Manchester City 6 – 3 Arsenal: The City Nitty Gritty

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Where do we begin? What a game. You will struggle to find a more entertaining game of football for the rest of the season – or next season for that matter! This was an extraordinary attacking battle between two teams, who threw everything but the kitchen sink at each other, in order to get the invaluable 3 points that would be crucial in their fight for the Premier League title.

It would be a crime to give any one person from City’s team the man of the match award, as it was undeniably a team performance which resulted in the blue’s 6-3 thrashing over the Premier League leaders. City’s midfield players Fernandinho, Yaya Toure, David Silva & Samir Nasri made it virtually impossible for the Gunners to gain any sort of control in the midfield area – even with players like Jack Wilshere, Mesut Ozil and the in-form Aaron Ramsey playing in Arsene Wenger’s starting XI.

Sergio Aguero found himself on the score-sheet again after he scored the opening goal 13 minutes in with a beautifully struck volley that came from a corner – which was helped on by Martin Demichelis. The Argentinian striker unfortunately picked up a calf injury just after half time, which has ruled him out for ‘at least a month’, according to Manuel Pellegrini. However, with Stevan Jovetic recently returning to first-team training, it may not be as disastrous as initially thought – as this could be the perfect opportunity for the Montenegrin to prove his worth in Manchester City’s first team.

Arsenal winger Theo Walcott marked his first appearance back from injury with a goal in the 30th minute to make the game 1-1, but the Gunner’s celebrations were only brief after Alvaro Negredo grabbed a goal 8 minutes later to make the game 2-1.

City were deservedly in the lead at half-time, but with the scoreline at 2-1 and Arsenal needing to score to get back into the game, the blues knew that they would probably be required to get another goal in order to have a much needed 2 goal ‘safety cushion’ over the Gunners. Fernandinho gave them what they needed just after half time, when his inner Brazilian took over and he scored a wonderfully placed shot from outside the box, making the game 3-1.

But yet again, Theo Walcott bagged another goal for the Gunners with an equally accurate shot from just inside the area, reducing the deficit to 1 goal again. However, this time it was David Silva with the answer, after his magic touch put the blues 4-2 up following a perfect cross from Jesus Navas – who changed the game when he came on for Sergio Aguero.

Giroud kept firing blanks for the Gunners, missing several goal-scoring opportunities throughout the match, but in truth it probably wouldn’t have mattered if he had converted his chances – as the blues seemed to have the answer to every question that Arsenal asked on the day.

Fernandinho got his second of the afternoon when he punished Arsenal for some sheepish defending later in the game, ending all hopes of a Gunner’s comeback. The match was 93 minutes old when Per Mertesacker scored a consolation goal for Arsene Wenger’s team with a header from close range, but the ruthlessness of City meant that they were still not finished with the Gunners after Yaya Toure converted a goal from the spot in the 96th minute, following a foul on James Milner in the penalty area, making the full-time score 6-3.

Manchester City were breath-taking at times and proved that they are more than capable of beating any team in the Premier League this season. Although looking virtually indestructible at home, the blues still need to improve their away form if they are to win the Barclays Premier League – and the game against Fulham next Saturday is the perfect opportunity to show the rest of the teams in the Premier League what they are made of (as if they haven’t already!).

– Daniel Cheeseman