Arsenal-Birmingham: St Andrews Witnesses End Of Season For Arsenal Once Again

tom petersonContributor IMarch 27, 2010

BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 27:  Arsene Wenger of Arsenal makes his feelings known from the touchline during the Barclays Premier League match between Birmingham City and Arsenal at St. Andrews Stadium on March 27, 2010 in Birmingham, England.  (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
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Arsenal are well and truly out of the Premier League title race for the 2009/2010 season, after a costly mistake from inconsistent goalkeeper Manuel Almunia in second-half stoppage time cost us two points, and effectively the league title.

Before the game, Arsene Wenger came out saying that this game was his priority at the moment, not Barcelona, after the hype made about the Arsenal v. Barca match.

However Mr. Wenger, this clearly wasn't the case. With a starting line-up missing Andrei Arshavin and Samir Nasri, and with Nasri in the form he's in and Arshavin always a threat (well more of a threat than Theo Walcott), he clearly was thinking of the Barca game.

So now what? No Premier League title and probably no UEFA Champions League title because we've got the hardest draw possible, meaning even if we beat Barca we probably wouldn't even make it to the final.

With Chelsea winning one of their toughest games in their "harder run in" and Manchester United having Bolton Wanderers to beat to go four points ahead of us, Manuel Almunia has now almost officially lost us the league.

A stupid mistake in the 92nd minute after Nasri had wonderfully put us ahead was the reason why this year is once again not Arsenal's year, and that obviously Arsenal's boys haven't grown up yet.