Wednesday, March 19, 2014
Man City 6-3 Arsenal: player ratings

Man City 6-3 Arsenal: player ratings

What a bonkers game that was. A perfect storm of terrible performance, tiredness and a very good Man City. So, how did the players rate?

A bit like this.

Wojciech Szczesny: 5/10 – Conceded 6 but had no chance with any of them really. Gave away a penalty at the end but it was a dive by Milner.

Bacary Sagna: 5/10 – Absolutely knackered in the last 20 minutes, not helped by a succession of right hand side partners who didn’t exactly help him out.

Per Mertesacker: 5/10 – Had his poorest game of the season.

Laurent Koscielny: 4/10 – Same goes. Switched off to allow Aguero space for the first, couldn’t get ahead of Negredo for the second. Hopefully in the injury isn’t serious.

Nacho Monreal: 4/10 – Struggled, but like Sagna was often left exposed.

Mathieu Flamini: 5/10 – Made a costly mistake in failing to control Ozil’s pass which gave City their 3rd goal early in the second half.

Aaron Ramsey: 5/10 – Nice assist for Walcott’s second goal, you could see him looking for movement ahead of him and not finding it.

Jack Wilshere: 3/10 – Love Jack, but it’s hard to look at that performance and not put it into the same box you’d keep all Phil Collins’ music in. A box that would be chained up, cast in concrete and dropped to the bottom of the Mariana Trench.

Theo Walcott: 6/10 – Typically Theo? Hardly involved at all but scored twice. That’s got to be a positive from today.

Mesut Ozil: 4/10 – Another assist but pretty indifferent on the day overall.

Olivier Giroud: 4/10 – Missed good chances in the second half, as much as anyone looked tired and on days like today you can see why an alternative striker would be a boost to this Arsenal squad.


Thomas Vermaelen: 5/10 – Came on for the injured Koscielny, a little suspect at times, but hard to quantify on a day when Arsenal’s defence was that bad all day.

Serge Gnabry: 5/10 – Gave the ball away carelessly which led to a City goal. It was odd to see him get on ahead of Santi Cazorla.

Nicklas Bendtner: 5/10 – The only option we have if Giroud isn’t playing well. Scored a good goal but the officials ruled it out wrongly for offside.

Bonus rating

Linesmen: Get a new job/10

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    • You mean like the world class Lloris?

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    • I though Szczęsny played the same he normally does, but the midfield just didn’t try and close down, Wilshere and Ramsey have no excuse they rested on wednesday. I think the game was lost when they went 3:1 when flamini lost control of the ozil pass, we should have played more compact, knowing we were low on energy and tryed to nick a goal on the counter, yaya and nasri just ran straight through everytime.

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  2. That 3/10 for Wilshere is very generous. He was utterly pathetic. The only good news is that we can put to rest that whole Arteta-Flamini debate. Arteta makes so many tackles and interceptions in a match – where was Flamini today?

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    • That’s just nonsense, Arteta has had bad games so far this season and this was probably Flamini’s first.

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      • Arteta has had a few poor games, but even in those he still contributes. I repeat – where was Flamini today?

        I like him, and I’m happy with him as a backup, but he offered zero protection for the defence.

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        • I stick by my comment the other day
          Arteta and Flamini are going to be pressed to maintain a professional level to the end of the year…Willshire coming in and giving us a performance like he did doesn’t help.
          But the lack in protection in front of the backs when we move forward is always going to be critical with the formation we employ.
          While Chitys movement up front caused us problems we should have stopped it further up the pitch…and held it there.
          Possession was critical and we were wasteful.
          They gave up 2 goals at the Ehitad all year we score 3 while chasing the game…I don’t see this as a major defeat away from home

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        • You could see wenger getting upset with him for their second goal.

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        • flamini WAS there, in fact he had too much of the ball in the first half, whereas Ozil was anonymous. Flamini looked tired today, a bit off the pace whereas City were snapping into the challenges.

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        • First really bad performance that Flamini has had with us so lets not get carried away. The biggest problem we had yesterday other than the pricks officiating was our passing.

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    • More than his dismal showing, I’m worried wilshere is getting all the hype typically showered on promising english player into his head. He is one of the vocal players in the team but he needs to channel that into positive influence in the game. Throwing his hands up at team mates and blaming his colleagues on the pitch is not going to improve his game or help the team’s morale

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      • the funny thing with Jack is, i can’t stop myself thinking he’ll explode at one moment, just as Aaron did. Ramsey seemed equally clueless at times, before he decided to start being a world class player.

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      • with the left and the right

        Jack isn’t the only one who throws his hands up in frustration though. Practically all our players do that when something doesn’t come off, which frustrates the hell out of me because they should just keep playing. Flamini and Arteta are really the only two I can think of that don’t do this and that’s because theyre the most proffessional members of the squad. And i concur with you Countleaf, its almost eerie how the Ramsey and Wilshere criticisms are diverging. Both had a major injury, both played out of position and struggled to recover form, and both were battered by the fans. The only difference is Jack has been far more hyped than Ramsey which means the battering is going to be twice as virulent. It took Ramsey essentially two seasons to get to where he is now, Jack is much more talented footballer than Ramsey and I think by season’s end he’ll be back to his best.

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    • I really don’t know why Wenger would play Wilshere on the wing ahead of Rosicky.

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    • That’s unfair. It was after Flamini got subbed that things went truly tits up and you could see no one else in our midfield cared about defending apart from him.

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      • Spot on DH. As soon as Flamini departed the pitch City became rampant in the middle, which is pretty much effective proof that he was much more involved than he got credit for. I have no idea why he’s being selected for criticism. City had numerous players breaking into that space in front of the box and Flamini, who often had to fill a gap vacated by defender, is criticised for not marking every player that broke free there. Even Fernandinho scored ffs.I think he needed more support from Ramsey tbh or to be partnered with Arteta yesterday. Granted he should have gotten to Ozil’s pass but he had a quick glance up as you should and there was pace on the ball.

