10 Men City Lose To Arsenal

October 24, 2010 by
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A sending off, Carlos Tevez and Yaya Toure injured and three goals conceded wasn’t what City wanted as they lost at Eastlands for the first time this season.

The blues sat in second place in the table prior to the fixture and were hoping for three points against the Gunners that would keep the pressure on Chelsea. The blues have won this fixture for the last two seasons, as well as beating the Gunners in the League Cup Quarter Final last season and named Mario Balotelli on the bench, alongside Europa League hat-trick hero Emmanuel Adebayor, as Carlos Tevez was returned to the starting line-up.

Before the game, Bobby Mancini justified his decision by explaining the importance of having a good bench. “When we play a game every three days, players who start on the bench can be important, it’s very important we have a good bench. Mario Balotelli is not ready to play a whole game or 45 minutes but it’s important that he’s now available and he can maybe play 10 or 15 minutes.”

The blues started well and with barely a minute played, Tevez ran along the right wing and his low cross into the area was met by David Silva, whose shot was saved by Arsenal keeper Fabianski. City could have had another chance in the third minute when Micah Richards burst into the box but couldn’t find the pass.

A minute later came the game’s first talking point. Dedryck Boyata brought down Marouane Chamakh and, despite it not being a clear goal scoring opportunity, referee Mark Clattenburg produced a red card for the youngster. Clattenburg was probably going to send him off anyway, but the situation wasn’t helped by Cesc Fabregas, who disgraced himself by waving an imaginary card to get the City man sent off.

After that, Fabregas got a bit of attention from the City midfield. First Nigel de Jong, who was heavily criticised in City’s last home league game against Newcastle, Made a good challenge on Fabregas but Gareth Barry was booked for what looked like a fair challenge on Spaniard.

The game threatened to become a bad tempered affair and Clattenburg angered the City faithful by not booking Song for a rash challenge on Silva after just thirteen minutes played.

Carlos Tevez had a chance to give City the lead but his scuffed shot was saved while at the other end, Chamakh headed over from six yards when he really should have scored. However Arsenal did score moment later when Samir Nasri was neatly played through and beat Joe Hart at his near post.

City 0-1 Arsenal

On 26 minutes, Fabregas saw his name in the book for foul tackle on de Jong and from the free kick, City played it among themselves before Micah Richards made a dash for the penalty area, turned in the box and unleashed a left foot shot that went agonisingly wide.

In the 40th minute, Vincent Kompany seemed to get to the ball ahead of Fabregas but the Spaniard went to ground and Clattenburg awarded the visitors a penalty. To a chorus of boos, Fabregas dusted himself off and took the spot kick himself, only to see it brilliantly saved by England’s number one keeper Joe Hart. Kompany had a chance to level the scores a minute later but headed over from a corner.

Clattenburg continued to annoy the home support by not awarding a penalty for handball, but the ball found its way through to Silva, who was onside but couldn’t control it. Kompany then made a great block from to keep the score at 1-0, as he got his body in the way of Denilson’s fierce drive.

The last chance of the half fell to Arsenal, but a free kick, conceded by de Jong on Fabregas on edge of box, came to nothing as ref blew for half time. A goal and a man down, City had a mountain to climb in the second half.

Half Time: City 0-1 Arsenal

Wayne Bridge replaced Yaya Toure at half time after the midfielder picked up a knock in the first half, which meant Barry could return to his usual midfield role. Within six minutes of the start of the second half, Tevez went off with a presumed injury and was replaced by Emmanuel Adebayor.

The Togolese striker was the catalyst for a near riot last season from the Arsenal fans and his introduction again produced jeers from the away end. But the striker was not given the service he needed to follow up his midweek European hat-trick.

City’s problems increased on 66 minutes after another Arsenal move ended with Alex Song sweeping the ball into the back of the net and giving the visitors breathing space. City pressed but they looked a beaten side and didn’t look like scoring even after Italian striker Mario Balotello was introduced five minutes after the goal, replacing the ineffective and disappointing Gareth Barry.

City gave a brief rally, with Adebayor just failing to reach Silva’s pass and Jerome Boateng’s drive was tipped away by Fabianski.

Arsenal made the game safe with two minutes left and there was more than a little controversy over the goal. The ball seemed to go out of play for a City throw in but none of the officials seemed to notice and the ball found its way to Nicklas Bendner, who looked marginally offside, who raced into the area and finished neatly into the back of the net.

