Week 5: Arsenal Hold Manchester City to Draw at Their Home

Week 5 (September 23rd, 2012), versus Manchester City at Etihad Stadium.
A big test for Arsenal to prove what they are all about this season.

#Highlight:

13′ Aguero’s shot on goal! Saved by Mannone!!

15′ A rapid counter attack from Arsenal. Excellent through pass from Ramsey to Gervinho…. 1 on 1 versus goalkeeper… AND… poor first touch by Gervy..  :S

27′ Another brilliant through pass from Cazorla to Gervy, but Clichy could still cut it. Almost there!

32′ Cazorla’s free kick. He shot to the right corner of the goal.. comfortably caught by Joe Hart.

40′ GOAL!!  City have taken the lead. Silva’s corner. Lescott with the goal. 1-0.

41′ City’s counter attack… Dzeko shot on goal! Tipped by Mannone.

HT:  It was a very good performance in the first half😀. We won the midfield battle, we did counter-attacks nicely, and could create some great chances. But Arsenal defences gave away a cheap corner. Bad zonal marking strategy this time.

53′ That was Aguero shoting! Blocked by Mannone.

79′ Fast counter attack from City. Aguero shot. Corner kick.

82′ Equaliser by KOSCIELNY!!  Lescott failed to clear a corner and Kos riffled cannon shot inside the box!

84′ Mannone again! Stunning save from Vincent Kompany’s overhead kick. City almost restore their lead.

89′ Glorious chance for Arsenal!! But Gerv shot it over the bar… -.-

FT:  It’s 1-1! We hold Man City to draw at their home! Excellent performance overall and nice comeback from Arsenal.
City improved in second half and very dangerous on the counter. Fortunately we had Per and Kos who were on-fire. Good defending overall by Arsenal (Bould-effect, maybe). Getting points at though place, very good result. STILL UNBEATEN!!

Koscielny celebrates his equaliser goal.

Victoria Concordia Crescit — The celebration captured Arsenal’s belief and togetherness. They wanted to make a statement. And they did.

#Stats:

Man.City Arsenal
Goals 11
Shots 1612
Shots on target 65
Saves 45
Possession 41%59%
Fouls 118
Yellow 10
Red 00
For complete stats, most shots, most passes, most interceptions, etc –> http://ladyarse.co.uk/2012/09/man-city-v-arsenal-the-stats/

#Player ratings (my version):

Mannone – 7.5
Very solid, except one little mistaken for Lescott goal. But he made a couple of crucial saves in the second half.

Jenkinson – 7.5
Solid and confident, improved a lot, and in his first real test, succeeded.

Mertesacker – 8.5
Man of the match. Made many vital interceptions (7 total). Read the game brilliantly.

BOSScielny – 8.5
Great all-round performance capped by the equalising goal. Had 6 tackles and 12 clearances.

Gibbs – 7
Another solid performance.

Arteta (c) – 7.5
Looked enjoy with his new deeper role. Kept the possession and also discipline at defence. 106 passes with 94% passing accuracy.

Diaby – 6
Good, but it was definitely not his best performance.

Cazorla – 7.5
Consistently spread magic,  linking the defence and attack perfectly. Huge signing.

Ramsey – 7.5
His first time as starter this season, excellent performance. Looks confident and very creative. Good link-up play.

Podolski – 6
Not so influental. Seldom get in to the box.

Gervinho – 6
His movement was lively, but still too individual. His decision making odd and he wasted two glorious opportunities (facepalm). Hopefully that will improve.

Giroud (71′) – 6
Walcott (71′) – 6
Coquelin (90′) –

Kos and Per, arguably the best central defenders in EPL.

Comments:
“It is [a confidence boost] because we have already been to three of the toughest places you can go to – Liverpool, Man City and Stoke – and I think we deserved to win all of them. Two of them we drew and one we won but we could have won them all easily. It shows we are doing things in the right way.” – Arteta

“It was not a miraculous point. It was a well-deserved point. We dominated the game for big parts and that must strengthen the team’s belief. Attitude and consistency will make the end result. Let’s see after 38 games.” – Wenger

“We had early chances and very late chances, especially Gervinho at the edge of the box where he missed the target. But overall I hope this will reinforce our belief and confidence and reassure us about our potential in this league.” – Wenger

“The team performed really well and everyone gave everything to come back and get a point. Every save that can help the team, I am really happy with.” – Mannone

YEAH STRONG START THIS SEASON!!
Next match (week 6): versus Chelsea at Emirates!!

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