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Arsenal 1 - Manchester City 0

The Emirates Stadium

Sunday 8th July 2012 4.00pm

Attendance: 60, 096

City Lose And Balotelli Loses The Plot

With Lee 'United Fan` Mason`s gift to Alex Ferguson earlier today, Mancini`s charges had it all to do to hang on to United in the chase for the title. Anything less than a win today would see City fall eight points behind their bitter rivals which would mean the title race was all but over. United hadn`t played free flowing beautiful football but they had only dropped two points in their last twelve games.

The team today showed a number of changes, most notably, the omission of City`s early season match winner David Silva. The team sheet read as follows: Hart, Zabaleta, Kompany, Lescott, Clichy, Milner, Yaya, Barry, Nasri, Balotelli and Aguero. The subs bench consisted of: Pantillimon, Richards, Kolarov, Pizarro, De Jong, Dzeko and Tevez.

Would City be able to beat an Arsenal side looking to go third and shackle probably the Premier League`s best striker in the supposedly City bound Van Persie. Would they be able to close the gap to five points and keep their title hopes alive and would Mancini be able to get his tactics, so poor in the last few games, right today when he needed it most.

Arsenal won the toss and kicked off playing right to left and City were soon forcing the ball back to the keeper. Within two minutes, City were given a clear indication of what they were up against after Arsenal earnt a free kick when Yaya tugged at Rosicky`s shirt. To Yaya and his team mates amazement, despite it being a nothing foul and his first foul, Atkinson brandished a yellow card. Make up your own mind about the Ref`s treatment of City this season and the FA`s handling of the red card to Kompany.

In the ninth minute Toure was floored by a high tackle which left him with a dead leg. The ref waved play on as the Ivorian was lying in agony on the turf. Minutes after this and it was Balotelli who was being wrestled to the floor. Atkinson again ignored this but instead awarded a free kick to Arsenal as the city player showed his frustration.

The opening fifteen minutes had been dominated by Arsenal as City rebuffed attacks from the left and right. The home team were being afforded amazing protection by the ref as free kicks were awarded for any minor infringement. City on the other hand had had Hart winded during a corner, Toure dead legged and substituted in fifteen minutes and Balotelli fouled every time he went near the ball. Arsenal were playing well and were clearly buoyed by having the ref on their side.

In the 16th minute City were forced into their first substitution as the savage attack on Toure left him unable to carry on and as City lost arguably most influential player. Pizarro his replacement had little first team experience and the team would surely be weakened by the lack of protection afforded them by the ref.

Three minutes later and a clearly frustrated Balotelli went in for a high tackle on Song as he went for the ball with pace. Although a foot lower than Song`s on Yaya, it did leave Song prone on the turf feeling somewhat like Yaya had earlier in the game.

City were constantly being pegged back as Arsenal earnt corner after corner and with their tallest outfield player already a casualty of the game, this was a worry. The midfield for Arsenal were playing with the belief that the merest touch from a City player would earn them a free kick, whilst City were playing with the knowledge that only GBH or attempted murder would lead to them winning a free kick.

City`s first corner of the match came in the 25th minute and they nearly capitalised as a low cross from Barry was met by Balotelli. His contact was poor and the ball skewed wide, but the opening was there.

Next it was the turn of the linesman to show his colours as Barry played a wonderful through ball to Aguero. The Argentinian began to turn his man for a run on goal but was stopped by the linesman`s flag as he was adjudged offside despite his marker being behind him when he received the ball. Make of that what you will.

In the 28th minute as Aguero chased down the ball, Koscielny, in possession, slipped and went over. Aguero took the ball but was ready to break but again Atkinson blew up this time awarding Arsenal a free kick as City were adjudged to have unfairly used the pitch to trip up the Arsenal player.

Despite facing a literal torrent of attacks in the opening thirty minutes and having to deal with match official hell bent on making sure City were at a disadvantage, as the half wore on, they started to see more of the ball. Most of their attacks were being stopped by shirt pulls or illegal tackles that were ignored by the ref but it was a glimmer of hope.

33 minutes in and Atkinson once more made either a glaring mistake or a deliberate cheat as Barry made a wonderful slide tackle to dispossess Rosicky. Barry took the ball cleanly playing it out for an Arsenal throw in but despite this, Atkinson awarded Arsenal a free kick in a dangerous position. How many more times in the remaining 55 minutes would the ref either blatantly ignore the rules or make a highly unusual number of mistakes.

On the stroke of 37 minutes, City broke after a wonderful pass by Pizarro. Aguero took the ball shaped to shoot but instead passed it toward Balotelli. Both Balotelli and Sagna went for the ball. Both players had their feet raised to the same height but it was who Balotelli caught Sagna on the ankle. A millisecond different and it would have been the other way round. Atkinson, quite understandably by now did not see it that way and issued Balotelli with City`s second yellow of the game.

As the half drew to a close, City could draw solace that despite Arsenal`s almost complete domination of the first thirty minutes, despite Atkinson`s either total incompetence or disgraceful bias, despite the ugly tackle that forced Yaya off, they were going in to the changing rooms at half time on an equal footing at half time and had everything to play for in the second half. There were a number of positives. Kompany and Lescott were looking imperious. Pizarro was coping with the pace of the game, The Blues have scored more second half goals than any other team in the Premier League and Tevez was on the bench.

