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Manchester City 4 - Arsenal 2

City Of Manchester Stadium

12th September 2009, 3pm

Attendance: 47,339

City Crush Arsenal

Top four hopefuls Manchester City beat Arsenal 4-2 at Eastlands to record a huge win against the team they hope to oust from the top four elite.

An own goal from Almunia, as well as goals from Craig Bellamy, Emmanuel Adebayor and Shaun Wright-Phillips gave Mark Hughes' side a famous victory in a performance which highlights City's massive ambitions of dominating world football.

It was the visitors who started brightly and they were unlucky not to take the lead after William Gallas missed a fantastic opportunity, Shay Given on hand to keep the Gunners defender at bay. Thomas Vermaelen's long disant effort was also kept out by the Ireland internatinal.

City responded by taking the lead on the 20 minute mark after youth academy product Micah Richards created a goal from a powerful header, the ball turned against the post by Manuel Almunia before rebounding back off of the Arsenal keeper and into the back of the net. Richards was unlucky not to claim it for his own.

City held firm until half-time, a fragile but deserved lead from the home side.

After the break, the Gunners looked to get back into the game and did so on 62 minutes, Robin van Persie's shot drawing the visitors level.

Rather than fall apart like the City of old, Mark Hughes side kept going and got their rewards, Welsh international Craig Bellamy restoring the home sides lead in the 74th minute.

The Eastlands crowd were up on their feet, the momentum with the Abu Dhabi backed club. Former Arsenal striker Emmanuel Adebayor was on hand to send the fans into rapture, his fourth goal for City was met with a run down the entire length of the pitch to celebrate in front of his previous clubs fans - a testiment to the way he was treated by them - followed by a yellow card for his efforts.

City's diminutive talisman Shaun Wright-Phillips added a fourth goal on 84 minutes with an acute chip over the onrushing Gunners keeper, 4-1 the score, Eastlands was rocking.

Tomas Rosicky returned from serious injury with a consolation goal but it was too late against a clinical City.

This game truely announces Manchester City on the world stage, the win a symbol that the 'sleeping giant' has finally woken.

We are here, we are City.

More to follow...

Full-time: Manchester City 4 Arsenal 2

Goals: Almunia O.G. 20' Craig Bellamy 74' Emmanuel Adebayor 80' Shaun Wright-Phillips 84' (Manchester City) Robin van Percie 62' Tomas Rosicky 88' (Arsenal)

Star Player

Emmanuel Adebayor: A great day for the Togo international against his former club. The powerful striker was a constant thorn in the side and his celebrations will secure his fan favourite status for years to come. Adebayor is a true blue.

The journalist

Writer: Lincolnsmariner Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Saturday September 12 2009

Time: 5:34PM

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What a stunning victory. Arsenal are a very good side and for long periods were comfortably contained. Sparky sent City out to play deeper second half. That counter attacking option that failed all last season and we invited Arsenal on to us. They scored with an air of predictability, but suddenly City found that extra gear and dismissed them. Shoudln't have tried to showboat after the fourth as we stopped playing but at one stage it looked like it could have been five or six. The result will send shockwaves through the Big Four. The rags official site even reporting immediately how dangerous City look. And we didn't have Robinho, RSC, Tevez, Kompany or Johnno as options!
Johnny Baguette
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12/09/2009 17:44:00

I have to say, I am very impressed today
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12/09/2009 18:01:00

dancing with the big boys now then?
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12/09/2009 18:05:00

will addey be banned for the derby by the fa though??
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12/09/2009 18:21:00

No he won't be banned... if that is the case where has the passion of football gone, eh?
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12/09/2009 18:31:00

There are a lot of very bitter gunners out there in blogland this evening.
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12/09/2009 18:33:00

We have discussed after every match about needing to be more clynical in front of goal and take our chances as we can't keep on keeping clean sheets forever and today we were as we scored 4 goals and conceded 2. It was a more impressive effort considering that 2 of our best front 3, Robinho and Tevez were out injured and it was Arsenal who surprisingly looked just as shaky at the back as we were in the last quarter of the game and they were more lacking in front of goal. We rode our luck at times but showed a different side to our game today and got the job done. Adebayor, Bellamy and Richards were my stand-out performers today.
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12/09/2009 18:37:00

