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Post by urbaNRoots on Fri Dec 16, 2016 4:07 pm

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Sun 18 Dec 2016 - Etihad Stadium, Manchester


Man City vs Arsenal



Team news:
Arsenal: Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey is close to fitness but remains unavailable. Striker Danny Welbeck is also still out, but will resume full training next week.

Man City: Manchester City confirmed on Friday that midfielder Ilkay Gundogan sustained knee ligament damage in Wednesday's 2-0 win against Watford. Vincent Kompany and Fabian Delph are still sidelined, while Sergio Aguero and Fernandinho remain suspended.


Arsene Wenger Press Conference





Scouting report



MANAGER
Arsenal need little introduction to Pep Guardiola, having faced him four times as Barcelona manager and four times as Bayern Munich boss. With six league titles from seven seasons as a coach, not to mention the Champions League twice too, Guardiola has attempted to implement a proactive possession-based side at Manchester City, with mixed results so far. Going forward City are occasionally enthralling, but defensively there have been serious problems – last weekend’s 4-2 defeat at Leicester City was an example of the disconnect between the centre-backs.

FORMATION
Who knows? Guardiola was renowned as a 4-3-3 man for the majority of this time at Barcelona, but increasingly became experimental with his formations at Bayern Munich and has taken things to the next level at Manchester City.

Although he started the season with a rough 4-1-4-1 shape, Guardiola has increasingly experimented with a three-man defence, fielding systems that have appeared as 3-2-2-3 against Everton and 3-2-4-1 against Chelsea. However, after that Leicester thrashing and questions about the three-man defence in general, we may see a more traditional 4-1-4-1 system here.

STRENGTHS
At their best, City play quite wonderful passing combinations in midfield, thanks to the use of both Kevin De Bruyne and David Silva in a midfield trio, probably just ahead of Fernando this weekend.

With two outright wide players – two of Nolito, Raheem Sterling and Nolito – stretching the play on both flanks, City open up the opposition and allow De Bruyne and Silva to cut through quickly and incisively. The absence of the suspended Sergio Aguero, however, means they’re less potent in front of goal.


DANGERMAN
De Bruyne has been sensational this season. Capable of dribbling, assisting, scoring and roaring forward on the counter-attack, there are periods where it feels like the Belgian is impossible to stop. In the recent home defeat to Chelsea, he repeatedly drifted to the right from his central starting position before whipping devilish crosses into the box, giving another dimension to City’s play.

AREAS TO TARGET
The defence has looked particularly nervous in recent weeks, regardless of whether Guardiola has used three or four at the back. John Stones has made repeated mistakes in possession, Aleksandar Kolarov still hasn’t convinced in a central role, Nicolas Otamendi can be very impetuous, and with defensive midfielder Fernandinho suspended the defenders also lack protection.

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Re: Manchester City vs Arsenal (16/17)

Post by Raptorgunner on Fri Dec 16, 2016 5:40 pm

Watch John Stone have his best game of his against us. rofl

Fully expect him to score the winning goal and hopefully its for us. Laughing

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Re: Manchester City vs Arsenal (16/17)

Post by RealGunner on Fri Dec 16, 2016 5:42 pm

Literally 0 chance we get anything from this game lmao.

Not even being negative.
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Re: Manchester City vs Arsenal (16/17)

Post by Raptorgunner on Fri Dec 16, 2016 6:30 pm

3 losses this season all without Mustafi in the line up. hmm

A point might be a lot to ask, even though we are undefeated in past 7 games against them.

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Re: Manchester City vs Arsenal (16/17)

Post by urbaNRoots on Fri Dec 16, 2016 6:34 pm

I'm going to make a bold prediction and say that we will win this one, or at least not lose. We usually play well against Man City and they are missing some key players. Alexis vs Otamendi/Stones/Kolarov should be fun. On the other end, de Bruyne is the biggest threat but he kind of goes missing in big games-- so unless we do some retarded mistakes defensively we should be able to contain him.

