Report: Man City 6-3 Arsenal

Report: Man City 6-3 Arsenal

Arsenal: Szczesny, Sagna, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Monreal, Flamini, Wilshere, Ozil, Giroud, Walcott, Ramsey

Subs: Fabianski, Vermaelen, Arteta, Rosicky, Cazorla, Gnabry, Bendtner

Arsenal succumbed to a second defeat in three days as Manchester City won 6-3 at the Etihad to reduce the Gunners lead at the top of the table to three points. In a thrilling end-to-end game Sergio Aguero gave the home side an early lead before Theo Walcott tapped home an equaliser on the half hour mark. Alvaro Negredo restored City’s advantage before the break, which was further extended in the second half by Fernandinho’s curled effort. Walcott grabbed his second as the table toppers kept battling but David Silva restored the two-goal advantage. Fernandinho dinked his second, Mertesacker grabbed a consolation before Yaya Toure wrapped things up  five minutes into injury-time with a penalty.

City came out of the traps quickly earning three corners in quick succession before the four minute mark and while we coped with the set pieces we didn’t help ourselves in the centre of the park where we repeatedly squandered possession.

Having weathered the early storm we came out to play as the game reached the ten minute mark. Indeed, we had a real chance to take the lead. Walcott sneaking round the back of Gael Clichy clipped a ball at the second opportunity to the back post where Jack Wilshere set himself only to completely mishit his effort. The ball bobbled across the six-yard box, but the chance was gone.

We paid the price. Within three minutes Sergio Aguero gave City the lead. A corner was headed on at the near post by Demichelis and the Argentine, who didn’t have to do much to escape marker Koscielny, crashed home a superb volley into the top corner.

City continued to be dangerous. An impressive drive and pass by Kompany fed Negredo who struck low but wide. Silva then nearly found his Spanish compatriot with another ball on the break as gaps appeared all over the park. At the other end Sagna nearly found Walcott with a decent cross before Toure fizzed an effort over Szczesny’s bar.

On the 30 minutes we equalised. Aaron Ramsey brilliantly bullied Toure off the ball in the middle of the park, charged forward and found Ozil on the left side of the box. The German looked up saw an onrushing Theo Walcott bursting into the penalty area and the England winger bobbled the ball home. It looked at first like it had taken a big deflection, mostly because Pantilimon didn’t move, but actually Demichelis’ head barely brushed the scuffed shot.

Having worked hard to get back on level terms we conceded again within eight minutes.

Negredo, who’d kept us on the back foot all game and had already missed one effort, finally got himself on the score sheet. A constant threat he tapped home from close range after Zabaleta’s slide rule pass across the six-yard box. The goal was the result of a slick City build-up but quite why Toure was given so much space in the build-up was criminal.

Our misery was compounded when Koscielny dropped to the floor in agony as City celebrated. The French defender buried his face in the turf clutching his knee and required a stretcher as he was replaced by Vermaelen. The looks on the faces of the Arsenal medical team suggested it was bad.

The self-destruction continued five minutes into the second half. Ozil passed the ball diagonally across the box to Flamini who slipped, Fernandinho picked up the dregs outside the box and swiftly and clinically curled a shot into the top corner to make 3-1.

We nearly hit back instantly when a wonderful ball over the City defence by Wilshere was met by Giroud on the stretch at the back post only for the Frenchman’s effort to fly over. A minute later the striker again got free in the box but when a pass to Walcott looked on he fell over his feet and kicked the ball out for a goal kick. Giroud kept knocking on the door and really should have reduced the deficit from a fine Sagna cross with a header that flew past the post. It was a spirited response from us.

Zabaleta then handled in the area cutting out a through ball which was heading for Walcott. It was a definite penalty but referee Martin Atkinson waved away the angry protestations of the Arsenal players.

Just past the hour mark we deservedly grabbed one back. Theo Walcott curling a delicious effort into the top corner after a dinked ball from Ramsey found him free in the box. It was Henry-esque from the returning winger to make it 3-2.

Out of the blue though City again hit back. Substitute Jesus Navas skipped past Monreal, Silva glided between Mertesacker and Vermaelen and the Spaniard first time guided the ball high past Szczesny to restore the home side’s two-goal lead.

To our credit we refused to give up. Pantilimon produced a stunning save from a Wilshere pile-driver before Wenger went for broke taking off Flamini and sending on Gnabry. With 15 minutes remaining Giroud then surprisingly made way for Bendtner. By this point we looked shattered and Yaya Toure time and again found space to race through the centre of the park.

City had copious chances to extend their lead as we struggled to match the home side’s tempo and it was little surprise that Fernandinho grabbed a fifth. The Brazilian wriggled around in the box before dinking over Szczesny.

Bendtner had a perfectly good goal chalked off for offside and Walcott nearly grabbed a consolatory hattrick from a free-kick before Mertesacker headed in from close range to make it 5-3. It was too little too late.

Just when you thought it was all over, Szczesny conceded a penalty and Yaya Toure tapped home to complete the rout. The scoreline suggests a hammering and in a way it was, but for large portions of the game we really gave as good as we got.

We knew it was going to be a tough week and things really haven’t gone to plan. We’re still top though and with nine days to rest tired legs we need to be ready to fire on all cylinders when Chelsea visit the Emirates on the 23 December.

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251 COMMENTS

  1. Giroud looked absolutely exhausted, times like this our depth is exposed. Fuck it, let’s just forget about this game and move on to next one. Hopefully Kos is OK, we desperatly need him

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    • He could have had a hattrick today instead had one of misses yet he wants to play in everygame?? poldi/walcott should start for an exhausted Giroud or this 9 day rest could be just what he needs?

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      • He’s abit of a sore loser aswell didn’t applaud the away fans. it’s setting up nicely for a cracker at the emirates next monday, i feel he could very well turn on the style against those scummy cunts.

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        • Has apologized since. Nothing wrong with a sore loser there hunger and desire can lead to trophies. Big Per what a monster don’t think anyone will duck away from the fans again.

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      • Ozil looks fustrated out there. He’s used to playing at Madrid where there is always movement and people making runs. Frankly, there just aren’t any options for our midfield with having a player like Giroud up front and a lack of width. It has clearly improved with Walcott, but it is something we need to improve on.

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    • what about ozil?played every single game since his arrival,he was just absent today(bar one assist,well he gets one every game!),wish he was rested he is the kind of player who make difference in these big game,wilshere………poor,tommy should have started.

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      • was a big surprise tommy didn’t start. wilshere is still very rough around the edges and keeps giving the ball away needlessly. thought flamini was very poor today and in general we looked tired. having said that, we could have had 5 or 6 goals easy so still big question marks about this city team. i still think it will be the results against the “weaker” teams in the league that will win the championship and we are still top of the table so no need to be too down about it. COYG!!

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        • City scored six and could have had another four at least. You can’t really question a team with 24 pts from 8 home games. They average over four goals a game at home. Pellegrini’s philosophy seems to be we’ll score more than you. Arsenal really need to beat Chelsea now.

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        • mm there will come a time and a few games when citeh will bang on the door all game and not score. Andy has a great point as there defence looks well dodgy that’s main reason there away record is shite. Two poor offside calls when the ball ended up in the net. Two poor offside calls with Walcott and Monreal in good positions and a stonewall penalty. Could and should have been at least six goals for us. Strange game!!!!

