EPL: Arsenal FC vs Man. City FC - Mon. Dec. 21st, 8:00pm - SS1

Discussion in 'Match Day Archive' started by redanddread, Dec 14, 2015.

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  1. redanddread

    redanddread The stone that the builders refuse

    Well boys & girls - here it is - the big one. The two teams that most think will duke it out for this years Premier League title.

    Hopefully the magical Alexis Sanchez will be fit for us & the mercurial Sergio Aguero won't be for them.

    Win this and we've laid down a marker at the perfect time.

    Both teams have their weaknesses but City have been poor on the road of late & if we intend to win the league this year then these are the type of games that champions elect do win - beat your rivals at home and don't lose on the road.
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  2. Rain Dance

    Rain Dance Well-Known Member Trusted

    I hope we can replicate our Bayern win and not our Bayern loss. anyway, draw or 1-0 to the Arsenal, I hope
  3. Rimaal

    Rimaal Questionable Taste

    Our last 6 fixtures against Man City:

    13 Jan 2013 Arsenal v Manchester City 0-2 PL
    4 Dec 2013 Manchester City v Arsenal 6-3 PL
    29 Mar 2014 Arsenal v Manchester City 1-1 PL
    10 Aug 2014 Arsenal v Manchester City 3-0 FA Community Shield
    13 Sep 2014 Arsenal v Manchester City 2-2 PL
    18 Jan 2015 Manchester City v Arsenal 0-2 PL

    2 loses, 2 draws, 2 wins.

    Kompany is in doubt for the match.
    Aguero is in doubt, however he'll likely be on the bench.
    Sanchez is in doubt, not even Wenger knows if he'll be on the bench.

    This will be a 6 pointer.


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  4. AbouDiabyMilitia

    AbouDiabyMilitia Well-Known Member

    If we had Coquelin I'd say I'm quite confident will win. But Flamini hasn't satisfied me defensively the past three games and I fear Aguero/Silva will pounce hard if Flamini doesn't do his best Coq impression.

    City vs Arsenal games have been fun for the past few years - guaranteed goals. If they don't start Aguero I think we have a good shot at winning.
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  5. kopzilla

    kopzilla Always Negative

    Should we play a patient and calculated game like home Vs Bayern? Probably a sound counter attacking game...I think so because it will play to our strengths...Walcott, Ramsey, Özil and Giroud can be devastating on the counter.
  6. TheLoneFalcon

    TheLoneFalcon Cake Addict

    In a league where no-one seems to want the title and all squads are flawed, not to mention the managers, a four point gap almost halfway in would be very significant. Massive, massive game. Biggest event for the club since losing Lord Bendtner imo.
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  7. haha_arsenal

    haha_arsenal Well-Known Member

    Alexis will be available, right ?
    so who would we drop ...
    Joel or Theo ?
  8. Emibury

    Emibury Well-Known Member

    Arsenal 2-0 City. Same team as against Villa, except with Sanchez in for Campbell (hopefully).
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  9. Rimaal

    Rimaal Questionable Taste

    Even if Sanchez is back by then, I think it would be too risky to start him straight off after an injury. I think he would come in as a sub.
  10. Emibury

    Emibury Well-Known Member

    Perhaps, but that will be up to Wenger to decide on his fitness. I say if he looks sharp in training then chuck him in the starting line up. He doesn't have to play the full 90 but I would want him in there from the start.
  11. ArsenesNO1Fan

    ArsenesNO1Fan Well-Known Member

    We should be winning this one, they've been dominated by Liverpool and Stoke and not looking great recently. Allot depends on if Arguero, Kompany and Alexis are back. Alexis is expected back. I think their 2 lads will struggle if they're back or not though as they've had worse injuries

    No we should start with a fast high press, control possession, win it back and they should concede. Then sit back and counter.

    Bluemoon don't seem to fancy this:

    'I hope they at least take us out to dinner first. It would be nice to be wined and dined a little before we get ****ed.'
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  12. ArsenesNO1Fan

    ArsenesNO1Fan Well-Known Member

    OK Kompany won't be back apparently.
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    ArsenesNO1Fan Well-Known Member

  14. Bananacoffee

    Bananacoffee Well-Known Member

    This is the real test for our team without Coq, in my opinion.

    Our last win over City came primarily as a result of Coq completely shutting Silva down, not allowing him in the room between midfield and defense.
    Can Flamini do the same? Probably not, so someone else will have to step up/we will have to play another kind of game in order to win.

    Luckily City are horrific at the moment and they have a lot of injuries, so there's that.
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  15. morpho

    morpho #ArtetaOut = Permanent Ban

    Flamster actually did a ok job against Villa. Heres hoping Wenger talked to him about his defensiv duties. Ramsey is our man going forward.
  16. Lady_Gooner

    Lady_Gooner That's Mrs. Ramsey to you buster!

    if we draw/lose our home form for the 1st half of the season won't be that good .. We really should have beaten Sp**s or Liverpool. We'd also be leaving ourselves too much to do 2nd half of the season.

    Fingers crossed Alexis will make the bench because chamberlain (poor babe) isnt offering us anything from there atm.
    I also hope this isn't like when we played Chelsea after 8days rest and produced a thrilling 0-0 lol
  17. say yes

    say yes To Sweet Soulful Vinai

    Ha - interesting how pessimistic they are. This PL season has shredded everyone's confidence.

    Reckon they'll win.
  18. Rimaal

    Rimaal Questionable Taste

    Blue Moon doen;t fancy this match, and neither do I, frankly. LOL May the most pessimistic win (I am the unbeaten champ of pessimism).
  19. Le Professeur

    Le Professeur Well-Known Member

    Not sure who I'd want to start up top. Theo against their high line could be carnage, then again Oli's in great form lately.
  20. American_Gooner

    American_Gooner Not actually American. Unless Di Marzio says so. Moderator

    It'll be a shame if Sagna gets booed.
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