City kicked of the second half with no changes in the one that finished the first and they were out of the blocks quickly breaking down the left through Clichy who put in a wicked cross. Seconds later and Aguero was wrestled to the ground on the edge of the Arsenal box. The City players didn`t expect or get the deserved free kick and it was Arsenal that broke down the Blues right side.

The game was much more open now as both sides were enjoying possession. Arsenal were being stopped by the magnificent pairing of Kompany and Lescott. City on the other hand were being stopped by fouls and the ref who saw a foul every time a Blue shirted player got in a promising position.

In the fiftieth minute Aguero was played through by Clichy. As he chased down the ball two Arsenal defenders nearly flattened him. He kept his feet outmuscling them both only to be stopped by the home side`s best defender….you`ve guessed it Atkinson who gave a free kick to Arsenal.

In the 53rd minute Zabaleta broke down the right chasing a long ball. He got onto the ball only to be stopped by the linesman`s flag waving that the ball had gone out of play when clearly it had not. City would clearly need a miracle to win this game facing not only the home side`s fluent football, but the officials either unbelievable incompetence or total anti-City bias.

Third yellow card of the game went once more to a City player, this time in the shape of Milner who was adjudged to have illegally fouled his man as he won the ball.

In the 57th minute City broke again on the left as Clichy`s pace worked for his team. Despite having his shirt pulled and having opponent arms round his waist, he managed to cross the ball from which City won a corner. The ref must either have missed the two yellow card offences perpetrated on the City full back or chose not to apply the rules when City may have gained an advantage.

A minute later and the ref was forced to issue a yellow card to an Arsenal player as their freshly introduced full back Santos attempted to cripple Balotelli. The feiry Italian was pulled back by team mate Zabaleta as he went to remonstrate with Santos.

The best and only real chance of the game soon followed as Song floated a ball into the City box which, for the first time, beat Kompany and left Van Persie with a free header. The goal looked a certainty but lucky for City the prolific striker`s touch deserted him and he missed his chance.

Arsenal were starting to edge the possession again as City were looking stretched. With twenty five minutes left, something would have to change if Mancini`s men were to take the three points away. The game was looking more and more like it would end a draw as the fluent Arsenal attack could not pierce the City defence.

On the stroke of 67 minutes a second yellow card was awarded to Arsenal after Koscielny`s studs were firmly planted into the standing ankle of Barry who was lucky to walk away with his leg intact. This surely should have been a red, but that would have offered City an advantage which the ref clearly didn`t want to do.

In the 69th minute Arsenal had the ball in City`s net after two kicks on Pizarro were ignored allowing Arsenal to win possession. The ball went to Walcott who took too long to play the ball to Van Persie and allowed the City line to step up, leaving the Arsenal front man in an offside position when he finished.

Following the Arsenal 'no goal`, the home team enjoyed a long spell of attacking the City box, but each time the ball went in one of four excellent defenders either blocked, tackled or somehow got in the way. The Blues were starting to look tired. The home side were committing men forward, but each time City looked to break, a poor pass or tired legs let them down.

With 15 minutes left on the clock Arsenal looked certain to score again as Balotelli was left for dead. Somehow Hart Zabaleta and Kompany managed to stop a goal despite Rosicky being one foot away from the goal line with the ball at his feet.

Mancini then made a tactical change withdrawing Nasri and replacing him with Kolarov who slotted in at left midfield to offer Clichy more protection and Balotelli moved up front alongside Aguero. Arsenal were still committing players forward and the hope was that City could hit them on the break.

With ten minutes left on the clock, Balotelli went on a run down the City right taking on three Arsenal defenders. Ramsey managed to bring him down after not one, not two, but three attempts and despite giving City a free kick, no card was issued, although surely deserving.

In the 82nd minute, City earnt a corner after a good cross by Balotelli. Mancini chose this moment to introduce Tevez for his compatriot Aguero who in all honesty had looked off the pace today. Could Tevez save City`s season and make up for some of what had gone before?

The ref once again ignored a clear City free kick on the edge of the Arsenal box as Tevez was wrestled to the ground. Seconds later and Arsenal were breaking toward the City goal. Arteta took possession of the ball thirty yards out from the City goal. He took two steps and hit a peach of a shot which curled away from Hart`s outstretched fingers and nestled into the City net. A goal to Arsenal, a great strike by Arteta and a wonderful assist to Atkinson who ignored a City free kick at the other end of the pitch which led seconds later to the Arsenal goal.

With a minute to go insult was added to injury as Balotelli went in for a ball with Sagna. The Arsenal player`s reaction was as if he had been struck on the leg by a hammer. He rolled and writhed until the obvious second yellow was issued to Balotelli.

City`s defence had been amazing today fighting a rear guard action against a magnificent Arsenal attack. The midfield lessened by the early and enforced withdrawal of Yaya struggled to cope with the pace of Arsenal and the decisions of Atkinson. All season the Blues had played against twelve men whilst their rivals had often played with twelve, but in the words of Humphrey Bogart, 'maybe not today, maybe not tomorrow, but soon and for the rest of your lives`.

