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Manchester City 1 - Arsenal 1

FA Barclays Premier League

The Etihad Stadium

23/9/12

Attendance: 47,318

Referee: Mike Dean

Manchester City
1 - 1
Arsenal
Lescott 40′
 
Koscielny 82′
 
Venue: The Etihad Stadium
 
Attendance: 47,318
The Teams
01 Hart
 
 
 
24 Mannone
 
 
04 Kompany
 
 
 
04 Mertesacker
 
 
05 Zabaleta
 
 
 
06 Koscielny
 
 
06 Lescott
 
 
 
25 Jenkinson
 
 
22 Clichy
 
 
 
28 Gibbs
 
 
11 Sinclair
 
 
46'
 
02 Diaby
 
 
71'
14 Garcia
 
 
 
08 Arteta
 
 
21 Silva
 
 
 
16 Ramsey
 
 
42 Y Toure
 
 
 
19 Cazorla
 
 
10 Dzeko
 
 
68'
 
09 Podolski
 
 
72'
16 Aguero
 
 
85'
 
27 Gervinho
 
 
90'
Substitutes
30 Pantilimon
 
 
 
36 Martinez
 
 
13 Kolarov
 
 
 
11 Santos
 
 
33 Nastasic
 
 
 
20 Djourou
 
 
17 Rodwell
 
 
46'
 
14 Walcott
 
 
72'
18 Barry
 
 
 
15 Chamberlain
 
 
32 Tevez
 
 
68'
 
22 Coquelin
 
 
90'
45 Balotelli
 
 
85'
 
12 Giroud
 
 
71'
Game Statistics
15
Goal Attempts
10
10
On Target
4
9
Corners
4
1
Offside
1
10
Fouls
7
1
Yellow Cards
0
53
%
47
Comments...
Johnny On The Spot: No prizes for guessing who will be the happier side tonight. If City were in any doubt of the scale of the task faced in reclaiming the Premier League title, then the reigning Champions can reflect upon a start to the league season that though registered unbeaten, can best be described as frustratingly unsatisfactory...Arsenal came to town with the intent to build upon their own fine start but were unable to capitalise on first half possession and paid the price as City made their height advantage count before the break... The ball just would not run for The Blues throughout this game and despite some game performances from the likes of Silva, Dzeko and Zabaleta (who shackled Gervinho), there was a disjointed look about City's hard working attempts to flow...In truth, Mancio's bold half time subbing of Sinclair for Rodwell looked a masterstroke as midfield became shored up, but failure to finish off a host of opportunities went punished once more. City have got to learn again how to hold on to a lead. That said, you can't help get the feeling that the solidity and scintillating pass and move will return, but right now the squad find themselves in seventh place on merit. A favourable run of fixtures follow the stern test that Arsene Wenger always poses but to capitalise upon that, City need to find rythmn and a settled approach quickly. Stats Courtesy BBC:




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Date:Sunday September 23 2012

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Another lacklustre performance. They need a rocket put up their arses. Fair result.
Bluedub
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23/09/2012 18:06:00

Surprisingly the only clean sheet looked like Mike Dean's notebook, but even that was marred by an obvous yellow from garcia. The Gooners deserved the draw, although both Clubs could have won it late on.
Buzz Lightyear
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23/09/2012 18:14:00

Bit of an after the lord mayors show for citeh I thought, respective away fixtures in the CL seemed to take an edge off proceedings, I had doubts about where our goal was coming from having gone behind but overall a draw is a fair outcome.
nikolaijns
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23/09/2012 18:44:00

The game had a high technical level in the first half while the second half was quite scrappy. Both goals in the game came against the run of play - Lescott's when Arsenal were playing well and Koscielny's when City looked to have the game done and dusted. Some excellent defensive work from Zabaleta and Kompany snuffed out openings Gervinho and Podolski carved up while Mertesacker intercepted everything that came his way at the other end. Both teams lacked a cutting edge - Aguero looked understandably rusty while Gervinho was all running but no finishing at the other end.
Deltaforce
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23/09/2012 18:52:00

Thoroughly inept performance. We were denied a clear penalty and should have won it with the Kompany/Kun attempt but that would have been hugely unfair on arsenal who played well, played fair and came to win.
rojo2010
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23/09/2012 18:57:00

Definite air of must win about the trip to Fulham next Saturday. Can't help but feel we could use a settled side right now but this is an intensive run of games. Villa in the league cup, you are next.
Johnny Baguette
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23/09/2012 19:26:00

Think both sides have reasons to be happy with the draw. Onwards and upwards, this was our first proper test, and whilst we looked disjointed in places (what's happened to our passing game?!), we still created a host of decent chances. Fair play to the Gunners, they are one of the very few sides that will come to the Etihad and give us a proper game of football, unlike the bus-parkers from just outside of town.
fifthcolumnblue
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23/09/2012 20:25:00

*hold a lead (and possibly hold a league...)
StuMCFC
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23/09/2012 20:38:00

We have forgotten how to hold a league, very frustrating from the side who used to infuriate the likes of Arsenal with our ability to defend for our lives. Not a bad point at all but 2pts down on equivalent from last season so will hopefully turn last season's Fulham draw into a win next weekend.
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