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    • we conceded 3 wiv kos on pitch and he was at fault for opener and partially for 3rd also, 3 conceded with TV5 at back with no help in front of defence, just putting into perspective kos was shit too today.
      Szcz – Not much he could do today 6
      Sagna – not bad 6
      Kos – pretty poor before injury 5
      Mert – best of bad day defending 6.5
      Flamini – Tried his best to compete – 6.5
      Ramsey – didn’t do a lot wrong or amazing 6
      Wilshere – V.Poor 1st half (4) better in 2nd half (7) give him a 6 then
      Ozil – set up for first was first time seen on pitch, disappeared again after 5 at best
      Giroud – tired 5
      Walcott – got goals and looked little dangerous, bit rusty i suppose so 7.5

      TV5 – no different to Kos 5
      Gnabry – didn’t get much opportunity to do anything 5
      Bendtner – had good goal chalked off and done alright 6.5

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  2. if arsenal can’t get a point there,dont think anyone can,city are too good,still top off the league…………..its going to be tough being there,raise your game gunners!

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      • One of their goals resulted from a farcical free-kick after a Nasri dive. But that still doesn’t explain the four, two of which came about after just awful passes to nobody.

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        • Those passes were a direct result of our tiredness due to the fixture schedule. Similar story vs United with the sickness. No excuses about the loss but I’m yet to feel really aggrieved against an arsenal performance this season bar midweek, due to these mitigating circumstances. When we’ve been on an even playing field physically with regard to previous fixtures we’ve done well and I feel we could have got atleast a draw against city and had we been 100% physically.

          Chelsea will lay down the benchmark for this team’s season.

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        • I swear the first goal they scored from a corner shouldn’t have been. Before the corner a city player was offside and forced Koscielny to header it out for a corner. Should have been our free kick for offside instead :/

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        • So bar the 3 bullshit goals scored by the officials, add the goals we scored that were wrongfully ruled offside, and possibly the penalty we were stupidly denied… We’d be in a slightly different position to put it like that.

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  3. This game really changes nothing. Man City were odds on for the title and still are. We knew it was a tall aask to go there and win. I think we are ‘still’ legitimate contenders and will still be in second by the oddsmakers. City sure are scary at home. If anything we have shown that we can go toe to toe with them.

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  4. nothing happened today.

    up until the last quarter we played just as good, though we weren’t clinical enough (and the refs, for fuck’s sake!). it could – and should, in fact – easily have been three a piece by that time. then we got overfatigued, which seems quite normal considering we had less time for rest after the cl. it was nothing like united’s loss at etihad.

    we did lose, but we’re still top of the league. the only thing we should care about is for how long Laurent is out.

    it’s the next game that counts. can’t help but think Wegner thought the same – there’s no other answer to fielding Jack in today’s tie. so let’s wait until we face the chavs.let’s keep the paranoia levels reasonable. a freak game.

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    • ‘up until the last quarter we played just as good’ Really? We were a joke in defencing. We gave them 4 goals with our mistakes. But true, with our schedule there was nothing we could do with this game. Not with our current depth of squad. Can’t wait for come back of Podolski and OX though.

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    • I thought TV did a pretty good job coming in for Kos. Should have prevented the Silva goal mind (I think it was that one at least, he dropped too deep and didn’t cut out the cut-back).

      City are unbeatable at home, we dropped 1 point at best..

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    • People have taken another issue up of Ozil not clapping the away fans. And the way Mertesacker screams at him actually moved me.

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  5. Linesmen a couple of cunts. I can’t recall games where the linesmen get so many calls wrong. Once or twice fine but four to five in a game? That said the team aren’t free of blame as well. I said before the game fatigue is a concern and so it proved today. Our best players are those who managed a full weeks rest. Giroud looks knackered and missed some great chances. Koscielny looks like a couple weeks out, always an injury waiting to happen. Started most games since the start of the season, same cam he said of Mert. We’re light in those departments and I hope Wenger addresses this in January where the games come thick and fast. Now we have a weeks rest lets hope we smash Mourinho and his pack of cunts next week.

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    • Mert and Kos played every game not because we don’t have an alternative but because they are so good together. Verm did a fine job coming on today.

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    • im still in shock that the linesman allowed pers header… The timing of some of those wrong decisions killed us. Its never great to concede 6 but we had abandoned any defensive intentions by the last 15, so these scores can happen. Concerned by Jack, he couldnt complete a pass or mark his man in the 1st half…pray that santi can find some form over the next few weeks

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    • *four. Four missed offside calls. Two led to goals, two would’ve led to good chances, and there was also a far clearer penalty than theirs in there. Other than the points this game is meaningless in terms of showing who’s better. It was played like a cup match or a derby.

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      • The worst part was when the pundits applauded the refs for making the decisions(as bad as they were) because they were making them at real time. The boys looked deflated and exhausted after all of those bad calls against them the whole game.

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    • I agree that there were several poor calls, but there’s not much point in dwelling on that fact. The reality is that Man City outclassed us, deserved to win, and would almost certainly have won anyway. Running with hypotheticals when the home side was so obviously superior isn’t much of a productive exercise.

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      • Or perhaps I’ll recalibrate that: it’s fine to dwell on the poor calls, but let’s not kid ourselves that we would have won that game if the calls had been right. You can’t let Toure and Fernandinho bound about in acres of space, unmarked and unchallenged, and expect to get a good outcome. Better referee decisions would have kept the game alive for longer, but by the end Arsenal were spent and Man City were still up for it. The result was frankly inevitable.

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        • I’m confused, we scored 5 and should have had a penalty. Man City scored 6. The only difference was that three decisions went against us. Goals win you games, not the amount of space a midfielder has.

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        • But if those poor calls we’re called correctly then that would have a massive influence during a game. We’d play with more energy whilst unsettling City who maybe wouldn’t be so’up for it’. No excuse for such bad decisions.

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        • Man City toyed with us, we never looked like beating them. The only ones in there I don’t want are both gk, the English and the ex Arsenal players, I’ll take Zabaleta, Negredo, Silva, Fenandinho, Toure and Aguero any day. Really potent team.
          Onwards and upwards; lets score at least three againt those classless neanderthals Chelski next week and stay at the top of the table!

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        • @AFCEdwards: You can’t just create a hypothetical result by saying that everything would have been identical except the scoreline. Think about it logically. If you change one moment in a game, every single moment thereafter changes as well. The overall reality is that we were outrun and a Man City win was therefore the most likely result.

          @Crispy: That’s just speculation. It’s quite possible that Man City would have been spurred on even more and banged in eight goals instead of six. Or they might have tightened up defensively and prevented us from getting back into the game. Who knows. The point is that on the day, Man City played better.

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      • Stop blaming the officiating for everything. Mistakes go both ways. Today maybe in City’s favour but I don’t think the win was in the balance. Just a bit peevish to always look at the officials to blame.

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        • The poor decisions meant City were 2 up = more open expansive game = players in acres of space. Better finishing (Giroud, sorry buddy) and better officiating would have prevented that (to some extent).

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      • They were more clinical than us in front of goal, and didn’t gift us anything, other than that there wasn’t so much between the two teams.

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      • Cyril we were poor to many of our players were passing to players wearing blue shirts. That doesn’t disguise the disgraceful diabolical performance from the officials!

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  6. 1 Penalty not given + 2 Dissalowed goals for phantom offsides…

    should have been 6-6… should have set the record for highest scoring game in Premier League history…

    Reffing is a disgrace and cost us 3 point here… (counting the points City gained ground on us with)

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    • For all the poor decisions, we deserved to lose today. Couldn’t string two passes together at times, and conceded six goals. Whatever about the Milner dive, that simply isn’t good enough on our part today. Twice now we’ve played top sides and lost. Not the stuff of champions.