Star Player

Vincent Kompany played a Captains role today and together with Lescott looked better than Ferdinand and Vidic at their best. Took twelve men to beat them.

Player Ratings


Joe Hart - 8

Did nothing wrong in the 90 minutes.

Pablo Zabaleta - 8

A goal line clearance and some stalwart defending.

Vincent Kompany - 9

The best centre half in the Premier League by far.

Joleon Lescott - 8

Playing the best form of his career and didn't put a foot wrong.

Gael Clichy - 8

Got forward on occasion but was stopped by a foul every time.

James Milner - 6.5

His passing today was wayward and didn't seem to have the passion he played with earlier in the season.

Yaya Toure -

Almost had his leg amputated by an Arsenal player and went of early.

Gareth Barry - 7

His passing was ok but he couldn't match the pace of the Arsenal players.

Samir Nasri - 6

Looked out of his depth today and overawed by the occasion.

Mario Balotelli - 1

Thinks he's Messi, but what has he actually done for City? He has become a liability to the team and is clearly not a team player. Hart's reaction to his sending off says it all. If he plays for City again I would be surprised. Morinho says he is unmanageable and I agree. Could cost Mancini his job.

Sergio Aguero - 6

Didn't even have scraps to feed on today.

Pizarro - 6

Slotted in well and his passing looks good.

Kolarov -

Too late to mark.

Tevez -

Too late to mark. But should have been on at half time.

Manager Rating

Roberto Mancini - Once again his bizarre tactics have cost City. Bringing Tevez on with a few minutes to go was ridiculous. There are clearly issues in the team as the passion in certain players has disappeared. Whether it be the persistence in playing Balotelli or Tevezgate, something is not right. Before today I would have said keep with Mancini, but after today I think questions need to be asked. His indulgance in a player that is clearly not right in the head has cost the club and clearly affected the players.

Ref Watch

Howard Webb, Lee Mason, Martin Atkinson. Three ref's that have cost City their season. From the Chelsea game onwards City have played against twelve players. In depth analysis needs to be carried out by City as I have never in my thirty plus years supporting the club seen as many obviously anti-City decisions being made. Ferguscum said these things even out over a season. Bollocks mate, the ref's have handed you the title this season. Let's hope it's your last.




