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Arsenal 0 - Manchester City 2 - Stats

Arsenal
0 - 2
Manchester City

FA Barclays Premier League

The Emirates Stadium

13/1/13

Attendance: 60, 107

Referee: Mike Dean

ArsenalManchester City
Milner 21′ Dzeko 32′
01 Szczesny     01 Hart    
03 Sagna     04 Kompany    
05 Vermaelen     05 Zabaleta    
06 Koscielny     22 Clichy    
28 Gibbs     33 Nastasic    
02 Diaby     61' 07 Milner    
10 Wilshere     14 Garcia    
14 Walcott     18 Barry    
15 Ox-Chamberlain     12' 21 Silva     92'
19 Cazorla     10 Dzeko     87'
09 Podolski     57' 32 Tevez     77'
Substitutes
24 Mannone     30 Pantilimon    
04 Mertesacker     06 Lescott     77'
11 Santos     13 Kolarov     92'
25 Jenkinson     44 Rekik    
16 Ramsey     61' 11 Sinclair    
22 Coquelin     36 Suarez    
12 Giroud     57' 45 Balotelli     87'
Game Statistics
9
Goal Attempts
16
4
On Target
9
2
Corners
7
3
Offside
2
12
Fouls
18
2
Yellow Cards
4
1
Red Cards
1
45
%
Comments...
Johnny On the Spot: Roberto Mancini's men have broken another unwanted record. What threatened to be an absolute caning for Arsenal evolved into a nasty second half war of attrition as the champions rode out a combined clear directive of adopting make sure tactics, the requirement to fight physical fire with fire and a referee disappointedly intent on evening up the sending off score to register a massively important win...It's a stunning fact of Arsene Wenger's previously glittering reign how many of his team's games descend into indiscipline fuelled rage from touchline to stands, then a small mountain of fouls and cards. Time and again though, Mancio's sides have proven they can mix it when neccessary and this was no exception...Rewind to The Etihad in October 2010 and Dedryk Boyata's sending off in the opening minutes which led to Arsenal running out comfortable three nil winners. That straight red was debatable. Arsenal cried similar uproar and anguish today over Koscielny's expulsion but only after City had comfortably bossed proceedings...It would be churlish to suggest that The Blues were not the far better team in this contest. Arsenal's lack of a cutting edge was glaring. Fine passing side when focused that they are, passing statistics of 586 to 375 bear that argument out... The absolute need for City was to win and the option of sitting deep, always risky at two nil, ultimately paid off despite the harsh sending off of Vincent Kompany that surely City will appeal...Planet Blue can breathe easier tonight. Not so much over City equalising Liverpool's pisspoor first half performance at the swamp, but in gaining delight over a chasing pack that had become too close for comfort. There were some immense City performances today. Milner, Zabaleta, Silva, Kompany, Nastasic and Clichy were all oustanding in key areas. The title race is far from over yet. Stats Courtesy BBC Sports

Writer:Johnny Baguette
Date:Sunday January 13 2013
Time: 5:56PM

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Arsenal must be getting very near the 100 red card mark under Wenger by now. Pity Wilshere didn't get one, he is a rather nasty piece of work who also likes to roll about like he's been shot every time he gets brushed. Nice to see Podolski adopting the Gooner tactics when he slapped Zabaleta across the face, just a pity the ref didn't see it. Oh well, 3 points, and if there is any justice in this world, Kompany's totally undeserved red will be rescinded immediately. Over to our Gooner chums for their rebuttal...
fifthcolumnblue
13/01/2013 18:33:00
0
Hope our captain can get off, a massive 3pts for us and it puts whinging Wenger in his place, he can have no complaints.
johnkelv
13/01/2013 21:42:00
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Strange, but I'm almost certain that if Arsenal had won yesterday that our board would be crawling with triumphant gooners banging on about History, class and how Manchester City are ruining football. Guess the sad reality of their waning football club has stifled their vitriole.
fifthcolumnblue
14/01/2013 10:10:00
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