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VMC's Some Might Say: Arsenal Stalemate



An intrigue packed Premier League season promises more twists and turns to come after another round of big results. Post Match Reaction to City's battle at the Emirates Alamo...

Roberto Mancini:

'We wanted to win but Arsenal played better than us...We defended very well in the second half. If we came here with all our players I think it could have been another game but after four games, 10 points in 10 days is good...It was important not to lose this game.

'They had good chances in the first 15-20 minutes. After that they had good possession but didn't have more chances to score.

'It's not a sending off for Zabaleta. For me, two yellow cards was enough.'


Arsene Wenger:

'We are frustrated but I am proud of our performance individually and collectively. We faced a Man City who were determined not to lose and set up to prevent conceding goals...City defended very well and in numbers.

'We were unlucky. We hesitated sometimes and their 'keeper had a good game. That made it a nil nil. For me it was more of a positive nil nil than a negative one.

No matter what kind of problem you face you have to resolve it and tonight we were not able to do that despite our quality.'


Kolo Toure:

'Strikers win you games but defenders win you titles...

'It was a really difficult game. Arsenal are really in form at the moment. The draw is really good.

'It was difficult to have chances because Arsenal played very well, but it's good that we didn't lose the game.'


Joe Hart:

'That just shows how much grit and determination we've got. We led a charmed life but the goals are the same size in every game so they've got to put it into the net.'

In The VMC Forums:

snowleopard:

'That'll do us boys! Excellent battling point and keeps us second on a night when both Chelsea and Spuds lose!'

Stu MCFC:

'He went for a result and got it as Chelsea and Spurs dropped points. The media and foamers will tear into us but that was classic Mourinho-esque grinding.'

Scragg:

'Completely strangled them. Rode the storm well and defended with steel. However, Yaya bugged me, he was lazy. But the Zabaleta sending off was a disgrace and I hope the club appeal the decision. Overall, with the absences of Silva and Mario and with the expected signing of Dzeko; it's looking good!'

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Writer: Johnny Baguette Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday January 5 2011

Time: 11:31PM

Your Comments

Good to see that £200 million has you playing with ambition.
ArsenalRob
We're 2nd in the league.
StuMCFC
Eurgh - ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ
shewore
Overall, Mancini's strategy of negating all top teams and bullying the lesser teams is a sound strategy in terms of point accumulation. Tactically it is good and I rate City's chances of a PL title this season on par with that of ours. However, it is only a matter of time before your owner demands better football from City because lets not forget - this entire 'project' is all about Abu Dhabi and its image. People's image about the owners and their province will only be boosted by winning in style. In short - Mancini better win the title soon or its curtains for him and a more attacking manager will be brought in soon.
Deltaforce
What drugs was Scragg taking when he posted the comment "completely strangled them" ?
iceman10
Delta, our owners ambition is to be succesful regardless. We were entertaining under Hughes yet we weren't getting the results which is the important bit. I think you're confusing Sheikh Mansour with Abramovich.
Bluedub
Once again, I'm only feeling frustration that we didn't play into the Gunners' hands. I can understand that frustration but what Mancini did was tactically sound, like it or not. We played far more attacking in the home game where we were down to 10 men for 85 minutes and lost 3-0. If we'd shut up shop like today it might have been 0-0. Mancini has learned the English game well and analyzes every match on a case by case basis. He's neither permanently attack-minded, ala Wenger and Redknapp, or permanent defence-minded, ala McLeish, he lines up his team in whatever way he feels will earn points for the club. Considering we're 2nd, despite being written off by all the media hacks day in, day out, as 5th place candidates again because we wouldn't "gel", you won't find many City fans crying over the occasional Mourinho job.
StuMCFC
Yawn, We did what we had to do and tried to play counter attacking football, Arsenal worked very hard in closing City down and winning almost every 2nd ball, City were biding there time waiting for arse to tire thats when we brought AJ on and we started to play abit more, It is important NOT to LOSE these 6 point games, Yes we rode out luck at times BUT how many times have we lost/drawn games we should of won this season? LOTS, Arsenal fans are the most bitter vile set of supporters outside of Italy
mark.mcfc
Just make sure you bore two points off United as well.
Sir Henry
If city played defensive and boring every game than i would have a issue. Ive witnessed some brilliant entertaining football from city since november till now. With the "director" missing (silva) i knew we would struggle, b4 the game id settle for a point. No balotelli, milner and jo playing crap - a point looks very good. Id rather get a point when your not playing well, than lose in a attacking game and getting applauded for getting nowt! If wenger and arsenal fans want to continue their football purist arguments - they should remember the last throphy they won, they defended on the edge of their box for the whole game against utd in the fa cup and won on penalties. The last throphy they in 6yrs! What has the "beautiful game" won them since?
Sheikh Mansour
Playing the “beautiful game” has given us a regular 60000 plus home game sell-out, a huge season ticket waiting list and guaranteed entertainment each week (apart from when we play you of course).
Sir Henry
"Wenger's men are rather too ready to accept their role as beautiful martyrs, thwarted by ill-fortune and craven refereeing and the negativity of opponents. Much of football is about managing luck, about taking the hand you've been dealt and making the most of it. For all the glory of its football, there is a petulance about Arsenal that is not merely unsavory, but actively undermines the Gunners."
fifthcolumnblue
I'd rather listen to Oasis than watch you serve up any more of that attritional gruel. An embarassment.
nikolaijns
The embarrassing thing Niko is Arsenal fans sense of entitlement.
bluedub
BD, your club's project is as much of a vanity project as Abramovich's project. Believe it or not the Sheikh isn't throwing his money because he loves you :-) Mancini will be removed as brutally as Hughes was if he doesn't deliver the PL title next season.
Deltaforce
FCB, stop ogling at the women in Sports Illustrated at work!
Deltaforce
No he's "throwing his money" to be successful and to see a return on his investment. Do some research into ADUG Delta, in particular their sporting projects and come back to me and tell me this is a vanity project.
bluedub
Return on his money! Lol. Bluedub I work in the Private Equity industry in the City and know a thing or two about return on investment. Do you know that Chelsea is still 30 million pounds in the red 7 years after Abramovich's investment? That is despite Chelsea's higher ticket price paying fans, their larger share of TV revenue, endorsements, US tours and shirt sales than you in this period. The Sheikh is prepared to write off a fraction of his wealth because he wants the image of Abu Dhabi to be projected worldwide. Tell me this Bluedub, how will City ever break even when your wages alone are greater than your turnover?
Deltaforce
Call me old fashioned bluedub but having shelled out 40 notes I believe I was 'entitled' to watch a game of football. I'd hang out at the coach station if bus parking was my thing.
nikolaijns
Delta, just keep watching, you might learn a thing or two. Niko, my heart bleeds mate.
bluedub
I will keep watching bludub. Your naivete is endearing.
Deltaforce
So did my eyes after that dreck your lot turned out mate ;)
nikolaijns
Grand, so we'll see who is naive then in the long run.
Bluedub
Naive dub? we didn't shell out 24 mill on Adebayor ;)
nikolaijns
You very elegantly side stepped my questions BD. Hiding under the "we will see in the long run" rock. It would have been more truthful to admit you dont know the answer to my queries.
Deltaforce
Niko are we questioning my naivety now or City's?
Bluedub
That's the first time anything I've ever done has been described as elegant Delta, cheers.
Bluedub
I believe Delta was questioning yours, mine was at citys unless you are a secret sheikh?
nikolaijns
 

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