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The Ped Report - City 0-3 Arsenal

I am sure that as we sombrely saluted the passing of Malcolm Allison in City Square on Sunday afternoon, we did not expect to witness the remainder of the afternoon being destroyed not by Arsenal but by Mark Clattenburg.

Not a stranger to controversy on or off the field, Clattenburg set about destroying the not only the viewing nation's afternoon but in particular the near record crowd at Eastlands.

Followers of the Ped Report are aware that the column usually offers some sort of balanced approach to reporting on City's matches but frankly yesterday Clattenburg's performance told me 'Look lads, I missed a bit last season but I'll make up for it today'. And so he did.

Right from the start he took on the air of a croupier as he produced cards faster than Paul Daniels with a seemingly unfair distribution.

Yes Dedryck Boyata did catch the rolling Chamakh, who has certainly joined in the spirit of Arsenal's divers - but he did get something on the ball.

Wenger's darling Fabregas goes over to the referee simulating him waving a card about and the usual delegation was there demanding blood. So Clattenburg obliges, sends off Boyata and sentences the nation to an afternoon of one-sided football, where City's new team fought gallantly and short-handedly against a very clever footballing side.

But make no mistake about it, this Arsenal side knows how to look after itself and set about doing so. The only unceetainty from City's point of view was what colour the cards would be (if any) for them. We later found them to be the colour of Clattenburg's belly.

So when Fabregas chops someone down - no card, for a while at least. Same with Denilson, same with Song, again for a while. Then once he had collected a few over the first 20 minutes, Clattenburg must have though ' Lots of D1s to write out tonight, better close the book now'. So as the Assassins from Ashburton continued their vigil, Song, who should have been marched long before he scored his goal was able to continue and Fabregas was able to flourish and the criminal that is Denilson was too.

When the first goal came you couldn't really argue with it. Nasri and Arshavin played a neat one-two around the statuesque Barry and Nasri buried it into Joe Hart's net giving him no real chance.

Not happy that he had allowed Denilson and Song the opportunity of cutting Silva in two, Clattenburg then conjures up a penalty for the Gooners. Replays once again suggest that Kompany got something on the ball and as the trees felled themselves in the Box
Hart made an excellent save from Fabregas penalty kick. Is that the third out of four pens that Arsenal have now missed? I was standing with a female steward at the time and I told her- left of the goalie as we look, top half of the goal. I had more idea than Tevez who was directing Joe to the other side!!

The half time substitution which saw the introduction of Bridge was somewhat perplexing, especially as the defence had hung in well for 40 minutes, with first Toure Yaya putting in a shift at centre back and then Boateng switching over and Barry filling in at left back.

Mancini now senteced us to 45 minutes with two poor full backs neither of which will really survive what is going on at Eastlands forthwith.

A neat looking move looked to have petered out before Bridge set up Song with the opportunity to extend Arsenal's lead with a firm shot from inside the box.

And then finally as Arsenal attacked down the left Richards was caught too slow waving his arms for a throw in ahead of Bendtner polishing off the afternoon's scoring.

The scoreline proably flattered Arsenal and I suspect we would not have seen that if City had remained intact with 11 on the field but such is football.

What if Song would have been (rightly) cautioned before the one Clattenburg caught him for? What if Fabregas (rightly) had collected a yellow for waving an imaginary card in front of the referee, Wenger would have been going nuts.

Instead, Clattenburg effectively applied his interpretation of the laws to one team only and Wenger's wordplay where you would think that only his team gets knocked about seemed to win the day.

City have now taken over the mantle from United in being Arsenal's anti-christ and this will now continue to simmer. Same old Arsenal - always cheating. None more so than Fabregas.

City will have to endure more of this as the season progresses, especially if we continue in the current general form. I've told you - watch out for Howard Webb settling an old score with de Jong in the Derby, especially when Rooney's ankle goes again and the Glazers have to pay him for another six weeks in sick bay.

Also who can answer this? How come more or less every Premier League match at Eastlands this season has featured Clattenburg either as referee or fourth official? Has the appointments secretary slipped up here or is Clattenburg our resident referee?

