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Arsenal 0-1 Manchester City (Arsenal Fan's Perspective)

Thursday 1st December 2011
Arsenal were the latest club to be turned over by the ruthless Manchester City who architected the perfect smash and grab at the Emirates to secure their first victory away from home against Arsenal for 36 years. Sergio Aguero's late strike was enough to defeat the Gunners who were fa from disgraced.

Both teams made 10 changes and effectively played their second string sides. Pre-match all the interest engulfed a certain Frenchman that left North London for the riches of Manchester City. Every touch Samri Nasri had was booed and jeered by a home crowd who felt betrayed by his departure.

But there was a football match on show and it was a bit of a non-event. I was surprised at how well Arsenal stopped City playing football. Chances were at a premium throughout. Although Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain lit the match up twice when he was denied by City's keeper from range. As Arsenal pressed City with a late corner they could sniff an opportunity to win the tie but from that very corner City scored. As soon as 2 of our defenders desperately dived in to get the ball I knew that Man City were going to score. After our defenders commited themselves as high up the park, City broke forward and the ball worked it's way to Aguero who cooly finished beyond Fabianski.

That late goal was the only shot on target that City created and incidentally all of Aguero's 12 goals have been scored in Manchester or London. As for Arsenal there was plenty of positives and encouragment for the future. Arsenal have made the quarter final's of the League Cup for a record 9 years. I can appreciate the consistency that Arsene Wenger has brought to this club. However, it's the fact that we have not won a trophy for 7 years that Arsenal fans are worried about. Consistent? yes. Talent coming through? yes. Success? no. How many more times are we going to see this type of result/performance?
Calum McClurkin

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