Sat Sep 18 08:09pm EDT
If you believe in luck, it seemed to be on Arsenal's side early on in its match against Sunderland on Saturday, but it quickly abandoned the team, leaving only pain and frustration. And a goal highlight that will get a lot of play this week.
In just the 13th minute of the match, Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas tallied what at first seemed to be a supremely fortunate goal from distance. Sunderland defender Anton Ferdinand attempted to clear the ball just as Cesc stuck his foot out to block it. And that he did. But, funny enough, Fabregas didn't see himself make contact as he turned his head away just before the ball ricocheted off him and flew back into the home side's goal.
His enjoyment of the moment was short-lived, though. Fabregas was substituted in the 29th minute with a problem that Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger later revealed was a hamstring injury picked up soon after Ferdinand's blast. The extent of the injury is still unknown as of this writing, but it could keep him out for up to a few weeks. That could put him in doubt for Arsenal's visit to Premier League leaders Chelsea on Oct. 3 -- which is especially bad since, as Wenger says, Fabregas has taken his game to "another dimension" of late.
From there, everything turned cruddy for the Gunners. Midfielder Alex Song was sent off after being shown a second yellow card in the 55th minute, Fabregas' substitute, Tomas Rosicky, blasted a penalty kick over the crossbar in the 74th minute and Sunderland's Darren Bent eventually scored the equalizer after five long minutes of added time. Wenger was left furiously pointing to his watch and wondering what just happened.
Clearly, for Arsenal, it was not Hammer time.
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