Apart from it winning the hypothetical, unofficial award for most boring Arsenal game of the season there isn’t much to say about yesterday’s 0-0 draw with Manchester City.
Both defences ruled and it made for an dour affair, in complete contrast to the hyperactive attacking duel that I had expected pre-game. A lot of that had to do with a slight injury keeping boo-boy Emmanuel Adebayor from the City line-up and although his arrival on the hour-mark lifted the intensity slightly, neither side went seriously close to scoring.
Pre-game I was half-expecting us to lose but Roberto Mancini’s overly conservative tactics meant that was never a possibility. For a team who had so much to play for I was extremely surprised by City’s attacking endeavour, particularly against an Arsenal team missing so many key players.
The best thing that can be said about the game and indeed the result is that the draw coupled with Tottenham’s loss to Manchester United, all but ensures that we will finish in third place this season. That means a one-place improvement on last season and the avoidance of a potentially tricky post-World Cup Champions League qualifier, certainly nothing to be laughed at.
The finish, combined with the fact that a few of our key players will not be featuring in South Africa, should see us start next season very strongly. The likes of Thomas Vermaelen, Andrey Arshavin, Tomas Rosicky will all be absent from World Cup action over June and July and should provide some real drive for the other lads on day one of the 2010/11 campaign.
Besides that, there’s nothing much more to say on what was quite simply a horrible day of football. Here’s hoping Blackburn away *vomits in his own mouth* will be better.
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