Arsenal 0-1 Manchester City: Young Guns Impress But Citizens Progess (Photos)

Alan Duffy

29th, November 2011


By Alan Duffy

Arsene Wenger did his usual Carling Cup thing against Manchester City on Wednesday night, resting most of his first teamers and giving some youngsters a bit of action. Roberto Mancini rested Joe Hart, Mario Balotelli and a couple of other City megastars, but with the squad the Italian has assembled, even a (partly) second-string side is full to the brim with expensive internationals.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Francis Coquelin were the pick of  young Gunners, with the former looking completely comfortable on the big stage in a wide role, while the latter oozed class in central midfield. For City, young Romanian ‘keeper Costel Pantilimon made a couple of superb saves.

However, despite being the more dominant side, Arsenal eventually succumbed to City’s superstars, who broke superbly after an Arsenal corner, with Edin Dzeko feeding Adam Johnson who set up substitute Sergio Aguero to fire home on 83 minutes, and that was that.

Marouane Chamakh once again looked out of his depth while Andrei Arshavin managed to cram another dismal performance into his five or so minutes of substitute action. Owen Hargreaves managed to last all 79 of minutes on the pitch without breaking some part of his body while Samir Nasri suffered the expected torrent of abuse from the home fans for the entire game.

City progress to the semi-finals and edge closer to what could well be just one piece of silverware in a nice shiny set this season.




Photos: PA

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  1. Mark says:

    Don’t know what game you watched but City had more ball possession.

  2. df says:

    after watching this game right after the liverpool one, its very apparent that liverpool needs a better striker. just look at man city’s goal. andy carroll couldn’t ever do what dzeko did for that goal.

  3. Alan Duffy says:

    @Mark – maybe you’re right, but still think Arsenal were more dominant

  4. DUG! says:

    Either way, sounds like Wenger isn’t too serious about getting some silverware this year. Why not field something closer to your best to capture at least something?

  5. Scott says:

    Because 51% to 49% in ball possession is such a telling and vital stat.

  6. Sebastian says:

    Everyone who watched this game saw that Arsenal were clearly the better team. City only had 1 shot on target… Arsenal had several and were much more lethal. Very unlucky.

  7. Questionable says:

    I agree with alan. In my mind Arsenal were much more dominant than city but fell into the same problem i believe liverpool is having which is finishing chances

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