Sunday, January 16, 2022

Report: Arsenal 1 – 2 Man City (incl. goals)

Result: Arsenal 1 – 2 Manchester City
Competition: Premier League
Date: 1 January 2022
Venue: Emirates Stadium

Arsenal: Ramsdale, Tomiyasu, White, Gabriel, Tierney, Partey, Xhaka, Odegaard, Saka, Martinelli, Lacazette

Subs: Leno, Holding, Cedric, Tavares, Elneny, Maitland-Niles, Pepe, Lokonga, Smith Rowe


Arsenal lost 1-2 to Manchester City at home due to a late goal from Rodri and contentious refereeing decisions. Saka put the Gunners ahead in the first half but City levelled through a controversial penalty in th second half. 

Gabriel was also unfairly sent off for a second yellow but the home side defended well. Unfortunately, Rodri snuck in a goal deep into stoppage time to take all three points for th visitors.

Arsenal may have lost the match but left the pitch with their heads held high as this was one of their best performances against a top team in years.

Pre-Match

Arsenal started the game with their most in-form team and players. The settled midfield and forward positions remained the same from the previous game against Norwich.

Ramsdale kept his place in goal and Tomiyasu returned at right back after recovering from Covid-19.

The biggest absence from the game was manager Mikel Arteta who was recovering at home from his second bout of Covid-19. His assistant, Albert Stuivenberg, took his place on the bench.

First Half

Man City was a big test for this resurgent Arsenal team and for the first 10 minutes, the home side matched the boys in blue very well.

We started with a structured defensive formation, cutting out City’s passing lanes and only looked to press when the ball reached the halfway line. Sterling tested Arsenal with his dangerous jinking runs but the likes of Tomiyasu, Partey and White were often in place to crowd out the tricky English winger.

Arsenal had their own tricky Englishman in the form of Saka who often took on Ake down the right.

Man City had a couple of good chances within the opening minutes with Jesus going close from a corner but Arsenal had a decent shout for a penalty on the 9th minute during a daring counter attack.

Ramsdale drove the ball into the left wing area and Martinelli took down the pass expertly mid-air. He shifted the ball towards Lacazette who put Odegaard through down the right. Ederson stuck a leg out and seemed to catch Odegaard’s foot, especially from some angles during VAR replays. Unfortunately, it only earned Arsenal a corner.

By mid-point of the first half, Manchester City started dominating possession but Arsenal stood firm with Partey exceptional in winning the ball and redistributing it to his teammates.

30 minutes in, Arsenal’s composure was rewarded with a goal. Ben White intercepted the ball and started a counter attack with lovely exchanges in midfield. Odegaard moved it to the left to an onrushing Tierney. The left back slid the ball into the centre of the penalty box towards a couple of Arsenal’s forwards.

In the end, it was Saka who stepped forward to strike the ball into the bottom corner to send Arsenal fans into delirium. 1-0 Arsenal

The Gunners continued to counter well with Martinelli terrorising the City defence with a curled effort which went just wide and a sensational dribble from the half way line into the left channel deep in the penalty box only for the ball to slip inches past the far post.

It was an excellent first half from Arsenal who were often outplayed by Manchester City in recent years.

Second Half

Arsenal began the second half the same way they ended, looking purposeful in defence while attacking quickly when they won the ball. It was Martinelli again who threatened immediately but was wiped off the ground by Rodri with a horrendous tackle outside the box. Shocking that it wasn’t even called for a foul.

A refereeing decision was at the centre of the game on 50 minutes due to a dive by Bernardo Silva. The midfielder made a jinking dribble into the penalty box and looked set to fall while there was a slight tug by Xhaka.

The referee waved it off intiially but with slow motion replays, the tug looked incriminating and the penalty was finally given. Xhaka was given a yellow and so was Gabriel for protesting. 1-1 City

Arsenal almost got ahead immediately when Dias headed back to an onrushing Ederson. The ball looped past Ederson and looked to be trickling into the net if not for Ake’s goal-line clearance. The ball fell to Martinelli’s feet but he could only shank it wide.

A big turning point happened just moments later as Ederson made a long pass into Jesus in the centre circle. Gabriel was just behind him as his compatriot spun and turned away from the defender. Jesus’ fall was theatrical at best but it was enough to convince the ref that Gabriel deserved a second yellow. A farcical decision.

