Arsenal blah blah something with Man City at the Emirates this afternoon.
Arsene Wenger went with the same team that started against Sp*rs, bringing Yossi Benayoun back to play on the left side of the attack, and the Gunners started brightly, immediately dominating possession and winning a series of corners.
From one of those we should have taken the lead. Koscielny headed on at the near post, and Robin van Persie’s header was going in before it hit Thomas Vermaelen’s head and deflected onto the bar.
A few minutes later City should have been down to 10 men. Mario Balotelli’s nasty, studs up, over the top challenge on Song ought to have been a red card, but somehow Martin Atkinson failed to see it. The mistake compounded by the fact his assistants missed it too. It was a disgraceful tackle which could have resulted in very serious injury.
The Italian continued to career about the pitch, his studs up in tackles, and twice he caught Sagna eventually resulting in a yellow card. He then deliberately handled the ball and Atkinson allowed him to stay on.
Arsenal continued to dominate but didn’t make much in the way of goalscoring chances.
The second half saw City start more brightly than they did in the first but without really threatening the Arsenal goal.
And it was the home side who looked most likely to score. Robin van Persie hit the post with a header after a Song pass dropped beautifully over the top of the City defence. Sagna then set up Walcott whose first time shot forced a save from Hart who touched it onto the post, the rebound fell to Vermaelen who seemed to slip as he it, it squirmed across the goal and hit the other post.
We had the ball in the net but van Persie was just offside when he picked up Song’s pass, but it was always Arsenal who looked like scoring.
It took until the 87th minute for us to get the goal and when it did it was worth the wait. Mikel Arteta intercepted a Clichy pass, drove forward and then unleashed an unstoppable shot low into the bottom corner. A brilliant goal from the Spaniard and nothing less than Arsenal deserved.
The pantomime wasn’t over yet though. There was still time for Mario Balotelli to pick up his 2nd yellow for another foul on Sagna, and that was nothing less than he deserved either. And Mancini for stupidly leaving him on. And Nasri for being a cunt.
There was some late danger when City got a free kick 25 yards out but it turned into a chance for Arsenal, Santos broke and played in Ramsey who was clean through. He cut back inside and could have sidefooted home or played in Oxlade-Chamberlain or van Persie, instead he blasted a shot high and wide.
Still, it didn’t matter and we go back above Sp*rs, 5 clear of Chelsea, and have finished Na$ri’s chances of winning anything this season. The cunt.
The only downside of the day was Laurent Koscielny’s booking which means he has 10 yellow cards and must serve a 2 match ban, but let’s worry about that another time.
Up the arse!