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The journalist

Writer: Tranmere Loyal Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday October 25 2010

Time: 10:00AM

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Since Man City have so much money nowadays then perhaps the owners should buy the fans new glasses. The sending off was not even debatable, neither was the penalty (excepy Kompany should have been booked). De Jong was happy to kick Cesc about but I guess you didnt see that. When you talk about diving then perhaps you need to watch Tevez & Silva a bit closer!
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25/10/2010 10:14:00

LMFAO What *****ing game were you watching? Chamakh was brought down by the last defender, who as replays clearly show never got the ball, Kompany should have been carded for the foul on Cesck and best of all you paid us 24 million for a useless lump of lard called andybarndor:)
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25/10/2010 10:24:00

Here's what happened within the first five minutes: 1. Tevez gets played through, and appears to be offside, but the ref lets the game go on and Silva almost scores. 2. Cesc plays Chamakh through as he's in an onside position, but the ref still blows his wistle. 3. Chamakh again gets played through, and this time he gets brought down, and Boyata isn't anywhere near the ball and gets sent off. The conclusion, you ask? He's had two wrongs and one right within the first five, and both of the wrongs went in City's favour. This article is complete and utter rubbish, and that comes from a Chelsea fan.
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25/10/2010 10:32:00

I actually came here intending to congratulate you on a great team performance, you played very well with 10 men and put in a spirited performance ..... but it's clear to me that you've either never watched a football match in you entire life, or you're a liar. How anyone can say either of your players got something on the ball is ludicrous, ridiculous, and just wrong .... I bet even the majority of your fans will agree with me. Joke of a match report .... if you can even call it that.
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25/10/2010 10:36:00

Pretty amusingly embarrassing stuff. Just completely inventing touches on the ball that never happened, ignoring the fact the likes of De Jong got away with his usual filth, and the extremely simple fact that City were comprehensively outplayed. Small clubs with massive chips on their shoulder, nothing really changes with City, nouveau riche or otherwise.
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25/10/2010 10:41:00

If City want to be taken seriously as a big club one thing you'll have to learn is how to keep a sense of perspective. Despite the fortunes being spent getting you to where you are you will occaisionally meet a team who will outplay you. It happens. You need to be able to look at a game objectively and say well done to your opponents. I can understand you wanting to create more debate on what is frankly a board where tumbleweed outnumbers comment, but it would help if you could accurately report on the match as it happened. Clattenburg is no friend of Arsenal. He's dished out plenty of dubious cards to us in the past and will do in the future. In the first 20 minutes both midfields went in hard, but only City seem to think they were hard done by. Ironic that, when you have players like De Jong and Barry who take no prisoners themselves. At Arsenal we're either accused of being too soft or too dirty. I wish people would make up their minds! It was 3-0. City were well beaten. Get over it.
Wyn Mills
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25/10/2010 10:56:00

Also pretty sure there's a record concerning Clattenburg and City before yesterday, showing they had not lost in the 17 previous games he'd officiated at. Big shock there were no complaints before now even when he completely mugged off other teams in games we all remember. Guess fans who arrived with the money just aren't used to being roundly beaten.
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25/10/2010 11:00:00

P.S. Next time you write a match report it would help if you watched the whole match rather than the MOTD highlights.
Wyn Mills
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25/10/2010 11:03:00

I'm absolutely amazed by this article. I personally thought City did bloody well under the circumstances. But where you fail in this article isn't the ref that got things wrong, it was Mancini. Did you City supporters know that before the Sunday game, City had won all of the last 12 games Clattenburg had overseen? It's a sad, pathetic article. The red card and the penalty were absolutely correct and for all the abuse the ref took in that much, I think he deserves credit for not needlessly sending off an Arsenal player, which seriously looked on the cards at half time. Well done to Arsenal who deserved the win.
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25/10/2010 11:03:00

Do you people plan these invasions and interchange between each other? They all seem to planned and deliberate.
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25/10/2010 11:15:00

StuMCFC - A bit like Eastlands at around 5:30, this place is lacking Man City fans so we just wanted to help the debate. If you would rather that Arsenal fans let you get on with telling yourselves that you were robbed by that nasty Mark Clattenberg then that's fine but, like the outcome of the game for you yesterday, rather pointless.
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25/10/2010 11:19:00