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      • Arsenal never ever deserve to lose… fuck that shit…

        How can an opposition player diving to win a penalty be the fault of the defending team? He dived for god sake. The clue being, that he dived… and there for cheated.

        Yeah our defending wasn’t great, and if we concede more than we score LEGITIMATLY then fair play to the opposition… but they didn’t, they scored 5 goals and one penalty that shouldn’t have been

        We scored 3 goals + 2 perfectly good ones that were not given and had a clear penalty not given.

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        • We conceded 5 “legitimate” goals which is shit. Can’t defend that. Yes Bendtners goal should have stood, but whats not to say they wouldn’t have scored again. It could have been a lot more than 6. Of course they deserved to lose. On the day City were simply the better team.

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    • Yeah right, the ref cost us the game. Lets just ignore the 265 chances to score city created and the fact that they dominated 90% of the game. Im an arsenal fan but I’m not blind.

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    • I think the defense was fine. City was just that good. Giroud did look like the Giroud we first saw at Arsenal but we all know he is dog tired. Hope he doesn’t get too much stick.

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      • Really missed Arteta today. Bad call from Wenger to drop him (if fit). Feels like the Chelsea game last year when he dropped Mert (considering him to be too slow)

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  7. Just awful defending today. I could stomach a hard fought 2-1 loss but today was a total failure. Lazy defending and terrible passes cost us 4 goals if not more. Its more of a one off than a sign of things to come though. I gotta say, Bendtner looked pretty good today.

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    • our defense was exposed because we lost possession of the ball too easily and left our defenders with a lot of one-on-one’s. That coupled with the fact that we played very offensively with only Flamini as the holding mid meant that it was always going to be a tough task defending a rampant Man City. We didn’t defend badly at all, give credit where credit is due, this City side is one of the best attacking teams the EPL has ever seen.

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      • I think you’re right in the sense that it wasn’t, say, Mertesacker’s fault that we conceded six goals. But in the broader sense, “defending” is a pursuit in which the whole team has to be involved, and on that basis I think it’s fair enough to say that it was a very poor defensive performance. We needed, in particular, to defend better upfield to prevent Toure from having an uninhabited country estate between him and the last line of defence.

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      • Kos switched off for the first goal, two of their other goals were in our 6 yard box Not all of their goals were from poor defending but half of them were. They are a great attacking side but give credit where credit is due……poor defending. It was an important game and our defense was lacking.

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  8. I’m disgusted by our performance today. Did the players even care about defending? Our squad depth is pathetic and today we were absolutely atrocious. Blame the linesmen all you want, but they didn’t let City walk the ball into our goal SIX TIMES

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  9. Could’ve gone either way, it was bad officiating that decided it. Bendtner almost deserves a start, looked lively and had a great flick on to Walcott there.

    But I mean really 3, possibly four, crucial wrong offside calls against and one ,maybe two, penalties not called for us.

    Brilliant game of football though, great one for the neutrals.

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    • Our defending looked quite awful at times, but really feel like we can destroy just about any other team in the league. Walcott has to start against Chelsea, they’re definitely gonna be scared going into that one and I figure it’S a guaranteed win; Chelsea are not able to beat us

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  10. This was honestly the worst refereeing I have ever seen. And I sometimes watch czech league.
    Still top of the table though. Let’s move on

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  11. Wilshere had a really poor game imho and its a train smash of a result, but let’s turn this around against Chelsea. This is our 8-2 game of the season-we need to focus more. Our reaction would be crucial. Its tough going, but let’s stick with our team.

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  12. Simply outclassed. Just look at our substitutes vs Man City’s. Navas and Milner against Vermaelen and Gnabry. Speaks for itself.

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  13. Glad 5-2 is still ours.
    Can i just take that linesman and dump his head inside the ground like the ostrich does.
    Today we really lacked the depth upfront.

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    • Some shocking sloppy giving the ball away by us as well.

      When will we ever raise our game and actually beat someone good when it means something?

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  14. I think the decision to start Monreal backfired badly, even though Gibbs did need a rest.
    They were rampant, but we habe to look at ourselves too; the third goal and the giveaway for their penalty, among others, are just mistakes that cannot be made at this level, and especially not at the Etihad.

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  15. Evidence enough, we need someone to come in this coming transfer window. This team needs a shot in the arm. Not exactly panic stations because lets face it, going into this game it was always going to be a huge ask but now the pressure is well and truly back on us in the chelsea game to show this week was a one off.

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  16. Really the reality check we needed. Didn’t play all that badly but this is what happens when we don’t impose ourselves for 90 minutes as opposed to in spurts like we have all season. Can you remember the last time we played at a top level for 90 minutes? Saw the best and worst of Theo today, good finishing and getting in behind the defense, but was rarely involved apart from his two goals. Did he even get a touch after his second goal?

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  17. I for one am just going to forget this game. The linesman was utterly, utterly shocking, our defending was uncharacteristically poor, our finishing was off, we looked understandably knackered by the hour mark, and overall the final scoreline was an unfair reflection of the match.

    Let the City fans be smug and talk of themselves as title favourites. Let the pundits talk about “Arsenal failing to win big games”. This game was an anomaly. We’ll take our nine days to recover, and we’ll get on top again. This was frustrating, it’s three points dropped, but we’re still top of the table. COYG.

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  18. Jack Wilshere was absolutely awful. Second game in a row where he has continualy given the ball away stupidly times! What’s even more infuriating is that he doesn’t track back after losing the ball.

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  19. The home team looked far more like champions than their opponents.

    Arsenal generally look pathetic against the main contenders, and it’s very rare for that kind of quality to still take a team to winning the league. And no, there’s not much to gloat about beating Sp*rs. They are in no contention.

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  20. Fuck that.. Sometimes it’s not about how many big teams you’ve beaten but how many average teams you’ve put aside. They’ll write us off but I believe we’ll shut their mouths up soon. Bring on Monday. COYG!

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  21. Woke up at 445 for this and now my day is ruined.

    Shit fuck. Yes the officials were ATROCIOUS, but you can’t concede 6 times. The defending
    was shite and our midfield got bossed around by only 2 players. Jack should have come off, he
    was having a terrible game. Don’t really know what to say apart from we need a striker in january,
    Giroud can’t do it alone. As soon as Bendter comes on… thats it game over.

    But fuck it, we’re top of the league and have 9 days before chelski.

    COYG

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    • up way too early for this as well. knackered. bbd said koscielny’s injury is a major gash, but hopefully nothing more serious.

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  22. Awful officiating. Three games in six days is ridiculous. Couple of chances we should have taken. Blah.

    This was a Rosicky+Arteta match for me. Needed the ball and higher pressing. Flamini chasing shadows once they’re already running full speed to our final third was pointless.

    Gnabry+Bendtner on with Arteta, Cazorla, and Rosicky still on the bench was a clear sign Wenger was conceding defeat. We’re still top, and even without the schedule issue, this was always going to be our most difficult match in the league. If we lose the league by three points, I’ll be more upset over losing to Aston Villa.

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  23. Our form has been slipping if late. This was always gonna be a tough test though.

    Still top of the league.

    If we lose at home to Chelsea though I’ll feel we havent answered enough of the right questions.

    C’mon Arsenal. Don’t let us down.

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  24. It was one of those ones, as you say for large segments of the play we looked as good as anybody, but City always looked like they had a little bit more in reserve. The ref and assistants were poor today. but we’ve come to expect that.