        One plus from yesterday was that we played positively from the back trusting ourselves to pass it out. Flamini will generally find a teammate up the pitch whereas Arteta when he’s at his most conservative will keep passing it back to his defenders which ultimately leads to Scezesny booting it long to Giroud which can go any way. We’re more than capable of playing it out of defence when we trust in our own abillites so I was glad to see us showing that yesterday.

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    • While I understand all of us love Jack but truth be told he has been terribly bad this season barring one or two games where he has been above average. Throughout the game he contributed nothing to the team. He’s lazy and gave the ball away all the time. A timeout on the bench might do him some good. Still top of the league though. COYG!!

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  3. Randy Pan the Arsenal Fan

    Man, Gnabry played so badly he even helped Chelsea score today. What’s that all about eh?

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  4. Can’t argue with that but monreal should have gotten a 2/10. Where the fuck is Gibsy?

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  5. Serge Gnabry: 5/10 – Gave the ball away carelessly which led to a Chelsea goal.

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    • Monreal didn’t have the best of games especially in the 1st half but that was compounded by the dismal showing of Wilshere

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      • You would think Arsene would have enough sense now NOT to play Wilshere on the left wing. He has been consistently below-average at that position.

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    • It’s almost as if we have different opinions ;)

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    • Bullshit. He was poor, but Wilshere left him exposed at all times against the best offense by far. It was completely epitomized by the second goal, which was 100% Wilshere’s fault.

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    • I would’ve given jack a 1/10. Ozil is Ozil. That’s how his game is. Anonymous for a while and then a touch of genius. So when the genius doesn’t come.. well he’s anonymous and we are annoyed most. But I expected a lot from wilshere. Very disappointed with him. Nobody in this team today deserves more than 4/10. Except Walcott who would get 6/10.

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  7. Seems pretty fair over all,
    Wenger should probably get a 2
    and hit with a rubber mallet until he buys another striker –
    then given a new contract – but clearly in that order.

    If the linesman got “Get a new job/10″
    then the ref should probably get a “ready to be used for glue/10″

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    • Wenger bottled it yet again. Wiltshire was so poor in the first half, he should have brought Rozza and Santi on at half time to try to save the game.

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    • Agreed, except I’d give Wenger a 5. The team was clearly tired and there wasn’t much we could do about that since we don’t really have much depth in the squad. Only thing I’d say is that Monreal and Sagna pushed way too far up the pitch, and he took Flamini off instead of Wilshere. And also (I can’t believe I’m saying this) that he didn’t bring on Bendtner on earlier.

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  8. You may want to correct that Gnabry, Chelsea mistake. That could be a bad er! hmm! Omen for the next game.

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  9. As much as we can appreciate Giroud’s hold up game, we need a different type of striker. We have a midfield that can create lots of chances for a player who can run fast and score clinically. We are not a team who crosses and relies on it. Giroud has a strong body, but is slowish. We could do much better in that department.

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    • Scored 3 and should have had a couple more. I think it’s pretty obvious why we didn’t win the game.

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    • so basically we need someone like theo?

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    • The answer’s Lewandowski. It might be a pipe dream (actually, it is a pipe dream), but he would just be perfect for our game in every way.

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      • well, he definitely isn’t a different type of player than Giroud. maybe a little better, but not different.

        the system’s alright. Giroud plays like he plays, the wingers do the runs in question.

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        • Screw Lewandowski….we need a left foot defensive mid to offer protection
          why don’t we convert Vermearlan or pik one up?

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        • He’s a great guy and we all love him but it is time to admit that Giroud simply isn’t good enough. He hasn’t got Arsenal striking quality, nor does he have the potential to make it at the required level. He doesn’t score the required number of goals. It is that simple.

          We should buy Lewandowski. Giroud just isnt good enough.

          And all the thumbs down in the world will not change that fact.

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      • Any thoughts on Niang from Milan, assuming he is available.

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      • Or Messi. Or perhaps we could put bergkamp in a time machine.

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  10. Wat the hell was Per berating Ozil for at the end of the match? That looked really serious

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    • Ozil walked straight off down the tunnel, didn’t applaud the away fans with the rest of the team.

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    • I loved it. BFG had a poor game like the rest of the team but still performed like a real Captain when Ozil should have applauded the away fans. Leadership in bundles. Time to rest and regroup before Chelsea.

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  11. I didn’t think Ozil was a 4, I’d say he was no worse than Giroud or Ramsey. Monreal was atrocious though.

    Tactically we looked naive, I’d have to say Wenger called the wrong tactics for both Napoli and this one but still, the team should’ve performed so much better.

    Perhaps a timely reminder to all concerned just how much we need a couple of extra players in specific areas?

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    • with the left and the right

      i hate it when football fans use cliches like “tactically we looked naive” w/o actually specifying what went wrong tactically. It makes football fans think that they no more about tactics than the people whose jobs it is to no more about tactics than they do

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      • But then you yourself are generalising. I don’t have to justify myself to you or anybody else. You know absolutely nothing about me or who I am or whether I have credentials to comment. Instead you’re trying to be another clever keyboard warrior shouting ‘Look at me, how big must I be for trolling’ Well son, give yourself a nice pat on the back.

        Kindly, and respectfully of course, don’t comment without first finding out something about me or even asking a question. For example, “How do you mean ‘tactically naive’?” This is the proper manner to discuss like a grown up.

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    • Ozil was nowhere to be seen in the first half, if he was so ineffective ‘in the hole’ he could have come back and helped win the ball, at least Ramsey and giroud wanted the ball.

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  12. GunnerDareMACEDONIA

    Wow even chelsea scored for city today .

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  13. “Gnabry gave the ball away which lead to a Chelsea goal”? You’re really done with this game and looking up to the next one blogs. Heh

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  14. Tad harsh on Bendtner (Even though he wan’t on for too long). Generous for Flamini and Jack. Our double pivot left too much space for Toure and co.