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Date:Sunday April 8 2012

Time: 6:20PM

Your Comments

Assuming that you comments on the savage attack on ya ya and poor old mario mistimed tackles were meant to be taken with a pinch of salt or maybe an out and out attempt for a laugh? You lot were crap today and deserved nothing.
Galway Gooner
Pants review, take a deep breath and don't hammer your keyboard whilst the red & white mist lingers. Only one savage attack on the pitch today and that was from that scowling mohicaned penis masquerading as a footballer, who finally got what he deserved - only 70 minutes later than it should have been.
nikolaijns
Balotelli is an absolute disgrace, you need to get rid soon, some of the things he does are hilarious but stupid at the same time, such as the firework incident. He should of got straight red on his challenge on Song, it was disgusting and could of easily ended his career with that. I saw City attacking a couple of times and Balotelli was just walking at the side of the pitch, no intention to help his team at all, it just seems that he is in it for himself and noone else, very selfish and deluded...He has potential to be a good player, not World class as people say but at the moment he is nothing better than average...Fair play to Mancini for sticking by him but he is a clown simple as and has played a big part in costing you the title...We are gonna have to see the same old *****e with Utd winning again now, thanks!!!
P.Avfc
His reports are often poor and, whilst I understand it's a city site, i've never seen so bias and blinkered reports as the ones richy produces. The Ped reports are the post match reports actually worth reading. No offence richy but every time your team plays crap and gets the result they deserve it's a massive conspiracy theory that the refs are against you. City can do nothing wrong I your eyes.
TheFamousNo7
Thanks for your constructive criticism no7 now why don't you talk to someone who cares. If you read the report I complimented arsenals football slated and both Balotlli and mancini. And in an opinions business you can call my reports poor but they get the website lots of hits and more people agree than disagree with me. There does appear with the exception of Man United to be a north south divide. Most of the northerners are nice people with good constructive comments whilst the Chelsea spurs and arsenal fans that comment on the whole appear to be the most amazing *********s.
bluerichy
What a JOKE of a review, just like your JOKE of a club. Chavs who got lucky on the lottery and that's all you'll ever be. Money buys mercenaries NOT class. By the way, you need to cage Balotelli. What do you lot feed him on? Raw meat? A disgrace to football.
julieloveshenry4ever
Probably one of the worst post-match reports ive read... "Vincent Kompany played a Captains role today and together with Lescott looked better than Ferdinand and Vidic at their best. Took twelve men to beat them."????? Seriously...comparing two defenders on their prime, with a "finished" Rio, and an injured (also past his best) Vida??? It's really sad of you..... And still our defence is only 1 goal behind your perfect Kompany and Lescot? These guys are not even worth one leg of each of our players even in their prime! We'll talk again after 4-5 years...Making assumptions too soon... as all Citeh fans have done so, the whole year.... 12th Player? I think you should have another look at not-so-super Mario...he got away with it at least a couple of times... And how exactly can your defensive line average a score of 8.25 when arsenal had 1 post, an almost-goal for arsenal stopped by Vermaelen, a ramsey huge miss when your defence was nowhere to be found, a shot by arteta (GOAL!!! 1-0!! Prem League goes to UNITED!!!) that lescott didnt close down...and so on and so on... Your midfield averaged almost 7???? Are you nuts? The Gunners had like 70% possession!!! Where you watching the game on Fifa12 instead of Sky sports??? Seriously.... Get real...
alexpant
Wow lots of vitriol here. Do I hear bitterness and envy of the teams looking up? We got outplayed today and there are clearly issues surrounding Balotelli, but anyone who says the refs haven't screwed city is clearly bereft of their faculties and wearing jealousy tinted lenses. Get rid of Balotelli I agree as I think the clue in the article title suggests however our defence was utterly magnificent today and to use the terms mercanary and the like shows a clear lack of understanding and intelligence. Of course my article is biased and of course parts of it are tongue in cheek but it gets people talking and isn't that the point? But to insult and belittle are the characteristics of bullies who lack the necessary facutlies to communicate without resorting to such base behaviour. The only way is up for City and if that isn't the case at your club.... Deal with it like my fellow city fans did when we went down to division two.
bluerichy
Go and read Sly Sports/The Sun/Mirror/Daily Mail if you want to read a City-hating pro-former Sky 4 loving piece, not a City fan site. We get abuse from each end of the media spectrum, more often than not unfairly, so if you want to enjoy some of that there is plenty of it to be found. I suggest starting at thesun.co.uk.
StuMCFC
"...supporting the club seen as many obviously anti-City decisions being made. Ferguscum said these things even out over a season. ********* mate, the ref's have handed you the title this season. Let's hope it's your last one" Get over it. Citeh bottled it... You thought that champions are made out of 300+million euros... well they are not...you sucked as soon as Aguero stopped banging in the goals....Injuries were too much to handle you said??? You missed Yaya during the AFN??? Ridiculous.... Join the list of United's victims...and you very well know this wont be our last title... Cause our team's quality, which doesnt match yours, i know, can only improve and it will... A champion's heart though...cant be bought...and that is unfortunate for you...
alexpant
Not going to lie but I had a peek at the comments before attempting to read the review and judging by the comments I'm not going to bother. Outplayed, out hustled and outclassed, but no it must be the refs fault, or the popes or whoever else tickles your fancy. Football won today plain and simple and it felt sweet.
gunnerman76
Wow, this is easily the worst match report I have ever read.
gronedrone
Booohooo StuMCFC.... i really feel sorry for you guys.... just watch the 22 guys running around a ball on the pitch... dont pay attention to the commentary... you should still get the same picture if you are a sane football fan...
alexpant
Waaaaaaaahhh waaaaahhhh. All that money spent and worse than last season. It's kind of a nice message to Arsenal fans too .... spunking billions of pounds on over-rated players doesn't gurantee trophies :)
Rocky7
