Arsenal something something Man City at the Grove tonight.
The Arsenal team was one which didn’t seem to inspire much confidence before the game but despite City’s riches it was the Gunners who made the best chances of the first half.
A great Arsenal move saw Francis Coquelin on the right hand side, he drilled in a low cross to the back post and Ju Young Park’s effort, made under a challenge from Onuhahahaha, drew a great save from Pantymillions in the City goal.
Then in the 27th minute Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain forced another fine save from the City keeper. He latched onto a Chamakh lay-off and took a first time shot from 30 yards which was going in the top corner before Pantyhose got a hand to it.
In midfield FrimCoq did very well against their more experienced and expensive opponents, working really hard and controlling the the game despite some periods of City pressure.
Roberto Mancini threw on Sergio Aguero after 33 minutes taking off Kolarov, but amusingly £amir Na$ri thought he was the one about to be subbed. And he looked like he wanted to come off too, the massive scrotum.
Arsenal began the second half very brightly, again The Ox was involved, a couple of shots and a wicked cross had the City keeper punching at things like a madman.
The game then settled down into periods of possession for both sides without any real chances being created. Neither goalkeeper was tested, shots from distance from both sides went high and wide, but the Arsenal kids more than held their own against City’s expensively assembled team.
Arsenal threw on Gervinho for Park but the Ivorian couldn’t find space against City’s well organised defence. Edin Dzeko headed City’s only chance of the half wide but as Arsenal pressed they won a corner in the 84th minute. The Ox’s delivery was poor, it was cleared at the near post, Kosciely and Coquelin went sliding in and allowed Dzeko to break up-field. He played it to Adam Johnson who clipped it into the path of Aguero who was never going to miss from 10 yards.
It was cruel on Arsenal who had played well but a reminder that one moment of quality can decide a game, and we weren’t capable of it tonight.
Still, there were plenty of positives. The defence, in general played very well, the much maligned Squillaci was excellent alongside Kos, and the youngsters like Frimpong, Coquelin, Miqeul and Oxlade-Chamberlain did themselves and the club proud.
In the end though it was Kids 0-1 Billionaire bought playthings.