Nah mate, think you'll find this article is so idiotic it got spread around a lot of places pretty quickly. MASSIVE invasion though yeah, all 6 posters.
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25/10/2010 11:20:00

Are they planned and deliberate ... or are they just because some absolute gibberish has been posted on the site? I'll remind you that The Vital Network was designed this way for rival fans to interact with each other and talk about our matches, it's what makes it unique. It also gives every member of the Vital Network as much right to be here as you ... especially when you're talking nads about the match we just played.
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25/10/2010 11:20:00

That's an interesting riposte Rocky7. I'll remember that next time I'm ripping the pish out of Sideshow Mel on Vital A**e, and I get you and the other half dozen cheerleaders questioning why I'm on your precious s(h)ite. Maybe I'll quote your post.
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25/10/2010 11:29:00

I've never questioned your presence on our site .... just why you're there to talk knackers, and troll. I'll actively encourage rival fans to come over for some banter and good discussion ... unfortuately you offer neither.
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25/10/2010 11:34:00

Pish? Sideshow Mel? Censoring Arse? S(h)ite? Are you 12?
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25/10/2010 11:36:00

No John, he is 50 but with an IQ of a 12 year old.
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25/10/2010 11:52:00

Liljohnny, no Arsenal fan roams VMC unless an article refers to our club in particular. We are here because this is the match report of City Vs Arsenal. Can you tell me what the hell is your business here?
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25/10/2010 12:04:00

Ade looked really good today. Bahahahahahahahahahahahaha.
cesc la vie
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25/10/2010 12:25:00

Sorry lads got to agree with Rocky here - this is a shocker of a "report". What game were you watching? As a Chelsea fan I was delighted to see the Arsenal smash you lot off the park. All the excuses and bitterness - face it - you got (well) beaten by the better team on the day and you can blame Clattenburg all day but it wont change the fact that you lost and for what its worth, I thought you lot were worse than the Gooners in terms of kicking people and gamesmanship. How you can complain about the sending off as well - just bizarre.
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25/10/2010 12:26:00

This article, and most of the comments by City fans, are truly laughable, I'm literally chuckling at its bitterness. Congratulations City; you've usurped Chelsea as the most hated club in the land and that's before you've even started winning things. I used to support you vs Man Utd, but now I'll actually be supporting United all the way - and that's coming from an Arsenal fan.
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25/10/2010 12:34:00

All these comments after City lose a game just go to show how relieved the other fans are when they beat us.Seems we've come along way.Ha,ha.
Spud 1
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25/10/2010 13:10:00

Was gonna come to say well played, but after reading the first paragraph or two realised it wasn't worth it.
Ozi Gooner
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25/10/2010 13:28:00

OLASAL; a Chelsea fan who despises a nouveau-rich City, oh the irony
Ozi Gooner
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25/10/2010 13:34:00

Though Ozi, OLASAL is an old time Chelsea fan from a family of Chelsea supporting fans - he did not mention City's riches just the stupidity of this 'match report'.
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25/10/2010 13:42:00

I think its brilliant they are letting this fella write articles to aid his recovery from brain surgery, well played to all at the care in the community stadium.
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25/10/2010 13:42:00

lol I can't believe this 'report' - You blind mate? So blind that you've deluded yourself into creating an alter world, I think. Much like Shutter Island, come to think of it. Undoubtedly a patient of that class too. You play with a thug like De Jong in your team and don't like it if the opponent team plays rough with you? Oh boy! *smirk*
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25/10/2010 14:15:00

Anybody who writes 'just completely inventing touches on the ball that never happened' and 'massive invasion though yeah' is obviously a genius of parody, with the perspicacity to ape an idiot-savant.
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25/10/2010 14:21:00

Is that Robin Van Perspicacity???!!!
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25/10/2010 14:46:00

I think what lj is trying to say here is that someone is aping him.
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25/10/2010 14:48:00

Shutter island! Lol
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25/10/2010 14:57:00

Gee..You lots just love to embarrass yourselves. If you Citeh fans are serious about this "report" then sorry, you must be blind or utterly stupid.
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25/10/2010 15:14:00

