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Manchester City were left feeling outraged after their 3-0 home defeat to Arsenal. Goals from Nasri, Song and Bendtner ensured Arsenal left Eastland`s with three points, after a controversial red card to Dedryck Boyata in the 4th minute spoilt the game.

The makings of a good refereeing performance are simple. The old famous saying of a good performance from a ref is when he isn`t noticed or talked about is generally accurate. It always makes you wonder then when Mark Clattenburg- a qualified Premier League referee- decides to make himself centre of attention.

A fixture between Manchester City and Arsenal- two sides with desperate title ambitions- would usually be one to enthral, a match pleasurable for a neutral, a fixture between two thoroughbreds. However, after only four minutes referee Mark Clattenburg decided to take matters into his own hands and end a potentially great spectacle.

Young defender Dedryck Boyata has impressed with his performances in the first team and started ahead of Joleon Lescott- a defender who looks surplus to requirements. Nothing would have felt more crushing though for the defender when he received his marching orders. Chamakh was through on goal and before facing the difficult obstacle of Joe Hart, he was brought down from a last ditch tackle.

With City facing Arsenal-one of the best footballing sides in the world- with only 10 men for the remainder of the match, the task was unenviable. Samir Nasri increased the difficulty for City after he slipped past Gareth Barry unnoticed and sent his shot flying into the roof of Joe Hart`s net.

Defensive stalwart Vincent Kompany was the next man in line to feel the harsh decision making of Clattenburg after he was penalised for a challenge on Fabregas, a penalty was the only outcome. Fabregas stepped up, but was spectacularly denied by Joe Hart.

Despite being a man and goal down City`s spirits remained high and an equaliser looked possible. David Silva was creating problems and would have brought City level if it wasn`t for 3 unbelievable saves from Fabianski. The Arsenal goalkeeping situation has been one of high concern for a long period of time now, but if Fabianski continues to perform at that standard, Wenger will again be reluctant to spend.

City continued to push for the elusive goal and with Arsenal looking shaky at the back, it only added to the frustration when Arsenal scored the next goal- a goal that certainly killed off City and added more cement to tired, heavy legs.

Alex Song scorched home from 12 yards after fortune again favoured the away side- a stray ball falling to Song.

Arsenal now sensed that City`s defence was cracking and with fatigue setting in Arsenal grabbed a 3rd. Nicklas Bendtner added further salt into the wounds from close range.

The scoreline didn`t reflect the true nature of the match and had Mark Clattenburg- the gambling addict- not been determined to ruin a terrific fixture the result could have been oh so very different.

Star Player

De Jong- Never stopped fighting, strong, full throttle performance.

Player Ratings

Joe Hart-7

Great penalty save could do very little with either goal.


Was strong and provided a good outlet down the right.


After being penalised he was bailed out by Hart. Other than he was again flawless.


Would be unfair to give him a match rating. Red card 4th minute obviously changed the game.


Hasn't impressed as expected.

De Jong-8

Never stopped fighting, strong, full throttle performance.

Yaya Toure-5

Unfortunate to be removed. Was playing better than Barry.


Probably his worst display in a City shirt this year. At Fault for the first goal and was off the pace throughout.


Tried n vain.


Was the main outlet upfront. His skill was exceptional at times and he was unlucky not to score.


Again tried his best but an injury cut his game short.


Worked well when he came on.


Was a good replacement at left back.


Very hard to judge off this performance. Not enough time and just coming back.

Date:Sunday October 24 2010
Time: 7:47PM

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Yes what a day Hoped it was a better duel but the sending off changed our structure with forced changes allowed Arse to eventually pick us off. It could have been different but we will never know Superb stop by Hart galvanised city to continue to strive for at least an equaliser. Ian Holloway are you watching this is the other side of the coin. We have to take it and move on next match City c'mon prove to the critics we are the real deal
taggarts nose
24/10/2010 19:58:00
Experience in the backline - whether it be central defence or goalkeeper is vital at times and Boyatta was a bit naive to make that kind of challenge on Chamakh. Overall big games are decided by which team is more clinical and plays more smartly. Arsenal were more clinical today and retained 65% possession to minimise the damage City can cause on the counter attack.
24/10/2010 20:00:00
What nonsense. That was a nailed on red card.
24/10/2010 20:03:00
This is the worst thing I have ever read.
24/10/2010 20:09:00
Ridiculous. It was a clear red card. Take pride in the fact that City was always in the game despite being down to 10 men.
24/10/2010 20:16:00
Sajit, read the article properly. It was a nailed on sending off but the author is stating (quite rightly) that it is extremely rare to get sent off in the first 15 mins let alone 4 mins for whatever the challenge. Most refs would have given a yellow and a bollocking for a fourth minute foul, last man or not. Arsenal took full advantage and deserve full credit for a good win, us........ well we've had a bit of luck of late so we'll just carry on and put it behind us. We are not a bunch of Holloways!
24/10/2010 20:19:00
Tom14 is that your age ? you're obviously not very well read What did sky say again?
taggarts nose
24/10/2010 20:19:00
^ Arsenal fans in rival site invasion shocker. Skimming through an article and missing the point. Proud of our performance today, they all played for the shirt (well, most of them) and we were even on top at times with 10 and well in it until their second. Usually I'd be gutted and feel sick after a loss, but I'm strangely calm as I saw so much spirit in our performance today, the sort of togetherness needed to make a winning team. Also, I am quite confident we could have won with 11 men. The space the loss of that one man created was fatal though and then with Yaya Toure (one less for the midfield battle) and Tevez (who worked like an animal) getting injured, that was it.
24/10/2010 20:23:00
FIVE POINTS - MIND THE GAP Pretenders to the throne!
24/10/2010 20:29:00
Saying that City could have won if it was 11 vs 11 is like playing a winning game of championship manager - good for the ego but not that useful when it comes to what happens in real life.
24/10/2010 20:31:00
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