Report: Man. City 4-2 Arsenal
It may be another controversial and luck-inflicted loss, but unlike a fortnight ago at Old Trafford, Arsenal really did suffer an ‘in your face’ defeat today.
Arsene Wenger and his men can hardly deny that because they knew there were several points to prove at Eastlands today. Primarily, they had to banish the old notion that a strongly emerging Manchester City side was on course to replace them in the top four.
The Gunners also had to make up for last season’s 3-0 embarrassment on today’s ground while there was a fiery reunion with Toure and Adebayor to take care of. The latter – eager to prove his own point to former employers – had to be calmed at all cost. Just a sniff at goal for Adebayor and the new foe had bragging rights.
But indeed, it was exactly the nightmarish day many had dreaded which took place.
City humbled Arsenal 4-2 in almost convincing fashion as far as the ‘top four race’ is concerned and Adebayor managed to get on the score sheet.
Expectedly, Hughes men looked more like the side in the mood from kick-off and a below-par Arsenal went into the break trailing to a Richards header which bounced off the post and Almunia’s back after 20 minutes.
Therefore, a fit-again Rosicky did not remain on the bench for too long and to mark his return since January 2008, the Czech star teed up Van Persie who incredibly managed to beat Lescott and then Shay Given with a clean finish after 62 minutes.
Arsenal now had all three points back in sight as they pressured City for a lead. But the Gunners’ return into the ascendancy was undone in the 74th minute when Wright-Phillips’ pass found Bellamy, who swept home to send the entire stadium back in ecstasy.
Arsenal were back on desperate gear again, their full urgency in attack but lack of awareness at the back saw Adebayor beat three Gunners and set up a tap-in for Wright-Phillips who shockingly missed from no man’s land.
Moments later, Arsenal would be severely punished for their continued lack of presence in defense as a cross found no one else but Emmanuel Adebayor unmarked.
The outcome was inevitable.
Adebayor headed past Almunia, raced to the Arsenal supporters’ location and slid on the ground to utter the ultimate ‘in your face’ insult to his old fans.
As if that was enough humiliation for Arsenal, their naive back line helped Wright-Phillips add salt to wounds with a fourth goal.
And ironically, with two minutes of regulation time left, the duo who had forced Arsenal’s only goal of the game nearly forced an absurd comeback.
First, Rosicky netted with a neat finish past Given on 88 minutes, and soon after, Van Persie curled a shot onto the post.
It was indeed too little too late at 4-2, but the Dutchman still added to his misses with a goal bound effort which was parried off the line.
There was no salvaging from this major collapse though.
almunia is a moron!!!!
Somebody please take Almunia out the back and shoot him.
We didn’t lose to city but ourselves.
arsenal were the best team..bendtner was poor tho and eboue…should have won but we cant conceed 4.. adebayor is a prick
I’m so upset today. I spend so much energy going against the doubters and telling them to be positive. We have such a soft belly. We are kings of the ridiculous collapse. Teams that play us now really view us as weak I think. They know they will score. Its no good playing the way we do if we miss chances so often . Almunia is poor this season. Somehow we exude fragility. I love the pretty football but you need to earn the right to play like that. Gumption, meat in the sandwich what ever you want to call it we aint got it. Gutted.
Wenger plz stop playing almunia!!! he already cost us 6 points 4 god sake!!!!
who the fuck is he going to play? We have Fabianski after him….let’s face it we are in total shit and that’s cuz Wenger did not by anyone to help us!!!
Adebayor is a cunt! ned of report
Almunia has lost us the last 2 games. As soon as city went in front we were up against it. How many more own goals ffs?
yeah right!! we lose 2 ourselves!!! ok..positive thinking guys! whose next after this??
Given up now…..don’t know what we have to do to get some fair treatment from the refs. How come we didn’t get a pen and how come Adegets to stay on the pitch and score and prevent diaby from scoring?
i think we better support oru team much more after this!! adebayor is soooo damn fuck! i hate him i want to crock his legs!!
plz stand up our youth keeper!!!u guys are thousand times better than almunia!!