Lacazette and Saka were duly replaced by Smith Rowe and Elneny accordingly as Arsenal held on and defended deep to hold onto the result.

It was a testament to Arsenal’s quality that despite being down a man for most of the half, they hung on for the draw and were competitive throughout. But it was not to be as City stole a win deep into stoppage time. Rodri pounced onto a weak clearance and tapped in from the six yard box to disbelieve from the home team and crowd. 1-2 Man City

Much of the criticism of Arsenal has been their poor performances in the big games but despite the loss today, the performance was a major step forward in the growth of this young team.

The Gunners should be proud of themselves. Continue playing like this, and they will compete strongly for fourth place.

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karl

Cheated.

Arslet

Again

BillyKrystals

Should’ve been pen on Odegaard. Bernardo is a diving fish flopping cheat. Ref shouldn’t even be reffing youth games. Xhaka should’ve gone to Roma. But still proud of the performance, lung busting performances from everyone. We deserved to win and then some, completely dominated the bald fraud.

On the right path?

The offals had two penalty calls to make today. They got one wrong.

Qwaliteee

They got them both wrong.

On the right path?

The offals had two pen calls to make today. They got one wrong.

GUN

Xhaka played well except for the penalty. Diver ran into Xhaka and dived. Xhaka shouldn’t have pulled the short though.

Dada

Wonder if being bone headed like Xhaka is non negotiable?

jon

It is irritating that it struck Arsenal, but I think most fans hate both shirt pulling and shouting at the ref.

GoonerJust

Xhaka has always been our Achilles heels….the shirt pull inside the penalty box is so unnecessary

Bishop

What hurts the most is the fact that he has been a mainstay in the team since he first signed and his brain farts have been constant.

Could this Xhaka be a secret agent with compromising photos or info on our coaching staff which he uses to blackmail his way into starting 11?

arseman

Please let 2022 be the year we finally get rid of this idiotic, self-destructive ball and chain

Brady’s bunch

I’m not gonna put that on xhaka today we played f**king fantastic , partey bossed them even with ten men Tommie had sterling in his pocket all day keep the heads up, any team watching that today will know they have to bring their A game to play us.

Dark

After Norwich I commented it is building with xhaka. Yep, he was slow to cover, stuck out his leg and then pulled the shirt. Damn it that is so xhaka…everything going your way and he pisses all over it.

Greek in London Gooner

Xhaka is Xhaka and will always be Xhaka (that’s how it goes).

He is 6.5/10 player, a leader, a bit stupid but he’s the best we have right now on the squad to support Partey

I’ll be the first to cheer when we got a better player and or replacement for him but till that time, I’ll support him, especially since he’s giving all his, kind of limited, best.

Far East Stand

I think Lokonga is an upgrade on Xhaka personally.

Greek in London Gooner

not just yet

Goonersorearse

Everyone always talks about Xhaka’s leadership qualities but I don’t see it. He’s prone to hot headed/emotional outbursts and stupid mistakes, he regularly lets the team down. A good leader should be leading by example on the pitch, he has rarely done that….I’m sure he has great timekeeping skills and other attributes Managers rate but surely in Football what happens on the pitch should count above all?

Sammy Nelsons Arse

I am equally pissed off by the shirt pulling resulting in a penalty, all I ask for is consistency. Next time I see a corner and see shirt pulling I wanna see a pen. Just as long as its not us.

allezkev

I agree, as would Peter Walton as he contradicts himself.

Thierry Bergkamp (Xhaka Out)

All that hard work, just to get robbed by Xhaka

HENRIK

Glass ceiling with xhaka in the team, move him on quickly.

Finneas98

blame refs all you want, we had chances to kill the game and then Gabriel loses his head in the space of two minutes and throws the whole game which is completetly inexcusable. A better team would have won that game regardless of refereeing.

HENRIK

It is all xhaka, if he doesn’t act like xhaka Gabriel wouldn’t been sent off.

Finneas98

Two wrongs dont make a right. Dont know how you can ever defend getting a yellow because another one of your players gives away a clumsy penalty. They both cost us the game.