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    • He was actually bizarrely impressive. The few touches he made were very good – scored a goal that shouldn’t have been disallowed, brilliantly created a chance for Walcott and was generally tidy.

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  15. Koscielny, 2/10. Stood next to the best striker in the league on a corner while he smashed in the early first goal completely unhindered.

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  16. Harsh on Kos. I thought he was our best player until he left the field. The corner that led to the 1st goal kos did well to prevent negredo a free header on goal. Aguero’s finishing was top draw sometime you just have to give credit to the opponent

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    • “top draw” is not a phrase, “top drawer” is. And Kos should have done something, the Danish commentators were remarking about how he did not even move.

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    • he definitely went to sleep on the corner

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  17. Thought Monreal was the poorest, most of the goals seemed to come from his side, but didn’t have any protection in front. Thought should have started with Rosicky, to get stuck in.

    As soon as we got the ball in central areas, City became crazy compact. Surprised Cazorla didn’t get a look in.

    Nine days, get recharged and bounce back.

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  18. Can anyone inform me about the whole Mertesacker shouting at Ozil for not clapping to the fans?

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    • At the end of the game the arsenal players go over to the away fans section to appreciate their traveling with the team…Per was organizing the players for the curtain call and specifically shouted to Ozil to participate…Ozil blew him off and Per got into his face, before going to the away section with the rest of the team…Ozil continued to walk off the pitch….

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  19. Had to wake up early for this too. but unlike some people i am not that fickle to start blaming players who genuinely did their best. I think Arsene Wenger was the reason for this loss. his tactics were wrong..City has probably the best attacking team in Europe at the moment. There’s no shame in that. What i think was the problem is choosing to play only Flamini but i am sure city will still drop points and we dont get too hangover from this result. And more importantly the only difference between city and us today was that they were clinical with their chances and we were not. Even at 4-2 i was still hopeful we could get something out of this game but we wasted the ball in the final third with sloppy passes and strikes. Hopefully this will convince wenger of having another dynamic striker in the squad

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    • “attack will be our defense”

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    • Agree. This result was an outlier. But if we screw up against Chelsea too, then it would point to a deeper malaise.

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    • bullshit-did they did not do their best,otherwise six goals would not have been conceded,wake up and say how it truly is, complete tosh,we all want to see us win and get behind the team but when we perform like this they need to be told end of.

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  20. I’m sure people will hate me and thumb me down for saying this but I haven’t been impressed by Ozil till now. He has to step up his game. His style is too lackadaisical for the Premier League. Adapt in order to survive, or we should let him sit out a few games.

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    • I agree about Ozil . too many 5 yard passes . and doesn’t look arsed at times

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      • Yeah, shit 5 yard pass to make an assist today. Especially didn’t like that one.

        He wasn’t great today, but then nobody was. And when you look at what he’s contributed since he joined you’d want to be some spoiled cunt to complain. (General point, not aimed at you in particular)

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      • Ozil is doing fine the problem with some people they are expecting miracle performances from him. It is his first season in the premier league some of our legends took time to settle in. Lets not get carried away he will only get better and better over time. It’s not a bad position to be in top of the table with improvement to come. Think we will see a much improved team performance against the chavs after a nine day break.

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        • He has the second highest amount of assists in the league, behind Gerrard and has scored 4 goals for us. Not too shabby if you ask me.

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    • LOL man… He has to step up his game? What do you expect from him? 2 asissts or 2 goals per game? And maybe a magic trick that will make Yaya-Tank-Toure dissapear?

      I think he adapted incredibly well. His stats are great, he creates a lot and covers a lot of distance even if you don’t see it (cause he doesn’t make many tackles-doesn’t mean he doesn;t defend). Phisically Premier League is a different challenge compared to La Liga and you should we wise ebough to give him some time to get used to it. Still, he plays 90 min every game and he’s the only player that hasn’t got a proper replacement in our team.

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      • It’s not just about stats. He doesn’t come back and defend, even Giroud comes back to do that. It’s the way Arsenal functions. We back up our defensive players when they are left exposed.
        And you just contradicted yourself by first saying that he has adapted well and then you say that give him time.
        We have replacements for him at our disposal. It’s not that I don’t like him, I want him to contribute more to the team than the attacking third. Because in games where the game is won or lost in the middle of the park you need players to contribute to both aspects of the game. That’s what I want him to do more.

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    • He was BRILLIANT at the start of the season. Or don’t you remember all the assists?

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    • LastNightEboueSavedMyLife

      I kind of know what you mean in that his style is often casual and slightly nonchalant but his desire to get in the box against Norwich shows he really does want it.

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  21. It’s that time of year when the Arsenal team starts falling to pieces. Wilshere is the most over-rated player ever. Wenger is not capable of motivating his players for such an important game; instead he was reported as saying yesterday that City are under negative pressure and so should advantage Arsenal – what a load of bollocks! Anyway it was good while it lasted.

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    • 1. He said “If we win we go 8 clear. That is positive pressure. If they lose they go 9 behind. That is negative pressure.” And that was when he was asked about the pressure of playing City.
      2. It is still early in the day for “falling to pieces”. Agreed the team looked off the pace today and we were overrun in the midfield (despite Jack/Ramsey having been rested against Napoli) but the result was an outlier. The 4th goal killed us and Wenger went for broke (He took of our DM). After that it was always going to be either a white-wash or a brilliant fight-back.
      3. Wilshere may have played badly but that doesn’t make him shit. Remember Ramsey circa 2012.

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  22. Shez 5
    Per 4
    Kos 5
    Sagna 5
    Monreal 3
    Flam 4
    Wilshere 2
    Ramsey 5
    Ozil 5
    Walcott 6
    Giroud lol
    So koscielny gets blamed for not being able to get across negredo for the second. Funny! He stretched so much he injured himself! Who was covering zabaleta? fucking wilshere! And monreal! Wimp!