Final Score: City 0-3 Arsenal

The defeat was City’s heaviest at home since being beaten by Blackburn in January 2007 by the same scoreline, but it is Arsenal’s first clean sheet on the road in 16 attempts.

City now lie in fourth place, five points behind leaders Chelsea and the next game at Wolves will be of utmost importance to the blues if they are to keep up their dreams of Champions League qualification.

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30 Comments on 10 Men City Lose To Arsenal

  1. ALAN MEADOWS on Sun, 24th Oct 2010 8:18 pm
  2. OK I know its with hindsight but surely the seleection of young Boyata today, against Arsenal was wrong. Then when he was off ther was no planB. What on earth were we doing with Yoyo at centre back and then Barry at left back when we had two England internationals on the bencch? It wasn’t as if Bobby M. went three at the back was it. If he wanted to keep a back four then Lescott should have been on straight away and we should have played for the nil -nil. I mean we don’t exactly go all out attack at teams when we have ll do we. After the second goal we then gave up completely and I found that very worrying. I hate to say it but a Chelsea or a manyoo would have battled and got something out of that. Very worrying indeed.

  3. gunnerrrr on Sun, 24th Oct 2010 9:27 pm
  4. hahaha! this blog is the definition of bias. kompany did NOT reach the ball before fabregas, de jongs challenge was NOT fair, nasri did NOT put the ball out of play and bendtner was NOT offside. grow a brain. idiot

  5. Pete on Sun, 24th Oct 2010 9:31 pm
  6. How many replays have you seen? I saw it first hand at that’s how it looked to me and to many of the others watching. Did you go to the game? My guess is no otherwise you wouldn’t make stupid comments. De jong’s challenge was fair and got the ball (again).

    Why don’t you grow a brain arsehole?

  7. supasam8 on Sun, 24th Oct 2010 9:35 pm
  8. pete, de jong had at least 2 tackles worthy of a yellow. so did alex song

    why it’s so hard for “fans” to decipher these type of things is very interesting

  9. adams9802 on Sun, 24th Oct 2010 9:41 pm
  10. You’ve got your head up yer ass if you think that Boyata should have stayed on the pitch. It was the definition of a last man challenge and a goal scoring opportunity. I’ll admit Cesc petitioning for the card was poor but it was the right call. What you should be concerned about is that at 0-0 Mancini failed to button down the hatches and grind out a draw. Tactically speaking he was weak and indecisive, your whole game plan seemed to rest on the form of Tevez. By the time we scored the second goal your side had given up entirely. Face it you were second best for the entire match. ( and Adebayor is shit)

  11. Mick on Sun, 24th Oct 2010 9:41 pm
  12. I thought Glazer FC fans were annoying.

  13. mnm on Sun, 24th Oct 2010 9:42 pm
  14. arshawin was not offside before the red card.

  15. Pigmund on Sun, 24th Oct 2010 9:49 pm
  16. I’ll admit up front that I am Arsenal all the way, so take my biased comments as you like. I’ll give you that it looked like the ball had gone out before Bendtner drove the ball home. But there is no doubt that the red card that foretold the likely win was deserved. Anytime you take down a striker a foot from the penalty box and you’re the last man, you will be sent off. So 3-0 might not be the score that was deserved if you eliminate the last goal, but the other two were brilliant and gave Arsenal a well deserved win.

  17. Tony Attwood on Sun, 24th Oct 2010 9:53 pm
  18. Just on the issue of a playing getting the ball (as opposed to the previous point about it being a fair challenge) I think you will find the rules do not say anywhere that getting the ball makes a foul not a foul.

    If the tackle was fine, no problem, not a foul. But if the player commits a foul (for example a tackle from behind, or a scissor tackle) then it is a foul, whether the player gets the ball or not.

    That’s what it says in the rule book.

  19. unbiaspatron on Sun, 24th Oct 2010 9:53 pm
  20. I saw extensive replays that prove you are completely wrong about all the incidents you’re talking about. Arsenal didn’t play well but the ref had a good game and made almost all the right calls. Watch it up close not from the stands and you can see for yourself.

