- Jul 31, 2007
It’s one thing to have the pk go against them.. but the ref gave more calls for dissent than anything else.. city wasn’t given a card for any of their fouls. Rodrigo had at least three fouls that were card-able. And then city got calls every time they fell down (almost). Arsenal dominated until the pk..and then Gabriel is called for scuffing the penalty spot.. which leads almost directly to his red card. Rodrigo did almost the exact same thing and doesn’t even get called for a foul. And it’s not isolated to today.. arsenal give up the most reds and pks it seems while hardly ever getting the same calls in return.. but maybe that’s just my perception.. would have to look at the numbers.Frustrating result but a lot of positives to take away from that match for Arsenal. We were the better side over the first 60 minutes until a combination of refball and losing our heads for five minutes completely changed the match. Our press was very effective and we looked dangerous going forward. Over the last few years, I have rarely seen City having less control of a match than they did in the first hour. Hopefully this is a learning experience for a very young team. Decisions are going to go against you and you can't lose your focus.
encouraging signs are: the passing is light years ahead of last year (especially in the back), the recent turn of form is not an illusion.. arsenal dominated man city full strength and should have won even down a man.. City’s attack looked toothless and Arsenal looked far more dangerous.. Martinelli should have scored at least two.. the future is potentially very bright.