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  23. Wilshere was pretty darn awful. And flip their fans off? Does he realize that they’re the same people who root for him when he plays for England?

    Jack is immature. Period.

    And his match performance, let’s just say, if Rosicky had started (which he should have) he wouldn’t have let the second goal happen. I don’t know why Wenger feels Wilshere is good defensively, he’s really not.

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    • ‘Does he realize that they’re the same people who root for him when he plays for England?’

      Do they realize he’s the same Jack they root for when he puts on the England shirt?

      Give the lad a break, every single one of us Gooners would have done exactly the same. Fucking loath those dirty manc twats.

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      • Do you think a Rosicky/Ramsey/Arteta or anyone else from our team would’ve done that? All the ‘prodigy of England’ hype seems to be getting the better of him, sadly.

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        • I don’t really think it is Hugo. All decisions went against us today, 5 key ones in fact, all highly blatant; so when the opposition fans pissed him and him giving him the finger was an accumulation of that anger. The kid’s prideful, maybe a little too much but anyone who makes a big deal of this is a just a twat.

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  24. Who was our double pivot today, Wilshere/Flamini or Ramsey/Flamini?

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  25. Thought Bendtner did pretty well when he came on. Scored with a good header, and also played a lovely ball through to Theo which he should have scored. I’d give him a solid 6. Theo probably our man of the match because of the 2 goals

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  26. Almost all the goals we scored were avoidable. Sloppy mistakes gifted them the ball which led to their goals. That word, sloppy, pretty much sums up our game today. Citeh didn’t run over us and score goals that make your eyes gauge out like they did against the other “big teams” (this doesn’t include the Sp*ds) they played. They were ruthlessly clinical though something that we unfortunately lacked.

    Case in point, Giroud, missed about 3(?) brilliant chances that a couple of weeks ago would have put your money on would have scored. Can’t fathom why he and Özil were played mid week. They both have played and started almost every single match since the season started. Needed to be rested for what was a game mid week that we didn’t need to win actually… But I digress

    Jack was poor and exposed Monreal to a lot of danger and when was moved to Sagna’s side also did the same thing. Passing was way off as well but had a little spell when we were coming back but ultimately for the 5th goal (I think) have the ball away stupidly in the centre and instead of getting up just lay there on the floor looking for a foul from the ref…

    Baffled as to why Santi didn’t come on when they brought on Serge… Anyone know why?

    Positives? We were largely poor cause we were sloppy and could t string together our passes like we usually do, it wasn’t due down to us lacking good enough players like it’s been in the past season. And also of course fatigue played a huge role so maybe after 9 days if rest and a good old scream fest from the BFG we put or shit together and get a result at the chavs next week…

    Up the Arse

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  27. is Jack Wilshere a good choice for wing? i think he can’t play good at it and most play in center. when he playe in wing he like to play in center and forget postition. no?

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  28. Confused why he kept both rosicky, arteta and cazorla on the bench and instead introduced bendtner and Gnabry, the latter who hasn’t been involved for weeks.

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    • yes that is two games in a row now where you have to question the subbing…both games you wanted to at least draw…

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  29. Comedy of Errors
    I was laughing in the last 20 minutes (Nerves)
    I know its our players rating and I commend the ratings of Andrew above
    But Man City played well especially Yaya Toure.
    Their is a possibility Arsenal could be down to 4th at Christmas if we lose to Chelsea at home
    December 2013 is not being kind to us
    I think our players need lots and lots of sleep
    And Giroud even more so.
    BUT we are still top of the League
    I just know we are going to get Barca or Madrid on Monday morning #CL
    Theo was sharp today

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    • We’ll just have to go and fucking beat Chelsea then won’t we?

      Anyway, we’re due a bit of a blip…and I can guarantee you that when Chelsea and Liverpool and those other cunts go to play City – they will get fucking beaten too.

      City’s defence is poor away from home, their goal difference is -1. Every match is worth 3 points, not just the home games.

      And also, fuck John Terry.

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  30. Form wise the team should probably be Szczesny – Sagna, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Gibbs – Arteta, Ramsey – Walcott, Ozil, Rosicky – Giroud. Pretty good btw for those who have DropJackWilsherePhobia

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  31. stupidly low ratings based on emotion. a tired team away to the likley championships, a pen that should have been given, goals that were not ofisde. you dont score 3 and rate 3 and 4. get a grip of yourself

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    • You should try to abide by your screen name.

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    • I honestly don’t buy the whole “they were tired” excuse. Sure, they traveled to Napoli, but what exactly did they DO there, bar jogging around and conceding two shit goals? They took that same attitude and lazy approach to the Etihad, and we paid for it, again.

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  32. Could have used Rosicky in a game like this. Too many times, the Arsenal player made a mistake and threw his hands up instead of blaming himself or looking to correct it right away. Rosicky and Cazorla are the two attacking midfielders who always get right back in it. There was too much entitlement in this squad today. City was always going to be buzzsaw at home, especially with us on short rest. We needed to play like an inferior squad playing for a result, meaning pack it in, work hard, play on the counter, and not make mental mistakes. Going toe-to-toe at the Etihad would have always needed some luck, and with the refs not making our day any easier, we were never going to win that game.

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  33. That second goal from walcott though. Very henry-esque. Now all my enemies will bark that we can’t beat top teams. Really need to beat chelsea now. Coyg

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  34. Oh yeah linesman 0/10… Like what the fuck? Not the only reason why we lost but played a huge role (obviously)

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  35. Flamini didn’t give enough protection and with Ramsey bombing forward for most of the game he was horribly left exposed. One more point Wilshere’s positioning while defending was way too narrow, it led Zabaleta to enjoy freedom on our left hand side. Tactically it was very poor throughout the match, Wenger really needs to have a plan B in this type of games.