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Re: Manchester City vs Arsenal (16/17)

Post by El Gunner on Sat Dec 17, 2016 12:38 pm

If we defend well and get the ball forward quickly we will win.

I actually expect us to put in another Chelsea-esque performance after the dreadful display against Everton.

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Re: Manchester City vs Arsenal (16/17)

Post by RealGunner on Sat Dec 17, 2016 9:43 pm

We need to win this ffs
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Re: Manchester City vs Arsenal (16/17)

Post by CBarca on Sun Dec 18, 2016 8:11 am

You guys should get something...Look at all the players they have out. Important ones no less

That being said, hoping for a draw

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Re: Manchester City vs Arsenal (16/17)

Post by Da Gunner on Sun Dec 18, 2016 1:03 pm

Had written a post for this match, but got logged out.

Everything is unfair on us, Arsenal fans.

Hope we win with a cleansheet, COYG!

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Re: Manchester City vs Arsenal (16/17)

Post by RealGunner on Sun Dec 18, 2016 3:03 pm

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Re: Manchester City vs Arsenal (16/17)

Post by Sina on Sun Dec 18, 2016 3:07 pm

Lets Go COYG

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Re: Manchester City vs Arsenal (16/17)

Post by Chumlum on Sun Dec 18, 2016 3:39 pm

Looking forward to this one. The managers have both said some complimentary things beforehand so I fully expect it will turn ugly at some point Laughing
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Re: Manchester City vs Arsenal (16/17)

Post by EL Patron on Sun Dec 18, 2016 4:02 pm

Come on Arsenal cheers

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Re: Manchester City vs Arsenal (16/17)

Post by EL Patron on Sun Dec 18, 2016 4:05 pm

Theoooooo, so composed

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Re: Manchester City vs Arsenal (16/17)

Post by RealGunner on Sun Dec 18, 2016 4:12 pm

Perfect start
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Re: Manchester City vs Arsenal (16/17)

Post by EL Patron on Sun Dec 18, 2016 4:34 pm

We need to get a second goal before half time, i can't see us holding on to a one goal lead for the rest of the game especially with the way we are surrendering possession at the moment

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Re: Manchester City vs Arsenal (16/17)

Post by EL Patron on Sun Dec 18, 2016 4:39 pm

Why are we so bad at killing teams off scratch

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Re: Manchester City vs Arsenal (16/17)

Post by urbaNRoots on Sun Dec 18, 2016 4:50 pm

I'm not confident in us keeping a clean sheet if we let City attack us for 95% of the half. Need to bring on Giroud, perfect game for him-- he'll help us bring those long balls to ground and pin them back more often.
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Re: Manchester City vs Arsenal (16/17)

Post by EL Patron on Sun Dec 18, 2016 5:02 pm

Decent half but we need to keep the ball better in the second half, we are turning possession way too easily

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Re: Manchester City vs Arsenal (16/17)

Post by EL Patron on Sun Dec 18, 2016 5:05 pm

the goal looked offside but that was poor from us, giving the ball away easily again

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Re: Manchester City vs Arsenal (16/17)

Post by RealGunner on Sun Dec 18, 2016 5:10 pm

Like clockwork
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Re: Manchester City vs Arsenal (16/17)

Post by EL Patron on Sun Dec 18, 2016 5:12 pm

Seriously !!
This is the worse i have seen us with the ball this season Suspect

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Re: Manchester City vs Arsenal (16/17)

Post by EL Patron on Sun Dec 18, 2016 5:17 pm

The team is defending too deep at the moment and inviting too much pressure. We are going to concede soon if we don't push up a bit

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Re: Manchester City vs Arsenal (16/17)

Post by EL Patron on Sun Dec 18, 2016 5:28 pm

Oh well, that was coming to be honest. We haven't played football at all today, too timid with the ball.

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Re: Manchester City vs Arsenal (16/17)

Post by Jay29 on Sun Dec 18, 2016 5:37 pm

Amazing that Wenger has sent the team into two big away games this week with such a shit attitude. Limp and timid in both games.

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