The FA sanitise the game when they want to Irish. However, I am sure they would take into account the Arsenal fans repeated horrible "song" in unison at him that proceeded his goal celebration.
Johnny Baguette
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12/09/2009 18:43:00

ps The hack campaign to see Adebayor banned has already started. Check out some of the reports out there. Be a great shame and a massive result for the Big Four if he doesn't face the rags.
Johnny Baguette
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12/09/2009 18:48:00

If they reckon he stamped on Percy he'll get banned but not because of the celebrations. Players have celebrated to the away fans before and the maximum I've ever known them to get is a yellow. Great performance by the boys today I'm proud of them.
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12/09/2009 19:17:00

If the FA are going to suspend Adebayor then perhaps they might wish to check out the video of Vidic's antics this evening. He did 2 ridiculously late challenges and only got booked in the first half and has apparently gotten away with an elbow on Crouch in the 2nd half. Then again he has already gotten away with a punch on a Wigan player a few weeks back which was caught on camera but the dinosaurs at the FA didn't do anything about it so I won't hold my breath on this occasion.
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12/09/2009 19:45:00

Correct me if I am wrong, but once a ref gives a yellow, it cannot be upgraded to a red by a panel. As for the stamp, it would be difficult to say it was on purpose
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12/09/2009 20:51:00

BlueWolfie - I would agree with you on both of those points, though Van Persie has already gone crying to the official Arsenal website. Its a bit different when he is on the receiving end rather than being the aggressor.
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12/09/2009 20:55:00

Arsenal fans are a disgrace, they goaded ade all game and fully expected him to celebrate infront of them (did we cry last season when rooney scored and ran past the city fans telling us to f'off and waving his arms about?), there was an article i think in the mirror this week and it was clearly asking arsenal fans to boo ade and was almost bordering on inciting a riot, i believe that the press are doing all they can to stop city winning anything, ITS A DISGRACE (also its funny how arsenal fans think that eduardo didnt dive but ade defo fouled persy) BLINKERED
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12/09/2009 21:32:00

I've just asked the Arsenal fans who are very upset on Vital Arsenal what the exact chant was that their end kept firing out at Ade that pumped him up. It didn't sound good according to a lot my mates. Mark, it was David Maddocks in the Mirror who condoned the Wembley booing of Joleon Lescott as an anti-City protest. City's newfound siege mentality is getting relentlessly fed.
Johnny Baguette
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12/09/2009 21:37:00

scot cross wrote the article the heading was this 'Why Arsenal fans have every right to boo Emmanuel Adebayor on Saturday', and he finished it with this Adebayor deserves everything he gets. Arsenal fans dislike him but good, honest ticket-buying supporters from every other club - bar City just yet - can see right through him.
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12/09/2009 21:42:00

As the FA didn't do anything to Steven Hunt for leaving his boot in on Petr Cech about 3 years ago, I doubt that they can charge Adebayor as this looked a lot less clear cut than that cowardly challenge.
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12/09/2009 21:51:00

To get a feeling for the possible witch hunt that could get aimed at Ade take a look at the after match interview with him on the BBC website. Ade had to apologise 3 times to the clown the bloke would have probably gone for another had the interview continued.
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12/09/2009 21:52:00

As I said on another thread, I am already bracing myself for City facing the rags with only Bellamy available up front unless Crocky can get his poo together and fast.
Johnny Baguette
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12/09/2009 22:14:00

Mark you are an idiot. Every Arsenal fan out there thought Eduardo dived and no one condoned it. Most of us are annoyed that Uefa have changed the rules just to give him a ban, probably because of the scottiish influence. Dont make things up just to excuse Adebayor because his deliberate stamp on an ex team meate his disgracefull.
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12/09/2009 22:50:00

Spurs have been brought back down to earth and it'll be extra special to peg youse back next week!
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12/09/2009 23:04:00

Forever united... Kiss my crippled ass!
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13/09/2009 00:28:00

Paul_ownz you can aswell!
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13/09/2009 00:30:00

RVP is a dirty *****... he two footed tackled Adebayor earlier in match!
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13/09/2009 00:32:00

Bellers was awesome today - thought we went to sleep after the 4th and nearly let them back into the game.
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13/09/2009 02:02:00

(Spurs have been brought back down to earth and it'll be extra special to peg youse back next week! ForeverUnited) Try posting this on your own site FU or are you lonely? 'youse', I am pretty sure thats a scouse saying, tut tut.
Buzz Lightyear
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13/09/2009 05:39:00