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  36. Wenger 1/10 for bad tactics, persistent late substitution and verherment refusal to buy a striker all summer

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  37. I thought Walcott was our best player today.

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  38. We need to strenghten if we hope to win any trophy. Giroud needs help, work load is too much for him.

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  39. @ mohammad Wilshere cannot play well anywhere at the moment! even if he gets to play behind the striker he is shit! Just because he needs to pass the ball rather than dribble, he is not fucking messi! and will never be!

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  40. Yis are having a laugh lads. Chez was terrible -1/10

    Its ok he will slag spurs off during the week and everyone will forget about his bad performance

    I can feel the tumbs down already!

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  41. Fuck that, I hope that’s that beating we needed to kick start our season again, everytime we got back into it we gave away a goal again, we lose to Chelsea and that’s 3 defeats to the big 3 witch is not good, hopefully the rest and podolski back aswell gets us going, at least we’re still top

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  42. Ozil didnt clap the fans look here.

    For that he deserves a 3. There is something I really dont like about Ozil, today for example whenever he gave the ball away he just didn’t react and never tracked back. For Fernandinho’s first goal, what the fuck was that pass people blaming Flamini for the miscontrol but shit pass in truth. He’s a great player but he’s got to care more for the club and repay Wenger for spending that much money on him.

    Ramsey looked lively today I thought. 6/10 for me. Giroud should have scored a few but can’t have a go at him he’s knackered

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    • I think he was frustrated about the players he was playing alongside today. For players like Ozil, for players like Rosicky and Cazorla, its important to have like minded and technical players around them. The more experienced duo just get on with it but Ozil it seems let it get to him.

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  43. Every thing just looks worse on a bad day including the manager and the fan. comes JAN we need more than an average striker or else we would all blame Giroud.

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  44. did anyone see per’s look at wilshere, utterly disgusted!

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  45. Not our best display by a long way. Agere with your ratings, maybe a lttle high even. Too many mistakes giving ball away and not closing down. Actually not seeing the threats was by far the biggest disappointment. City were good but we helped them out so much. Going forward we were just not sharp and still scored 3 goals!!

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  46. He refused to buy a striker?! You’ll have to ask Liverpool about that one.

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  47. Of course we are talking about man. city, who just beat bayern, so are team was not at the best form, theo did well, sagna & pers were quality because of the bad passes you see what happened & to make it worse the team could av had 5 or 6 goals the best
    Thing now is prepare for next game still top of prem & had very tough matches rest time players coyg

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  48. Based on the fact that our guys were gonna tire out and were less fresh I was somewhat surprised we didn’t play both arteta and flamini as I think we would have kept the cretins (citizens) a lot quieter – lets face it jack w did jack shite! Depending on Kos think we need a defender and striker in January!

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  49. Don’t know what to say on this ratings.
    All I know we lost against good city players..and that’s not the end of the road simple!!

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  50. When city’s centre back bulldoze all his way to our flank with all our players chasing.. Something is definitely wrong. Anyway let’s not dwell on it.. Maintain our position at all cost next week coyg!

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  51. Saw a tweet that said it looks as if Per is the real captain of the squad and I couldn’t agree more

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  52. Season 12/13: Ramsey is fucking useless. Worst player ever.
    Season 13/14: Whilshire is fucking useless. Worst player ever.
    Honestly some of you chaps havent got a clue.
    Top of the league

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  53. I’m so upset, we needed a good performance today and the team let all of us down. I’d like to congratulate FA for making an amazing schedule where we play 3 important games in a week, the ref and the linesmen did an amazing job too.

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  54. fair enough overall but i think ramsey deserves more than a 5. he was the only one in the second half who was running at players and trying to make things happen. he also put his usual solid shift of work in so 5 seems a bit harsh. the rest of the midfield was woeful.

    so in general we had a very poor game but with a little bit of luck and better decisions from the officials we could easily have drawn that game 6-6! what does that say about man city? i don’t think they are all that great, especially defensively. hopefully aguero will be out for the xmas period.

    a solid result against chelski and then we have a run of 7 very winnable games. let’s hope the boys can have a good rest in next 9 days and the boss can do a good job of keeping their spirits up because this league is still very much there for the winning for us.

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  55. Again… Koscielny 4? He did make a mistake with Aguero goal but to blame him for their second goal is insane. They have the best attacking team in PL and two excellent strikers. Negredo’s goal was all Wilshere and Monreal absence/mistakes. How you can blame a CB for a goal created by RB storming into our pen box?

    I like Verm and God bless him we need him now but how can he get 5 when Kos got 4 while when Thomas on the pitch we conceded 4 golas?

    Say what you want. I think we can take a lot of positives form today (not 6 golas concedem of course). Theo’s back. Poldi’s (not today but available) back. I want these 2 instead of Jack (second straight gorrible game) and Santi (poor/very poor since coming back). Ramseey after Everton (his worst game of the season) showed today it was a fatigue only. Ozil was due a poor match after playing 90 min every match recently. 9 days before Chelsea game shoul do miracles for us. Flamini is a decent squad player and a warrior but he’s not Arteta though. Fresh Mikel ane Aaron are our best comb as CMs.

    Lat but noit least. It has been funny at first but nto anymore. Nicklas Bendtner is an Arsenal player. As long as he’s wearing red shirt I’ll support him all day long. His skills had never been a doubt but his head. With right attitude and committment he’s at least a very good player. Today did more throughtout 15 min than Giroud for 75. Not the first time Giroud doesn’t shine against top team and ruins manhy good moves by the team. Personally I’d love to see more of Mick Beno. It’s the only position we’ve lacked a competition so far and looking at Giroud you can see that.

    Not devastated by today. We lost to the best home team in PL and still scored 3 goals (and could easily have scored more). Plus we made individual errors for at least 3 next months. Up the Arsenal!

