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Manchester City
1 - 1
Arsenal

FA Barclays Premier League

The Etihad Stadium

23/9/12

Attendance: 47,318

Referee: Mike Dean

Manchester CityArsenal
Lescott 40′Koscielny 82′
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:

Writer:Johnny Baguette
Date:Sunday September 23 2012
Time: 6:02PM

Comments

0
Another lacklustre performance. They need a rocket put up their arses. Fair result.
Bluedub
23/09/2012 18:06:00
0
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
23/09/2012 18:14:00
0
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
23/09/2012 18:44:00
0
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
23/09/2012 18:52:00
0
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
23/09/2012 18:57:00
0
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
23/09/2012 19:26:00
0
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
23/09/2012 20:25:00
0
*hold a lead (and possibly hold a league...)
StuMCFC
23/09/2012 20:38:00
0
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.
StuMCFC
23/09/2012 20:38:00
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