City are a thousand times the team that Arsenal are. Arsenal are total filthy scum. Just had a bad day at the office that's all. They complain about Balotelli but look at their history, full of teams packed with the dirtiest scum! Balotelli is a ******** top bloke and he doesn't deserve this kind of ***** from the supporters of a team that haven't won a SINGLE TROPHY FOR SEVEN YEARS. **** G.O.O.N.E.R T.W.A.T.S. Go go mario, good for you son, well in there son.
Henry Baker Brown
Henry Baker Brown, grow the hell up!! Balotelli is a moron, FCB, Stu, Rojo and whoever else on here would probably agree...Good footballer, good so selfish and stupid.
P.Avfc
but*
P.Avfc
City obviously deserved to win this game. They had more shots on goal, more passes in the final third, more possession, they won the 50:50's in midfield and had more corners. Oh wait.. Bluerichy, take some time out and read this report again in 24 hours time. Its an embarassment.
Deltaforce
Wow lots of vitriol here. Do I hear bitterness and envy of the teams looking up? We got outplayed today and there are clearly issues surrounding Balotelli, but anyone who says the refs haven't screwed city is clearly bereft of their faculties and wearing jealousy tinted lenses. Get rid of Balotelli I agree as I think the clue in the article title suggests however our defence was utterly magnificent today and to use the terms mercanary and the like shows a clear lack of understanding and intelligence. Of course my article is biased and of course parts of it are tongue in cheek but it gets people talking and isn't that the point? But to insult and belittle are the characteristics of bullies who lack the necessary facutlies to communicate without resorting to such base behaviour. The only way is up for City and if that isn't the case at your club.... Deal with it like my fellow city fans did when we went down to division two.
bluerichy
Bluerichy....I could go and take a **** in the street and it would get people talking. And what exactly am I envious off? you dont get a trophy for second mate. I tell you what....once you have 14 titles then I might be ;) If you want everyone to praise your reviews then take the rose tinted glasses off, and at least be gracious in defeat. Sometimes the team has to take responsibility for not putting a shift in.
gunnerman76
There are a lot of morons masquerading as fans on here today. Ffs I gave arsenal credit I slated Balotelli who by the way will never kick a ball for city again.... But the responses to a fan written article are truly and undeniably pathetic. Shame the usual boys aren't around to back me up but hey gooners van persie will no doubt be ours in the summer and since you guys decided to get personal your club is on the way down... Wenger won't spend the money and you will be a feeder club for the big boys. You haven't won anything for years and there isn't much chance in the future under Wenger. Well done for beating us today but one thing is for sure... City will win things. Where were you? I was here!
bluerichy
bluerichy,if you have the idocity to write crap, you got to have the courage to face it when people say you are *****. Fu(kinG **** of a report.
Sajit
Nice one sajit for stating the obvious. Your use of language is highly commendable however my preceding comments could be seen by individuals of necessary intelligence to be the aforementioned writer single handedly standing up to a veritable cornucopia of crass base and indeed thoroughly moronic individuals who lack the ability to understand humour fan bias or indeed the passion that drives individuals to freely give up their time to engender normally wholehearted debate and do match write ups week in week out regardless of personal position. In short if you don't like it say so but don't be a****.
bluerichy
HBB.....Have you finished frothing at the mouth yet? If city are a thousand times the team of us does that mean they are a thousand and one times the team of you?:) Anyone would think that Arsenal Football club was established only 7 years ago. I love the way the spuds wait a few seasons for us not to win a trophy then press the reset button. But then I guess when you have been pushing the reset button for 50 years it becomes a habit.
gunnerman76
And pavfc wtf are you doing here.... Since we're being nasty why don't you go back to your own site and enjoy the mid table mediocrity. Am utterly sick of the press and moronic fans that suddenly hate city now we have money. When we yoyod between divisions we were every ones second team. The best fans in the country deserve some hope and some success so to you all you haters out there... Tough. Deal with the blue moon rising.. There will be hiccups on the way but city are on the way to creating history and for those idiots who think the sheik is in it short term, you clearly haven't seen his plans or checked out the facts. Amazing the turnaround in opinions over just a few years.
bluerichy
In decline? That comment is a sign of your own insecurities. We are third in arguably the hardest league in Europe and we have been finishing there or there abouts consistently for over a decade (have you?) We have had our worse start to a season in over 50 years yet we are still fighting tooth and nail to finish in the top 3. We have one of the best stadiums in Europe with a team that plays beautiful football (as you found out today) We actually have a youth academy full of players that actually believe they can get a chance in the first team, and compared to our colleagues in Europe we are financially stable..........dont kid yourself mate, Arsenal have been around doing this for a long time before city and will be doing it for a longtime after.
gunnerman76
bluerichy wind your neck in and actually read my comments, what you talking about 'since were being nasty', read your own comment before submitting it. Why do i have to go back to my own site, this is a 'vital' site, im entitled on any site on this network? And we aint mid table mate, we are lower than mid table ;) we cant put 100+m into the team when things go wrong can we, we have to actually invest in youth and do it the old fashioned way it's a lot harder. I think you will find im not being a City hater, find something apart from me slating that idiot Balotelli where i am hating on City, i wanted them to win the league this year, i wanted a change, so stop crying mate.
P.Avfc
http://www.101greatgoals.com/gvideos/arsenal-fans-mock-manchester-city-with-the-poznan-2/
Rocky7
The author has admitted that the point of this article is to get hits. It partially explains the excuse of a "match report" that is the article. It was a must win game for Citeh and yet the City players never got out of 2nd gear - there was no doubt which team played with the higher desire and commitment today. One would think that such a performance would make smart City fans dissapointed and angry. Instead of dissecting what was an utterly insipid performance in a crunch game by your team which has virtually handed the title over to United, blurichy has once again swept the key issues plaguing his club under the carpet and instead railed against the referee and the conspiracy that exists against his club. Except perhaps a few City fans no one else is buying this story.
