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Arsenal Live Up to "Chokers" Tag as They Squander 4-Goal Lead to Newcastle

NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 05:  Cheik Tiote of Newcastle celebrates scoring the fourth and equalising goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Newcastle United and Arsenal at St James' Park on February 5, 2011 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England.  (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)
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Saura BhattacharjeeAnalyst IFebruary 6, 2011

It was the biggest comeback in the history of Premier League. It was the worst football display from a top English team in recent memory. It was a display of how to squander a winning match.

Amongst all this action was one of England's most so-called historic club.

You guessed it right. The team was none other than Arsene Wenger and his bunch of overrated youngsters, Arsenal. The only team that could possibly be involved in such a situation.

Wenger has time and again stated that his young brigade are now able to handle pressure quite easily. But what the Gunners did on Saturday evening proved that the French manager has got everything wrong.

A brilliant first-half performance saw the Gunners put four goals past a bewildered Newcastle goalie within the first half-hour mark. The Toons were literally at loss to understand Arsenal's free-flowing game and even struggled to keep possession.

It was looking all hunky-dory for the North London side. The Gunners manager was the picture of a relaxed man on the sidelines as he watched his team amass pressure on the league-leaders Manchester United.

But then a red card at the start of the second half to Abou Diaby and the forced substitution of Johan Djourou due to injury exposed the Gunners' defensive frailties. Wenger's reluctance to buy any quality to cover for his squad's weak defense cost him hard as Newcastle delivered an inspiring performance to claw back into the game.

Arsenal's so-called quality signings in the summer looked in tatters as Newcastle rammed their way past Arsenal defense quite easily. Their was no coordination nor any quality.

As the day unfolded, league-leader United's undefeated run came to a halt as the lowly Wolves delivered a shock win over the 18-time Premier League champions. Arsenal would rue of missing out their chance of closing the gap at the top.

But the poor performance again highlighted that Arsenal are chokers when it comes to critical things. Their squandering away a four-goal lead would undo all their efforts during the season to remove that tag from behind their name.

After the loss it was, as usual, the sulking and poor excuses from the Gunners manager, who blamed the referee and the opposing players, but failed to see his team's flaws. The highly-respected manager has been a shadow of his genius self and with his poor comments after every unfavourable result is starting to look as an "Agony Aunt."

But the French tactician, before blaming others for his squad's poor footballing display, should have thanked his lucky stars that Barton did not score the winner in the last minute of the game.

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