Homer

I hate to agree with you, but this is correct. All in all, an encouraging display. The better team was wearing red and white today. Also, whoever called St. Pep the bald fraud, i love that. What a pack of whiney, cheating shits he has. Barca at Peak Pep was a diving pack of @unts. (I include Messi in that, as he’s the best player in the world doesn’t need to cheat and yet he still dives – A LOT.) Its disgusting to see his players – arguably he may have the best 11-15 players on one team now –… Read more »

Comedian

Proud of the effort. We are getting there with our recent performances. Can understand missed sitters and fouls but how many times can Xhaka can just get away with it.

David C

How does VAR not see that Silva dives before the Xhaka tug anyway. Shouldn’t Silva be given a yellow for diving, thereby making the Xhaka tug meaningless?

Why didn’t the ref go and look at the Ode penalty?

Make it make sense.

Either way, proud of the lads. More of this please!!!

Gamblah

Such an electrifying performance. Gutted. We all know Xhaka and Holding weak links so once they are replaced the future is red. Prick of a ref

karl

I thought Granit played really well and his example drives the younger players.

Edison was out of control on Odegaard and was lucky. Xhaka was censured fully by a poor ref.

Der32

Xhaka could score 3 own goals, injure our own player and get red carded in a Champions League final and some apologists will say he was hard done by, and his locker room team talk was the reason we went to the Final in the first place. The man is a disgrace, season after season and time and time again.

Martin R

Apart from the fact that he had a great match and the penalty decision an utter disgrace.

Der32

Apart from that he was ok and the team played excellently well. But his mistake literally cost us 3 points? And this isn’t the first time this happened, nor will it be the last. He’s a liability to the team when on the field, and this is just another example in a long line of on-field tragedies.

Leon

No, you are wrong, no arguments neded as you dont accept any

The Arsenal

Xhaxa is a decent player what i dont get is why people dont understand why an upgrade in his position transforms this team.

karl

Just like any decent Arsenal fan won’t blame Martinelli for missing an open goal and Gabriel for being naive, we won’t blame Xhaka for a poor and inconsistent ref being conned by Bernado.

GeekInHI

If Atwell hadn’t set a screen on Martinelli, he might have buried it. He had to run around Atwell, in the box, to get the shot off. How often do you see refs inside the box?

Xhakaing the game

Xhaka is a brainless idiot. Shouldn’t be at Arsenal right now. He always makes something that ruins our games. It will keep goingh until he is sold.
Let’s buy a new starter and shoot this guy into the space!!!

Tierney’s Tescopoints

The problem for Xhaka is that his card has been well and truly marked by these refs. There is bias (whether or not unconscious) that means they are quicker to judge his fouls more harshly than some we could mention. We see it time and again, the ‘If that was Xhaka’ moment. How Harry Kane was allowed to stay on in that game against Liverpool is the clearest example of that. The refs in this league are shockingly poor

The Arsenal

Xhaxa played well but his lack of mobility put him in a bad position.

Homer

Exactly – this.

Until we upgrade on that traffic cone, this shit is gonna keep happening.

jon

He can’t defend.

Thierry Bergkamp (Xhaka Out)

Oh enough of that shit please.
You can’t say he played well, and his example drives the youngsters, when another one of his stupid moments basically changes the whole game.
Stop being comfortable with mediocrity. We need to drive weak links out and build on the quality that we do have

Xhakaing the game

well said sir

thw14

Mediocrity is generous. The man is a longstanding liability, with zero self-examination to boot. Never has a player’s defenders exceeded their defensive ability by these many orders of magnitude.

Dennis Elbow

I agree. Xhaka is a disgrace. No other player in the world makes mistakes.

Far East Stand

His example drives the younger players?! I’m fairly sure if I can tell all the younger players in the team are far better at playing football than Xhaka then they’ve all worked it out too. They’re probably as desperate to see an upgrade on Xhaka as we are.

Gamblah

Xhaka is a horse in a land of cars and Holdings hair deserves praise but he’s out of his depth

The Beast

No offence but fuck off mate. Both Xhaka & Holding put in shifts & deserve credit.

Not their fault that the ref & var were shit.

Malcolm Alden

Don’t give the ref an opportunity. Which Xhaka did.

Karl

Well, Ederson gave the ref a decent opportunity and he did nothing.

It was a match where the officials started by making a few mistakes and then it ran away from them. They don’t do it on purpose, but we just have a low standard of referees in this country.

