What the papers say: Inconsistent Arsenal blow it again

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The News of the World - NO LOANS FOR YOUNG GUNS
ARSENE WENGER is turning down DAILY requests for his young reserve stars — so he can keep his Carling Cup side together.

The Sunday Mirror - Arsenal's glum run continues as they lose at home to the Villans
Arsenal, so impressive against Manchester United last weekend, showed their inept side - and another example of why they are destined to go a fourth season without silverware.

The Daily Star Sunday - VILLA SINK GUNNERS
ARSENAL suffered a major setback today as Gabriel Agbonlahor earned victory for Aston Villa at the Emirates Stadium.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger suffered a miserable afternoon as Bacary Sagna limped off during defeat to Aston Villa that could have implications for their Barclays Premier League title bid.

The Mail on Sunday - Gift of the Gab leaves Wenger back on the rocks
We came to praise Arsenal last weekend and to bury them yesterday. As magnificent as Arsene Wenger’s players were against Manchester United last Saturday, so they were limp and lame against Aston Villa.

The Observer - Arsenal lose points, Capello loses players
It was a bad day for Fabio Capello, and a much worse one for Arsenal. England lost key players Wayne Rooney and Rio Ferdinand for their midweek friendly in Germany, and Arsenal lost ground in the title race with a 2-0 home defeat to Aston Villa while Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester United all won easily.

The Sunday Telegraph - Arsenal exposed by Gabriel Agbonlahor and Aston Villa
Just a week after that impressive defeat of Manchester United lent oxygen to their guttering title challenge, Arsenal’s championship hopes were all but extinguished. Arsene Wenger’s team are capable of anything, with the exception of consistency.

The Sunday Times - Agony for Arsenal
PERHAPS, from somewhere distant, you will look at this result and think, “Oh, bit of a shock at the Emirates.” It wasn’t. What was shocking was the ease with which Villa brushed Arsenal aside and reminded us that there will, after all, be a race for that fourth Champions League place.

The Independent on Sunday - Agbonlahor pierces Wenger's title dream
After the Rolls-Royce performance, and the midweek boy racers, Arsenal stalled horribly on the starting grid. How predictable. It happens sometimes with precision instruments.

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