Sunday, February 10, 2008
City City Bang Bang and if Arsenal win on Monday it’s the Big Bang
By 1970’s Gooner
What a fantastic run of results this Sunday has bestowed upon us Gooners.
I have to admit I never expected Manchester City to deprive Manchester United of all three points! I had a feeling that they could get something out of the game though as the stats showed that Roonie’s absence always seems to derail United.
There was another reason that made me a bit more optimistic though and it isn’t what a lot of Manchester United sympathisers have been putting forward as an excuse.
The fact that there was a lot of emotion due to the 1958 air disaster was not in my opinion the real reason behind the defeat. Nor was the international break as Carlos Quiroz was suggesting!
Manchester United’s performance in their last game away at Tottenham, which I watched, left a lot to be desired. They got a very lucky point right at the death through that walking disaster Dawson who also gave them all three points at Old Trafford if you remember.
Manchester City played intelligently and stretched Manchester United on their weakest points which were their flanks. Wes Brown and O’Shea were run rugged by Petrov and the impressive Vassel.
But also where Manchester United faltered was in midfield where Scholes’s influence waned as the game wore on and Ireland’s influence begun to get immense. What a game he had.
Ronaldo, "the greatest player in the world", believed his own hype and was nowhere to be found. These are the games great players take control of and turn them round don’t they?
Chelsea as predicted in one of my earlier postings on the chances of the three contenders for the title have slipped one game too many. They were awful in an awful game where a draw was a fair result.
One more slip up and they will probably be out of it altogether. Their African players may be coming back a little bit too late to save the day.
Arsenal’s Africans, especially Toure and Eboue, look like they will make it back in time to face Blackburn on Monday. Their return will be significant as the alternatives in their respective positions (Hoyte/Gilberto in defence and Walcott on the wing) will in my opinion weaken the side.
And it is important to drive the advantage home and capitalize on this slip up. A win will put us five points ahead of Manchester United and eight ahead of Chelsea.
City went bang bang against United and a win on Monday will turn into the big bang for Arsenal’s title aspirations!
Ed: The bookies have now made Arsenal favourite for the title.
Latest betting on the Premiership Title (Paddy Power):
Manchester United 6/4