The starting line up was as below but we made two changes during the first half…
Bellerin Mustafi Mari Tierney
Abuameyang Nketiah Saka
No one predicted that!
So with Now TV not giving me what they tell me I have paid for I move over to Arsenal TV and what happens? They are fading in and out like a fading in and out thing that is fading in and out. What is the matter with these technology people? I want to support Arsenal TV, but if this continues when the kick off comes in a minute a two it will be back to Five Live.
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And we are off….
Ozil is not on the beach.
Free kick on the edge of the D for Manchester City and just wide. Xhaka is down and getting treatment. Xhaka has gone off Ceballos is on.
Arsenal.com are saying a little bit about referees being influenced by the crowd, but the commentator goes off the topic quickly and they replace it with chat about away teams being more adventurous, as if the commentators have been reminded, no you don’t criticise the ref.
15 mins and Eddie has a chance; goes about 4 yards wide after a good run.
It’s drifting on at 0-0; and now after 23 minutes it looks like Mari has got an injury with a calf injury. David Luiz is coming on. Two Arsenal subs at 25 mins. No fluency in the game after the first few minutes. So half an hour gone and Arsenal have used two subs and as the radio has just said, it is an open game of football. The feeling on Arsenal TV is that Arsenal are coping.
And now on 35 minutes Nketiah is pulled back but the ref does nothing except to tell Eddie to get up. The commentators say it was clear free kick on the edge of the box, and it was a terrible mistake by the referee. Good to hear the commentators speaking his mind and not being held back by PGMO pressure.
Then a great save from Leno as Arsenal are under increasing pressure. And another on 39 minutes. He’s saving us at the moment. Coming up to half time City are just working their way through the Arsenal defence. Man City are moving from one side to the other waiting for the break through.
And yet one mistake too many – David Luiz – and Sterling scores. 1-0 just before half time. An indeed yet another goal just before half time. Not looking good – and indeed Arsenal have given away a penalty and it looks like David Luiz is being sent off.
So 2-0 down, two players off injured, one sent off. Tierney playing centre half. Could we see the return of Holding at centre half from now on?
Lacazette, Maitland Niles, Reiss Nelson coming on.
Guendouzi, Nketiah, Willock coming off.
Pepe and Martinelli not being used at all in the game.
And after all that yet another great Leno save. Tierney gets a yellow card.
If we are looking for a positive Maitland Niles playing in central midfield looks a very interesting option. Otherwise the game is just drifting along except for a chance for Saka but it goes wide. Long delay now with a Man City down. Lot of players crowded around the Man C player who is being taken off.
After an 11 minute injury break, with the teams playing 10 v 10 Man C score a third. 3-0. Interesting also that Arsenal TV are calling the line up that Arsenal put out as “Interesting” and the performance as “so frustrating”.
Excellent move at the end for Nelson who passes to Aubameyang, and it looks like that is the last chance. A lot of praise being given to Nelson, although the commentator has suggested maybe it is just that he is wearing a tighter shirt.
It ends 3-0. 12 shots on target for Man City, none for Arsenal. The feeling is that Arsenal were ok for 20 minutes and that was it.
- The home and away scandal: ignorance, or cover up?
- The reason why Liverpool and Man C are ahead of Arsenal.
- How which referee a club gets has a major impact on the result of each game
- The statistical evidence that shows PGMO are biased against Arsenal
- How European football has taken up the fight against clubs breaking FFP