Date: 2nd February 2008 at 3:27pm
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An Arsenal side playing football on a different planet have finally ended City’s Fortress Eastlands league residency…

The Gooners should have been out of sight by half time, such was their dominance in a game that saw City work hard and do well to gain a fightback foothold. But ultimately class told and the creditable unbeaten home league record has ended. It’s taken until February for that to happen. Unthinkable 12 months ago.

Seven months into The Sven Revolution, like all the other sides outside of the so called big four, we can gauge our progress whenever we play one of them. Clearly, there is a hell of a lot of hard work and continued squad rebuilding to be done if City are to compete with a side like Arsenal on an equal playing field. They were not at full strength today.

Hard work has been all about what this City season has been built upon. We have a young side and a small squad still finding it’s collective feet in the Premier League and some performances have put us in dreamland.

But in reality, recent poor results, including the failure to beat Derby County have left us staring down the barrel of a mid table place by the end of this difficult month unless City can rapidly rediscover the coherence and the determination that we know they are capable of.

 

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