It's Monday, the weather is good and I am hungry. It's a bit weird at the moment, I find myself often wearing sunglasses, but then putting on a jumper and a jacket, it's like Summer during the day and Winter at night... Based on the cleverly deduced seasonal observation, I now pronounce April, Suminter or Winmer, or Autspring, or Springtumn... actually, Sprinter... that sounds cool... happy Sprinter people!
Arsenal 2-0 Manchester City
Barclays Premier League, Emirates Stadium
Saturday, April 04, 2009, 15:00
So we’ve continued our little run and made it 6 domestic wins in a row… we’ve got 6 clear points (same number of games played) and a better goal difference than Aston Villa. I’m hopeful of finishing fourth now and really excited about the Champions League. With so many injuries pre-game, it was a God send to see Cesc, Ade and Theo all return on the weekend. The line up on Saturday was:
Sagna – Toure – Gallas – Clichy
Denilson – Song
Walcott – Cesc – Arshavin
Slightly different formation than expected but it worked well, and often saw one of Song and Denilson get forward to – it also have Cesc a more attacking role and less defensive duties, which would have suited him on his return to the side.
The Spaniard was involved in both goals. The first came in the 8th minute, when we were awarded a free kick about 5 yards away from the corner flag. A beautifully flighted ball by Cesc evaded all other players and landed directly onto Ade’s head who applied the finish to make it 1 – 0. Early in the second half, another great ball from Cesc – this one from open play, saw Ade received the ball and round the keeper.
Today’s blog is just a quick summary, but there was much more to the game that just that – Arshavin, subdued, maybe to the intensity of Internationals was steady and creative, Theo was threatening and Cesc was his usual creative self. Man City were no pushovers though. Shaun Wright Philips the most dangerous player on their time. Robinho was decent, but a little subdued and Bellamy was in Toure’s pocket all day long.
The first half was more even, and Toure and Gallas were very good as was Denilson who just seemed to be everywhere on Saturday like a man possessed. With United, Liverpool and Chelsea all winning, the title is pretty much out of distance now – but all in all, such a performance will bode well for tomorrow’s game and the end of season FA cup semi and final…
Arsene spoke after the game…
“We had a strongly balanced performance, offensively and defensively against a good Man City side, especially in the first half. In the second half we completely took over and maybe should have scored more goals. Overall I am pleased because there is a lightness back in the team and the way we play. Everybody looks to enjoy, and play without the handbrake or any restriction. That is good to see.”
“It was a good team performance. I think Cesc had Denilson and Song behind him who did a good defensive job for him. That meant he could dedicate more of his energy to the offensive task.
“He likes to come deep and play the long balls. At the moment he is still in the phase where he gets to know all the aspects of the game – in defence and attack – so I use him a little bit to adjust the balance of the team. Today I felt I had the choice to put Arshavin in behind Adebayor but then I had to move one of the central midfielders wide. I just felt it was more balanced like that.”
Arsenal: Almunia, Sagna, Toure, Gallas, Clichy, Fabregas (Ramsey 79), Song Billong, Denilson, Walcott (Eboue 70), Adebayor (Bendtner 70), Arshavin.
Subs Not Used: Fabianski, Silvestre, Djourou, Gibbs.
Goals: Adebayor 8, 49.
Man City: Given, Richards, Onuoha, Dunne, Bridge (Fernandes 17), Wright-Phillips, Zabaleta, De Jong, Kompany (Elano 38), Robinho (Sturridge 76), Bellamy.
Subs Not Used: Hart, Bojinov, Garrido, Mwaruwari.
Booked: Dunne, Zabaleta, De Jong.
Ref: Andre Marriner (W Midlands).]]>