  21. manchester gooner on Sun, 24th Oct 2010 9:56 pm
  22. you deluded man sh*tty fans are crazy! you may have all the oil in middle east, but our first 11 kicks a**!!! barryy and milner had a mediocre game at best! useless overpriced englishmen.. i’d take wilshere nd gibbs any day. lol neone hear bobby shouting at Yaya first half!? bendnners offide? wrongly sent off? nigel de jong not a thug? stop smoking crack.

  23. Gunner4 on Sun, 24th Oct 2010 9:57 pm
  24. It wasn’t out of play, it wasn’t offside. You say being at the game helps it. But technology is better you fool. Kompany didn’t reach the ball before Fabregas. He’s right. However he’s being a bit of a dick about it.

    Basically, seeing it first hand doesn’t mean you have a better view, technology is a better view. So watch the replay’s.

  25. Gunner4 on Sun, 24th Oct 2010 9:59 pm
  26. And in addition to my previous comment, I was disgusted with Fabregas’s role in the sending off. It is nice to see Arsenal finally getting some backbone though.

  27. Donny on Sun, 24th Oct 2010 10:01 pm
  28. “Why don’t you grow a brain arsehole?”

    Why don’t you “grow” some eyes? you must have been relying on your guide dog to give you a running commentary if you thought “De Jong made a good challenge”. I suppose a “good challenge” for De Jong is not breaking someone’s leg. In that case I agree it was a good challenge.

  29. chuks on Sun, 24th Oct 2010 10:04 pm
  30. poor citeh! accept defeat in good faith… ha ha ha

  31. Idioticmanc on Sun, 24th Oct 2010 10:05 pm
  32. You all at city have a serious problem.you think your coach is mourinho and your pumped up ,no brain-zombie team is the new chelsea.try and grow and learn that you are not in our league.you should be playing in the arab league ,may be you will something.

  33. Guns on Sun, 24th Oct 2010 10:40 pm
  34. I av never seen a bias match report as this in my entire life.
    Kompany getin 2 d ball b4 fabregas, boyata challenge was fair, bendtner was offside b4 d ball comes 2 him, d ball was out of play b4 nasri bring it on.
    Common i dnt u r reporting d right match.
    Someone like u is nt suppose 2 b a reporter.
    A reporter need nt b bias towards any team.
    Face it, ur team had a bad game 2day……


  35. Uncle Mike on Sun, 24th Oct 2010 10:51 pm
  36. It would be nice, as an Arsenal fan, to see Man City finish ahead of Man United, and Spurs, and maybe even Chelsea. But when one of your players makes a stupid red-card-worthy tackle 5 minutes in, that automatically disqualifies your team from deserving to win the game.

    Man City have a good team, but they shot themselves in the foot today, and you can’t do that if you expect to challenge for European slots and domestic trophies. I don’t know if it’s down to careless players or Mancini’s poor coaching, but if City are going to make a serious run, they’re going to have to do better than this against the good teams.

  37. Pete on Sun, 24th Oct 2010 10:56 pm
  38. Probably a bit of both Mike (sorry the uncle bit sounds weird). The lad was caught out and will learn from that. It happens.

    Personally, I think that, because we beat Chelsea some players may have thought we’d have had an easy ride today and basically, they can’t think like that. We got caught out big style and deserved what we got. Simple.

    Good to hear a decent comment from an Arsenal fan.

  39. H2H on Mon, 25th Oct 2010 2:44 am
  40. I can understand that you’re a City fan and this is your website, so your view will be biased.

    The red card for “at a boy” was totally justified the letter of the law states that if you’re the last man and you bring a player down, then you have to go. I will agree that it was bad form from our captain to wave the imaginary card.

    It may have been a different game if he wasn’t sent off within the first few minutes, but if my granny had balls…….etc.

    I think you may have a point about our final goal as I also believe the ball was over the line when Nasri controlled it, but Bendy was never offside.

    Nothing would make me happier then City finnishing higher then IOU, (but not higher then us ofcourse) unfortunatly I can’t see this happening as long as Manc-cini is in charge, You have a great squad with two excellent keepers a decent defence and a multitude of attacking options in the ork Tevez, Adegivememore, Da Silva etc, yet your manager insists on setting up his team like they’re going for a draw, even at home.

    Good luck for the season, except against us.


  41. Huh on Mon, 25th Oct 2010 2:46 am
  42. After the sending off there was only ever going to be one outcome to this game Arsenal keep the ball better than any other team in the premier and as time went on the blues were only going to get more and more tired chasing and closing down with a man short. It was totally ruined by this Ref as he did not have to send the player off at all. To the Blues credit though you didn’t overly notice they were a man down and if it wasn’t for a few smart saves by Fabianski (whatever) we may have taken something from the game.

