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City Crush Arsenal

Manchester City
4 - 2

City Of Manchester Stadium

12th September 2009, 3pm

Attendance: 47,339


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.

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
12/09/2009 17:44:00
I have to say, I am very impressed today
12/09/2009 18:01:00
dancing with the big boys now then?
12/09/2009 18:05:00
will addey be banned for the derby by the fa though??
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?
12/09/2009 18:31:00
There are a lot of very bitter gunners out there in blogland this evening.
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.
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
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
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.
12/09/2009 19:17:00
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