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Arsene Wenger Teaches His Boys To Fight Back

arsenal karate kid Arsene Wenger Teaches His Boys To Fight Back

If there were any doubts whether Arsenal was serious about contending for the Premier League title this season, they were all washed away Sunday with a convincing 3-0 victory against Manchester City at Eastlands.

Arsenal created some luck in the first five minutes after an inch-perfect through ball forced Dedryck Boyata to commit a foul. The result was a red card for the young Belgian and the tide of the game quickly turned in Arsenal’s favor.

The match was far from over, but Arsenal continued to play sensible football and deservedly took the lead after some beautiful passing that exploited poor back-tracking by Gareth Barry for Samir Nasri to score the opening. However yet again, Manchester City made another defensive mistake when Vincent Kompany fouled Cesc Fabregas in the box which resulted in a penalty. Arsenal failed to make it 2-0 when Fabregas’s penalty was brilliantly saved by Joe Hart. But City was unable to take advantage of the lifeline that Hart handed them.

In the second half, Alex Song made it 2-0 after another defensive mistake, this time from Wayne Bridge who failed to clear the ball and instead placed it into Song’s bath to toepoke in a decisive goal.

Then late on, when the match was out of City’s reach, Niklas Bendtner put the third killer goal into the back of the net.

While Arsenal put on an impressive performance, City will be kicking itself for not making this a closer match. The accuracy of Manchester City’s headers and shots on goal were poor. After Tevez was removed due to an injury, City lacked the direct approach that opened Arsenal’s defense up. Instead they sprayed the ball around but were unable to penetrate Arsenal’s midfield or defense.

Despite City’s mistakes, Arsenal showed a profound maturity Sunday that has been missing for quite some time. If they push on from here, they have a very good chance of challenging Chelsea for the title. There’s still a long way to go, but so far so good for Wenger’s boys.

Speaking of Wenger’s boys, hats off to Jon Horner and Eric Beard from A Football Report blog for the excellent comic pictured above.

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8 Responses to Arsene Wenger Teaches His Boys To Fight Back

  1. chelsea says:

    lmao @ the Adebayor hate….some people are still butthurt over something that happen in 2009

  2. all money no class says:

    that’s the thing about supporting a club with history, you don’t forget.

  3. Joe in Indianapolis says:

    Not so sure that beating City 10 v 11 erases “all doubt that you’ll contend for a title”

  4. Why? says:

    The game was ruined as a spectacle after the sending off, the Ref believe or not did not have to send the player off at all as it was not a 100% goal scoring opportunity (there is NO red for the him being the last man this rule doesn’t exist) as the attacker played the ball fast to hart the question is would he have got to it first. A similar thing happened against Newcastle with Tevez and the player stayed even though he was the last man with the ref saying it was not a 100% goal scoring chance. But the fact still remains that it is up to the Ref and he sent him off so therefore it was what it was. He had bottled sending Fabregas off in this game for a second yellow when he came though the back off Tevez though this Ref is not a City fan to say the least he has made some rank decisions in the past against them so there were not gonna be any favours from him.

    In truth the writing was on the wall the minute City were down to 10 men as Arsenal hold the ball better than any other side in the league, there was only ever going to be one out come as City were going to tired chasing, and closing down Arsenal with a man short. Fabianski made some great save so I don’t know where your coming from with ‘The accuracy of Manchester City’s headers and shots on goal were poor’ there was a header that Ade got underneath and Kompany’s from a corner that was about a foot over the bar.

    I don’t think this match proves anything for Arsenal especially as City more than held there own (the score line flattered Arsenal although they deservedly won) City troubled Fabianski more than Arsenal did Hart who was not at his best even though he saved what has to be said a poorly took penalty. Fabianski in fact made four cracking saves. One thing I will say is Arsenal looked more aggressive than of late and if they keep that up it can only help but there Manager does needs to stop moaning about other aggressive sides as there record and tackling is as bad as anyone’s. One thing they should take out of their game though is the crazy glue foot, super man flight dives and the rolling around like being shot that they have acquired as they look for a free kick or penalty it’s just embarrassing but hey it does seem to work for them so I guess they will keep it up.

    P.S I think City, Arsenal and Utd will make up the top 4 in what order I don’t know. I would at this stage anyway put my house on Chelsea easily taking the title this year.

    • Phenoum says:

      “He had bottled sending Fabregas off in this game for a second yellow when he came though the back off Tevez”

      If you see that as a yellow, deJong should have been off as well. And the tackle that Djourou had when he pulled out and decided not to follow through from behind was a poor yellow to give out. And to hear the commentators saying it was a “knee to the hamstrings” makes you wonder if they’ve ever been on a field of play themselves. Djourou pulls out of tackels and gets a yellow, while deJong follows through, and Kompany takes down Cesc for a penalty with a late tackle yet no yellow there either?

      Two Arsenal games in a row with biased commentating full of BS. Hearing stories of others listening to (online) radio audio and synching it with their TV video… Might do the same

  5. bob marley says:

    So city has the better team……………but Arsenal still dominated……..in simple terms………….Wenger is far superior to Mancini tactically…..and also it was good to see Fabianski come good……..

  6. MNUfan1991 says:

    What’s with the Japanese Imperial flag in the comic strip? Would you use the Nazi Swastika when reviewing a German car?

  7. I woudl have liked to have seen City with 11 men as i think it would have been a fantastic game without the sedning off

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