Gamblah

Watch your language unless talking about the ref , there’s children present. V proud of Arsenal today and identifying what I consider to be the glaring issues in our exciting squad, in Xhaka and Holding being a tier below the high level now required is not worthy of your abuse. As another poster said, Xhaka apologists will say anything – now its celebrated to put in a shift even when your actions cause the team to lose its advantage, same with holdings header. Fellas has one job and its not to put in a shift

The Beast

We played brilliantly as a team, both the starting 11 & subs that came on, yet instead of recognising that & simply supporting the side some have to stick in a sly dig at our own players to further some strange cult like narrative.

A bit rich going on about Xhaka apologists when his name is literally the 1st thing out of your mouth regardless of the spirit & class the entire team showed.

Thierry Bergkamp (Xhaka Out)

No offence but fuck off mate.
I don’t recall the ref or VAR pulling Bernardo’s shirt inside the box

The Beast

None taken.

You’re right, neither pulled his shirt but everyone in the studio agrees the shirt pull wasn’t enough to bring him down & it was a dive.

I’m actually fine with that being given a pen, even though I disagree. It’s more the inconsistencies in not awarding ours that I find frustrating.

Also find it a bit frustrating that Lescott & Rio gives our players the benefit of dount more than some of our supporters. Especially after watching a performance like that.

Thierry Bergkamp (Xhaka Out)

Yes he was on the way down.
If Xhaka didn’t have a hand full of shirt, there’s no decision to be looked at. There’s no defence for that with everything caught on camera

The Beast

And yet ppl that have no connection to arsenal did put up a defence whilst some of our support are wetting themselves at the opportunity to make an incredible performance all about how shit they think Xhaka (& strangely Holding) is.

djourou's nutmeg

are you an arsenal fan? you’re entitled to think we’re better off with xhaka and that he’s the root of all our problems. but have a rant at him in 5 comments in a row and spread hate on him in your name’s totally unnecesary. show some class mate this ain’t chelsea’s blog

Dennis Elbow

No offence but fuck off mate. I don’t recall the ref or VAR checking the Odergard penalty claim.

Thierry Bergkamp (Xhaka Out)

No offence taken.
Refs make mistakes – how many times have we said that? Which makes it all the more important to take care of business on the pitch, and not have the same player make another stupid mistake, to ruin every other players hard work

Harib

Spot on the beast. Those two dimwitted aliens saying that about xhaka who actually had a decent game

SarcasmB0T

The fact that people consider a game in which he gave away a penalty “a decent game” tells you how low people’s expectations are.

I don’t think it’s a coincidence that these “controversial” calls usually happen to him.

Thierry Bergkamp (Xhaka Out)

Decent game, and gave away a stupid penalty in a tight game.

You call people dimwitted aliens?

thw14

Not sure how this comment’s passed site guidelines. If we were all to express ourselves on number 34 in this fashion, the discussion would be nothing but expletives.

Qwaliteee

Yep. Xhaka has a long history of gaffs but the ref and VAR were the reasons we lost today.

C.B.

Very frustrating. Brilliant first half undone in 10 minutes. Xhaka a liability…and Gabriel will miss the Tottenham match. And ESR didn’t score as substitute…

Annoying and unjust.

G-Man

Actually think he only misses the Cup game.

Crash Fistfight

I think that would only be the case if it were a straight red card, but could be wrong. (Not sure how many times I’ve had to check the rules on this and still don’t know, ha.)

Thierry Bergkamp (Xhaka Out)

Gabriel misses Nottingham Forest

UzesGooner

Really? Sweet

Henry14Henry

No he won’t. He’ll miss Liverpool semifinal 1st leg only

Thierry Bergkamp (Xhaka Out)

Yes you’re right

Cheerio

Yesterday I didn’t believe we could win, today I can’t believe we didn’t win…

To me, this is why Xhaka shouldn’t be an Arsenal MF. Regardless of how he does, there’s always a chance he has a brainfart that messes everything up, and he doesn’t seem to learn

Jeremy DG

He was excellent all game. It was a clear dive (which the ref intially called). You cannot blame Xhaka for that regardless of your opinion on him

karl

Well said. It is such a tired argument to blame Xhaka as soon as something goes wrong. It was poor refereeing and a dive.

