For one, they have actual silverware. They won the League Cup. Arsenal got bounced in the third round [shakes fist at Brighton]. Advantage: Man U. They’re in the FA Cup final. Arsenal crashed out in the fourth round. Advantage: Man U. They made it to the Europa League quarterfinal. Arsenal failed to advance from the round of 16. They’ll have Champions League football next year…maybe. Arsenal have clinched a spot but bottled the Prem title to slump to second. By any objective measure available to us, there’s only one possible conclusion.Continue reading
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Man City full of big talk after besting Arsenal, but…
Well, it’s a sign of the times when you’re the talk of the town, and tongues have been wagging about the Arsenal since about mid-October when it started to become clear that we might just be more than a flash in a pan. Indeed, we’ve topped the table for all but three matchdays. Even though we’ve stumbled and staggered these last few weeks, we still peer down precariously if not imperiously upon those below us. However, a surer sign of our strength might come from the big talk emanating out of the Eithad. One might think a more-confident, more-secure side might bite its tongue. Not so, this City side…Continue reading
Can you bottle what no one expected you to win in the first place?
Well, that was unexpected, said no one ever. Arsenal went into the Etihad desperately needing a win on the back of three consecutive draws against a side that hadn’t lost at home since Gutenberg invented the printing press and failed. Man City did what Man City does, namely, amassing enormous squad depth through entirely legiitimate methods and cake-walking past anyone who dares to stand in their path. Much the of the pre-match chatter focused on how Arsenal would bottle it, but, really, how can you bottle something that no one saw you having a chance at bottling in the first place?Continue reading
Guardiola admits his players are SCARED before Arsenal clash!
Speaking ahead of Wednesday’s clash of TItans (well, at least one titan…), Pep Guardiola admitted that he and his players will be “a little bit nervous”—his own words—as they prepare to face Arsenal in what could very well coronate a champion. To be honest, Man City have an inside track on an inside track here; should they win or even draw, their chance at winning the Prem skyrocket. Should we achieve the impossible, we improve our chances modestly. Still, the idea that the likes of Haaland or Rodri or De Bruyne are nervous might give us an edge.Continue reading
Bad at the Etihad: Arsenal’s secret to defeating Man City…
Okay, so we’re grasping at straws. Saliba’s season looks to be over, with surgery an increasingly likely option. We’ve staggered to three draws in which we’ve conceded seven goals to Liverpool and relegation fodder sides. Wednesday’s visit to the Etihad looms larger with each passing day…and it’s with that in mind that we look at Man City’s record on their own ground against London clubs to take away a glimmer of a semblance of something resembling hope: Man City’s last four defeats at the Etihad have come against teams from London.Continue reading