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    • Maybe we should start Giroud at home and Bendtner on the road. I must admit, I’ve bashed Bendtner as much as anyone on here, but I’ve been impressed with his effort so far this season. And his goal should have counted today.

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  56. 6 for walcott? He scored twice and didnt stop making runs the whole match, considering its his first start since september he surely deserves an 8

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  57. Palace Gunner 10/10 for posting a comment we can for once understand.

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  58. Wenger 2/10: Terrible decision to bring Flamini off and replace him with anyone other then Arteta.but people need to get over this game, everyone is getting destroyed at the etihad and we were in it for a decent amount of the game, city’s fourth goal being the killer – not like united and spurs who capitulated fromkick off

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    • What would Arteta have done other than be too slow and lose the ball regularly like usual? It needed Rozza and/or Santi to inject a bit of urgency in attack.

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      • Defensive cover, we was so, much more exposed after that substitution. Were he not such a crock then Abou Diaby would have been the perfect change to make at that point,

        But nevermind…. Onwards ( I would also say upwards but people, we remain top of the league!!)

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      • Dunno, maybe he would’ve at least TRIED to stop Toure? The rest of the team just let him stroll right down the middle the entire game. “Oh, you’ve go the ball AGAIN? Go on, son. As you were”.

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  59. Can’t wait to get this game out of our system and to the next one against Chelsea. Totally agree with everyone’s points regarding our clear cut mistakes. It was just simply a bad day in the office for everyone from the team down to the management.

    Just found out about the Merte-Ozil argument. I’m with Ozil on this one. I mean, c’mon, give the guy a break. He’s probably more upset and critical at the game than anyone.

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  60. I. Don’t think gibss is better than monreal..

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  61. tactically we looked out of shape today and very heavy legged even tho many never played mid week, city’s midfield won the show looking mean,strong and fresh haven rested 6 players mid week and still beat Bayern.Is this a season of we cant beat the big boys man u – man city – hope not next chelski – on top of ticket price rises Wenger out brigade getting rowdy again even tho we are still top of the league,beating chelski would restore much faith, still think city are title favourites squad large and plenty of quality if they get the same away form as their home form can be unbeatable

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    • people please stop referring to the team as ‘winded’ or out of shape….they are professional footballers.
      don’t enable them with excuses and promote opposing fans to jump on the bandwagon..

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  62. Big problems fitting Wilshere into this team. What a poor display from him in particular. Useless and ineffective out wide.
    Go smoke another fag and book yourself in for another tattoo Wilshere!…you’re good at that!
    Kos out for two years probably!….I’d settle for fourth spot now.

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  63. david james summarising 0/10 – we’re still top of the league you pretentious fifa-playing cunt. Go get yourself another shit haircut.

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  64. Really really dissapointed with the player ratings tbh, what did Sagna do so wrong, or The BFG for that matter? It was an odd game, but I think that if it wasn’t for the aforementioned players it could have been far worse. If folks got on the end and took their chances of sagnas amazing ten million crosses, then who knows

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  65. For arguments sake, Monreal is better than Gibbs. He’s a more we’ll rounded defender and for a fullback, 9 times out of 10 you’ve gotta be on your toes to defend more than attack.

    Honestly, Gibbs would struggle today. He’ll get caught out position far too much as he’s more of an advanced Wingback.

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  66. A) 6/10 to charmakh for scoring against chelsea.

    B) we are tactically wrong from beginning. Wenger should understand level of fatigue that we have and opt for more on defencive mode. He is the coach anyway…we are the fans. We can comment whatever we want….

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  67. We need to get our house in order for these big games. Too many players shirking defensive aspects of the battle and we were very naive in the the way we chased the result at the end.
    Yes we looked tired and the fixture scheduling wasn’t kind on us but we must, collectively, defend better in these games.
    If we are to win anything this year the *chequebook needs to come out in January. Wenger needs to raise the standards once again.

    *I think the transfer of funds between big clubs is done by BACS

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  68. I fucking love Per Mer.

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  69. Its okay guys. It’s ONE game. This could spark our brilliant run to the title. History will repeat itself.

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  70. I notice there is always an over reaction when things go wrong. This was a freak game and we didnt deserve to lose by three goals. Many players looked tired and Henry did say on Sky he fears this game after CL match. The big joke is BT getting this fixture scheduled so close to an important CL game. This game should of been playedon Sunday but at least now we have plenty of time to reflect on mistakes and get back to 100% against the Chavs.

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  71. To me Bendtner’s appearance can mean either one of two things; 1) He’s suddenly become extremely good and we should give him another contract(HAH!) 2) We obviously need a different kind of striker than Giroud. Giroud’s hold up play doesn’t work that well against aggressive defenders like Kompany.

    Flamini worked hard but he didn’t have much help from the wings as he usually gets. I’m guessing they’re all a bit too leggy atm. A lack of proper preperation and fatigue. All of us that had a realistic eye knew something like this would come. This result in itself is not crucial towards where we end up in the end of the season, it’s if and how we bounce back. City are gonna drop points down the road, because their play won’t always be top notch like it was today. We just need to make sure we win matches against Cardiff, Swansea, West Brom and so forth. Those are crucial because there’s only 6 points from City, but far far more from the lower 2/3 of the table…

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    • If you watch Chity they had two quick forwards who interchanged and got behind the defense…where as we have been a bit static and north/ south lately….mainly because we are not pressing high enough…
      again the arteta, flammini, whilsire, ramsey double pivot/axis argument again…

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  72. Love Le Boss, it’s 2/10 for you thi week.

    The two CB, Giroud have played too much football.

    Should have played Vermaelen on Wednesday and Bendtner for an hour today. Giroud looked tired.

    Anyway, beat Chelsea and you’ll a get a 10/10, Boss!

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  73. I don’t generally like to blame ref’s for a result but there were a number (6 offside calls I think) which went marginally against us….one goal called back.
    Linesman rating 2/10

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    • You are too generous on the linesmen. Zero out of ten, the both of them. They were shockingly bad. Four offsides were called against us that weren’t offside, and we scored on two of them. Brutal performance.