Elliot

Indeed. Plus the first city goal not the turning point of this game. The red card was.

Thierry Bergkamp (Xhaka Out)

The first yellow was a result of the penalty being awarded against Xhaka

Elliot

Did Xhaka ask him to go scuff the penatly spot ?

1800Nketiah

He got a yellow for dissent, not for scuffing the spot.

Thierry Bergkamp (Xhaka Out)

He did what he did to take away some disadvantage for his team, he was unlucky to get caught, unlike Ramsdale.
All stems from another moment of madness from an idiot

Dennis Elbow

The 1st yellow was a result of Gabby not keeping his mouth shut after the penalty was given. A yellow for dissent is not new to football.

Guns Up

And that’s fine, but if his card and Saka’s farcical card are the standard for a yellow for dissent, then City should have had several in this gsme and in nearly every game they play for how they hound the referee in packs after every call, seeking cards for th opponent. And that’s just the calls that have already gone their way.

Der32

It is only tiring because he keeps making the same mistakes. To see people defending his routine mistakes is even more tiring. Youbare defending the inexcusable.

Atom

Xhaka grabbed his shirt largely due to his lack of speed making him prone to getting beat there. You simply can’t do that in the box.

Leon

The question has to be put this way: “Was the shirt pulling a reason for Bernardo to not complete his attacking effort?” And the answer is: No, it was not. he dived well before Xhaka grabbed him. No penalty. End of story.

Atom

That as blogs put it was very much a penalty we would be calling for if it were Rodri doing it to Martinelli. Xhaka just keeps putting the team in these spots repeatedly, largely down to his lack of speed.

Tomaury Bischfeld

Actually watching it again, it does look like a dive but Xhaka was clumsy grabbing his shirt. He did play well, credit where credit is due. I just think there are so many of these clumsy incidents with him that he does get scrutinised more, although most players at some point will do something like that.

Old bloke

Disagree he stuck a leg out and pulled his shirt. We need an upgrade to move forward. Thought we were brilliant first half.

Mikels Arteta

Agreed. Xhaka can’t be one of our starting midfielders.

Martin R

Rubbish. A total dive and ref should have stuck to his original decision. Same as our penalty call which was a clear penalty.

StuArse

If that was in their box on one of our players, we would want a pen, but our player would be booked for simulation.

Der32

I thought the penalty could’ve been for the shirt tug or for sticking a leg out. I definitely would want a penalty if I was a Citeh fan, and I’ve seen penalties given for much less. Yes we could also feel hard done by with VAR, but Xhaka shouldn’t leave refs with these decisions to make. He’s unecessarily walking a fine line. I also disagree that the penalty wasn’t the turning point of the game. Gabriel got yellowcarded because of the penalty, and we ended up conceding and going down to 10 men. Both directly related to the penalty. Saying… Read more »

I disagree

Agreed. Clear penalty. I kind of like that this lot on here are mostly saying no penalty. Sign of stronger support to go with a strong and fresh team. I like where this is going!

Today was a kick in the bollocks at the end, but it really is mostly positive stuff. Hopefully the boys take this out on Sp*rs in the next league game!

GoonerJust

Why did he has to do the shirt pulling?? That was clumsy

Thierry Bergkamp (Xhaka Out)

Because he’s an idiot

Der32

Well explained mate.

Dennis Elbow

And no other player does it.

Flash

I usually defend Xhaka and I also agree that it was a dive from that little idiot, but Xhaka did use his hand.
He did it because his main weekness (slowness) was exposed spectacularly against a very good dribbler.
I think the swiss worked hard all the game but if he doesn’t learn how to handle his weeknesses it will continously cost us a lot in the future.

Thierry Bergkamp (Xhaka Out)

Xhaka hasn’t been the only slow professional footballer, but how many great, slow midfielders/defenders have there been over the years, who find ways to not make their lack of pace constantly cost the team

Flash

There are not much, but there are some.
Matic, Busquets for example…

Fuhgedaboudit

Mertesacker was slow, but knew how to compensate

Der32

Odegaard made a mistake for the penalty against Liverpool. Xhaka did the same thing today, make no mistake about it. The difference is that Odegaard’s is a one off, while Xhaka does this time and time again in big games. And he never learns. Make stupid mistakes in the box? Check. Slide in two footed? Check. Slide in with your studs up? Check. Defenders are all taught now to stand on your feet and don’t grapple forwards in the box. Xhaka can’t be taught though, can he? He did hold the keys to his house and legend has it never… Read more »

Leon

The question has to be put this way: “Was the shirt pulling a reason for Bernardo to not complete his attacking effort?” And the answer is: No, it was not. he dived well before Xhaka grabbed him. No penalty. End of story.

