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Arteta 87′
13 Szczesny     25 Hart    
03 Sagna     04 Kompany    
05 Vermaelen     05 Zabaleta    
06 Koscielny     06 Lescott    
28 Gibbs     56' 22 Clichy    
07 Rosicky     07 Milner    
08 Arteta     18 Barry    
14 Walcott     85' 19 Nasri     79'
17 Song     42 Y Toure     17'
30 Benayoun     78' 16 Aguero     83'
10 Van Persie     45 Balotelli    
21 Fabianski     30 Pantilimon    
11 Santos     56' 02 Richards    
20 Djourou     13 Kolarov     79'
25 Jenkinson     08 Pizarro     17'
15 Ox-Chamberlain     85' 34 De Jong    
16 Ramsey     78' 10 Dzeko    
29 Chamakh     32 Tevez     83'
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Johnny On The Spot: Manchester City are threatening a previously unthinkable implosion right now. They got what they deserved from a one nil thrashing at Arsenal today and that was absolutely nothing. The completely incompetent Martin Atkinson can't be blamed this time around. Some of the City players appeared to have thrown in the title towel from the first whistle and in point of fact Arsenal's opening attacking intentions suggested that they were the side who were ready to fight tooth and nail to overcome their own bitterest rivals...Despite a sternly marshalled defence which consisted of five players committed to the cause, The Blues were horribly disjointed throughout and woefully toothless up front...The side is now completely unrecognisable in both invention and intent from the team that swept all before them last autumn and led the league for six dreamland months. But a title challenging campaign, so new to so many of us across Planet Blue is a marathon, not a sprint and a hell of a one at that...Roberto Mancini's squad have stuttered to a handbraked halt and the dreaded "set up to not get beat" mentality appears to have reasserted itself in the backroom staff's tactics. It's a play with fire gamble at this stage of the season and has seen The Citizens go behind repeatedly in increasingly crucial clashes...Mancio's faith in Mario Balotelli and all his lorryload of baggage is fast becoming a standpoint upon which the City gaffer is being ultimately judged upon despite the progress we have made under his leadership. But the fact is that tonight, having meekly surrendered the title, City return north knowing that they must secure two wins from the final six games to secure second place. That would have seemed a ludicrous statement to make two months ago but on current form, the team will struggle to realise those wins with any ease.

Writer:Johnny Baguette
Date:Sunday April 8 2012
Time: 6:16PM


Ballotelli needs a shrink to sort out whatever is going on in his head silly challenge to get the second yellow and will prob pick up an extra ban for the high foot challenge in the first half. BUT my god Sagna rolls more than a baker diving all looks bleak in regards to the league now what dya think will Mancini still be you come next season?
only 1 spurs
08/04/2012 18:22:00
As much as I loathe utd with a passion I'm so so glad we have put the final nail in citehs' title hopes for the season. You were utterly played off the park today despite poaching some of our key players and lashing out multi multi millions these seasons past, why is that? why can't you just buy success? that was the expression worn by your oil barons as they watched their dismal collection of disinterested, defeated before the 1st whistle bunch of mercenary grabbers put up that pitiful performance. A victory of class, skill, humanity and a love of playing the game the right way over flatulent decadent petulant wealth obsessed greed. All played out to the hilarity of 'carlos Tevez he plays when he wants' and 'na$ri what's the score?' That was the footballing version of Skywalker blowing up the death star right there. Love it :)
08/04/2012 18:31:00
only 1 spurs....err Bale??? biggest cheating chimpy diver in the league, glass houses sunshine.
08/04/2012 18:33:00
Outplayed and outclassed in every position on the pitch. You lot was steamrolled by an Arsenal team that made you look like a poor version of Stoke City. Has anyone told Barry that a game last 90 minutes, and Milner he was so poor he wouldnt even get into another PL side.. You know you have been *****e when you make Rosicky look a worldclass AM. You should been hammered 4-0 but at least Kompany was average in defence. Balottelli - what a nasty piece of work.
08/04/2012 18:35:00
Time to sign another 100m£ sponsor deal from one of the arab cousins. I hear one of them runs a broke cab company, Im sure he could sponsor your snoods for the next season..
08/04/2012 18:40:00
Look, the trolls are out. And yet we still finish above each of their teams this season. Enjoy the victory you sad, bitter fools whose first priority after a win is to come here - our title win is inevitable and if this result makes the brass' decision to bring in Mourinho, god help you all.
08/04/2012 18:42:00
Im dissapointed with City to be honest, i thought it would go down to the wire and they would beat Utd when they play...Not going to happen now though. Arsenal were good today, City were pretty poor and didn't deserve anything, Mancini got it totally wrong, for 1 playing Milner and starting Balotelli and keeping him on, the man is a disgrace, that challenge on Song first half was horrific.
08/04/2012 18:46:00
Still think they will win the league next year...And i hope champions league, i want an english teams to be a success in europe and can't rely on Utd, Arsenal, Chelsea or Spurs...If City fail you get 100m+ pumped in on Players so you are most likely to win it than any other team + if you can get Mourinho you would be much better.
08/04/2012 18:48:00
You're the one sounding bitter stu tbh. Your arrogance re your title claims and wish to sack your manager are equally unpalatable, all in all not your finest hour really, go and have a lie down and cuddle sky blue teddy mate.
08/04/2012 18:52:00
Not arrogant at all, the title is inevitable because we'll stop at nothing to win it. This is our first title challenge don't forget, it took Slur Alex 7 years to win his while - in the context of the transfer market in those days - being able to spend more money on players than almost everyone. Also, do not talk to me about buying success, being a Gooner you'll know where the "Bank of England" nickname your club once had game from won't you?
08/04/2012 19:10:00
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