0-2 : Man City Vs Arsenal Match Report. Francis Coquelin – New leader emerges

Arsenal began the game from where they left off against Stoke city. Arsenal played a high intensity game against a better team in terms of quality. Stoke were nasty and there were some high intense tackles flew around, but the match against Manchester city was more about the technical quality of Arsenal team, they combined it with their energy. It was clearly evident from the starting line up and the way Arsenal started the match that Arsenal badly wanted a win just like they did against Stoke city FC.

Arsenal record against top four teams were really embarrassing. Although Arsenal started this season with a win against MCFC 3-0 in the Community Shield, but lost 2-0 lead in the EPL match at Emirates and ended the game at 2-2. Arsenal had lot at stake but Abu Dhabi club has the danger of drifting away from their Russian rivals in the EPL race. Weekend football results were least favorable for Arsenal. Every possible result went against Arsenal.

Thank god. Just only one DM

Thank god. Just only one DM

Surprisingly Arsenal started a team identical to that of team that started against Stoke. Bellerin replaced the injured Debuchy and Aaron Ramsey replaced Thomas Rosicky in the starting line up. Thankfully there was no Flamini in the starting line up. Coquelin and Ospina deservedly kept their place in the starting line up. Arsenal has wealth of midfielder in their squad but it was always puzzling when they start the match with Flamini and Arteta.

First Half

Koscielny picked up an early yellow but Arsenal started the match brightly. Arsenal Midfield was full of energy and played a high intensity game. Arsenal team took the fight to Etihad. There was no holding back. Sanchez was threatening, Giroud came close but he could not make it count. The neat passing between Sanchez, Ramsey, Monreal and Giroud made Vincent Kompany to make his usual rugy tackle on Nacho. Manuel pellegini thought it was a dive in his post match interview. WTF Manuel, it was a stone wall penalty, but with Arsenal’s luck with referee decisions fans were surprised that the referee gave us the penalty. Santi stepped up and scored. The joyful Arsenal fans had to go through some nervous moments during the final few minutes of the first half. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain was clearly not in the level of Ramsey, Santi, Coquelin and sanchez, he kept losing the ball putting the team under pressure.

Second Half

History suggest that Arsenal fans can never rest, even when they were leading 4-0 at the end of first half, but this team was not nervous, they continued their dominance. Man City made some changes replacing the underrated James Milner. The Ox was replaced as expected. Though he had his moments but kept losing the balls putting the team under pressure. Hard working Sanchez was fouled by Jovetic. Awesome Santi stepped up again to deliver the dead ball into the box. Man city were known for their defense, but there was some chaos in organizing the defense for the free kick, Giroud took full advantage of it and headed the ball in. The goal made the fans go wild, but his celebrations would have made the day for the ladies. Kompany stayed on the pitch in spite of his tackle on Alexis. Flamini could have made it 3-0, but at the end it was a good win for Arsenal with a clean sheet.

The players were really knackered. Ramsey was visibly tired at 85th minute. Everyone’s hard work paid off.

Players

Santi dance

Man of the Match : Santi Cazorla. He did everything in style.

Flop of the Match : Alex oxlade-Chamberlain

It was not a good day for Ox. Bellerin and Ospina played well. The attacking threat of Bellerin will increase in multiple folds when Arsenal players starts to trust him little more. Coquelin was a real leader on the pitch. He continued his fine form and he is going to keep his place in the starting line up. His passion and awareness was really good. The 23 year old was instructing, shouting, tackling, intercepting but most importantly kept his cool.

Well done lads.

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Danny Welbeck replaces the greatest striker on planet

Wow finally the transfer window for this summer is closed. We can stop following all the rumours and start supporting our beloved Arsenal team. I am tired of all the transfer stories and finding player videos in youtube. No more youtube videos of Sami Khedira, Cavani, Falcao, Kostas Monalos, Sokratis papa——–, Nastastic, Micah Richards, Remy, Benders, Howedes, Reus, Morgan Schneiderlin, Vela, Drmic, Mario, Rabiot etc……….. etc….. That is a long list. Most of the linked targets have made a move in this transfer window. Our rivals has done a good job of buying some great players. As always Arsenal feeds us with transfers of surprise and shock.

Its always a mixed feeling supporting Arsenal. We defeat Barca, Bayern Munich, AC Milan etc… that makes us go mad and also get defeated by Birmingham, Aston villa or any other relegation fighting team to test our patience. Transfer window does provide similar moments to us. It always starts with a surprise and ends with frustration. Some of the things in the transfer window always leave us scratching our head.

Barca DNA moving to chelski was the most surprised moved according to me. Barca gave its academy graduate a fitting farewell.

Like I have mentioned in my previous posts. Arsene has a definite plan and acts early. Once the initial activity is done the whole club just trolls media & fans. Gervinho, Koscielny, Vermaelen, Sanchez, Chambers, Sanogo etc.. were all part of the team building process. The final hours are just looking for bargain deals without any plan. Please don’t tell me Mesut Ozil was part of our plan. In Last summer transfer window we failed with every striker target and also failed to land Yohan cabaye. Ozil was the response to fans after the Aston villa game.

In this transfer window the club has done really well to purchase some established players. Sanchez, Ospina, Chambers, Debuchy and Welbeck are all very good addition to our squad. Remember Joel Cambell and Podolski are still part of our squad. You might disagree with me. This transfer window was really a change of direction. Generally Arsene replaces outgoing players with some youth players. This window was not that case. We really bought solid players. We also shipped lot of deadwood.

BendtnerWe will miss you? LOL

Ivan – ” We worked very hard on transfers” – TADA I give you “Danny Welbeck”. Thank you very much Ivan Gazidis for your hardwork all summer. Its really hard to replace one of the most confident striker in English premier league. Finally our Arsenal Scout team, Ivan and Managers have found the right man to replace the Greatest striker on the planet. You have big shoes to fill young man. Many arsenal fans would be gutted to lose one of the hardest working professional even known.

Arsenal has done very well in this transfer window.

Have we done better than our rivals? – Nope

Is our team good enough to win the EPL? I hope so.