Motd, shwed the alleged Ade stamping from various angles and it does look too good and I expect the FA to suspend him for at least three matches, if he asks for a personal hearing, we may have him for the rag match next week and that gives us time to get RSC and Tevez fit. As for the celebration, Ade's head must have been up his backside and he knew what he was doing, his team mates should have stopped him, but it was done and he was booked for that and I cannot see how they can add another punishment other than a reprimand as to his future conduct. remember last year when Delap had that altercation with SWP and the FA in the end banned Sweep for three matches, looks like the same will happen to EA.Paul_ownz, even Wenger didn't think he dived and he said he had proof, that one dosent hold water, but I agree Uefa should not have changed the rules and I also agree if Adebayors actions were deliberate then the appropriate action will inevitably be taken by the powers that be.
Buzz Lightyear
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13/09/2009 05:48:00

Hardly crushed them could easily been an Arsenal win.
Tiny T
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13/09/2009 08:14:00

Arsenal got crushed proper. City are far more effective in the two ends of which decide games. In the final third and our defensive third we were the better team. Arsaenal kept the ball well in midfeild like they always do. As for adebayor, i was sad for he joined. But we bought a man with bags of talent and a importantly a point to prove. The lad has been class and ive never seen a striker of his quality play for city yet. The goal celebration was extreme and understandable in my view. You see countless incidents in the premier league of players celebrating to rival fans after they have recieved dogs abuse. Prime example is wayne rooney at anfield, wayne rooney at goodison, wayne rooney at eastlands. When wayne scored at eastlands and celebrated infront of the city fans, i said "fair dues" im a grown man, if i shout abuse to player during a game and that sores and gets his own - i can accept. Arsenal fans shouldnt have reacted the way they did. They were racist and even dissrespected his parents. Simple as that. As for RVP - he slid he two footed at adebayor and ran to city fans swearing. And the ***** releases an online statement claiming "he set out to hurt me" "i never hurt ex pro's" lol me a break?!
enzo city
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13/09/2009 09:41:00

Buzz, Adebayors actions as for celebrations... well hes entitled to give it the fans back if they are giving crap!
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13/09/2009 10:44:00

and you only have to goto vital arsenal to see what abusive idiots they are even before yesterday the way they hate adebayor - whos to say he doesnt go on forums and see stuff like the vile stuff wrote about him and fire him up ? - the way i see it RVP two footed adebayor leading upto the clash and when ade took the ***** out of half the arsenal team leading upto the swp missed sitter then there was THREE players that tried to hack adebayor down but he jumped the tackles rather than go down and would have got a penalty and he aint come out crying like a big baby has he ?
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13/09/2009 10:53:00

I have no doubt that he will have been incensed, but the FA will not take that into account. Goals on sunday on Sky point out the Neville Celebration to the Liverpool fans when he did almost the same thing and got a 5000 fine. The stamping incident I am not to sure of and would be hard to prove, but you never know.
Buzz Lightyear
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13/09/2009 11:22:00

Great result for City... but on another day it could have been an Arsenal victory, it was that kind of game!! Putting things into perspective from a non bias view... Ade's celebration - although understandable- was not the best thing to do in retrospect. Players, have a responsibility whilst on that pitch and will be judged by their actions and reactions... It's not much of an excuse to say that other players do it so it's ok for Ade to do it. A City steward was injured in the melee and that is not acceptable... It could have been much worse! The stamp is another issue and in my view was deliberate... VP did slide in a little robustly but again, Ade made the wrong decision... If you make the wrong decision then you have to except the consequences... It's a shame because these two incidents have over shadowed a very entertaining game!!
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13/09/2009 11:53:00

Burn the witch! RVP is a snivelling little turd for his instant running to teacher and crying like a baby when he made the bad tackle that ended up in him being underneath Adebayor in the first place!. Irrespective of whether or not he got stamped on (and it looks like Ade had time to move his feet to avoid contact, so not looking good), his comments to the official Arsenal website after the game are the fuel that will feed the fire, and unfortunately, Adebayor will in no way be given a fair hearing now. Well done you snivelling little cry-baby, you and Arsene have stitched Adebayor up good and proper.
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13/09/2009 11:54:00

Ade is a f-in scumbag?! How can you guys defend him? No I'm not talkin about the goal celebration, I would've done it myself, but the stamp was vicious and deliberate. I think a ban is on the cards for him! No class. Sheep.....baaaaa
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13/09/2009 12:19:00