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  25. Defense will cop a lot of flak but I thought our midfield’s ball retention was piss tonight. Undoubtedly affected by fatigue, but the number of times we played passes either to nobody or straight to an opposition player was criminal. Oh well. Chelsea at our house in 9 days now, no excuses.

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  26. The last time we’ve lost in the league was because of terrible officiating. I believe if we have had just officiating in this game we could have won and should have won!!!

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  27. I think we learned a few things today:
    1. Monreal is no Gibbs.
    2. A fit Walcott will be essential to our title challenge.
    3. For all the talk of heart and believe, the work rate of certain players was really poor today.
    4. vermaelen needs to start playing in certain matches against lesser opposition if we expect him to be a viable replacement for Koscielny.

    The good thing is: We are still top of the league and will still be top of the league no matter what happens this weekend.
    Let’s keep our heads up, and prepare for Chelsea.

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      • No, Arteta has been slow of late and has been exposed in recent matches. Against The Toffees and Napoli, he struggled to keep up with the opposition midfielders. This might not be popular, but I think we’ll need another defense minded midfielder at the end of the season.

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        • He may be off the pace but as Mert has taught us speed of thought is more important than speed of legs. Plus he keeps us ticking over and recycles possession. And he doesn’t leave yards of space for opposition to exploit.

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    • Monreal was poor but he had absolutely no cover from the midfield(jack). Jack and giroud both had poor games. Hope we can put this behind us and give chelsea a spanking

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    • Very good points. We cannoy have lazy defensive passengers. Unless they are amazing like ozil. If they are sloppy and unprofessional like wilshere then they go on the bench until they pull their socks up. Rosicky a far better option than wilshere at tge moment. Our first choice back 4 is great. After that there is a problem

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  28. Shocking midfield display today, Wilshere and Ramsey kept on giving the ball away time after time. We really need someone in there who will move the ball on quicker

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        • ROFL Rosicky cannot defend?! :P :)…. Both of them along with Ozil are the sharpest and quickest passers on the team and the most technically proficient. I don’t know what you are basing your opinion on

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        • I don’t know what game you watch but every time I see Rosicky I see someone who regularly gives the ball away, plus for a supposed attacking player doesn’t either score or assist, he adds nothing

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        • A troll like yourself, adds nothing. You probably worship Wilshere and are a brain dead follower of what ‘pundits’ keep insisting is reality. The truth being Wilshere is a very good player, Rosicky is way better. Wilshere didn’t score a single goal in the League last season. He is useless as well??

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  29. WOW! gutted! But gotta say city have to be favourite’s for the title after that? Aside from the joke of a ref and his assistants city were too good unfortunately.

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  30. I wouldn’t be too upset by this match.
    The crazy schedule we’ve been handed plus the awful luck we had with at least 2 goals being disallowed.
    City at home are monsters, it’s the most difficult match in the league.

    A result against Chelsea will see us back in it.

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  31. Ozil and Wilshere were poor today. We gave them the ball for most of their goals, great defending all season and suddenly we look like the old Arsenal we know and hate.

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  32. You have Rosicky and Cazorla on the bench so you naturally bring on Gnabry and Bendtner instead and on top of that keep Wilshere on. Apologies to those who believed he was World Class but , honestly, he’s a bit of an overgrown pre-pubescent teenager. And this is not a knee jerk one-match reaction…

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    • if you actually payed attention then you would have noticed that Bendtner played well and it was a good substitution. I think he’s proven or proving that he can be a viable second option to Giroud. And you have to factor in fatigue when it comes to why Cazorla and Rosicky didn’t come on. We were 4-2 down at that point and probably weren’t going to win it, give Gnabry experience rest Cazorla and Rosicky (or he could have been punishing them for their poor performances mid-week)

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      • Indeed Bendtner played as well as he could. But is his best as good as Rosicky’s or Cazorla’s? A player can put in the effort required but when players obviously better than him are waiting in the wings I think it is a curious decision to play Bendtner. And one flick does not a brilliant player make….

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      • Punishing Cazorla. Oh dear oh dear.

        The guy who carried the whole team on his back to the top four last year.

        I hope Wenger hasn’t lost it as much as you, but then he left him out for Bentdner, so it looks like it at this point in time.

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  33. What a fucked up game, but we’re still two points clear.
    Fucking typical that we lose kos, he better not be out for long
    we are luckless, the amount of times the ball ricocheted into a city players path was infuriating
    that ref, what a top notch bastard, the penalty we were denied and girouds disallowed goal had me frothing at the mouth, I hope the cunt has a shit christmas
    ozil / flamini, who was to blame for their 3rd goal?
    sorry giroud, but you weren’t good today, a world class striker would have scored those 2 consecutive chances he had at 3-1
    I’ll say it again, what a fucked up game..and id just like to highlight bendtners sexy pass through to Walcott near the end, what a pass that was, and imo, he done more when he was on than giroud (who I am a fan of) did all game
    Im extremely pissed off

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  34. The city boys are too good. Much beta side than us and we need more effort blood and sweat to match. Sent the above to my mate at 1-1. Sometimes u raise ur hands when beaten by a better team! We will bounce back am sure. Still in with a shout.

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  35. I don’t think we played that bad at all, for large parts of the game we more then matched City. But I’m astonished at how lazy some of the players were today, did they forget what running back meant? Jack Wilshere was shocking, clumsy, lothargic and left his team with so much to do at times. The amount of misplaced passes was unbelievable, but the annoying part was the lack of drive to get back. City are good, no question, and if we had a few fresh legs we would’ve got something today, but it doesn’t help when you give the ball away so many times. We are still top of the league, and we still scored 3 today, best to get this out of the system and move on.

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  36. Everyone saying it was a rape. You know what. Go flatter yourselves. Yes City deserved the win cause they were better. But we played our hearts out. And we certainly deserved the goals we scored fairly and that penalty. So all you neutral Arsenal haters/ glory hunters can go fuck yourself in the ass. COYG

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  37. few weeks ago manchester united were 5 points behind…keep faith people. Games like this arsenal can afford to lose. I just don’t get why everyone is suddenly panicking we are still top of the league last time i checked.

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  38. We fought hard and on another day I wouldn’t have been surprised to see us at least scrape a point out of that game. A few questionable offside calls definitely cost us today – time to regroup and rally to try and beat the other plastic team, Chelsea.

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  39. Tired, exhausted, knackered.. That says it all. Wenger has many qualities but doesn’t like rotating much.. It comes to bite him just every season. It has been the same story since I have seen watching arsenal. We need to change the attitude if we need to win PL and CL. At this rate, we might end up winning PL some say but will be surprised if we ever win CL under Wenger.

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  40. Cannot blame any individual player. We cannot control the middle field today and don’t have energy to defend especially in the second half. Positive to take: Theo came back with good form, enough time for recovery before the next match, still top the table!

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  41. Hi beer, how are you? I have a feeling we’re going to get to know each other better tonight.
    Fuck! Still top of the league though. But for fucks sake!
    COYG!

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  42. Left side exposed, they had a gutfull from there before we decided it was a problem. It also doesn’t help when we play in Manshitty players in with misplaced or careless balls when we know we can’t cope with their pressure at that stage in the game. Big applause to Ramsey for robbing Toure and getting the comeback rolling, problem is we didn’t do it enough to psych Toure out instead they continued to rob us or we gave it to them to score…

    Our intensity at the start of the second half was good but a bit half hearted. No doubt if the officials had been decent we might have kicked into top gear after that Zabaletta handball. Then again if we had covered the left side and cut the slop we might have had less of a mountain to climb.