Der32

And another question would be, “Is dangling a leg when the attacker went past you and tugging his shirt in the box worthy of a pen?” Yes it’s a soft penalty, but it’s not 100% the wrong call. Giving the ref a decision to make is a big mistake, especially when it involves TWO grey area events in the box. And having us come up with these contextual questions is the epitome of Xhaka. End of story.

Steinn

Agree with Jeremy, terrible VAR decision, Xhaka was excellent today.

Goonshow

Yes he was…. until he wasn’t. Sadly, an all too familiar story.

Deano

It was a dive, but before that dive it was a penalty. Just like we should have had a penalty in the first half.

Thierry Bergkamp (Xhaka Out)

Dive or not. Xhake made the decision easy for the ref, by pulling his shirt. Anybody with a brain knows not to do that in the box

thw14

He was not excellent all game. He was what he always has been, a passable body in midfield roughly slightly below the level of Alex Song. With the added feature of a game-killing mistake.

Martin R

He was actually brilliant today as he has since he has returned apart from Everton match. Player dived and penalty an utter disgrace

assistantref

No, but you can blame him for pulling the shirt of a known diver for absolutely no reason, giving the numpty on VAR an (absurd, yet apparently sufficient) reason to demand the penalty be given.

It was absolutely a dive, but Xhaka is an idiot for letting him dive. Absolutely suicidal to pull someone’s shirt in the box for no reason whatsoever.

SarcasmB0T

The issue with that is you can bet that’s exactly what Xhaka thinks, so he’ll make no effort to learn and change.

And this will happen again, and he’ll act hard done by, again.

StuArse

Commentators said it was given for shirt holding. I though he was trying to stop the poor lad falling on the floor.

If it was for shirt holding we may as well all give up now as all sides will end up with 7 players on the pitch.

Bjorn

Haha good one 😀

...and really bad eggs

This is exactly quintessential Xhaka. He’s actual a very good midfielder, he played a very good game today. But he can’t just avoid doing something that ultimately turns the game against us.

He really is a good midfielder, but at best he needs to be a bench player for us and not in our first 11.

Glenn Helder's Perm

Xhaka fouled the guy twice. First he upends him with his leg, then he tries to pull his shirt. The ref was terrible today, but why even put yourself in that position. It was weak, it turned the entire game and we lost what looked like a certain win. The attacker is always going to look for contact. Xhaka is a professional, an international, and he should know this, but he got turned inside out and manhandled him. As soon as it went to VAR it was obvious which way it was going to go. Proud of the boys for… Read more »

Martin R

A clear dive. He had a great match.

NorthernGooner

I can’t stand Xhaka and I still believe he should never have been allowed to wear the Arsenal shirt after his outburst a while back.

Having cleared that up, that was a dive all day long. How can you fall down forwards if you are being held by the shirt? the guy was already in free fall. 100% dive.

...and really bad eggs

Yes, but it goes back to Xhaka again and his reputation. These days, I’ve come to believe that if really it’s ever in doubt the refs will always penalise Xhaka.

Their perception of him is absolutely warped! But we can keep giving them that opportunity. We need to get Xhaka out of our first 11

Dark

I had believed we would win this game all month. We played and competed extremely well. I like my team.

Arteta Tots

Why does it always has to be Xhaka…

Gamblah

Xhaka is as xhaka does

Give youth a chance

To be fair, if that was anyone else the ref wouldn’t have even considered a penalty. Because it was Xhaka and he has a reputation…

...and really bad eggs

Unfortunately, no matter what he does he can’t shake that reputation. He’s a good player, but he can no longer be in our starting 11. That reputation has robbed us of too many crucial points

Paul

You can’t keep letting him off like that! There was no need to pull the shirt. They player was in the middle of falling to the ground so Nigel Winterburn said?

thw14

It’s a well deserved reputation. Leave referees, Arsene Wenger pointed out he doesn’t have tackling technique fit for the league. That was a manager who would defend the indefensible at times. So Xhaka’s tackling was beyond indefensible in 2015. In 2022, it’s just farce.