    The sending of was definitely a foul but Chakma (again whatever) knocked the ball at pace straight to Hart giving doubt over it being a goal scoring opportunity (could he have got it before Hart I don’t think so), the fouled player was caught on the leg that was pulling back from the ball and basically he left his foot in, in an attempt to fool the Ref, many of these Arsenal player’s do this the technical term is cheating but in all fairness Boyata did take him out despite this rendering his attempted cheating as void. There is no such thing as being sent off as the last man by the way. The problem being could the player have got to the ball to create his goal scoring opportunity IMO no. A couple of weeks ago a similar thing happened to Tevez in the game against Newcastle and the player was not sent off and quite rightly so said the pundits reminding us that it isn’t a last man rule. The Ref could have gone either way but he sent him off which is down to how he saw the incident which with baldy is only ever gonna be one way against us.

    The penalty was a foul IMO Fabregas (maybe short for fabrication?) as Arsenal in general do make the most of these thing as he did while rolling around like he had been shot in the first half, it’s embarrassing that players behave like this but they do. He was heading nowhere no threat what so ever.

    The third goal, sorry fellow blue’s but the whole of the ball must go out it did not. It is totally embarrassing that Bentner scored as I really do think he is a piss poor player who would struggle to score in a brothel with a £50 note in his hand, he could get some tips off Rooney for this though.

    The Ref was quite poor as he usually is against us, Remember him sending Bellers off for no reason last year (every paper, pundit and their dogs also said this) in the same game at half time he made comments regarding said player being dislikeable to our own staff FFS, how professional eh. Or what about the Blackburn game this year he had a clear view of a nailed on penalty against Johnson but waved it away and many more lopsided decisions in the same game. Today Fabrgass (not arsed) should have walked with a second yellow for a bad tackle which came through the back of Tevez the Ref pulled him aside I thought he’s gonna go but no he bottled it and booked Dejouru (bothered not) instead god knows why. I didn’t know who the Ref was till the Boyata foul (which it was) instantly I knew when I clocked his wig covering his baldy little slap head what his decision would be. Let hope this is the last time we see this weave wearing basxxrd this season.

    All in all a result that flattered the Gunners who are becoming more and more cynical every time I see them they are getting quite a dirty, simulating and dislikeable side although it will probably serve them well though as they need a bit of an edge about them. That horrible little mouth piece of a manager of their’s should keep his mouth shut now though as they’re as dirty as any premier side if not worse!!

  43. manc guy on Mon, 25th Oct 2010 5:56 am
  44. refree decision was right.we desereved defeat.well played gunners.

  45. 777seas on Mon, 25th Oct 2010 6:45 am
  46. I don’t understand why you’re blaming all to the ref decisions (which, except maybe for Song, weren’t polemic at all) instead of attacking Mancini for thinking using an inexperienced player like Boyata instead a top club was a good idea..

    Say what you want, the fact is you didn’t took us seriously and paid the price.

    And about Song, yeah, he’s been harsh all along this season.. nobody knows what happened with last season’s Song, heh..

    And no, De Jong’s faults can’t be considered clean.. but the guy is smart, and knows than to kick “by the rules” you must touch the ball before the rival, tbh when he hit Cesc i thought he was actually aiming to injure him :\

    Nah but you still can do something, give your players time, develop a decent tactical system and by next season you should be already ahead of Manure

    I also would like to know when did you see a “penalty” from a Denilson handball [time] because AFAIK that never happened


  47. Jay on Mon, 25th Oct 2010 6:58 am
  48. Just went through the blog and the comments!!
    As much as i have affinity for city (since they made ManU cry) i am really wondering what game you were at!! All the points made blamiing the referee are wrong!
    Clattenburg got all the decisions perfect! Compare to Mariner in the earler game,,,i think Mariner gets Nevilles dick to suck, thats why he didn’t send him off,,,that was the most blatant case requiring a second yellow, blooody cheats!
    Btw, I am just an ex ManU, current Barca and the biggest anti ManU fan!!!

  49. walter on Mon, 25th Oct 2010 8:05 am
  50. I think the ref was brillant and to think that before the game I had told a friend of mine that I was the opinion that Clattenburg should not be allowed to do games in the EPL. So I have to eat my words.

