Manchester City vs Arsenal| Saturday 17th October 17:30| Sky Sports

Discussion in 'Match Day Archive' started by Rex Banter, Oct 7, 2020.


What will the result be?

Poll closed Oct 17, 2020.
  1. Arsenal win

  2. Draw

  3. Manchester City win

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  1. Mrs Bergkamp

    Mrs Bergkamp Established Member Trusted

    Tactically, Arteta was fairly on point. I couldn't understand Willian centrally but what he can do in ball carrying is why. Sadly overnight, he's had a massive physical decline so the idea was okay but we didn't have the right player for it. For the goal, Ceballos lost Aguero and that's where Partey will make a difference. Leno again parries into a danger area and doesn't get up quickly. Ederson made some excellent saves from Auba and Laca but it was the presence of Aguero who made City tick. We have a structure and we can implement it but it looks horribly laboured. Stats wise, we kept things much closer but we created only one big chance and that's been an issue for two years now. The defence looks safe enough but the midfield is an issue. There's no pace or athleticism and Partey alone may not be enough. I was surprised by the pre match optimism tbh. No matter how poor the opposition, this squad has massive holes in crucial areas and individual players. Despite that, we should have nicked a point. I hope for a more expansive performance on Thursday.
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  2. Big Poppa

    Big Poppa Established Member Trusted

    Spotted this too. Small detail but it matters. Within minutes of Partey coming on he ate up yards in in midfield.

    On the Willian point, yes he can carry the ball but you have to ask yourself whether that outweighs the threat posed by intelligent, quick movement and a player who can actually occupy defenders.

    I feel that he needs to be playing through balls to the striker not the other way around
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  3. Big Poppa

    Big Poppa Established Member Trusted

    It doesn’t have to be sexual or personally offensive to an individual.

    That’s her place of work so unless he has a very good reason he shouldn’t be touching her. At all! It’s creepy and inappropriate.

    Try putting a friendly hand on the neck of a London Underground staff member next time you’re on it and see what happens.

    Nobody should crucify him for it, but hopefully he’s switched on next time.
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  4. CaseUteinberger

    CaseUteinberger Cazorla (not Carzola ffs)

    I hope he gets some kind of reprimand. Don't think any player can put his hand around the neck of a referee or linesman. To me it seemed like intimidation. Like he was trying to physically intimidate her after first yelling at her. Don't think it would set a good example if he gets away with it.

    When it happened I remember thinking how she could / should have reacted, but wasn't sure what would have been the right reaction. Whne the FA and PL have a look at this I hope they make some kind of example.
  5. CaseUteinberger

    CaseUteinberger Cazorla (not Carzola ffs)

    Doubt that would go down well... Like I wrote above hope the FA and/or PL react. He deserves some kind of punishment.
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  6. CaseUteinberger

    CaseUteinberger Cazorla (not Carzola ffs)

    Pep of course downplaying the incident like the upstanding citizen he is... Must admit he is quite a piece at times.
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  7. Dial Square 1886

    Dial Square 1886 Well-Known Member

    What I saw today:

    We are getting better, it's a process.

    First time I haven't been hiding behind my sofa in one of these games for a while! Defensively we looked comfortably for a lot of the time.

    Clear from day 1 that Arteta wanted to build a defensive foundation before adding the more expansive stuff and I would say he has done that well.

    We look more organised defensively now than at any time in the last decade or so.

    Still very cautious going forward and lacking much creativity (all season so far TBF). Seemed like there was a chance to really go after City in the second half, but we don't seen to have that in the locker yet. Don' think we quite have all the pieces in the right places, or on the same page yet either

    Saka looks one hell of a player. I am very, very cautious about heaping too much praise on players until they have proven it over a period of time at the top level, but some of the little things this lad does makes me go 'oh, ok, we have found a gem here'. Let's hope he continues the progression!

    Not much else really. Expected a loss beforehand and that's what we got. Slightly disappointed that we did not attempt to create more, considering they were maybe a bit short of confidence and no Laporte/KDB, but all in all, not too bad.
  8. celestis

    celestis Arsenal-Mania Veteran Moderator

    It’s got nothing to do with her being a woman either, she is an official, you don’t put your hands on then
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  9. GDeep™

    GDeep™ Dissociating

    What’s with the “we only lost by 1 brigade”? That’s nothing to be happy about when you go there and play negative dead football like Palace under Hodgson, it’s impossible to lose badly when you’re so cautious.
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  10. dka91

    dka91 Well-Known Member

    I agree, just wanted to mention though we did create two big chances. The Saka chance and Aubameyang's chance which would've been undoubtedly overridden had he scored (he was like ten years onside) which he should've...if Laca did that he'd be hounded lol.
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  11. GDeep™

    GDeep™ Dissociating

    Aguero who has been out for 4 months ran away from Dani like Dani was running in quicksand.

    Deflating viewing today, really bad. We didn’t get battered, City with injuries to key players just brushed us aside and we had little or no fight.
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  12. GDeep™

    GDeep™ Dissociating

    Who was captain, Auba? Guy is a clown.
  13. Riou

    Riou A-M's Resident Jobber

    Thought Ceballos worked really hard for the team today, won a lot of tackles...still really hoping we can make that permanent

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  14. Manberg

    Manberg Predator

    City’s defence is better without Laporte. He’s not such a big miss for them, he hasn’t delivered since joining them.

    Aside from De Bruyne’s absence that was a full strength Man City team.

    We’re missing Holding and Martinelli. Apparently Holding has won every game he played against City. 2 wins out of 2.
  15. GDeep™

    GDeep™ Dissociating

    Their win record is pushing 90% with him and 60% without him, but ok Dave.
  16. aevi

    aevi Hale End FC Moderator

    We only lost 1-0 but City would still win it 9 out of 10 times.
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  17. Manberg

    Manberg Predator

    @GDeep™ coming back at me with straight facts. I’m :shivering:
  18. Manberg

    Manberg Predator

    They created two good chances (scored one), so did we, but scored none. We should have had a penalty. On that note, we didn’t deserve to lose.
  19. Rasmi

    Rasmi Well-Known Member

    Based on first half we absolutely deserved to lose and based on our negative approach we also deserved to lose. Sign of a small club is we take pride in respectable losses. We move like a small team. And no serious club plays with 5 defenders every game. This rigid stuff is killing us slowly and it’s worrying for the future
  20. gunner4lyfe

    gunner4lyfe Well-Known Member

    Exactly. Im not upset about the loss. Im upset about how we lost. We played scared and we barely tried. Also, im going to say this....we cant play attacking football with Xhaka in our midfield. I'll say it again.....WE CANNOT PLAY ATTACKING FOOTBALL WITH GRANIT XHAKA IN OUR MIDFIELD. I dont know what ppl see in him. Our attacking style of football has died since we've signed him.
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