A positive note — it was 3 – 0 last year, so we’ve improved!! On a more realistic note, the problem is midfield control, we need midfielders who can slot in alongside fabregas and not panic like diaby and denilson do — you put lampard and essien in there and you’d see the difference.
This is beginning to look like the same old arsenal
help me….i feel sooo damn hurt rite now…….arghhhh!!!
all we need is a DM, to stop us from shiting ourself with 15min to go!! and stop pissing about infont of goal……….apart from that we may have a good season?
Our next five league games are very winnable so we need to keep the focus. We cannot afford to drop any points. WE have had no luck at all this season – Chelsea score another late winner. Barry’s handball overlooked. We had twenty scoring opportunities to 10. Bendtner should’ve been subbed – he was abysmal today.
We got cl game then 2 home games to wigan and brommies then fulham away… guys we didnt play go awful, yeah manu let us down in goal, but we slept for the goals, and given was their star, how many did he save and the post too… chin up people, gunners4life positives rosicky back and scores when he still not at his best, i think he going to torment scousers again!! with ash too..
adebayor what a c*%t,almunia is dog shit as he’s always been,we’ll never win anything with a clown in goal.sagna diaby an bentdner were poor need more consistency from them.
actually clichy was at fault too. He lost the ball twice leaving city to attack the left flank pass in and score. Worst players today – Almunia, clichy and bendtner. If only van persie played 90 minutes like he played the last ten…
AW & the board need a reality check I suppose.. Almunia is hopeless… Ade is basically cunt…Not sure how to be positive with this score line??? Silverwares this year?? Very doubtful….
It’s definitely a plus to see Rosicky back…even more so that he’s lready on the score sheet.
I felt Bendtner offered us next to nothing today.
Almunia was woeful
I believe it could have easily have been 4 – 2 to us rather than the other way around.
For periods in the second half we REALLY looked dominant.
I felt Eduardo would/could have offered more than Bendtner from the start.
common, be realistic!! no need to pray 4 other players to play with fabregas…we just can make do from what we already have….! manonne-sagna-gallas-vermaelen-clichy-song-fabregas-arshavin-rosicky-walcott-persie!!!
we need 2 win the next 5 matches at minimum!!!
Arsenal needs a new goalkeeper for sure. Almunia can be a goalkeeper for nuts… The midfielder crisis is not as grave as the goalkeeping onecrisis.
well at least we can take some positives out of this…Rosicky looked great and we were by far the better team for the majority of the game creating much more chances
on the other hand, I agree that Almunia has been disappointing every game we have played this season the other teams keeper has made game changing saves…Carson’s save on RvP, Given was huge today, etc…all that Almunia has done is make the routine saves..I can’t recall him making one impressive save yet this season
The only thing I’m going to say about Ade is that I hope his fucking nuts fall off…maybe he would have gotten a bit more support if he had played like a man on fire like he has been at City so far
To tell you the truth. I am still not convinced that City can last the full season on their hype.
They did capitalize well on lucky breaks though. But I felt that was more our gifting than their craft.
When V. Persie tackled the ball from Adebayor…Adebayor did seem to stamp recklessly at him…
The handball that wasn’t given…and V. Persie’s shot slapping the post…
Really did let us know that luck wouldn’t be on our side today.
Ade is a cunt.almunia has cost us 6 points drop him atleast szceny kept a clean sheet in emirates cup
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Till spurs we could win everything, we have to push, they 6 points arring tonights game, lets keep faith,
Yeah we can look at players who let us down, but they will pick up like eboue did last year when the ash/theos/rosickys are back….
I agree that City can’t keep this pace up…come the end of the season we will be in the Top 2 and we will be above Man City
Sure we’ve lost two games but they were two tough fixtures that I am positive we will win when we replay at home
wenger plz hear me!!!!!!!stop playing almunia at the goal if u wanna win the league!! its only six points differents now,n still early…if u keep on playin him at the post,arsenal will collapse 4 god sake..fans will start to hate u and arsenal,stadiums will be empty n arsenal have no incomes…by then, arsenal will generate lost n down we go!!!!