    Surely its the Arsenal way to make things harder for ourselves, and on another day we could have won this game but come on. Fortress or not if we can push 2 past Munich and keep a clean sheet then the term ‘fortress’ shouldn’t be used as an excuse by us.

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  43. Shocking refereeing , absolute disgrace that such a beautiful game on the top of the greatest league in the world is refereed by an amateurish clown with whistle.

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  44. Win with affection and accept defeat with affection. No more cries. We shall bounce back. Fatigue has a lot to do with our performance today.

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  45. City made us pay dearly for our mistakes with 6 goals on 7 SOG. Wilshere, Ozil and Monreal were shite all match long. Tired legs as well even for Per on the Silva goal. We’ve got 9 days to rest up for the Chavs

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  46. Could’ve been worse, we could’ve spent 100 mill and gone up there and lost 6-1.
    I called the theo double correctly…just a shame it wasn’t the 3-1 win I was going for.

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  47. well played arsenal to declare increase in ticket price b4 this game!!
    on a side note walcott is key to us this season and wilshere needs to find some form apart from that i saw a spirited performance when we went 3-1 down,!!NOT THE SAME OLD ARSENAL

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  48. Unfavourable offside decisions and a couple of good chances squandered to make it tighter. Thankfully losing Kos wasn’t (hopefully) too long term, and Gnabry looked good coming off the bench. City are unbeatable at home, so we only dropped 1 point really. Still 2 clear at the end of the weekend.

    COYG

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  49. Ask yourselves one question,
    Would you rather lose to Chelsea and beat Man City
    or
    Lose to Man City, beat Chelsea and get to watch Ashley Cole and John Terry get red cards and Mourinho spontaneously combusting.

    Part 1 complete ;)

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  50. Wouldn’t call it a bad performance, probably just some tired legs out there but still too many errors made by the players and some bad decisions by the officials as well. Good decision by Wenger to start Walcott though instead of sticking with Cazorla. Ozil was almost non existent during the beginning of the first half and seeing Giroud’s recent performances we really need a world class striker. Class can only be replaced by class.

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  51. Christ, the excuses here are mind-numbing. Fact is, Wenger got his tactics all wrong – taking Flamini off was an utterly absurd decision. Koscielny was awful, always makes big clangers in big games.

    Credit to the boys for effort, but let down by a manager that gets his tactics and projects the wrong mentality in almost every big game over the last 5 years.

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  52. arsene need to reassess wilshere. jack can not start big games over santi. it’s a good thing that we get hammered i think. the team was becoming overconfident and the manager too. everton almost did it. naples did it and city confirmed that the team has to get back to reality; as ozil said the team needs to develop, stop moaning when things go wrong on the pitch and keep the concentration high. and dig deeper and the strikers more clinical. i do not believe we need extra players. theo , giroud and poldi when he is back,need to step up their game. we can win this league.

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  53. Let’s face it. We are not up for this game and we lost. Our back four had been completely exposed and to make matters worse we lost posession in dangerous positions which led to the goals. Ffs this is like tennis scoreline, let’s hope this is a wake up call since we are still top of the league.

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  54. our midfield link up play has been wanting for a few big games recently and it was woefully exposed against a polar opposite man city. they were switched on, alert, energetic….to our slow, wasteful play, poor defending, giroud i’m afraid looked like a utility jobsman. someone to ping the ball off, offering no threat himself. with aguero and negredo running round the other end it was a bad game for him, his reputation. i love him, but he is not the striker that will strike fear into defenses like an aguero, a suarez. with our midfield poor he is effectively out of it. rather than someone who can take a loose ball and produce something on his own.

    theo was brilliant. he scored 21 last year and is off the mark in exceptional style. this game was too much for us – we were knackered from mid week. 9 days off now. we need to re-energise. regroup, and train hard so we learn to click. chelsea is now a must win as we’re 0 for 2 in the three big games we had.

    no disasters. no panic. but we haven’t been 100% for a long time and we were exposed mid week and massively so today. we took a hiding. time to inject a bit of passion. a bit of steel, and really smash chelsea.

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  55. Not gonna criticise the defenders. Forwards and mids looked knackered, as expected, really. Probably let the defence down a bit. Too many tiki-taka misplaced passes. Bad finishing. Bad linesmen. Crowd-reactive Ref. Good pressing (!) from Man City (sounds like a gay bar, as referenced by Arsenal Gent on twitter today).

    For me, I’d offer a note of caution, coupled with optimism for now.

    If anyone here listens to the “pundits” in the next week, just remember this:

    Arsenal have now played “the top teams”. Arsenal have played as many “top teams” as any other side in the League. Arsenal have lost one game to ONE top team this season. Arsenal are 3 points clear on top of the Premier League. Titles aren’t won by winning or drawing in Manchester in December. They are won by accumulating the most points over a 38 game season. We have more points than an in-form Man City (haha). We are top of the league, with a nine day break ahead of us. Next.

    Special shout out to Nicklas Bendtner. Good effort, for what it’s worth. Oh, and to Jack Wilshere’s finger to the Oily fans.

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  56. Cant fault the players for the majority of this, a rare Özil misplaced pass, ok so nobody is perfect…. the defence for the most part wasnt too bad, ok not covered in glory but fair, hope Kos is ok!!!!!!!! not entirely sure i like the idea of either jack or aaron on the wing even in a flexible system, but Arsene knows better than me so…

    9 days, rest up prepare and give chelsea a good run and try to take 3. Walcott was very good, Serge didnt do bad.

    its a shame but you cant win them all, and at the end of the day getting 3 past city aint exactly easy and we have had 3 in 6 days so i say give the lads a break tell them not to be too downhearted and if they get a chance kick that diving sack of shit Na$ri right in his none existant balls

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  57. there is need for another striker and playing non wingers on the wing is a weak ploy. Away games need pace. Giroud for all he has done doe not do a strikers Job.

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  58. I feel as though Arsenal was slaughtered and roasted like a Turkey for Thanks Giving before being presented to Man City to be carved and eaten with out mercy… We still could not beat the 3 teams that were above us last season … its a bloody shame

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  59. Officiating was frustrating. But so were some of the players. I don’t know whether it was Man City’s players that were quicker and sharper, or it was our midfield that was just not clicking today. Ozil didn’t get enough of the ball. His deliveries from corners were also awful today. I think Sagna, apart from the great cross for Giroud, looked poor. Like someone pointed out, Giroud was back in 2012. Overall, I can’t help but feel we gave Man City too much respect. I always thought he looked a little bit funny when he was at Arsenal, but Nasri’s just fucking ugly, and I hate him.

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  60. Arsenal’s attack was neutralised extremely effectively today… By the assistant referees.

    This result is annoying (because it was unjust) but it doesn’t trouble me much. Going to Man City was never going to be easy, but throw in a much tougher preluding week, and a poorformance (see what I did there?) from the officials, and we were always going to struggle.

    Still, it’s good to finally have Theo back and going strong, bring on Chelsea, I would say that “they won’t be so lucky”, but luck’s kind of their thing, so we’ll see.

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  61. To be honest, playing away from home you have to take your chances, cliched, I know, but sadly true. I felt we gave a good account of ourselves, away from home, against and in form, excellent home team. The encouraging thing for me is that we our heads never dropped. I hope the players don’t loose confidence, it’s just one game, and we can change everything with a home win against Chelsea and that massive twat Terry.

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  62. Too many iffy linesman and refereeing decisions today. Many loose midfield passes and a tired team really didnt help our cause. Com on fa sort out these clumps of games that kill teams. Atkinson as ref really did his usual job of incompetency.

