Arsenal 1-1 Man City: The Guff

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Arsenal showed some spirit and character to come from behind to take a draw with Man City yesterday. Here’s the guff from the media and the blogs.

It is credit to Arsenal’s players that they found the energy to discomfit City after going behind. This was an Arsenal that their fans will have wanted to see even more than the short-passing aesthetes of early season: a little ragged at times, but spirited and aggressive in central areas. – Guardian.

A far better display all round, with a rediscovery of better defensive resilience at its heart. If I try to work out what makes Arsenal tick I give myself a splitting headache, so I’ve given up trying. Much of our malaise has been in the mind, which is what makes it so hard to pinpoint. ‘Psychology – bloody hell’, to paraphrase a well-worn football saying. – East Lower.

It is nip and tuck in the tightest Premier League for years and that was reflected throughout this raucous encounter in which Arsenal dug on reserves of desire to push City all the way. – Telegraph.

Arsenal regained a modicum of pride by finally going head-to-head with a title contender and not being hammered, but two more dropped points means their Premier League title race is over and fourth place is by no means certain. – Independent.

As much as anything, yesterday was about restoring pride and giving the Gunners some kind of platform to recover their season. Only the most blindly optimistic would believe that the title is still on, even if mathematical possibility still exists. Arsenal have taken two points from the last nine available. However, the performance gives them something to take to Goodison Park next weekend, and the crowd left the stadium a lot happier than they did on Tuesday after the Swansea match, even if at the end of it, the result was the same – two points dropped at home. – Online Gooner.

The second half performance was wonderfully welcome. Hassling and harrying their visitors, Arsenal found the net quickly. Flamini had rightly seen a first half goal ruled out for offside, made no mistake when unmarked in the area to level the scores. The move itself was dynamic with Podolski atoning to some extent by providing the cross for Flamini to score – A Cultured Left Foot.

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