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  74. Can’t believe iv got back from work to see this score what’s goin on ? Fort we would of won this

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  75. This was one game too many and always on the cards after Weds, in my opinion. Defensively our back 4 looked shot mentally and were 2nd to react to most things in and around the box. City had FAR too much room in midfield which I believe was again a combination of fatigue but also the wrong personnel.

    Arteta and Flamini should have started the game and I can’t help thinking Rosicky should have started too, perhaps for Walcott. Yep, I know he scored 2 very good goals but we leaked 6 and perhaps today a more solid, hard working midfield should have started the game, keeping it as tight as possible then utilizing Walcott’s pace from the bench in last 25 mins.

    Wilshere was poor and has been for a while, Monreal was left exposed.

    And finally, Wenger also needs to take some of the blame, a tired Arsenal went toe to toe with City and looked like the Arsenal of old; fragile. Wenger Should have adopted a tighter approach (as per my point re personnel, hence tactics.

    But it’s one game, and a scoreline that does flatter city slightly. So let’s not press the panic button just yet. Conceding 6 is embaressing but Chelsea are there for the taking and sometimes you need a good kick up the arse to re-focus and go again. a good rest will do us the world of good too.

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  76. The defensive side of our play was almost as bad as I’ve ever seen it, not to mention our passing never seemed to click. Yet we were competitive for large swaths of the match and were a few clinical finishes away from a better result. I think more than anything a lack of rest and rotation were the main culprits for this loss. I’m a bit baffled though as to why Wilshere never made way for Rosicky, seemed a logical switch from pretty much the 45th minute onward.

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    • Totally agree. Wenger bottled it by not taking Jack off after a piss-poor first half performance and bringing TR7 and/or Santi on at half time.

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  77. City are simply insatiable at home. Credit where its due.

    Sure the linesmen threw the game but I think we played (our attacking game at least) brilliantly.

    It is only 3 points, we are top of the league near Christmas. We play Chelsea next week and have a chance to extend that lead. City will have other games away where they drop points.

    It is absolutely crazy to lose our togetherness as fans after dropping just 3 points.

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  78. My personal vote: Clichy’s Hair/10

    I mean what even is that? a toupe?

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  79. Sagna and jack woeful today.but shitty have taken it to a level that we just cant live with.financially we cant compete.

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  80. Bad result but lets just move on from it. Whats the point of getting wound up when it was just one of 38 games over the season – the others will drop points. I still think the squad is short up front and in central defence though….

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  81. Did anyone hear what the city fans were singing to Jack? I imagine it was horrible for him to do that. I know he’s no angel but they must have been singing something nasty?

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  82. I’d like to add, if anyone thought we would win the league by beating City away, they’ve been smoking some of what the liverpool owner has. We can still win this, just need to beat the other teams!

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    • Agreed. We’ve turned it around from previous seasons where we just couldn’t get points off the lower teams. We need to capitalise on that, and get what we can from the bigger teams.

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  83. Great performance review though I think you forgot to rate Arsene. I’d give him 1/10 for keeping Wilshere on the pitch beyond 60min.

    Let’s see how we react on Monday next week

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  84. We lost to a team with a legitimate title shot playing on their turf where they have been unbeatable. We score three goals, have a legitimate goal disallowed and an obvious penalty not given. At least three of our players had shockers. All this after just a days proper rest and preparation after a European trip…we remain 3 points ahead..we will continue to pick up points on the road and at home and Man City will continue to drop points on the road. In other words…chill the fuck out.

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  85. Monreal is a decent player but he had an awful game! Worst player on the pitch in my opinion! Was out of position every time they attacked. We were too concerned about our biggest test of the season instead of playing like leaders. Gutted! Wenger made an error taking off Flamini, who also had his worst game in the shirt this year, but he still breaks down attacks! Are we tiring?

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  86. Vermaelen was extremely poor on Silva’s killer goal to make it 4-2. Take a look at it again–Per probably thinks that his partner is going to cut out that pass across the six-yard box easily, but Vermaelen for some reason keeps running towards the byline, marking no one and taking himself away from the most dangerous channel. Very poor positioning.

    I am 100% certain that Koscielny would have cut out that pass.

    However, I am also sure that Vermaelen will improve with game time, and it looks like he’ll have a lot of it in the coming weeks.

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  87. we need Suarez

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  88. We shouldn’t panic, but it’s a reminder that there are still remnants of the old Arsenal and we need to keep improving. We’re still top of the league, and have a chance to against Chelsea. But we need to start turning up in these big games like we did against Spurs and Liverpool.
    For me part of the difference was Aguero/Negredo v Giroud. Giroud isn’t good enough in my opinion. Ozil needs to stop drifting out of games. I’m not sure why Wilshere played so poorly but he’ll need to be replaced, and I’m not sure why we chose today to be outmuscled and dominated in midfield despite it being 3 v 2. No need to panic, but certainly more to think about. I still maintain that we need a truly world class striker, as City were just incredibly clinical today and that was possibly the biggest difference between the two sides.

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  89. Still top of the league, and can still beat any of the teams we draw on Monday.

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  90. Nacho kept running off – Flammini kept dropping to the last line of defence to cover – Wilsh, Rambo and Google (Ozil) all thought cdm wasnt their responsibility

    Yaya Ferdiniho and Silva killed us they played for each other and it showed

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  91. I actually thought Mesut had a good game, looked our liveliest and most comfortable player going forward. That’s his game, he’s elusive, he doesn’t dominate the ball like a xavi, he makes good movements and when he does get the ball he uses it cleverly, which is not always extravagant and can be a simple 5 yard pass, but he was still making them think and always looked threatening,and the thought of him plus Theo’s darting runs in behind the defenders is quite mouth-watering. I think we really missed Arteta, who is defensively our most composed player. Yes Flamini barks, runs around and fouls people, but when Arteta is around the team looks more solid and compact, plus he’s rarely wasteful in possession and can quicken or slow the pace of a game. Why did Jack start on the left? If memory serves me right, he was very poor last time that happened too as he likes to come inside but is very left footed. Ah well, dropped 3 points but still top of the league. COYG!