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  63. Massively disappointed to concede 6 goals. Wilshere was abysmal today, direct cause of two goals and generally sloppy on the ball, Rosicky over Wilshere for me right now, especially in big games like this.

    The only plus is having Theo back and scoring, we will open teams up easier with his pace and finishing.

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  64. Shocking. All the bad habits I thought we’d ironed out were back in abundance today. What summed it up for me was Theo’s equalizer and that pathetic goal celebration, reminded me of Silvestre against Wigan a few years ago. You’re away from home,you’ve just got back in the game so how about concentrating on what you’re paid for instead of it being all about me, me, me, which I’m afraid has always been his problem. And please stop blaming the officials, we lost because we gave the ball away far too easily, defended woefully and at no time did we look like getting anything from the game. What happened to defending like we did against Dortmund? I mean did we just forget what to do? I can take losing all day long, but not when we roll over and die like we did today. Really don’t see us beating Chelsea either, not if we play like that.

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  65. A terrible scoreline, but not a terrible performance. 6-3 doesn’t reflect the game.

    1. Terrible defending from the entire side; ball given away too much in midfield and Ozil and Monreal (nowhere near as good as Gibbs) at fault.

    2. Giroud not a world-class striker: at 3-1 he had two great chances but fluffed them.

    3. The ref and linesmen were all cunts, denying us possibly 3 goals.

    4. We were knackered at 75 mins hence the late City goals.

    5. We’ve lost the battle but might still win the war: it’s only 3 points dropped. We are more consistent than City.

    6. John Terry is still a cunt.

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      • A lot of sense from someone who would normally be expected to overreact, while some others may just be overreacting a bit. Good points.

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        • Yes, I expected FG to go into meltdown, but he’s shown the opposite.
          Almost all Good points. and a good post.
          Ground scored a great goal, it was unfairly disallowed, and did you SEE the kick into Giroud’s leg from Yaya? That should have been a straight red but he didn’t even get one single yellow during the whole game.

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  66. We played awful today, i really don’t find it ideal to start Wilshere in the wings, he just starts drifting inside and doesn’t work well. Ozil and Giroud, just drop them on the bench they look tired souls, really they are important but they just aren’t effective currently.

    Ozil just fades away from games, i think flamini didn’t provide the adequate cover for which he was preferred over Arteta.

    Time to put podolski in the Middle, with good amount of mid field generals, he might me much more effective than last time and provide giroud with much need rest

    I really hope we win against chelsea or get a draw, because it will not do good to the morale at all.

    P.s Really liked the fighting spirit we showed in getting that 2nd and 3rd goal.

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  67. I think we have to remember that we were absolutely knackered in the last 15 minutes, so goals 5 and 6 don’t really tell us anything. The two “offside” goals should have counted, and it was a definite penalty for us when Zabaleta handled in the box. Jack nearly scored an absolute beauty too! I think we have to remember that City have always been title favourites, and we were never expected to win here, so looking on the bright side, we managed to put 3 goals past them at the Etihad, and should’ve had more. People saying they were disgusted by the performance, I say not really- the spirit we showed at 3-1, 4-2 and 5-2 was admirable to say the least! Of course taking Flamini off was a risk, but it could’ve paid off quite brilliantly, had luck been a little kinder. All I saw was a brilliant game of football between clearly the two best sides in the country, that told us nothing new about either side’s title credentials- we know City are beasts at home, and we were always going to be vulnerable in the last 20 minutes after midweek. The only goal that was massively disappointing was the third one. Walcott was excellent today.

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  68. If we win Chelsea, things look so much better again. And don’t forget, we are top of the league. Refs were shite. And City is quite a good team.

    Positives today: Theo. Great to have him back.

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  69. Monreal was exposed why we didnt play him against napoli and gibbs today is a mystery!
    jack was poor and imo just too weak to play in the deep midfield role.
    Linesman hardly got a decision right. We had good spells but city looked dangerous throughout.
    Chelski is a massive game for us, must win if we really are looking for the title this year.

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  70. Wilshere and Giroud had an awful game. Our midfield left Toure and Fernandinho with too much space. Not even Flamini was able to track back.

    Let’s forget about this game and move on.

    23rd december: Mourinho – The Sad One

    COYG!

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  71. He’s abit of a sore looser aswell didn’t applaud the away fans. it’s setting up nicely for a cracker at the emirates next monday, i feel he could very well turn on the style against those scummy cunts.

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  72. I don’t know what has happened to Wenger today interms of changes?I thought he should have brought Arteta in place of Wilshere..and Rosicky/Cazorla in place of Özil..bu wenger knows the best.

    We are still top of the table,also no any team scores 3 goals against city in their home I thought,is there?!

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  73. U can’t concede six and and blame the officials but let’s not forget we had two wrongly ruled out for offside and how zabaletas handball isn’t a penalty I will never know

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  74. Look the officials had a bad day and got some crucial decisions wrong. However we made too many mistakes conceding bad goals. Combine that with missing too many chances at other end, it is our own fault. Could have drawn yhis one but I suppose you could say we had a go and made chances. Just very frustrating and highly paid professional playets being tired is just an excuse.

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  75. The only positive from the game was Walcott. I think if we had him playing in Napoli from the start with our second strong side than we may have nicked a point in that game. Also, would have saved our first 11 today the exhaustion just like man city did. Not one of the starting man city 11 today started in Munich. Yachts where the difference is. I don’t think city are as good as many people make them out to be. They just drew away to Southampton last week and were lucky to come away with a point and today were saved 3 goals by officials. Imagine 6-6 scoreline. We had an excuse that we are tired. What excuse do they have?

    We need to pick ourselves up and run next week but Wenger needs to learn to trust his squad. Walcott, Gnarby, Jenkinson, Vermalen, bredtner, Cazrola, monreal need to be used more. Also, there is no harm giving Szczesny a breather every now and then.. He looks like making silly mistake in last 2 games that he was not doing much before.

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  76. Not gonna criticise as we all watched the same game. We could be as low as 4th if we lose to those cunts. Now a must win game

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  77. City are the best team in d league and deserve to win 2day. My problem is us.Can we realy pose a title challenge with Giroud? City have 3 strikers better than our 1st choice, L’pool 2, man utd 4.

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  78. It’s because I love this club that these humiliations hurt so much. Is something wrong with our players or what?! They either play well or they look like a bunch of mugs. You give me one good reason to be positive. I say fuck off, all of you. And now the old man will say ‘we looked jaded’. Give me a break. This shouldn’t happen. Not in this manner.

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  79. We need to respond by beating Chelsea. Learn from this and stop looking for excuses. Accept responsibility and do something about it. Too many times this has happened so figure it out and stop the moaning. We still have a great chance to win the league so work it out. Believe and correct the errors

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  80. This game might be a blessing in disguise for us….we need a striker in January and this result could force arsene into conaidering that option! As I write this comment, chamakh scores against Chelsea! Wow!

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    • Oh dear, that really isn’t good. And please everyone, stop going on about us being tired, it’s such a lame excuse. We lost because we got our tactics wrong and defended as poorly as we have all season.

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  81. 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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  82. Hopefully the 8 days of rest will do the players some good now before that chelski game.

    Walcott scoring a brace was nice, and I like what I’ve seen of Gnabry (I’ll overlook that ball he played back that got snatched and led to a penalty).

    I think if we’re all realistic about it, Arsenal’s form couldn’t have possibly lasted forever. There will be the odd blip here and there and the fixture congestion has really stretched everybody thin.

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  83. What was going on with Ozil? Not applauding the away fans and just walking off, and getting a screaming earful from Mertesacker.