    And another thought is that this was the first game in some 12 games (more or less) that City lost when Clattenburg was in charge of their game.

    Blame your players (for the red card), blame Arsenal players if you feel the need, but don’t blame the ref.

  51. huh on Mon, 25th Oct 2010 12:11 pm
  52. I am not saying the sending off was wrong, just that as at the Newcastle game a few weeks before the Ref did have an option and that if he stated it may not have been a goal scoring opp as Chakma played the ball straight to Hart at pace and he couldn’t of been sure who would have got to it first therefore was it a goal scoring opp? but he didn’t he said he was 100% sure Chakma would get ther first which you can check the replys on the City site this was not the case and it was 50/50 if that, not a cert at all.This trashed the game but Arsenal were deserved winners. Most people go on about him being the last man this makes no difference at all as the rules do not mention this anywhere. The rule is about Denying an OBVIOUS Goal-Scoring Opportunity. I put the word obvious in caps for the thickos by the way FIFA are proposing to down grade this to a yellow for next year. So the Ref could have gave a foul and maybe yellow but he choose to trash the game well done. The tackle was mistimed but nothing nasty or cynical
    as I have already said the rules state these facts not some lazy moronic pundit or reporter.

  53. Incredible G on Mon, 25th Oct 2010 2:05 pm
  54. Small clarification on the rules for those that don’t know. Until the ball was in Joe Hart’s hands the benefit of the doubt would have always been given to Chamakh because the advantage is always with the attacking player in those situation. There really is no argument against the sending off or for the penalty but Cesc certainly shouldn’t have gestured for a card. I do believe it is part of a captain’s job to subtly pressure the ref and it would be naive to think this can be stomped out of the game but brandishing imaginary cards should be result in a warning and subsequently a caution.
    Like (probably) most gunners I wish you all the luck in the world against Man IOU but if you play a youngster in defence against a team that likes to spend the game running at the edge of your box, you’re taking a risk. Mistakes were made in the team selection, if Lescott isn’t good enough to slot in, why buy him? A little bit of grace in defeat is really warranted here but then, this time around, that’s easy for me to say.
    All that aside, we all hope you can shove it up Fergie’s arse and finish higher than them (as long as you’re lower than us:-) ).

  55. Huh on Mon, 25th Oct 2010 11:46 pm
  56. Incredible G said:

    ‘Small clarification on the rules for those that don’t know. Until the ball was in Joe Hart’s hands the benefit of the doubt would have always been given to Chamakh because the advantage is always with the attacking player in those situation.’

    This is totally untrue here are what the ref needs to look for, check out rule 2 there is none of your so called benefit of doubt or advantage to attacker.

    Referees should consider the following circumstances when deciding whether
    to send off a player for denying a goal or an obvious goal scoring opportunity:
    1 the distance between the offence and the goal
    2 the likelihood of keeping or gaining control of the ball
    3 the direction of the play
    4 the location and number of defenders
    5 the offence which denies an opponent an obvious goal scoring opportunity
    may be an offence that incurs a direct free kick or an indirect free kick

    The same argument still stands regarding the sending off as you can see. The Ref haD the final word but I fail to see how attacker would have got to the ball before the keeper. Therefore the likelihood of keeping or gaining control is in question. Meaning he in no way needed to send off the defender, and this decision went on to ruin the game.

    ‘I do believe it is part of a captain’s job to subtly pressure the ref’

    It most certainly is not, many ref’s class this sort of behaviour as ungentlemanly conduct and are urged to book players for this.

  57. Brian on Tue, 26th Oct 2010 7:05 pm
  58. Lol gunners fans make me laugh. Apart form the loud mouth London fools in Yates before the match with their Arsenal tats on their necks I find it funny that yes you won today. We beat you last season, and we beat Chelsea twice didn’t stop them winning the leauge did it ? Still all to play for and Arsenal will slip as always come back and throw abuse at the end of the season if you win the leauge !! Doubt it will happen

  59. huh on Tue, 26th Oct 2010 8:45 pm
  60. I had put the FIFA rules on this subject for Incredible G as what he has wrote is rubbish there is no advantage played. Also what Fabrgass did was ungentlemanly conduct not what captin’s are supposed to do at all he should have been booked.. For some reason the original post has not been posted. I would hate for people to think that this guy has a point as he dosen’t.

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