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  92. Bt sport -10/ 10 Talked about Arsenals punishing schedule for three hours without taking an ounce of responsibility for billing the game to take place 54 hours after we had got back from a tough game in Naples

    .Get back to concentrating on making the phones work you insufferable wankers

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  93. When its come to pressing we are the worst team. I said it before and say it again, it should be Wenger’s last season if we dont win the league.

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    • Insipid effort.

      We were playing with permutations in our head much like against Napoli where we seemed content to se out a one goal deficit.

      We play our best unrestricted football with back against the wall. Wenger should have reminded the players that this was reputation on the line and last chance saloon for a trophy in many ways.

      We were going flat against Everton (close as that game was). Insipid against Napoli and tentative against City which has cost us.

      If we approach Chelsea the same way, we would be throwing all the good work away.

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  94. Touch harsh on central defending duo. Thought they were good but simply overwhelemed because the midfield was not working.

    2 strikers were a constant bother and Wenger did not make any adjustments.

    Flamini was overwhelmed. Rosicky should have been introduced next to him with Ramsey, Jack and Ozil not showing sufficient bite.

    Also thought Gibbs should have come on. Santi for all his poor play in recent games may have been better for us out wide holding the ball and covering either Gibbs or Monreal (should the gaffer for some reason prefer to play him in a crucial league game rather than against Napoli)

    Monreal was poor.

    Walcott beggars the question why he was not introduced at Napoli after the break?

    Gaffer gets a low score for me.

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  95. @Daft Aider: “Bunty”, I love it….
    In General: Ozil and Giroud have looked tired for a while. Rotation?
    Bendtner v. Napoli (not hindsight, I was surprise d as soon as team was anounced) and rotate Cazola and Ozil, to allow recovery.
    I would recomend spending whatever it will take to buy Mr bitey/divey. But it’s not AW ‘ s way, so involve Bendtner more.

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  96. Bent bastard officials.

    City have been getting a lot of decisions at home this season. Bendtner and giroud scored tow goals disallowed incorrectly. We should’ve had a pen. Their first goal came from an offside before the corner. Yaya Toure commited about 4 bookable challenges.

    It doesn’t excuse us standing off Toure, Sliva, Nasri (cunt) and Fernandinho like we did. We just retreated and let them play like they had a force field around them. When we did get in their faces we fucking scored shortly after.

    We played like idiots. Ozil needs to put more effort in. Jack was pony. Monreal was shocking. Flamini had the first touch of a rapist. Ramsey had a mare.

    They need to wake up. Get in the chav’s faces next week and take the game to them. Fuck them up.

    Somebody’s got to pay.

    Grrr etc.

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  97. I hope the linesmen and referee bump into a gang of horny, homosexual mountain gorrillas. With aids.

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  98. C’mon fellow gooners, we got tanked yesterday by a mixture of dreadful officiating, tiredness, lack of concentration and being pited against the best attacking side in the country. For all our errors, on another day City might’nt have taken full advantage, but they did yesterday.
    Can’t believe Ozil is coming in for so much stick, he’s only provided most assists in the PL so far this season, his pass to Flamini was fine, it was Mat who gave it away. It happens, let’s move on. Mertersacker had a go at him for not aknowledging the travelling support and Mesut has since apologised, let us not hold that against him.

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  99. It amazes me after all these years people still don’t understand what Theo brings to the team, to give him only 6/10 yesterday is criminal. His off the ball movement is genuis…

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  100. Yes we did get stuffed yesterday but its not the end of the road, look at our squad against theirs no comparison strickers M city have at least 5 world class players weve got Giroud and Bentner neither world class or any class. Jack’s not even near his best Santi is way out of touch Ozil seems uninterested, Moreal I like but he had a poor game why did we not play Rosicky and Arteta. Weve got a right back who was ripped to shreads on \weds but he came from Charlton’s sub bench and Eastbourne Borough on lone so Mr Wenger please buy some fffin players

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  101. Bendy’s goal might well have been allowed, it was only marginally offside whilst City’s last goal was a blatant dive, so the fair scoreline was 5-4. Is that really so terrible? At the Etihad where most teams get mashed I think it’s not the end of the world. No need to slag off our boys even if it wasn’t their finest hour, they’ve worked pretty hard this season to put us where we are.

    The game was lost by us, stupid mistakes, not by anything brilliant city did. They are clinical finishers, yep, but other than that those flashy manc twats didn’t dominate us and can fuck right off.

    Fed up of all this “title credentials” shit. We’re top of the premier league for a reason. that’s all the “title credentials” you need.

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  102. Talk about perfect storm:

    Drop points carelessly at home against Everton, just as the game was won
    Put in a leggy, uninspired display against Napoli – a loss that puts us in a very difficult position for the next round
    Given only a day to recuperate
    Man City: an attacking, goal scoring phenomenon at home

    All of this made me fear the worst.

    and then…..

    Wenger chose a line-up that weakened the team defensively. Walcott did score a couple of goals but his overall presence, or lack thereof, opened up most of the right side for City. The absence of Arteta left Flamini with an impossible task, and removed the one player who would have been able to give Arsenal some decent ball control. Wilshere should have been pulled at halftime. I love the lad, but he was abyssmal. It’s looking more and more like a very long road back for him.

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  103. Per bought a DVD player last season to review games when Arsenal madero many defensive fuck-ups.
    He better get the whole squad into the classroom on Monday morning and re-school them on how a midfield is supposed to protect the defense.

    The fines are going to be HUGE this week.

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