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Manchester City 1 - Arsenal 0

Barclays Premier League

Etihad Stadium

18/12/11

Attendance: 47,303

Referee: Phil Dowd

Manchester City
1 - 0
Arsenal
Silva (53)
 
 
Venue: Etihad Stadium
 
Attendance: 47,303
The Teams
Joe Hart
 
 
 
Wojciech Szczesny
 
 
Micah Richards
 
 
 
Johan Djourou
 
 
(47)
Vincent Kompany
 
 
 
Laurent Koscielny
 
 
Kolo Toure
 
 
 
Per Mertesacker
 
 
(82)
Pablo Zabaleta
 
 
 
Thomas Vermaelen
 
 
Gareth Barry
 
 
 
Mikel Arteta
 
 
Yaya Toure
 
 
(85)
 
Alex Song
 
 
David Silva
 
 
 
Aaron Ramsey
 
 
Sergio Aguero
 
 
 
Theo Walcott
 
 
(69)
Samir Nasri
 
 
(85)
 
Robin van Persie
 
 
Mario Balotelli
 
 
(72)
 
Yao Gervinho
 
 
Substitutes
Costel Pantilimon
 
 
 
Manuel Almunia
 
 
Joleon Lescott
 
 
 
Tomas Rosicky
 
 
James Milner
 
 
(72)
 
Andrey Arshavin
 
 
(69)
Edin Dzeko
 
 
(85)
 
Emmanuel Frimpong
 
 
Adam Johnson
 
 
 
Marouane Chamakh
 
 
(82)
Stefan Savic
 
 
 
Yossi Benayoun
 
 
Nigel De Jong
 
 
(85)
 
Ignasi Miquel
 
 
(47)
Game Statistics
15
Goal Attempts
12
9
On Target
8
4
Corners
6
13
Fouls
10
2
Yellow Cards
3
0
Red Cards
0
54
%
46
Comments...
Johnny On The Spot:
The rags and a legion of anti-City brigade-ers hopes of wheels falling off teh City juggernaut have been dashed. With the gauntlet thrown down, to a man City went toe to toe with a resurgent Arsenal in a pulsating, titanic clash. This was terrific, end to end entertainment played at a top quality technical level. Ultimately, City`s collective power, preparedness to mix it and will to win edged the contest, yet without Joe Hart`s by now undoubted brilliance, City could well have paid the price for spurning gilt edges chances repeatedly alongside a catalogue of overplaying into losing possession up front or a refusal to pull the trigger with opportunity begging. Still it's hard to criticise an amazing first half of the season.

Roberto Mancini and Arsene Wenger will know that this constitutes a massive win in the context of the Premier League title race as the top sides brace themselves for what Christmas will throw at them. Anything can happen and probably will, but City now stand 12 points clear of The Arsenal having hit 50 goals and cleared 40 points ahead of a tough challenge imminent in uncompromising Stoke. Mancio`s cunning rotation should see Milner, Dzeko and Lescott bolstering the starting XI for that battle. "Where were you when you were shit?" shrieked another Arsenal travelling support in Manchester who were more focused again in motivating our players and fans in instead of getting fully behind their side. In answer to that question, we were watching their side dish out a stunning footballing lesson to us twice a season. Not anymore. Stoke, you are next.




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Date:Sunday December 18 2011

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Better team won - simples. Still, it was the best Premier League game of the season.
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As with most lottery winners, you'll back amongst the trailer trash once the cash runs out.
czar
The club is growing at such a rate czar that in a few years, all going well, we'll be able to compete with the top clubs in the transfer market with cash that we have earned. The idea that ADUG will get bored and walk away from this investment is ludicrous.
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We'll be one of the 5 most profitable clubs in the world within 10 years and Mansour won't even have to dip into his back pocket anymore. Multiple financial experts have said we're in position to become a giant in football on and off the pitch, it helps our stadium is surrounded by vacant land owned by the club whereas in London there is almost no spare land to build on.
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