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Man City 1 - Arsenal 0


Etihad Stadium


Attendance: 47,303

Referee: Dowd

Man City
1 - 0
Silva (53)
Venue: Etihad Stadium
Attendance: 47,303
The Teams
K Toure
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Van Persie
De Jong
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Writer: Arsenal Site Staff Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday December 18 2011

Time: 7:13PM

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Better team won - simples. Still, it was the best Premier League game of the season.
Maybe for you, Tudor. I have seen at least 2 better games.
Would that be the ONE at the Rags and the other in Carling Cup the other week?
Harts heroics prevented you getting a deserved point. Unlucky fellas but good effort.
Unlucky. Not sure Gervinho is up to much same with a few others. Still if you keep RVP fit and at the club & get Wilshere back then its gonna go right to the wire regarding the Top 4.
Wilshere would have made a difference in this game with his tenacity and driving runs. There is still a lot of football to be played......
I'd wager we'd never have gotten away with the handball incident by micah richards if the roles had been reversed.
Wyn Mills
Proud of the boys today, especially the defenders and midfielders. That's a damn talented bunch of players. We'll nip 4th place with more displays like that.
Good game Gunners, could have gone either way. Wyn, in regards the handball, I've seen them given but I don't believe it was intentional, Micah is expecting Kolo or RVP to get to the ball, if it was at the other it probably would have been given, but I'd wager if it was at the Emirates the decision would have gone in Arsenal's favour.
Bluedub - It doesn't have to be intentional for it to be handball, it just has to gain an advantage to the offending player, and considering he cleared the ball after that I'd say he got an advantage. That said I'm not going to complain about it, things like that happen all the time, you can't rely on the refs to help you win games. I'd wouldn't deny City were good value for their win, but at the same time, no-one could argue if we got a point from the game. That was a proper football, match, the way it should be played. Trading blows for the entire 90 minutes, I was sure all the players were going to flake out before the end. But we kept going and kept pushing, really impressive mental display. Joe Hart's face after The Verminator's shot whislted past the post in the 90th minute told you everything you needed to know about how relieved City were to get out of this home game with all three points. Kudos to both teams for a tremendous game!
Unlucky not to get anything out of the game. The stats reinforce what we saw - a tough, tactical and technical game contested on an equal footing. I agree with Wyn Mills - if it were Mertesacker who handled the ball the ref wouldn't have hesitated for a second before awarding the penalty.
Do we have return dates for Carl, abou, sagna and Gibbs?
The quality of the final pass was not good enough from either Ramsey or Walcott. Ramsey's work rate was exceptional as was his ability to win possession back but to nitpick, the killer passes were absent. We miss Cesc class quality in the advanced MF position now - I guess we were spoilt earlier.
Yes we miss Cesc's individual creativity but I think we've gained quite a bit in other respects with what we have now. As I pointed out elsewhere, we've now played away games against all the teams in the top half of the table, apart from Aston Villa who we play on Wednesday, and Liverpool. What we've gained should enable us to build our points tally over the second half of the season.
Under the laws of the game it does have to be intentional or rather 'deliberate' for handball to be an offence. That will always be a subjective judgement. Only the player knows whether it was deliberate or not.
We were very unlucky to not get a point with the RvP offside and Richards handball decisions. No shame in losing at City and we can be proud of our spirit and performance. We just need to think that our season really started after the Tottenham defeat, because up until then we were basically a new team finding our feet. As long as we continue in the same way until the end of the season, the momentum and belief will be with us and we can at least finish 4th or even 2nd. We definitely need a goalscoring alternative to RvP. I won't necessarily say a signing, because in my opinion the solution has to be more goals coming from Walcott, Gervinho, Ramsey, Arteta and Song.
Gibbs may be available for next match, Sagna I think sometime in January, Santos the month after and Jenks last scans apparently didn't look good so he's probably out for at least a couple of months.
Sorry, I meant we can even finish 3rd, not 2nd.
Sorry Vin I have to take your first answer - 2nd it is!
No 10
Goals for the team is important and you can see from Gerv & Theo that they look for RvP until things get tough and then they have a go themselves. It really annoys me as to me it's obvious and easy to read. The same as when we don't shoot from distance. If we start the game with a few 25 yard pop shots from the midfielders, and some early hits from tighter angles from the wide two, then the opposition will be quicker to close down and be pulled out of position creating space to be exploited.
No 10
No 10 - I'm not going to argue with you!
Hard luck Gooners - to be realistic its got to be the FA cup or yet another potless season. Getting beyond a joke or are you resigned to it by now?
You and Liverpool for Europa at best.
wswilly good to see that your support for City which began 10 months back when you switched from supporting united is finally paying off.
Just out of interest - what do you gooners think of Arsene's statement that you can't win the title? I know it looks rather unlikely now that you are 12 points behind us and 10 behind the rags, but is this the type of statement you want your manager to be making at this point in time? You never know what can happen, I mean, we play Stroke next, and whilst we've had a great record WRT injuries, well, I think you understand where I'm coming from - there is also the possibility that you can sign a decent player or two in January so you don't have to wince every time Van persie is tackled, and you've got the likes of Wilshere to come back. Are you out of it?
Realistically yes fcb. Wenger has wittered on for a while about mental strength and has been made to look rather foolish when his team shows the absolute opposite, so there's absolutely no point putting this squad under any sort of pressure at this stage just try our damndest for 3 points every fixture and see where everyone stands in March before he'll then tell his squad what is realistic or achievable. I didn't think we played badly yesterday but we just looked lost and a little unsure what to do in the final 3rd. Note to Walcott, it's only when you are having a good game that you can put your arms in the air & stomp your feet upon seeing your number come up, when you're having a stinker and not doing anything right please have the decency to accept it.
Well if it's reverse psychology on Wenger's part it would appear to be working!
In order to have any thoughts about Arsene's statement that we can't win the title he would first have had to have made such a statement. Though that was the clear implication in saying the defeat puts us too far behind to have any realistic ambition of taking the title he did say "At the moment we are too far behind" and "It will be difficult to close the gap but we will try. This is a game we couldn't afford to lose and that's why it's very difficult to take." Realistically I don't imagine he ever thought we could win the title this season but had we won it would certainly have made the prospect less fanciful. We're not so much out of it as never being in it - even a draw wouldn't really have been enough - but we might have been had we taken all three points. In that respect I think he was just regretting that we didn't take a chance to put ourselves in the race rather than ruling us out of it.

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