What the papers say: Lack of desire hits Arsenal's title challenge

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The Sun - Van Persie doc has bolted
ROBIN VAN PERSIE'S mysterious 'horse doctor' has bolted from Serbian authorities.

The Daily Mirror - Arsene Wenger admits Arsenal 'choked' at Sunderland
Arsene Wenger accused his strikers of “lacking desire and sharpness” as they failed to score for the first time this season.

The Daily Mail - Placenta doctor Mariana Kovacevic wanted over possible tax evasion
Serb authorities investigating the mysterious housewife who uses placenta to treat Barclays Premier League players want to question her about possible tax evasion.

Darren Bent's ninth goal of the season condemned Arsenal to a first defeat in 14 attempts as Sunderland claimed another big scalp with a 1-0 win.

ARSENE Wenger last night accused his players of choking after watching Sunderland shatter Arsenal’s 13-game unbeaten record.

The Times - Robin van Persie’s absence proves costly as Arsenal crash at Sunderland
Arsène Wenger is right. The absence of one player, even one with the quality of Robin van Persie, should not be a significant hindrance to Arsenal’s progress against the majority of teams in the Barclays Premier League.

The Guardian - Darren Bent strike seals Sunderland victory against Arsenal
In the desert heat of Qatar, the cameras lingered on Darren Bent, on his knees in the Brazilian penalty area, appearing as forlorn, beaten and irrelevant as it is possible for a centre-forward to be.

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