What the papers say: Spineless Arsenal's title hopes in turmoil

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The Sun - Arsenal are spineless
ARSENE WENGER’S Arsenal have been branded spineless. Saturday’s 2-1 defeat at Stoke left the North London giants six points behind Chelsea and Liverpool. 

The Mirror - Stoke City's Thomas Sorensen brands Arsenal spineless
THOMAS Sorensen has written off Arsenal’s title chances and branded them spineless.

The Daily Mail - Title warning as Arsenal are thrown off course by Delap
For a defeated manager, it is a lonely walk from the away dugout to the tunnel at Stoke, accompanied every step of the way by the sound of Ken Dodd singing Happiness. 

ARSENAL may lack a bit of backbone – one as flexible as Rory Delap’s certainly – but the biggest anatomical concern for Arsene Wenger at present is the whereabouts of his team’s heart.

Pathetic Arsenal’s title hopes are already over before the first bonfire has even been lit.

The Independent - Delap throws sterile Arsenal off title course
When Stoke City get a throw-in the Britannia Stadium begins a ritual. Hands clap, picking up speed to enhance the anticipation, and as Rory Delap releases the crowd shouts "Ooh". Scary? No. Yet it provided the soundtrack as Arsenal were reduced to rubble by anxiety.

The Times - Arsene Wenger chokes at Stoke City
That Rory Delap eschewed negotiating a bonus for goal assists may save Stoke City a small fortune. The midfield player has created seven of the 13 goals that have lifted Tony Pulis’s team to twelfth place in the Barclays Premier League with his gargantuan throw-ins.

The Daily TelegraphTheo Walcott adds to Arsene Wenger's woes after Arsenal's dismal defeat to Stoke City
Not only did they lose 2-1 at Stoke, rather confirming Abdoulaye Faye’s claim that they do not relish a physical battle, but they lost Robin van Persie to a red card and forwards Emmanuel Adebayor and Theo Walcott to injuries. Walcott is a particular concern, after being carried off with what appeared to be a dislocated shoulder. 

The Guardian - Is Arsenal's title challenge over already?
Arsène Wenger's side have lost three games without playing any of the big boys, and a first Premier League title since 2004 now looks very unlikely.

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