Football: Ramsey Own Goal Adds to Arsenal Misery

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Steve Griffiths

London. Arsenal’s miserable start to the season hit a
new low as a freak own goal from Aaron Ramsey put Liverpool on course
for a 2-0 win over the 10-man Gunners at the Emirates Stadium on
Saturday.

Ramsey put through his own net in the closing stages
when an attempted clearance from young defender Ignasi Miquel struck the
Wales midfielder in the head and flashed past stunned Gunners
goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny.

That bad break came soon after the
dismissal of teenage midfielder Emmanuel Frimpong for an ugly foul on
Liverpool’s Lucas Leiva.

Luis Suarez added Liverpool’s second goal in stoppage time to give the Reds their first win at Arsenal for 11 years.

It
was a miserable conclusion to a depressing week for Arsenal manager
Arsene Wenger, whose team have taken just one point from their first two
Premier League matches and are yet to score their first goal of the
domestic season.

Wenger saw Cesc Fabregas complete his transfer to
Barcelona on Monday and the Frenchman’s week hardly improved when he
found himself in hot water with UEFA for flouting their rules over
communication with the bench while he served a touchline ban in a
lacklustre Champions League win over Udinese.

Samir Nasri started for the Gunners amid rumors that his mooted transfer to Manchester City has broken down.

But,
after losing defenders Johan Djourou and Kieran Gibbs to injuries in
midweek, the last thing Wenger needed was to see French center-back
Laurent Koscielny forced off with a back problem in the first half.

There
was worse to come for Wenger as Frimpong, 19, was dismissed in the 70th
minute when his foul on Lucas earned a second yellow card from referee
Martin Atkinson.

It was the second dismissal in two league matches for Arsenal after Gervinho’s red card at Newcastle.

Ramsey’s
78th minute own goal broke Arsenal’s resistance and Uruguay forward
Suarez tapped in the second from a Raul Meireles pass.

In the
day’s other early match, Newcastle earned the bragging rights in the
Tyne-Wear derby as Ryan Taylor’s free-kick clinched a 1-0 win over
bitter rivals Sunderland at the Stadium of Light.

Taylor struck
with a curling effort in the second half to give the Magpies their first
Premier League win of the season and leave Sunderland still with only
one home victory over their hated neighbors in the last 30 years.

Alan Pardew’s side took the lead in the 62nd minute when Taylor’s set-piece eluded Sunderland goalkeeper Simon Mignolet.

To cap a bad day for the Black Cats, defender Phil Bardsley was sent off in the last minute for a foul on Fabricio Coloccini.

Agence France-Presse