remaining with an
inferior goal difference. Chelsea
did, however, secure the third
automatic Champions League
qualification spot, with fourth
place going to Arsenal, which beat
West Bromwich Albion 1-0
through Olivier Giroud s goal yes-
The drab Stamford Bridge draw
also did little to ease Norwich s
relegation fears. Norwich needs
to beat Arsenal next weekend,
while hoping Sunderland loses its
two remaining games, in order to
avoid the drop.
The only drama on the final
day of the season could be for the
trophy. Before then, Liverpool is
at Crystal Palace today, and City
hosts Aston Villa.
Arsenal, having spent the most
weeks at the top---17---before the
injury-hit squad collapsed, seemed
relieved just to qualify for the
Champions League for a 17th con-
By finishing fourth, Arsenal has
to go through an August playoff
to reach the group stage. Even
though he is yet to sign a new
contract, Arsene Wenger, who has
been Arsenal manager since 1996,
insists he will still be in charge of
the team going into next season.
"I told you many times that my
word is my word," the Frenchman
said. "I am from a period where
you didn t need a pen to com-
The only goal at the Emirates
Stadium yesterday came in the
14th minute when Giroud scored
his 22nd goal of the season in all
competitions. The France striker
met Santi Cazorla s corner with
a header after holding off West
Brom defender Craig Dawson.
Despite a 14th loss of the season,
West Brom s place in the topflight
was secured by Norwich failing
to win at Chelsea.
A point for Norwich would
usually be classified a success---
especially as it delivered Neil
Adams first point after four
games as interim manager---but
it leaves the team on the brink of
It might have been a different
story had Chelsea captain John
Terry been penalised early on for
fouling Martin Olsson in the area,
but Norwich s penalty appeals
"I thought we had a stonewall
penalty denied," Adams said. "In
terms of player effort it was
The woodwork denied Chelsea
either side of half time, with
Andre Schuerrle hitting the post
and David Luiz striking against
the crossbar. Chelsea had unsuc-
cessful penalty claims of its own
waved away, with Schuerrle first
brought down by Alexander Tettey
before Ryan Bennett making slight
contact with Eden Hazard.
But Chelsea, which lost its last
league home game against Sun-
derland, had the price for its strik-
ers struggles to score once again.
"When the team is in a difficult
situation they are not able to nor-
mally resolve that situation for
us," Mourinho said.
LONDON---Arsenal manager Arsene
Wenger insisted yesterday he ll be back for
another season at the club, ending specu-
lation that he might leave after nearly 18
years at the helm.
Wenger has yet to sign a new contract,
with his current deal expiring after this cam-
paign, and was asked after a 1-0 win over
West Bromwich Albion yesterday whether
he ll be back next season.
"Yes," he replied. "I don t know (when I
will sign a new deal). I told you many times
that my word is my word. I am from a period
where you didn t need a pen to commit."
He suggested that one factor that had been
holding him back was waiting to see if the
club would secure a top-four finish this sea-
son, which it did after Everton lost to Man-
chester City on Saturday.
"It was of course important to be in the
Champions League, that is for sure," he said.
Under Wenger s leadership, Arsenal has
secured Champions League football for 17
consecutive seasons and overseen a lucrative
move from Highbury to Emirates Stadium.
When he joined Arsenal in 1996, the club
flourished on the pitch, winning three league
titles and four FA Cup trophies.
But the 64-year-old Wenger has come
under criticism from some fans in recent
years for a lack of spending in the transfer
market and failing to end Arsenal s trophy
drought. The team can win its first major
title since 2005 in the FA Cup final against
Hull on May 17.
Wenger says he'll
be back at Arsenal
Chelsea stumbles in title race
Chelsea's Willian, left, is challenged by Norwich's Alexander Tettey
during the English Premier League soccer match between the two
teams at Stamford Bridge stadium in London, yesterday. AP PHOTO
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