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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Ignore the hype, It was just Aston Villa? Arsene please stop explaining everything…

Sorry for missing the Blog for few days. I was enjoying my perfect holiday with some amazing football results. Here are my thoughts.

Perfect Weekend

Arsenal Wins with a Clean Sheet

Spurs Lose

Manchester Loses to newly promoted Leicester. LOL

Lampard Scores to deny Chelsea 3 Points

Everton Lose

Liverpool Lose

Hamilton Wins

Arsene Wenger

“[Ozil] had a good performance. The performance is not necessarily linked with the position he played. It was the plan of the day to play him there, but that can change game by game

Arsene wenger always comes up with his views which make me like him much lesser. Sometimes its better Arsene does not explain everything to the fans. Keep it simple Arsene.

Ozil

Glad to see many Arsenal fans backing Ozil to shine when all the media were turning against him. We have seen the confidence of our players shattered by certain fan section and media. Ozil has nothing to prove as a football player. We are a better team with him. Putting the blame on individual players will not help our team. We should always target our manager. He used to be great but nowadays he is just content being good.

Welbeck

He scored and got an assist. His confidence should be high. Let’s not hype him and compare him to any Arsenal Legend. He has just taken his baby steps to be an Arsenal player.

arsenal-8New Henry – Let’s Hype

Santi Cazorla

He does not cease to amaze me. Every time he is on the pitch the whole Arsenal team looks and plays better. The little magician played a key role on our FA cup and Community Shield triumph. I hope he signs a contract extension and stays with us for few more years. There is something very special about him.

Monreal and Debuchy Out

Note sure we are going to get any better news from injury department. It keeps getting bad every day. We can only pray the rest of the defenders remains injuries free till these players come back.

League Cup – Scouting for defenders.

I hope Arsene does not risk any of our remaining defenders in this useless game. Looking forward to see our young guns dismantle the Southampton team. Akpom always impressed me whenever I have seen him play. Let’s see if we can find some back up defenders for our first team.

diabyI guess, I am Back

Diaby – You always remind me of the Newcastle Game. 😦

 Arsenal is not good at increasing the Gap.

Leicester had perfect tactics to exploit the space behind the wing backs. They had clear tactics and executed well against the team which keeps boasting their attacking strength and transfer success. Small teams will always come up with innovative tactics to steal points against big teams. Arsene’s faith in beautiful football has failed us many times. We need to capitalize when our rivals lose points. Our inability to take a clear lead was well established. We were always good at closing the gap, but we were never good at increasing the gap. I hope it changes this season. Let’s increase the gap further by pushing the spurs further down. We need to keep the momentum and stay close at the top. Every Arsenal Fan will be pissed to see Chelsea breaking away even at this stage of the league.

Let’s not Hype

Our rivals have lost points and we are still unbeaten in the league. Let’s not hype the team and players. We are yet to prove ourselves with some big three points. We did not take three points against Everton and Man city. It’s too early to talk about title credentials. We can safely assume that there is a good chance that we might finish third. Let’s enjoy our unbeaten run and also have fun laughing at Manchester united. They look like an Arsenal Team in recent years. A Team full of attacking talent with suspect defense.