By Walter Broeckx
City started the best in the opening 10 minutes. A few good runs behind the Arsenal defence but the defenders managed to get the ball away before City could have a shot on goal.
Dean starting to show a bit of himself by letting a foul on Cazorla (push in the back with no ball) go and punishing Rosicky who stood his ground. It looked as if he didn’t like Rosicky at all as when Zabaleta seemingly tripped Rosicky he gave a goal kick. Now seriously did anyone reading Untold expected a penalty there?
The match was much more balanced now and both teams held each other in balance. Toure got a yellow card for stopping a promising Arsenal attack.
But then Podolski clearly wasn’t coached by his team mates and didn’t know City player was behind him and lost the ball. And then we got what we tried to avoid: a City counter. Silva could get away with the ball and gave it to Dzeko who’s shot struck the post and a bit of Szczesny. The ball fell kindly to Silva who was in the right place to push it over the goal line.
Arsenal responded well and went looking for an equaliser. Arsenal scored but it was ruled our for offside. A cross from Podolski found Flamini and he managed to put it over the line but the flag went up. Flamini was offside so the decision was correct this time.
City could now speculate more on the counter and Arsenal had to open themselves up more. Dean then again with a silly decision. Kompany then made a deliberate block on Arteta and Dean gave an advantage with only one Arsenal player up front…. He then gave the yellow card against Kompany later but then Arsenal had lost the ball already.
Podolski on the run at the left flank but Di Michelis could save at the expense of a corner. After that corner Arsenal was stopped for offside and didn’t the corner. It was a bit a similar decision that lead to the first City goal at the Etihad. But just as the penalty decision it didn’t even out.
Walcott was in the stands. Damn we miss you Theo. Rosicky got a yellow card when he had pushed the ball too far in front of him and collided with Clichy. Gibbs then wanted to pass to Podolski who had just sprinted in to space and City could escape with the ball. Lucky Arteta was in the right place to stop the counter. Silva then jumped in wild on Arteta and also got his deserved yellow card. 0-1 at half time.
The first real danger was when Navas crossed and the ball trickled wide with nobody really knowing how, why and when. A let off but the signal for Arsenal to suddenly up the tempo. A first shot from Cazorla was pushed away by Hart. Arsenal followed up the attack and Podolski crossed and Flamini scored with a left footed shot. 1-1 after 52 minutes.
Hardly minutes later a cross from Sagna went passed Giroud and the open goal mouth. The match could have turned completely in the space of a minute.
Another big chance for Arsenal when the ball fell to Podolski whose shot was somehow saved by Hart and the ball went in to a corner. That was a real big chance. City now trying to attack a bit more. Assistant giving a soft free kick in a dangerous position and a shot that Szczesny had to tip over from Fernandinho. Flamini with a shot from a tight angle that went over the crossbar.
The assistant then letting a City offside go and giving a corner to City. Leading to nothing luckily. Dean then letting a foul on Sagna go and leading to a hectic few moments in front of the Arsenal goal. Luckily Arteta could block the shot.
City having most of the ball some 20 minutes before the end but apart from that one situation not much goal mouth problems for Arsenal. With some 12 minutes to go Oxlade-Chamberlain came on for Podolski. A bit later Sanogo came on for Giroud.
Both teams a bit more cautious in the last 15 minutes. Arsenal with a spell with the ball bot no real goal danger. Rosycki giving away the ball to Silva but he made up for it at the cost of a foul. He seemed to play the ball but the ref called the foul. Both teams seemingly not wanting to lose at the end. Garcia with a foul on Cazorla and a yellow card came his way.
Arsenal with a last minute attack but the cross from Gibbs just went over the head of Oxlade-Chamberlain. Corner to Arsenal in the extra time but The ox couldn’t make contact with the ball and it fell to Hart.
A draw it was at the end. Probably a correct result. But we sure could have won this match.
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