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Arsenal 0 - Manchester City 2

FA Barclays Premier League

The Emirates Stadium

13/1/13

Attendance: 60, 107

Referee: Mike Dean

Arsenal
0 - 2
Manchester City
 
Milner 21′ Dzeko 32′
 
Venue: The Emirates Stadium
 
Attendance: 60, 107
The Teams
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




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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
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
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
 

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