Gutted, but predictable stuff. Almunia was shambolic. Two goals he should have stopped, including the OG, which he only made a half-hearted attempt to stop, assuming it was going off the post. Once we took attackers off, City were always going to score more. Bendtner was invisible, and RVP looked stranded most of the match. Adebayor tormented us, but you knew he would. What I can’t countenance is Micah Richards getting a free header, and then running 30 yards before beating Song inside the box and laying it off. How does Song let himself get beat by a central defender. Two losses in four games, another poor start to the season, no points from two visits to Manchester, not physical enough at the back, Denilson and Song still proving that they are not the answers to our continuing desperate need for a Vieira type DM who can get stuck in. It is clear we are not in for the League. It will be a fight, again, to finish Fourth. ‘Pool, Tottenham and we will be fighting for it. Man City look like a top 3 team. Meanwhile, Chelsea wins against Stoke in the 95th minute.
I am sick.
liv lost 2 games,manu 1 game,ars 2 games….liv lost 2 villa n spurs,manu 2 burnley,n ars to manu n manc…liv yet 2 meet manu or manc..while we already meet manu,manc,everton…common,it is still early!!!
its a shame Wenger didn’t start Eduardo…I’m sure he’s holding off for a home fixture to start him so that he doesn’t get booed for a merciless 90 minutes…Given the amount of chances created, He could have brought a lot more to this game had he been on longer
Thats waht happens when you boooo your own players,lol!
WHY is bentner playing as a winger and lightweight Van-persi as a lone striker????
we lost on counter attacks but clichy was poor. we lost alot of chances. alot! but to take out the positives, there are three players who showed amazing class. we saw the real class of van persie, rosicky was marvelous and song too. the captain was nowhere today and we may have missed the russian. bendtner was most disappointing too. all those chances! great game poor result.
and was i the only one who saw all the fouls adebycunt was making and he wasnt being booked?
Why hasn’t anyone noted how much Clichy cost us today? Him losing possession going forward and being caught out of position as a result played a big part in City’s second half goals. Questions must also be asked as to why both Bellamy and Adebayor were totally unmarked and unchallenged when putting their chances away. The collective effort defensively that so caught the eye at Everton is suddenly starting to look like a one-off.
Its as simple as dat, if u like whimp,scream,cry or even die,yes i mean it die!!!, yes this is arsenal, for you we aint gonna win noving,live’s giv and take,buy the right players and with right attitude and the league is yours. But not to worry this is the cross we patrotic plans to carry.Dont give up we might end up 4th.
clichy is losing possession,thats true…but yet,1 shot at goal n our opponents score…4 shots = 4 goals against us…fucking almunia..hope he gonna lay down injured 4ever…!
no need 2 worry…we lost at exactly the same ground we did last year…and i can assure u we will not lost at any ground anymore…stamford bridge…nahh…liverpool…nahhh
manu is trailing tot by 1 goal to nil…
I’m just sorry that of 2 teams that had something to prove, it was Man city that proved what they needed to prove. Adebayor and the papers will be rubbing their hands together in glee now. Adebayor got his revenge and the icing on his cake, and the papers will be thinking of what wonderfully anti-arsenal news stories they can now come up with. It’s looking all too familiar at the moment and all those claims that you can’t buy the premier league are looking weaker and weaker by the game. We’ve all waited so long now to see this team come to fruition, so it hurts like hell to lose 2 games in a row the way we have. The excuses and unfair reasons are on the tip of my tongue once again, although this time i think they’ll go unsaid as i’m sick of making excuses for us. We may well do much better when everyone is fit and we might win something this season. However, right now there’s a dagger in my heart and it hurts like hell!! A wonderful and righteous project by Wenger and one that he should carry on with until he leaves or retires. We’ll always be alone in thinking that other teams buy their way to victory, because they win things, and so always justify their spending. They can criticise us in their hordes and know that they are right, as long as we win nothing. Lets just love our team and concentrate on supporting them, i know that when a trophy does come, we’ll have proof that they were all wrong. We know it, wenger knows it, football isn’t a business. It’s a game, it’s a battlefield, it’s a competition to see who is the best, the fairest, the most honourable and the most hard-working of all. Arsenal are already the winners of that, the rest of the world don’t see it, but as long as we Arsenal fans do, we don’t need to prove anything to anyone else. Let them have their bought trophies, we’ll have our inspirational manager and his historic project that WILL prove to bear fruit, and imagine the sweet taste that will bring!!! Go gunners!!!! Pity you adebayor and co!!
