Manchester United are the happiest of the top teams following the conclusion of Wednesday evening’s Premier League fixtures.
Arsenal and Manchester City played out a scoreless draw in London while Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur both lost away from home to lowly opposition.
All but the most passionate and one-eyed Manchester City supporters would have to concede that Arsenal were unlucky not to win the encounter at The Emirates between the league’s second and third teams place teams.
City did not manage a single shot on target during the entire 90 minutes, while the woodwork came to City’s rescue several times, denying Robin van Persie once in each half, while Cesc Fabregas and Theo Walcott both had shots cannon off the frame in quick succession during the first half. However, the offside flag had been raised as Walcott fired his shot so it would not have counted.
It was nonetheless symptomatic of how the night was panning out for the Gunners.
In the second half, Arsenal’s passing and movement was again a joy to behold but the closest they came to scoring was a van Persie pile-driver from outside the area which brought the very best out of City keeper Joe Hart.
The match was generally played in a good spirit until just before the end when Pablo Zabaleta and Baccary Sagna went head to head like a couple of angry rams and both received straight reds for their trouble.
When City boss Roberto Mancini was playing for Sampdoria he and Gianluca Vialli were a lethal attacking combination, but on this visit to Arsenal his team reminded one of the doggedly defensive Italian outfits of old.
Yet one has to give credit for City’s organization at the back and their refusal to buckle under relentless pressure. Arsenal, on the other hand, desperately needs a new Thierry Henry who can convert all that impressive work in midfield and around the edge of the box into a more plentiful supply of goals.
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