Scrubby

That one hurt.

Paul

But how good were we?? COYG!

Scrubby

Absolutely! But that’s partly why it is a hard one to take – to play like that and come away with nothing is galling.

PGunner

Proud of the Arsenal. Definitely on the up and today was confirmation of that.

Xhakaing the game

Yeah, but we didn’t make it..

Goonertic

I genuinely do believe the
best team lost today.
Really fantastic effort by the boys. But once again a brain fart by Xhaka causes us grief. When is he ever gonna learn? Was there even a reason to grab his shirt? We all know the city player dived, but this is Xhaka and his reputation goes before him!!! So, so frustrating.

thw14

Good effort, especially after going a man down. All that training on maintaining defensive shape was (almost) worth it. Replace Xhaka with competence, I think we take this.

Give youth a chance

Very enjoyable game. At least until the ref remembered who pays the bills

Greek in London Gooner

I’ve never seen a better CDM performance in my own eyes than Partey’s today.
I’ve never seen an Arsenal team so good in my life.

I adore every single one in Arsenal right now, even Xhaka, even Auba.

Thank you Arteta and Edu, I’m sorry Kroenkes.

COYG

Henry14Henry

You are right…this was Partey best game. Shame he has to go to AFCON just after settling in and putting together a run of great performances.

Steinn

Unbelievable Partey. Hopefully Auba knocks him out of AFCON at the group stage, we need him back.

Woolwich Tiern time

Yes sorry Ghanians but im sure you can understand….

Xhakaing the game

No more Xhaka, ps

Meh

Thanks Arteta and Edu. No thanks superleague Kroenkes.

Greek in London Gooner

yeh, forgot about that one for a sec

DB10 Forever

You probably haven’t seen our 2002-2005 squad. They were the best Gunners team ever, the current one is still far away from that level.
Still, I am beginning to seriously root for this team to give us some spectacular success in a few years.

Arslet

I fucking hate City.

Chessneck

Club without soul, fueled by oil.

SarcasmB0T

I feel nothing. Plastic club.

Wengerball

I swear almost all Man City games Kve ever seen (against us or not) they always get the suspect VAR calls. Thats why they can’t do anything in the UCL because they do VAR right..

The Beast

Something we can all agree on.

I know I don’t know them & I’m sure the feeling will pass eventually but Silva & Rodri are the biggest pricks going

SuperTom7

Wow. What a horrible, horrible bullshit. So proud of the lads but so dissaspointed by the outcome.

DB10

Lots of could have beens in this game but from a big picture perspective, what a difference in the way we played today compared to the recent years.

Thierry Bergkamp (Xhaka Out)

Proud of everybody in a red shirt today, expect for one idiot.
Xhaka needs to fuck off from this club, and anybody that disagrees can fuck right off too.

Arteta is building a real team here

Red-Wing

No need for that. Even if Xhaka’s foul was a bit silly and we’re fully aware of that, let’s stick behind our players for once! He will be super important player for us for the rest of the season (whether one likes that or not), so let’s focus only on the positives which were plenty today.

Thierry Bergkamp (Xhaka Out)

Xhaka super important?
Tell me ONCE were Xhaka has put in a big performance against a top side, or when the team’s back is against the wall.
Now tell me how many times he’s cost the team with his stupidity, and we’ve ended up with a loss.

Zadok the Motherfucking Priest

This was a big performance from Xhaka, he played the key pass for the goal, and honestly he should never have been exposed like that for the penalty he gave away. He’s got a chequered enough past that I wouldn’t much mind if he were to move on, but if you take this game on its own this was a great performance from him and the entire team, and it was sheer bad luck that we didn’t get 3 points out of it rather than this burning sense of injustice.

...and really bad eggs

It’s very frustrating, I know. We’re all rightfully upset. But honestly, as heart breaking as the ending was, this game really makes me hopeful for the future. We really went out and showed we can compete with the biggest players.