we will only save face if manure loose. is there a god out there?
last year we a losing at the likes of manciteh,manu,chelsea,hull?,villa…n drawing at a dull ground…its still the same as before..trust me..we r gonna b alrite!
WE MUST GET BEHIND THE TEAM
laugh while you can ade..
oh adebayor, Man of the match…. i saw it coming.. Damn all the pessimist. I see Arsenal winning the premier league now clearer than ever.. Just to stick it to Adebayor’s face.. I’ve nv seen so much fury n determination in Arsenal players ever… This is a new beginning. This fury will bring Arsenal to new height, the fans, the players, now hate Adebayor!! I hate Adebayor.. This hate, will bring us trophies.. Hate makes the world go round!!
manu will lose….dun worry…the league seems like creating a new top 4…chelsea,manciteh,spurs,arsenal….manu and liv in a much more deeper problems than us…we atleast plays very well..lady luck is not on our side…manu is playing like shit…liv dun have enough depth…no need to worries,guys!
darn…giggs magic yet again….when will he stop saving manu….
hell yeah…all this hates will grow in all of our players and will bring them trophies…!!
Richard spot on. Lets wait and see what fruits come eh, we got wiltshire in the making and this dm that everyone wants, i so want to see ramsay fill it. He always fights for it and never gives up. HE might have run in the next few games espeically the cl games.
Luck, we will get it we have had it too, bagging those 20 or so chances going to prove to everyone, we needed these 2 losses, watch now, Rosicky is back, Ash to come same time as Theo and then Nasri… cant bloody wait…
Up the gunners…. In Wenger we trust!!!
we will win a lot after this no worries…but in my opinion,our priority is actually a GOALIE,not a dm or what so ever!! opponents find it hard to play against our midfield…but once the get through,n only the keeper to beat,dooom,we concede..
U know why Adebayor played so well, bcoz he hates Arsenal, Bendtner and the fans.. Now, Our players will play well, bcoz they hate Adebayor and wants to avenge this humiliation more than anything. This will be a match we will all remember.. Today will be a start of an unbeatable streak.
darn,manu lead by 2 goals to 1….???
where is wenger’s comments??
dissapointed heartbroken but i must say our team was great in the 2nd half. why didnt someone from the stands hit adebayor when he went over son of a whore. i will kick him in the nuts next time i see him
i still believe we can beat the jinx. but players like diaby and b52 should not play for arsenal. what a mess from clichy and not the first time. many he has did that and how many times he will do that, arsenal players should give fans thier email add or blog and we can chat with them and ask question especially to b52, diaby, clichy. and eboue. when they are going to stop make mistakes,
some of you people are un-fucking believable.
four games … FOUR! … and its over; season done. AW is dumb, almuna is shit, song is weak, blah-blah-blah. have some effing spine.
when the going gets tough, the tough get going … unless you’re the new breed arsenal supportes who, after two tough loses, cry and whine and scream for the managers head and predict catastrophe.
heres a newsflash: this aint fifa 2008, or whatever the hell you play in you moms’ basements, and the season is far from over. FAR from over. the gunners have played some cracking football so far. in a rebuilding year there were bound to be setbacks. so stop all the whinning for god’s sake.
oh, and one more thing: city have ade-buy-more. sure he’s on fire now. but any fool can see it will not last. the missed sitters, the poor attitude and laziness will all come to hunt them. and after AW basically put him on the world football map – what he did to rvp was beyond the pale. fine and ban that hunk of shit at least 2 games.
city the best