Shearer on MOTD said that RVP's challenge was also worthy of a red card so if Adebayor gets done by the FA, I look forward to this little **** getting done too - Bullies don't like it when somebody bigger gets them good and he proved this by running straight to Arsenals website crying his eyes out. If Adebayor did it deliberately then I don't condone it but prove it beyond reasonable doubt - As I said earlier the FA didn't prove that Hunt deliberately kicked Cech's head in and for me that sets a precident. The likes of the FA representative who was at yesterdays game and former referee Dermot Gallagher on Sky Sports News earlier already mean that he won't get a fair hearing in the Kangaroo Court at the FA with their hung jury.
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13/09/2009 12:23:00

Zbam, you and your fellow gooners gave adebayor stick all season, throughout yesterdays game and you southern softies cry tears when adebayor runs to you "lot" without gesturing or saying anything, and that gives 3000 grown men the right to act like savages?!? Wayne rooney gets stick every derby game and when he scores, he runs to the city fans and we dont react like idoits. If we (the fans) can dish it, we (fans upnorth) can take! Jesus christ, you sang about his parents, wife, him and i heard racist chants?!?!? Very shameful act, towards adebayor, other black fans in the stadium and even to your own team - which always has a high number of black players representng them. It was disgusting to hear. I wish adebayor scored 10 goals and celebrated each one infront of you.
enzo city
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13/09/2009 13:41:00

pulling out thr race card is low. He was not racially abused and that a fact.
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13/09/2009 14:05:00

Back to the article which was about City thrashing Arsenal 4-2. The defence was outstanding last night for City and looked in control for most of the match. We showed last night that we are going to be a handfull for just about everyone at home this year.
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13/09/2009 14:14:00

we deserved the 3 points although we wont get any credit from the arsenal fans even thou we often hold our hands up when they beat us and say well done, has anyone else noticed how its just the top4 fans that give us loads of stick i think they really are scared for there top4 place
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13/09/2009 14:22:00

iceman10, a very good friend of mine sits about three rows away from the away fans and heard the words "black b*****d" directed at Adebayor a number of times yesterday. Call me politically correct, but that sounds like racial abuse to me and should result in prosecutions and banning orders for the cretins that were using the phrase. Don';t know if you were at the game, but I'll stick to listening to the evidence of those that were. Oh, and the above phrase was not the only illegal abuse that was directed towards Adebayor, so I suggest you check your facts before spouting crap.
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13/09/2009 15:43:00

well said 5th, in this day and age you would have thought that those kind of disgraceful acts would have ended- evidently not.
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13/09/2009 15:55:00

As I said on another thread earlier, Portsmouth made a fuss after Sol Campbell was abused in a similar fashion last season by Spurs fans, so City should do the same here and get several of these bigoted idiots banned for several years for their behaviour. Some of these Arsenal fans are finding it easy to hide behind excuses like 'he celebrated in front of us' and 'he stamped on Van Persie' but that doesn't hide the fact that they were abusing him before the kick-off and continued to do so all throughout the game. A number of them were far more interested in causing trouble and having a go at Adebayor rather than supporting their team and supporting your team is what football is all about in my opinion.
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13/09/2009 17:22:00

I agree 100% kevinho. Action must be taken against arsenal just like against portsmouth. I say again - if rooney scores against city next week, i have no problem with him celebrating infront of the city fans, as he as done in the past. We wont react like animals.
enzo city
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13/09/2009 20:16:00

Enzo - I am just watching Match Of The Day on video from last night and in the Portsmouth v Bolton game Matt Taylor scored a penalty against his former club whilst jumping through the air right in front of the Pompey supporters. There was no reaction from their fans unlike a section of the Arsenal support who acted as if they were on day release from London Zoo or Wormwood Scrubs with their caveman behaviour - poor excuse for supporters, grown men acting like they're small children.
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13/09/2009 20:28:00

Seeing as your club has been starved of any success for a whole generation, and the steely devotion of the fans who stayed through it, I can understand the total lack of objectivity and perspective from most posters here. But remember, we did'nt just turn on Adebayor, he earned our dislike with his actions and inactions over the last season. His stamp on RVP was deliberate, malicious and entirely in character. His goal celebration was a premeditated piece of stupidity, it drew attention to his person at a time when all plaudits should have gone to City for proving that they can hang with the best of the EPL. I have nothing against your club, I obviously hope you don't make the top 4 at my club's expense, but I could care less what you do. Ade will still cost you friends, and I'm sure his ego will eventually lead him to implode.
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14/09/2009 10:20:00


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