Deltaforce
Great biased and over the top report...... Arsenal were the better team today......are United the better team overall...I don't think so.....for the gunners fans...at least we are within sight of the title and gave the rags a run for their money....where were you all season? We have played badly...probably since the chelsea defeat...but it doesn't take away the fact the the poorest ref decisions have been saved for City games. Lee Mason the man theat sent off Vincent kompany when every pundit in the land said it was a fair strong tackle gave a penalty today to man who was clearly ofside and hadn't even been fouled....favouring the rags or just lucky.... We'll continue to build and we will win the title....so we didn't do it this year...after 46 years I am sure another year won't make much difference....and at least we can say we are moving upwards....how many years to your next one gunners.... ...and to the rags on here....enjoy....there won't be many more!!!
MikeBlue
Cheers Mike b thought I was fighting the morons single handedly.
bluerichy
Come on guys. In many of the games this year we've been the victim of sinister refereeing decisions; not today. We looked like a beaten team before we even went out and throughout the game we were second best to every ball. Arsenal could have scored more had they been a bit cleverer with their final ball. Mancini made some poor choices again (Balotelli off at HT for Tevez? De Jong on for Barry or Milner to break up their play?). The only plus side is that we now know what we're up against for next season. We certainly won't get any favours so we shouldnt expect any, but the behaviour of Balotelli was suicidal and the Arsenal players knew he was one more winding up from a sending off. Santos and Sagna tried some 20 mins before he was sent off to antagonise him so Mancini should had foreseen this and dragged him off for Tevez who actually looks like he wants to play for the team rather than someone who is becoming a sideshow. Let's finish the season with a bit of pride, and we City fans with our dedication and knowledge about the game should be more objective about games like today when we were clearly second best. It hurts for all of us but our time will come and we are still a huge improvement from last season
quinninho
Next!
RobsonGreensleeves
Pavfc being all bothered about a City report....again. Why are you here? Gooners yes, City fans yes, even the odd nerdy Yernitid fan. But Villa fans? Seriously?
RobsonGreensleeves
No it's called giving an opinion Robson, doesn't matter who you support...City fans don't own this vital site, you can go on any site you want. Since when were football fans only allowed to give opinions on their own sides? how narrow minded are you really.
P.Avfc
I can support luton, sherewsbury or wallsall doesn't matter, football is football...can say what i like, when i like, where i like.
P.Avfc
of course you can PAVFC doesnt stop it being strange. And to the moron who said my player ratings are wrong they are pretty similar to every other report out there, One point though....the chelsea fans were far more vociferous in venting their splean.....arsenal seem to lack something.
bluerichy
How is it strange? You watch MOTD dont you? You have opinions on players from other teams? Well i wanna give mine on here, don't be so small minded and defensive all the time no need for it...I see FCB over on the villa site now and again, i have posted on about 4 of your articles over the past 3 months probably, if you only want City fans on here then your not gonna get any form of debates...Bore off.
P.Avfc
Sorry but "doing the Poznan" is not clever or cute when away teams did it every time they scored at the Etihad earlier this season. Enjoy your Moral Victory Cup Final, it might make up for 7... or is it 8 years now without a pot?
StuMCFC
"You haven't won anything for years and there isn't much chance in the future under Wenger" What was the last time you won the League? Or the CL? A fairly poor return on billions of investment.
gunnerfan1987
lol @ stu, one FA cup in 30 odd years and you're trying to willy wave about silverware? against Arsenal? This is not going to end well for you.
nikolaijns
pavfc, what's wrong with you? I don't only want City fans here, hence my City, Gooners & Yernited comment; they were relevant as they were mentioned in the original article. You come on here when things are down for us, never an opinion on any other situations. Do you have opinions on us when we win? No. You talk about narrow minded?! Before thinking you've posted a witty comment again, think.
RobsonGreensleeves
PS, I won't be replying to you again tonight.
RobsonGreensleeves
We are three years in with many more to go. It doesn't happen overnight but rest assured it will happen and I am assuming the fear of that is the root cause of all this vitriol.
bluerichy
nikolaijns: I really don't care what we win but reading the constant cries for Wenger's head from your awful fans in recent years made it clear the lack of trophies is gnawing at most Arsenal fans, and now you're relegated to the level where you have to celebrate a win over little old City like it's some sort of cup final.
StuMCFC
What a joke of a match report. What, no comment on Batotelli's studs up leg breaker of a challenge on Song? Surely One of the worse examples of assault this season. You lot should have been down to 10 men well before half time. Referee bias? You're having a laugh!
Wyn Mills
"celebrate a win over little old City". So you admit your own insignificance in the larger picture?
gunnerfan1987
Who gives a rats arse whether Abu Dhabi City buy their first league title in living memory, or how many zillions you've had to spend to achieve 2nd place? You can't buy class, and you know it.
Wyn Mills
All said and done the City's title challenge this season has been refreshing for the league and the teams aound them ie the top 6 will have to meet the challenge of the extreme spending power City. and next season they could be even stronger.They are here to stay as a major power.
nickster
Again double standards stu, unless someone else hijacked your account and posted the comment willing 'the brass' as you put it to sack Mankini and bring in Mourinho? And if you don't care what you win then why jump on the media bandwagon and try and assume it's all Arsenal fans care about? I celebrate the win over you like I'd celebrate it against any other artificially inflated sugar daddy driven small club vanity project like Chelsea or PSG or Anzhi whateverski, with righteous satisfaction but it's not even a quarter final so don't flatter yourself.
nikolaijns
Funny how the savage attack on Toure's left leg had him putting the ice pack on his right leg !! Thank you for persisting with Milner and Barry today made our job that much easier.
Will-i-am10