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  84. Taking on Man City at the Etihad is probably one of the hardest fixtures any team can play this season and quite honestly, considering the 3 games in a week with obviously tired players we really did rather well. We managed to score 3 goals (more like 5 had the linesmen and referee been awake) against a team that has conceded only 2 goals in all home games prior to this one. For me that is really impressive.

    In general all the players had an “ish” game, with the exception of Walcott who was bloody amazing (we really could have used him against Napoli). Sagna was playing RM far too much this game and was standing on the half way line when Man City were pushing forward, with Per, Kos/Vermaelen and Monreal playing a very scrappy 3 at the back, but Sagna also managed an assist at both ends of the pitch and nearly more so that kind of evens it out. Giroud was tired and visibly frustrated, especially with the non-existant offside calls, one of which was basically a goal. Nonetheless I was happy that Bendtner was brought on to replace him and he played solidly for the duration of his time on the pitch. Finally just like to say that I thought Szczesny was quite unlucky with the goals, none of which were really his fault bar Fernandinho’s curved shot which he could have dealt with better.

    Overall a solid performance at times, and weak at others, much like Man City played. It was pretty much a tug of war match that Man City managed to win in the end but we should have easily had another 1 or 2 goals. Hopefully with a solid rest, some serious passing practice and remembering how to keep the ball in midfield without losing it we should be able to take on Chelsea with the full force of our usual technique.

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  85. Bad game defensively awful from us, I don’t take this defeat to much to heart but now I can’t stop thinking about everton game and losing 2 points there. If we had those 2 points in the bag this defeat would be much more easier to take. Vital to beat chelsea now and get back on track.

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  86. perspective is needed.

    citeh are an awesome team at home but we surely did not give them a game.

    it has been a difficult week, draining not to say the least.

    i take the positives, despite the trashing, on a more even keel we would not have been ripped apart so easily (and i use the word easily loosely)

    so dust your self off and prepare for the next game, be honest and brutal when assessing your performance but be fair to yourself. cliche but the league is a marathon.

    there are other points i could make but then this will turn into a blog, i must say regarding team management we have been poor this week. yep the fixtures were a bit tight but we knew this all along. Hindsight eh? lol

    hope the lads and management can pick themselves up and move on asap. on to the next game i say.

    need to point out though, jack and olivier need to control their emotions on the pitch. if things don’t work out, don’t dwell, just move on. a missed chance IS a missed a chance. nowt you can do afterwards but look forward to the next opportunity and do yourself and your team justice when it arrives.

    i believe this team has it in them but do they? only time can tell.

    we should realise by now every team that plays us treats it as a cup final. not being presumptuous but it feels that way.

    You cannot affect the result of this game as it’s over (stating the obvious) but surely you can make a statement on the next one.

    onwards and upwards UTA

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  87. This is no time to panic, but to strengthen with added more quality. We must quickly dust ourselves off and be ready for the next fight. Champions know how to pick themselves up after a little stumble.

    ManC held their turf. Arsenal should thank them for the competition, next time we meet might be the decider for the Premiership.

    Mr Wenger more quality is required in certain departments. Come On Arsenal

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    • the old ‘buy buy buy’ fix to footballing setbacks…. lol

      knowing Wenger we’ll probably just get a defender and if we are good a winger to boot.

      Tbf, we do have a decent team and back ups. Any proper improvement to this team would have to be in the summer, as it would be difficult to solve the weakest position at the moment (CF) in the january window.

      surely you would want a ‘top top top quality’ CF, i do…. unfortunately most teams with such would not be willing to sell in the coming window. i mean come on, even chelski with all their funds this past summer (and the added ‘attraction’ of maureen coming home) couldn’t get one as demonstrated by their chase for cavani, falcao and rooney.

      saying that i hope we do get someone decent to complement giroud but frankly i feel (from experience) its just wishful.

      bendtner can still do a job though….

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  88. I think deepdown we new this could happen, maybe not six but just look at there squad then look at ours City must have 20 world class players, we have a right back who came to us Eastbourne in the conference, Gibbs panicks under pressure Arteta tries to do everything, Santi is way of his game, Ozil doese’nt look interested, Giroud is not a patch on city strickers

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  89. What an absolutely gutless performance! Even flamini wasn’t his usual harrying self. We had 3 brits in the game and there was absolutely no passion,no crunching tackles! There was a point monreal was complaining of a push by Navas which was correct but come on! as frail as Navas is! hold your ground ffs! Wilshere is so irritating to watch,holding the ball when a simple pass will do over and over again for a zillion times this season, he has actually regressed and don’t think he ll be world class. Good game theo, as for Giroud I don’t mean to bash him but he really should be playing for West ham, I’ve been saying it here and for those of you who still think he is good enough for this club need to have your heads examined

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    • the players on the pitch have a different view of proceedings to what you see on TV.

      what might appear obvious might not be the case to them on the pitch.

      still it was a bad day at the office…….

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    • fatigue levels ,,,,and if you watch the top teams most managers make substitutions btw 65 and 75.

      with wenger its 70mins usually.

      making substitutions earlier is mostly due to injuries or a total collapse of your team plan.

      remember the top teams never change their formation for the opposition, reason behind it is you play to your strengths.

      as you see barca, bayern, citeh, man u, etc the list goes on… they never change their formations (barring injuries) you only notice a tactical change usually in cup finals to catch teams out. hardly ever in league games.

      saying that do, Maureen seems to be the exception but then he is a strange one

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  90. Ramsey was by far our best player today IMHO.Is it true that Per was having a right go at Mesut after the game?Im only asking because I was listening to the game on the wireless over here in Ireland so didnt see anything

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  91. Fuck the linesmen, fuck Man City, fuck their fans for booing Wilshere, fuck those mercenary cunts. I’m pissed but we need some perspective here, we are still top of the league, and a tired Arsenal side gave City a good fight. They aren’t invulnerable and I don’t see their away record improving too much. This nine day break before the Chelsea game has come at the perfect time for us. Ozil, Ramsey, Giroud all need a rest. And Walcott is back, Cazorla will get better,and Podolski is on his way back. I hope the lads refresh themselves over this little break and we unleash our wrath on Chelsea.

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  92. All of us would have been happy to be 5 points away from top at this stage of the season before a ball had been kicked in August so that’s a positive. Having last season’s top goal scorer back is another. However, going toe-to-toe with a rampaging City side was a bit naive I felt. Our ability to concede so quickly after scoring was what I felt most disheartening but we’ve got a while to regroup for Chelsea. Terrible week but we’re still top!

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  93. Can’t believe how negative most of you are. It was a great game of football, with everything you would want. And yes we lost, but to say we played like we didn’t care about the game is ridiculous! We played to win, we attacked in order to defend, like Arsene said. City were simply better than us. Blame it on the legs, on the linesmen, whateva. We didn’t let them “walk thru” us or “walk it in”, neither was it a humiliation!
    We were outclassed. City have a sublime attack (go blame that on their budget). It’s just a fact. We gave it our all, tried to be positive and rested players’s legs and minds (rosicky, carzola). Instead we gave the ganbry and bendter a go, deservedly and rightfully so. Why risk rosicky and carzola, prbl tired from the champions league and not give TGSTEL a go for his good performance and attitude. Gnabry and Bendtner both had a positive immpact on the game ffs.
    I think tactically we were just overrun in midfield, by two strong, tall n goodlooking fellas against our three rather weakntired looking guys. And whenerver one of our midfielders has no zip, no speed and there are no one-twos usually somebody else picks up the pieces, but today all three of them were not as switched on and prb didn’t have the legs to run back and forth, since it was such an open game.
    Flamini and Sagna didn’t play as well as they could have, but overall shity was sharper, they had the crowd behind them and more clinical power up front. Giroud was unlucky and should’ave, could’ave. We battled, tried, had to throw the kitchen sink at them and therefore conceded even more. Nothing wrong with trying to peg some goals back. Bothe teams were fairly open.
    Overall I think a good performance attitude-wise, of course it might have been better passing-wise, but I do not share ppl’s angry views on ref, manager and players. There are days when things don’t fall into place and the opposition is better. No need to be hateful or negative, its not what the club and team needs, not after trying to deliver a performance. Gotta put my hands up and say fair play citty, fair play arsenal. It was a spectacle not going our way so stop crying, get behind da team. You cannot always execute da purrfect gamplan AS A TEAM on da pitch, no matter how hard you may try, especially against on fire mancity attack at home.
    Me tinks anyways.