Perhaps we should be playing along in the same way the doctors were in Shutter Island. Its part of the therapy for City fans. Yeah....that's it. Arsenal never stood a chance until evil Doctor Clattenburg made one of their defenders disappear! Meanwhile those surreal flashbacks of Nasri waltzing through the City defence just plain didn't happen. Play along fellow gooners. The patient will improve.
Wyn Mills
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25/10/2010 15:27:00

Maybe we have to consider lobotomy? XD
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25/10/2010 15:57:00

Maybe we have to consider lobotomy? XD JT_daniel - Maybe someone already has......!
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25/10/2010 17:07:00

Pedmachine no offense but i would stick to the day job and not write ridiculous match reports...You need to grow another pair of eyes as it seems that you are a very one eyed fan who seems no wrong in your team and no right in any other. Boyata took down chamack and he was the last man where is the argument? There is absoulutely nothing you can say what can back up boyata now get your head out of your arse and accept it was a red card and arsenal won the game. You should be proud your team put up a decent effort with 10 men but the excusess i have been hearing is nonsense from you lot...Nearly as bad as the spurs fans!
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25/10/2010 17:17:00

I feel sorry for Vital Citeh members if these dickks write the match reports. I have heard a lot of bad arguments but the whole ruining the spectacle thing is the worst one I have ever heard.
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25/10/2010 18:00:00

Ladies and gentlemen lets give a round of applause to arsenal for finally beating a top team with 10 men, the only way they can beat a top team nowadays. You would have thought arsenal were blackpool with their small time mentality for a big time team. Jokers lol
Sheikh Mansour
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25/10/2010 18:27:00

You know you've made a complete mess of things when you get Chelsea and Spurs fans jumping to Arsenal's defence. I know we're not liked as a whole, but when there is just small minded ... well there's no other word for it ... lies, that even people who despise us will speak up, then you've gotta admit to a mistake.
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25/10/2010 18:36:00

LondonGooner, very possible mate.. all behavioral traits point to that, I think! lol And Rocky7, I like your line of reasoning. Yes, he's made a complete mess of things!
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25/10/2010 19:35:00

Sorry to burst your oil pipe sheiky sheiky but a top team is one that has won something in the past 30 years or perhaps the premiership (that's the first division for those of you who havent won it for 40 years!)
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25/10/2010 23:09:00

303 as if your team won the PL last season you are mocking.come on win something and come back.I think beating City at eastlands will be your greatest achivement this 10-11season.Atleast we have the aurmor to challenge the title this season.But your sharpless swords wil become blunt once the season progress.
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26/10/2010 03:18:00

Ped normaly writes a good and sensible report - this is a load of 'crap'. I can only assume it was written to generate traffic on the Vital network.
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26/10/2010 04:24:00

Fair assessment, Thaiblue. I've read his previous reports and though they tend to be slightly biased, it's largely a good read.
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26/10/2010 04:49:00

Plenty of games to go, so not too worried about this home loss. We did the best we could with ten men. We will finish the season higher than Arse and I will bet good money on this with anyone.
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26/10/2010 06:45:00

neverstops - sharpless words indeed. my point is that we are a top team and our consistently being in the champs league is proof of that. Where is your proof? All I see is a bunch of overpriced mercenaries who may not win anything this year either
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26/10/2010 08:49:00

Can only agree with a few others here that the report doesn't tell the story. I think Clatterbug did make a couple of mistakes but on the whole he did a good job. If he had been just sending off players for not much of a reason then half the team of both sides would have been sent off. I think we did a creditable job with ten men for most all of the match but we were out on our feet getting towards the end. Mancini and his decisions still confuse a lot of us City supporters ( or maybe it's only me ) but we are still trying to get a team together and once they are all fit and playing as a team we will get many more better results. Until then we have to be patient. All you Chelski and Arse fans I hope you keep coming to our site for the fun it gives everyone.
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26/10/2010 09:30:00

Neverstops - City's greatest achievement in the last 10+years is finishing 5th. Pipe down son, your only embarressing yourself.
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26/10/2010 16:15:00

Fair play Oziman.
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29/10/2010 10:14:00

The slagging off and abuse of the writer of this piece from SOME posters is bang out of order. Fair enough if you disagree with this piece but there is no need to personally abuse the writer. The reason I come on to Vital is, for the most part we can have reasoned debate without resorting to this type of nonsense. Cheers.
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29/10/2010 14:07:00


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