It's simply common sense that the brass will consider Mourinho, if you understand the mindset of our owners, they deem anything they own to be an extension of themselves, so will not be happy until City is an all conquering powerhouse and logically that could mean the world's greatest football manager in charge of the club. Your moral high-ground act is pathetic, I wonder how clubs like Southampton feel when they are powerless to stop advances by your club for players like Walcott and AOC? And your local match-going fans (I wonder if you are one) who have seen your ticket prices rise to such obscene levels (the highest in the Premier League) that it is now more a day out for middle class whingers than the working class man, which explains the incredibly poor atmosphere there most weeks.
StuMCFC
It's a sad indictment of the game that you consider sacking a guy like Mankini who is a class act and consider bringing in a short termist narcissitic egomaniac like Maureen to be common sense. Regarding your whining of the moral high ground issue if you weren't a citeh fan you would view the situation in exactly the same way, and I'm sure you viewed Abramovichs' spunking of the immoral proceeds from the natural resources of his peoples' country with no small amount of disgust, it's a natural response for any sane individual with the slightest care of how our world works, just as it is a natural response for every chelski fan to have stuck their head in the sand and pretend it's not just some gangsters' plaything joke. Why do you wonder if I'm a match goer? I am but what difference does it make to anything? how would you know what the atmos is like there most weeks? watch every game do you? Not that I blame you when the likes of Backwards Barry & Mediocre Milner are on the menu. How did you like the atmosphere today? Expect your ticket prices to dramaticlly increase too as theres no way continued lashing millions out can be continually linked to your joke of a sponsorship. If FFP is properly instigated and regulated then it could well mean this season is the closest you'll come to a league title challenge. Far from the given that you seem to make anyhow.
nikolaijns
1. Mourinho has said he wants his next job to be long-term after he's completed his ambition of conquering Europe's three biggest league. He has nothing left to prove after this except to build a legacy with his next club. / 2. I welcomed Abramovich's buy out as MORE COMPETITION is always good, your type of fans who sit on a high horse would prefer it if the same "old boys" clubs dominated year in, year out - just like Platini wants the Champions League to be the same, hence the inane "seeding" system that makes it easier for the "old boys" teams to advance based on their past results rather than their current quality. I was happy when Chelsea beat the red scum to the title. There is nothing new or unique about spending money in football, YOUR CLUB was one of the culprits in turning it from a real working man's sport into what it is now when David Dein was more or less the #1 man in forcing the creation of the Premier League, which was the catalyst in turning football into what it is now. So if you consider City to be a monster, consider who drew the blueprints - your club played a BIG part in it and you weren't complaining when you and a few other clubs monopolized so much of the money for years in your cushy "Big 4", when no one else could afford to spend enough money to compete and break into it. / 3. FFP is dealt with and we'll be able to sign at least three big names this summer with almost no net spend when you look at the list of players set for the exit including Tevez, Adebayor, Balotelli, De Jong, Johnson, Weiss, Santa Cruz, and Bridge. The wage bill will also be slashed hugely by the outgoings and a). the Etihad sponsorship, b). a new and much more lucrative kit deal, c). Champions League revenue will all go on to the accounts next year. Not to mention the brilliant, community-enhancing plans around our stadium that in addition to creating ultimately thousands of jobs will be consider a legitimate source of income in these new protectionist rules which again seek to keep the "old boys" clubs above a glass ceiling that will be impossible for any team below it to break through (ie. Everton get bought out tomorrow and want to spend money to catch up and compete. These rules forbid it so Everton are forever frozen in place.).
StuMCFC
Most city fans on here are very logical and rational other than a few idiots. For your sake, I hope you get rid of Balotelli and Tevez and all other mercenaries you ahve over there. And btw, we are willing to offload Chamakh for 1/4th of what you paid for Na$ri if you want :)
Sajit
You prove my point with maureen he's at Real one of the biggest 3 clubs in the world and he's already talking about his next job. He has commitment issues and it's always about him, complete egomaniac. Arsenal have had their share of footballing tsars in the likes of Norris and Dein and yes Dein would take every opportunity to skew every situation in favour of Arsenal, but we are a club who has earned our right to sit at the top table, we've not achieved it through wild over spending and never have. The creation of the premier league was always going to happen with or without Dein or is he to blame for Skys money too? I wouldn't be surprised i've seen a lot of gooners try & hang the works on him, all Arsenal did was ensure they had one of their own in on procedings to look after their slice of what was always going to be a lucrative slice of the pie, that & a continued 15 yr odd presence in the CL due to footballing excellence & consistency NOT sugar daddy multi squillion signings. That regular 30+ mill every year prudently invested is what has been a major factor in ensuring Arsenals' rise in prominence to pretty much European superpower status so a little credit due here eh? We've paid some big money for players in the scheme of things but realistically always at the market rate and a pittance compared to your Utds and Liverpools and even spurs 16 mill on Bent lol, still makes me chuckle, it's not like we started the whole ball rolling in that stratospheric 30 mill for a player dept is it? it's not like we've gone on to do it since either, don't even know who our record fee signing is.
nikolaijns
It's hilarious to complain about the ref's "anti-City bias", considering by rights you guys should have been down to 10 men after 19 minutes. Mario's challenge was one of the worst of the season, and Song was very lucky that he could get up and walk away afterwards. That should be a straight red all day everyday.
krismon1
I think you guys are suffering from the same disease we have got at spurs in the last month, hoping other teams get the results we need. When the truth is we are struggling to keep up with the pace anymore.
WestStandEnclosure
How much would Wenger pay for Balotelli from us??? Any offers??? We got done today, no worries about that my blue mates. We could have and probably should have had at least a couple of more shots on goal if not goals. Mancini did slip up today by slipping into his defensive mode and should have had at the very least Tevez on a whole lot earlier. Mind you, Arsenal was very good when they got going but surely we could have taken some of the pressure of with a more attacking formation??? I said this a few times this season so I guess no one will listen now.... lol