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  94. Just such bad passing and possession. We had a good chance to win that but, exhaustion or not, there are no excuses for some of the turnovers. City had 6 goals from 7 shots on goal because almost all of them were when our team were caught out of shape due to errors.

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  95. giroud should be dropped man. nv like him at the start. clumsy with the ball. lousy touch, cant dribble. slow.

    his shortcomings are getting on my nerves, more than appreciating his strengths like aerial ability and linkup play.

    aerial ability, this season has yet to hit in a header goal. his work rate may be good, but i can say he has no football brain. he is a good and hardworking player but not a world class level yet. :(

    he should go be a model.

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  96. I didn’t have a chance to watch the game(was in class), but the difference between us and city is the strikeforce. I’m sorry but Giroud is average….we have the weakest strikeforce in the league. Say what you want, Giroud just isn’t good enough to lead us to titles. A good second choice at best, thats it. That’s why man u, Chelsea, beat us…they simply have better srikers than we do

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  97. Wenger got it wrong today, simple as! As soon as i saw the line-ups, i knew it was coming. Trying to play 4-2-3-1 v a 4-4-2 formation with players as good as city have meant we were always going to be overrun from wide positions when they got their full backs forward, look where most of their goals / chances came from……….

    I’m one of Wenger’s biggest fans but his arrogance to think we could go there and play our normal game cost us 2day. This season we’ve played some of the best football i’ve seen for years but there is still no plan b and if Wenger will not change his tactics to suit our opposition then we will not win anything

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  98. A few things on today then;

    1. We were set up badly in midfield today. In big away games, if you’re playing Ozil & Walcott, then both Arteta & Famini have to play. Whilst this was nowhere as bad as OT 2011, the amount of room we gave them to play in midfield was staggering . City are at least as good as us in a one-off, so you have to cut your cloth accordingly

    2. Flamini for Serge? A terrible decision. I love Jack, but he had a shocker today. Taking Flam off was asking for trouble, & frankly they could have scored 8 today. Easily.

    3. We have to buy a game changer in January. Not easy of course, but when it doesn’t work, we need to be able to change. Not sure it as clear cut as another CF, but someone who will do something different than what’s on the pitch. Personally, I’d buy Berbatov & Di Maria if we could get them.

    We’re top of the league, so there’s no need to go into meltdown, but we need to be better in these big games if we want to finish where we want to. AWs first win against Jose would go a long way toward settling people’s nerves

    COYR

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  99. My thoughts of the game were as such.

    1) Wenger made a tactical mistake in failing to field both Flamini AND Arteta in midfield.

    Arteta’s absence was painfully obvious, as we simply didn’t have a pivot at the base of our midfield to keep possession. Too often, our players had no one to pass back to in the middle of the pitch when they were under pressure. Flamini, tough, snappy, glorious hard man that he is, just doesn’t have the same tactical discipline and nous that Arteta has. When the Flamster embarked on his forays forward, the likes of Jack and Rambo failed to cover for him in the middle. Also, Yaya and Fernandinho often outpaced our players in midfield, and it would have helped to have Arteta just sitting back and acting as the cover player for our attacking midfielders.

    2) Wenger should have fielded Gibbs ahead of Monreal.

    I doubt there’s a faster player in our defence than Gibbs. His pace would have helped us loads today, especially when we were being hit on the counter (a regular occurrence during the game). Nacho, who struggled to keep up with the pace of the game at times, should have started against Napoli, while Gibbo should have started against Man $hitty.

    3) Rosicky should have come on for Jack early in the second half.

    Look, I love Jack as a player and I think he’s a wonderful talent. But every top player have their off days, and it was so for Jack today. His passing, control and dribbling was woeful. Rosicky should have come on at 3-2 to inject some pace and directness, as well as some slidey-tackley goodness in our play. Experience, I believe would have helped a lot more in that situation, rather than youthful exuberance (same thing with Gnabry coming on, instead of Santi).

    4) Per Mertesacker – what a magnificent ent.

    Him yelling at Ozil for not applauding the away fans showed true leadership and a love for the club. Next Arsenal captain?

    In contrast, point number 5 is that…..

    5) Samir Nasri is still a cunt.

    He just is. The cunt.

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    • Agree.

      Rosicky. Why did we not add pep to the midfield? Perplexing. We were over runned and needed more aggressiveness in the middle, not Gnabry (much as I like him or Bendtner)

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  100. I mentioned after the Everton game that we were looking a bit flat. I mentioned after the Napoli game that Wenger had not adopted the right strategy for the team.

    Rather then put them in context with their backs against the wall (in which they deliver their best performances in unrestricted football), I felt we have been tentative and insipid indulging in ‘permutative’ football (particularly the decision to settle for a 1 goal defeat to Napoli which ended in 2)

    1) As the above poster has rightfully noted, our left flank was horribly exposed. Monreal was too deep in and no where to be found. jack was not covering enough. I was a bit surprised Monreal did not start against napoli. Thought Gibbs should have been on after the second goal. Monreal needed better support but failed to stiffle the City RW sufficiently.

    2) Giroud being replaced was baffling. Granted he missed a number of chances, he was getting into decent positions. not sure what replacing him with bendtner was meant to achieve.

    3) Walcott again emphasis the gaping logic of leaving out against Napoli. Two well taken goals and a couple of good chances but I also felt as poorly as Santi has played inr ecent games, he was needed for his holding ability (and support for Gibbs or Monreal)

    4) not sure if Arteta was allowed to play the game with his red from the CL game but we were horribly exposed ahead of defense. Instead of putting in Gnabry (Talented as he is, he is a tad green), we needed more engine in the midfield and someone to get us going. Rosicky should have come in to sit alongside Flamini (With Ramsey not quite up to his usual endeavors, assist granted)

    Poor decisions by the gaffer and he is beginning to be exposed for his tactical limitations where his buying acumen nominally flatters to decieve.

    Poor patch and as much as I like to hear the bravado coming from us, we have proven nothing but the critics right at the moment. 3 Test since Everton and each found wanting.

    Chelsea game is massive but if we put on as insipid an effort as today, we will again be run over. Too many players gave up the chase and ambled back where City broke in numbers each time.

    Again I felt Wenger should have quashed all this talk about schedule pile up. An excuse in the mind of our players is all we need. rather he should have sent a message loud and clear to the squad that we have no time to be tired. It is not allowed.

    Sometimes this things are mental. I didn’t think we were as hungry over the last two games as we should have been rather we were suffering from a bit of calculative caution.

    Dunno. We have one game to save it IMO. If we slipo further behind after Chelsea, not good.

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