We just need to ensure we get a starting 11 caliber MF to replace Xhaka this window and we can make top 4

Red-Wing

Missed my point. All I’m saying is that at the moment it’s clear that for Arteta Xhaka is a starting 11 player and one of the leaders in the dressing room, and that automatically makes him super important. Once you realise that, whether we like him or not doesn’t matter at all. Would I like us to get someone else instead of him in the summer? Of course, but until that happens he will be in the team and today’s match is all about the big picture + the team as a whole doesn’t deserve any negativity. Let’s stick together… Read more »

Der32

Xhaka’s foul was A BIT silly? My daughter throws food to the floor at the dinner table and that was a bit silly. I still gave her a scolding off to make sure she learns not to do it again. Xhaka is a supposed professional who makes another error leading to a goal in a big game, costing us 3 points, and it’s only a bit silly? Will he also try to blame the referees and an unjust reputation in the PL for this penalty? He’s an idiot.

Red-Wing

A “bit” silly, “super” important, whatever. Totally besides the point.

Der32

The point is Xhaka is an idiot.

vandall777

Totally agree. Anyone who thinks Xhaka makes our team better are blind and ignorant. I’m so angry

Bill Hall

With all due respect your above comment about Xhaka and anyone disagreeing with you fucking off makes you look a bit of a plonker!

Gamblah

Oh no Bill, he looks like a plonker. Anyone who has a second of consideration for Xhaka in arsenal’s future looks like a right eejit!!!!

Thierry Bergkamp (Xhaka Out)

I couldn’t care less. Too many idiots on here would defend Xhaka even if he choke slammed their mum in the supermarket.
Enough is enough now

Person in disagreement

How do I go about fucking right off, if I may ask ?

Jeremy DG

In the process of fucking off, I guess you turn right?

Jeremy DG

Or maybe you turn left, because you are ‘fucking right off’

Der32

Please bring Xhaka along with you.

Paul

That made me chuckle. 🙂

Kareem

So you want Arteta to f*** right off?

Xhaka’s interview this week mentioned that the only reason he was still at Arsenal was becsuse of Arteta.

Which frustrates me to be honest.
I also want us to move on from him.

David C

I thought Gabriel’s 2 yellows were way more stupid than anything Xhaka did today. Don’t see any hate for him on here in the comments. I think Xhaka had a good game for us today and got cheated by a crap ref and a dive…

djourou's nutmeg

we can talk tomorrow about how well we played, about how we deserved to win against the best team in the world, about how they didn’t shoot on target until the 75 minute. but today it sucks to have had the chance to win and just shoot ourselves in the foot

Sammy Nelsons Arse

Good shout mate

Malcolm Alden

Xhaka screwed us twice against City this season so far. Sad. Sooner he is gone, the better. He hinders more than he helps. Overall good performance though.

G-Man

Amazing performance to be proud of. Youngsters make me want to cry they are doing so well. There are very fine lines to why we didn’t win today but I tell you, if we play like this for the rest of the season, we WILL get Top 4. After this, I am confident that we will beat Tottenham. This is the Partey we wanted!

Wrighty’s hats

That turn in the first half, absolutely stunning

The Arsenal

Just as he leaves for Afcon.

...and really bad eggs

100%

Unfortunately I think Partey is gone for AFCON and won’t be available vs Sp*rs

Greek in London Gooner

I was literally crying in the first half.
So many years of disappointment, we’ve come a long way.

Guns Up

Agree completely, and at today’s level, Chelsea are easily within range by end of season. So exciting to be an Arsenal supporter right now and nothing that happened today changes that a bit, for me.

Chidi

Feels like 3 points stolen away from us. Hurts real bad given my silent optimism

Cooked Patino

Why does this game feel like the one against Manure? I totally enjoyed and am pleased with this though despite the result. A little bit lesser of the mistakes and we could have had it. Chin up and onwards lads.

Shance

Proud of the lads. We went gun for gun with the best team in the league. To a man they stood up. Gabriel will learn, not the smartest thing he’s ever done for the first yellow but the penalty was bollocks anyway, the kid will be a top level CB. Best i’ve seen us play in years. COYG.

ArsenesLongSufferingZipper

We went gun for gun with the best team in the world. There. . .fixed it for you.

Jack

That is soooo Thomas Partey to say he was a 4/10, then suddenly drop a 10/10 performance before he buggers off for a month

StuArse

Bet he gets injured in his last game before coming back too. That would be sods law.

Henkamp