LITESPORT 46 Thursday, 5 November 2009 London Lite YANK CLOSES IN ONSilent Stan needs just 0.1 percent to make bid BY NEAL COLLINS BARCELONA coach Pep Guardiola admits only time will tell how good a result their goalless Champions League draw with Rubin Kazan was. Holders Barca went into last nights match looking to bounce back from their shock 2-1 home defeat to Rubin a fortnight ago, but despite bossing the game they could not find the breakthrough against the Russian champions in freezing conditions in Kazan. The draw saw Barca slip to third in Group F after Inter Milan defeated Dynamo Kiev, although there are still only two points separating all four sides and all to play for in the final two rounds of matches. We will see if the point is good or bad at the end, said Guardiola. There are two games remaining and we have to try to win them. If we dont manage to do it then we dont deserve to get through to the last 16. Its a case of throwing away the calculator because we know that we have to win the final two games. Meanwhile, UEFA will wait to receive their official delegates report before deciding what action to take over the supporter unrest which marred the 1-1 draw between Rangers and Unirea Urziceni in Romania. Television pictures showed a number of travelling Rangers fans clashing with Romanian police in the stands while one supporter was seen to rip out a seat during the trouble. Police used CS gas spray in an effort to disperse Gers fans during what Rangers Supporters Assembly chief Andy Kerr described as a minor incident. UEFAs director of communications Rob Faulkner said: Well wait until we get all the facts in from our official reports and well study those before we decide what to do. STAN KROENKE is just 0.1 percent short of launching a takeover bid for Arsenal after buy- ing another 200 shares at 8,500 each today. The Denver-based magnate now controls 29.9 percentof theparentholdingcompany,justshort of the 29.99 percent beyond which he would be forced to make an offer for the remaining shares. Todays move values the club at around 530m. The62-year-oldcouldfundanypotentialtakeover by selling his 40 per cent stake in the NFLs St Louis Rams, worth 375m. When Kroenkes Gunners blazing: Van Persie makes it 3-0 LEDLEY KING admits Spurs were devastated by their derby defeat against Arsenal last Sunday -- and are determined to take out their anger on Sunderland this Saturday. Beaten 3-0, Tottenham produced one of their worst performances of the season and King said: We dont want to lose to Arsenal, full-stop -- and we never want to lose 3-0 to anyone. We know how much this game means. Were all disappointed. We have to pick ourselves up now. Its one game. It hurts for a few days but once thats over, we have to focus on the next match and try to get back to winning ways against Sunderland. Everyone was down afterwards because we knew we were in the game and we blew it in the space of the minute. That minute dictated the course of the game. We were still trying to get our heads around the first goal when we restarted and 10 seconds later the ball was in the net again. That just cant happen. Ledleylaidlowbydemolitionderby machinations were raised during last months AGM, Silent Stan chose not to address share- holders while Hill-Wood insisted major changes behind the scenes were not on the agenda. The Arsenal chairman said he was very relaxed about a proposed takeover -- and 100 of his shares were among those purchased by Kroenke this morning. But when Kroenke first showed an interest in the club, old Etonian Hill-Wood, whose father Denis and grandfather Samuel also ran the Gun- ners, said: We are all being seduced that the Americans will ride into town with pots of cash for new players. It simply isnt the case. Call me old-fashioned but we dont need Kroenkes money and we dont want his sort. Our objective is to keep Arsenal English. Just two weeks ago, Arsenal launched a sister website called USA.Arsenal.com and are now on the verge of joining Manchester United, Aston Villa and Liverpool in American hands, while Chelsea remain Russian-owned. Gunner buy this: Stan Kroenke and Peter Hill-Wood Pep Guards against unthinkable early exit for reigning champs Worrying times: Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola CHAMPIONS LEAGUE ROUND-UP Report on last nights game US ARSENALS top Gunner men have one foot in the next phase of the Euro Superbowl after last nights star-spangled 4-1 win over Dutchlands AZ Alkmaar. The red sox were on fire and in particular wide receiver Andrey Arshavin and main field goal kicker Cesc Fabregas, who were both made replacements in the second half and allowed to rest up ahead of Saturdays trip to the Wolverhampton Wolves. The Spaniard set the scoreboard rolling in the 25th minute when he took a line ball from William Gallas near the end zone and drilled a low grass kisser past Alkmaars netminder Sergio Romero. The Dutchland defensive line was breached further with time running out at the end of the second quarter. Arshavin was the provider again as he fed French shooter Samir Nasri in the mid zone. Nasri played a number on Hector Moreno making him look dumber than Dubya, before unleashing a ferocious field goal into the net cage. The chants from the home fanzone in the Emirates Megadome GROUP H P W D L F A PTS ARSENAL 4 3 1 0 10 4 10 OLYMPIAKOS 4 2 0 2 3 5 6 STD LIEGE 4 1 1 2 6 6 4 ALKMAAR 4 0 2 2 3 7 2 Fab: Arsenal goal-kicker Fabregas celebrates after a double strike in last nights win game against Alkmaar index.html2.html3.html4.html5.html6.html7.html8.html9.html10.html11.html12.html13.html14.html15.html16.html17.html18.html19.html20.html21.html22.html23.html24.html25.html26.html27.html28.html29.html30.html31.html32.html33.html34.html35.html36.html37.html38.html39.html40.html41.html42.html43.html44.html45.html46.html47.html