OziMan
Oziman you must be wearing glasses with clear lenses. And stumcfc I'm sure Southampton are very happy with the 20 odd million they have been able to invest back into the club thanks to us. Let's be realistic, if a lower league club has a gem in their youth set up do you not think they see the $ signs? Southampton are in a much better situation now then they would be if they didn't take the money. There are Different levels in football let's be honest and very now and again these little gems pop up at a lower level when it is quite obvious they need to be plying there trade at the top level. Footballers want the chance to develop to the maximum. I think it is quite obvious that the ox will become a better footballer playing at arsenal then at Southampton.......he is up against the best defenders in Europe week in and week out, training alongside world class footballers week in week out. At least we have been putting our money back into the English game at the lower level which is more then can be said about your lot. Do not think that every youth player in the lower leagues dreams of playing at the top level? So shoot us for making the ox's dreams come true, not forgeting the fact that you could be cheering him on in the euros........your argument is null and void.
gunnerman76
Robson you are a horrible twisted little man, please please stop me from commenting on this site? Oh you can't can you? Nothing wrong with my comments, and how do i only post when things are down for you? Didn't no that City were suffering so bad, unlimited money to spend and only just gave the title away...hmmm i'd actually consider replying to people who generally are trolling this website instead of giving a valid opinion. I don't see anyone else moaning about my comments do you? Because i haven't slagged the club of in any way at all...next.
P.Avfc
@ P.Avfc - ignore Robson, he is just insanely bitter.
nordkap
@StuMCFC, excellent point on the FFP.
ten men
Ok moral high-ground Gooners, I can't be arsed, but disagree with your own club legend about these artificial money injections - in this case, a large one (huge in the context of the transfer market back then) - that aided your team's success. From The Independent ------- "I think that a significant factor, 90 per cent, in why we achieved so much is that Danny Fiszman invested £50m in the club and we were able to go to the next level," he said. "I got my first decent contract at the club, so did David Seaman, we were able to bring in Dennis Bergkamp – and that was before Arsène arrived – David Platt, Patrick Vieira, Nicolas Anelka, and were able to pay them – top players from around the world.
StuMCFC
One other thing in response to gunnerman: "And stumcfc I'm sure Southampton are very happy with the 20 odd million they have been able to invest back into the club thanks to us." - and what about all the money we've given clubs??? The £16million to Villa (+ Ireland) for Milner or how about the £24million to financially crippled Everton? It's amazing, when City spend it's evil, when a moral high-ground club spend, it's putting the money back in the game.
StuMCFC
Don't blame the refs for your performances this season, ALL teams have had **** decisions go against them, and all teams have had decisions go for them - arguing in your squad, and the inability of Mancini to man manage has cost you this title - you should have walked away with it long ago.....
niteworlok
Whilst we still had the title in our reach and threw it away irregardless of referees, ignoring the referees would be wrong. For example, do you deny that the referees handed you potentially 4pts from your last two home games (stonewall penalty denied to Fulham, offside/Young dive/red card/penalty goal against QPR)? UNDOUBTEDLY wrong decisions have at least 2pts extra to your tally (taking into account that a lacklustre United still might have beaten an 11 man QPR) and a possible 4pts in the past two games alone! I'm not even going to get into the mass of decisions across the season like Sunderland's offside goal against us (Sunderland won 1-0), a blatant penalty not given for Silva when we were 1-0 up against Chelsea (lost 2-1), and an NON-offside goal disallowed against West Brom (match finished 0-0)? Meanwhile Rooney is likely to finish the season with no yellow cards... https://p.twimg.com/AqCY5JkCAAA8wTc.jpg - I rest my case.
StuMCFC
city lost with a bench more than twice the cost of arsenal's first team.;) it must be frustrating not being able to quit and restart a match like in your fifa12. what a joke of a club
GunnaBlazing
The generic money argument, you lot have nothing and yet as I've explained Arsenal are one of the most responsible clubs for the creation of what English football has become. Oh and this joke of a club is still 10pts above you and has beaten you twice this season don't forget.
StuMCFC
Want a nasty bunch of clunts the arsenal fans seem to be beaten this season only by Chelsea. Say want you want but you will always be looking up at us from now on... Get used to it and say what you want about my articles but they get more debate than any other on the vital network. Bet none of you would speak to me that way in the same room... Shows you for what you are... Pretty similar to your team really.
bluerichy
Look at your own results - and you dont know what would have happened if a decision had gone another way - its impossible to say it would have cost us or you points or helped gain points!
No case to rest as EVERY team has had lady luck shining on them this season, and EVERY team has had crap reffing decisions go against them - your lot should have done the job a long time ago - end of - I mean losing to Swansea, the mighty City - unthinkable really.....
niteworlok
Who ever said we are the "mighty City" NW? losing to Swansea wasn't unthinkable, I personally said before it that it was a real banana skin considering our away form, now U*d losing to Blackburn at home, that is unthinkable really.
Bluedub
Blackburn being a bogey team for us means it really wasn't unthinkable...
TheFamousNo7
At home? With the form they were in? Have a day off mate
Bluedub
Looooooooooool @No.7. Nothing you say can explain that result. Surprised to see all the goonbags on here givin it large. Can only assume that your anger/bitterness stems from the fact that City has taken its seat at the CL table and created mass confusion and outright panic throughout London in the process. Must work harder.
rojo2010
Well said rojo... It's funny that only arsenal and Chelsea have spewed this much vitriol about my articles this season....
bluerichy
It's a stab in the dark richy but I'm guessing those were the results that hurt you the most this season? Not that I have any doubt that the chelski report wasn't the model of insightful balanced reportage of the highest journalistic order. There is a big difference between debate and scorn just for the record.
nikolaijns
 

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