After a badly officiated match at Anfield between FA boys, Manchester United and the whipping boys, Liverpool, which ended in favour of the favoured devils, attentions shifted to the Etihad where the other clash of super Sunday took place between Manchester City and Arsenal.
Eyebrows were raised as Koscielny and Ramsey made their first state of the season with no Vermaleen on the bench because of flu.Manonne continued in goal in the absence of the polish duo of the flying fab and scz. Gibbs, Jenkenson and Metersacker made up the back four. MikelArteta captained the Arsenal for the first time and he was partnered in the midfield with diaby and ramsey. Cazorla, gervinho and podolski made up the starting 11.
My ecstasy knew no bound as koscielny swung that ball to the top right corner of Hart’s goal to draw arsenal level in the later part of the second half. A bad clearance from Cazorla’s corner kick fall to the Frenchman. What a striker’s instinct. The gunners had fallen behind in the first half thanks to a lescott header from a city corner. That was arsenal’s second conceded goal in the premier league.
The game was exciting and entertaining: quick pace, nice passes et al. The Arsenal would happy with the point picked but would bite themselves for missing great opportunities to punish city; gervinho the chief culprit, podolski his deputy. City will be very very disappointed.
Manonne 7: great saves from the Italian. A bad judgment for city’s goal but he will give fab and scz something to worry.
Metersacker 7.5: he made a lot of interceptions on city’s rampaging attack. Most arguably the man of the match
Koscienly 7.5: he has some set of bad clearance lucky not to be utilized by city but hey, that goal gave arsenal the point. Striker’s instinct, nice control, nice shot.
Gibbs 7: santos will wait for long for gibbs to be benched. I enjoined his runs. Good defence and tackling. He needs to improve in his attacking play.
Jenkenson 7.5: this lad has tremendously improved. He keeps getting better every game. Nice play down the flanks. Did you see the way he dispossessed lescott? I wished a goal came from that.
Diaby 6.5: a nice first half but mellowed down the second. He lost the ball in dangerous areas as usual.
Arteta 7: tidy play from the stand-in captain.
Ramsey 7.5: a surprising 90 minutes game for the welsh man. Great and tidy game.Nice through pass not utilized by gervinho. His pace was his undoing.
Cazorla 7: a great game from santi. Missed some passes but had a good all-round game. Great shot saved by hart.
Gervinho 6.5: nice pace but bad finishing. He should have scored two great galls for arsenal but he did otherwise. Unlucky for the arsenal.
Podolski 6: a quiet game for the german. He missed a great shot after that jenkenson run and dispossession of lescott.
Giroud 6: he didn’t do much, but had nice play with Walcott that didn’t result much
Walcott 5: he didn’t do much
Coquelin 5: was brought in to stabilize the midfield.
What a match. We would entertain Coventry city in the Capitol one cup befor facing European champions Chelsea.