Manchester City 4 – 2 Arsenal
In a game riddled with controversy, Man City managed somehow to win this fiery contest as defensive mistakes cost us dearly. Overshadowing the game was of course, was the behaviour of Adebayor. I’ll jump straight into the stamp, and for those of you who didn’t see the incident…
Van Persie goes to ground with a slide tackle against Adebayor, and then Adebayor, with all intention, stabs out his foot to connect with Van Persie’s face, about a half an inch below his eye…
The first time you watch it, you think, is it intentional? But then when you watch it again, you can see Adebayor kicks out his right foot in the face of Van Persie. When you watch the replay the second time (the first frame), you can really see the intent.
Robin Van Persie released a statement about the actions of Adebayor:
“I am sad and disappointed by my former team-mate Emmanuel Adebayor’s mindless and malicious stamp on me during today’s match.
“We are both professional footballers and I know that the game is physical, I too have made hard and sometimes mis-timed challenges but never with the intention of hurting an opponent. He set out to hurt me today.
“I knew he was aiming for a collision because he changed the angle of his body to allow contact to be made. He moved backwards when his natural momentum would have taken him forward. I find that deeply disrespectful. He has shown a real lack of class today, to me and the fans.
“I do feel lucky that I have not suffered a greater injury. The contact was only centimetres from my eye. I have not received an apology from him, there were no words exchanged afterwards. He had his own agenda today and that is bad for football. It’s bad for the game we all love.
“I want to make it clear that this has nothing to do with the result of today’s match. We do not hide from that disappointment but I need to speak out about his behaviour.”
And that’s a very powerful statement of the events and believe Robin wouldn’t have said this unless he really felt like he need to say something. The referee was only 2 feet behind the incident and failed to send off Adebayor. The decision not to send him off changed the outcome of the game and at 1-1 playing against 10 men, we’d have won the game without question – well maybe a little question.
The game itself was a very entertaining game of football indeed – a game which we really dominated, similarly to the Manchester United game. We did start with a somewhat defensive formation with Diaby, Denilson, Song and Fabregas deployed within the formation. Rosicky was on the bench and the starting Xi seemed to lack a bit of flair and punch.
In a way, the recent formation changes from Arsene have been more defensive and coupled with the players deployed, was a contain and attack route.
Sagna – Gallas – Vermaelen – Clichy
Denilson – Song
Bendtner – Cesc – Diaby
Robin Van Persie
Personally, I do like this formation, but I’d like to see more attacking players in it. If we’re going to play Denilson, Song and Cesc, then we also need to see three attacking players deployed. I was surprised to see Rosicky and Eduardo on the bench, but from Arsene’s point of view,