Date: 12th September 2009 at 5:34pm
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Top four hopefuls Manchester City beat Arsenal 4-2 at Eastlands to record a huge win against the team they hope to oust from the top four elite.

An own goal from Almunia, as well as goals from Craig Bellamy, Emmanuel Adebayor and Shaun Wright-Phillips gave Mark Hughes’ side a famous victory in a performance which highlights City’s massive ambitions of dominating world football.

It was the visitors who started brightly and they were unlucky not to take the lead after William Gallas missed a fantastic opportunity, Shay Given on hand to keep the Gunners defender at bay. Thomas Vermaelen’s long disant effort was also kept out by the Ireland internatinal.

City responded by taking the lead on the 20 minute mark after youth academy product Micah Richards created a goal from a powerful header, the ball turned against the post by Manuel Almunia before rebounding back off of the Arsenal keeper and into the back of the net. Richards was unlucky not to claim it for his own.

City held firm until half-time, a fragile but deserved lead from the home side.

After the break, the Gunners looked to get back into the game and did so on 62 minutes, Robin van Persie’s shot drawing the visitors level.

Rather than fall apart like the City of old, Mark Hughes side kept going and got their rewards, Welsh international Craig Bellamy restoring the home sides lead in the 74th minute.

The Eastlands crowd were up on their feet, the momentum with the Abu Dhabi backed club. Former Arsenal striker Emmanuel Adebayor was on hand to send the fans into rapture, his fourth goal for City was met with a run down the entire length of the pitch to celebrate in front of his previous clubs fans – a testiment to the way he was treated by them – followed by a yellow card for his efforts.

City’s diminutive talisman Shaun Wright-Phillips added a fourth goal on 84 minutes with an acute chip over the onrushing Gunners keeper, 4-1 the score, Eastlands was rocking.

Tomas Rosicky returned from serious injury with a consolation goal but it was too late against a clinical City.

This game truely announces Manchester City on the world stage, the win a symbol that the ‘sleeping giant’ has finally woken.

We are here, we are City.

More to follow…

Full-time: Manchester City 4 Arsenal 2

Goals: Almunia O.G. 20′ Craig Bellamy 74′ Emmanuel Adebayor 80′ Shaun Wright-Phillips 84′ (Manchester City) Robin van Percie 62′ Tomas Rosicky 88′ (Arsenal)


46 Replies to “City Crush Arsenal”

  • What a stunning victory. Arsenal are a very good side and for long periods were comfortably contained. Sparky sent City out to play deeper second half. That counter attacking option that failed all last season and we invited Arsenal on to us. They scored with an air of predictability, but suddenly City found that extra gear and dismissed them. Shoudln’t have tried to showboat after the fourth as we stopped playing but at one stage it looked like it could have been five or six. The result will send shockwaves through the Big Four. The rags official site even reporting immediately how dangerous City look. And we didn’t have Robinho, RSC, Tevez, Kompany or Johnno as options!

  • We have discussed after every match about needing to be more clynical in front of goal and take our chances as we can’t keep on keeping clean sheets forever and today we were as we scored 4 goals and conceded 2. It was a more impressive effort considering that 2 of our best front 3, Robinho and Tevez were out injured and it was Arsenal who surprisingly looked just as shaky at the back as we were in the last quarter of the game and they were more lacking in front of goal. We rode our luck at times but showed a different side to our game today and got the job done. Adebayor, Bellamy and Richards were my stand-out performers today.

  • The FA sanitise the game when they want to Irish. However, I am sure they would take into account the Arsenal fans repeated horrible “song” in unison at him that proceeded his goal celebration.

  • ps The hack campaign to see Adebayor banned has already started. Check out some of the reports out there. Be a great shame and a massive result for the Big Four if he doesn’t face the rags.

  • If they reckon he stamped on Percy he’ll get banned but not because of the celebrations. Players have celebrated to the away fans before and the maximum I’ve ever known them to get is a yellow. Great performance by the boys today I’m proud of them.

  • If the FA are going to suspend Adebayor then perhaps they might wish to check out the video of Vidic’s antics this evening. He did 2 ridiculously late challenges and only got booked in the first half and has apparently gotten away with an elbow on Crouch in the 2nd half. Then again he has already gotten away with a punch on a Wigan player a few weeks back which was caught on camera but the dinosaurs at the FA didn’t do anything about it so I won’t hold my breath on this occasion.

  • Correct me if I am wrong, but once a ref gives a yellow, it cannot be upgraded to a red by a panel. As for the stamp, it would be difficult to say it was on purpose

  • BlueWolfie – I would agree with you on both of those points, though Van Persie has already gone crying to the official Arsenal website. Its a bit different when he is on the receiving end rather than being the aggressor.

  • Arsenal fans are a disgrace, they goaded ade all game and fully expected him to celebrate infront of them (did we cry last season when rooney scored and ran past the city fans telling us to f’off and waving his arms about?), there was an article i think in the mirror this week and it was clearly asking arsenal fans to boo ade and was almost bordering on inciting a riot, i believe that the press are doing all they can to stop city winning anything, ITS A DISGRACE (also its funny how arsenal fans think that eduardo didnt dive but ade defo fouled persy) BLINKERED

  • I’ve just asked the Arsenal fans who are very upset on Vital Arsenal what the exact chant was that their end kept firing out at Ade that pumped him up. It didn’t sound good according to a lot my mates. Mark, it was David Maddocks in the Mirror who condoned the Wembley booing of Joleon Lescott as an anti-City protest. City’s newfound siege mentality is getting relentlessly fed.

  • scot cross wrote the article
    the heading was this
    ‘Why Arsenal fans have every right to boo Emmanuel Adebayor on Saturday’,

    and he finished it with this
    Adebayor deserves everything he gets. Arsenal fans dislike him but good, honest ticket-buying supporters from every other club – bar City just yet – can see right through him.

  • As the FA didn’t do anything to Steven Hunt for leaving his boot in on Petr Cech about 3 years ago, I doubt that they can charge Adebayor as this looked a lot less clear cut than that cowardly challenge.

  • To get a feeling for the possible witch hunt that could get aimed at Ade take a look at the after match interview with him on the BBC website. Ade had to apologise 3 times to the clown the bloke would have probably gone for another had the interview continued.

  • As I said on another thread, I am already bracing myself for City facing the rags with only Bellamy available up front unless Crocky can get his poo together and fast.

  • Mark you are an idiot. Every Arsenal fan out there thought Eduardo dived and no one condoned it. Most of us are annoyed that Uefa have changed the rules just to give him a ban, probably because of the scottiish influence. Dont make things up just to excuse Adebayor because his deliberate stamp on an ex team meate his disgracefull.

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