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    Man Utd

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    Liverpool

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    Arsenal

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    Man City

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BARCLAYS PREMIER LEAGUE

Emirates Stadium, England

Attendance: 60107

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Manchester City

  • James Milner 21'
  • Edin Dzeko 32'
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    Ravi Ubha: Thanks, everyone.
    Bye for now.

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    Ravi Ubha: And don't forget the midweek action -- Chelsea-Southampton in the league and a slew of FA Cup replays.

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    Ravi Ubha: Have a great week!

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    Ravi Ubha: Guys and gals, thanks for your company today.
    It was fun, as always. Too bad the game was dead after 10 minutes.
    But we'll have better luck next time.

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    Ravi Ubha: Something obviously! He's on the war path!

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    [Comment from Nick ]
    What has set JT off like this?

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    [Comment from Zefa ]
    Seems like the demons of RvP's departure are going to haunt us for a long time whether we like it or not. All I can hope for is, Wenger to sign someone 'exceptional'. Arsenal Forever.

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    [Comment from JamesTylerESPN via Twitter]
    @BrianYerkes Really? So unless you've done something you cannot comment? Must one be a politician to "get" politics?

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    Ravi Ubha: LOL. A good point, JT. Very good point.

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    [Comment from JamesTylerESPN via Twitter]
    "Ah, but I once delivered pizzas so only I have the insight necessary to understand pizza delivery."

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    [Comment from PCarrESPN via Twitter]
    Last time Man City won a league game at Arsenal, Liam Gallagher had just turned three years old.

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    Ravi Ubha: Villa not coming this Jan.

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    [Comment from Scott ]
    Spurs notoriously bad in spring. Wenger and aging Villa will get them to 4th.

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    [Comment from Delusional Arsenal Fan ]
    Who needs RVP when we have Walcott

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    [Comment from JamesTylerESPN via Twitter]
    Yes, that experience helped formation of opinions, but you don't need to be an ex-pro to dissect the sport.

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    [Comment from Raza_88 ]
    Totally revolting display. RVP must be thanking his lucky stars he chose to leave

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    [Comment from JamesTylerESPN via Twitter]
    Really dislike when the "If you've played the game like I have, you'd know" angle is thrown into analysis. Simply untrue.

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    [Comment from Skyler ]
    Mind the Gap, Guest, mind the Gap

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    [Comment from Guest ]
    Spurs > Arsenal. No doubt about it.

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    [Comment from Arsene Wenger ]
    Dont worry fans, Arteta is back soon. It will be like a new signing.

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    Ravi Ubha: Either Milner or Dzeko.
    I'd go with Milner for his goal and work rate.

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    [Comment from Will ]
    Man of the match?

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    Ravi Ubha: Gunners stay six points behind Tottenham in fourth -- with now only one game in hand and Chelsea to play next week. (Spurs get United.)

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    Ravi Ubha: City cuts the gap to seven points on United.

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    Ravi Ubha: FT: Arsenal 0-2 City.

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    [Comment from PCarrESPN via Twitter]
    Man City wins a league match at Arsenal for the first time since 1975, ending a 27-game winless streak.

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    [Comment from Delusional Arsenal Fan ]
    We could have scored 5 or 6 if we took our chances!

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    [Comment from JamesTylerESPN via Twitter]
    @JamesDallESPN Perfect. (Hits publish)

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    Ravi Ubha: Great work by Barry and Milner near the Arsenal corner flag to take off a few seconds.

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    [Comment from Skyler ]
    Zipper TV?

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    Ravi Ubha: Kolarov on for Silva.

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    [Comment from Raza_88 ]
    Red card or no red card, the 2 goals we conceded were soft and should have been prevented in build up. Steve Bould needs to address the team's defensive shape; same story every game

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    [Comment from Zac ]
    I'd love to know what happened with Lescott. He was a mainstay last year but barely gets on the pitch this year.

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    [Comment from Ryan ]
    I wouldn't pay to watch an Arsenal match these days. It's more entertaining to watch Wenger pace up and down the sidelines. Is that on a TV channel by itself ??

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    [Comment from Skyler ]
    Lescott I hate you, great clearance

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    [Comment from Tom ]
    What are the odds that Balotelli picks up a red in the final 6 minutes?

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    Ravi Ubha: Five minutes of injury time.

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    Ravi Ubha: Walcott played in by Ramsey (yes) and his shot is goal bound until it's cleared by Lescott.

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    [Comment from Skyler ]
    So he is perfect for Arsenal

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    Ravi Ubha: Three games for violent conduct red.

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    [Comment from JamesTylerESPN via Twitter]
    So, was this worth 62 pounds?

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    [Comment from Zac ]
    Hopefully that red is rescinded for Kompany. That looked way too harsh. It's a 3 game ban correct for straight reds?

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    [Comment from Gunner 1 Toronto ]
    I still think Walcott is overrated... he is not a consistent player

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    [Comment from MVP_Xanadu ]
    Where's Chamakh when you need him?

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    [Comment from Guest ]
    He asked about top clubs Ravi

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    [Comment from cole ]
    Liverpool a top club? good one

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    Ravi Ubha: A good game for Dzeko.

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    Ravi Ubha: He's ok.
    Balotelli on for Dzeko.

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    Ravi Ubha: Great punch by Hart and he clatters into Nastacic. He's the meat in the Hart-Giroud sandwich.

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    Ravi Ubha: At least one: Liverpool.

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    [Comment from Brendan ]
    where would Walcott go, are any top clubs even interested in him?

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    [Comment from JTs Left Boot ]
    except you could hardly call Mertesacker 'dominant' in the air

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    Ravi Ubha: TV points out a sixth yellow and 2 reds.

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    Ravi Ubha: Another yellow, to Barry. What was he doing? A clear kick out.

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    Ravi Ubha: That would be taking the easy way out, and I don't think Wenger will do that. In that sense his stubbornness would be good.

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    [Comment from JamesHMartin via Twitter]
    So it's come to this at Arsenal -- the Sam Allardyce plan of attack.

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    [Comment from Guest ]
    Ravi, do you think Wenger calls it a career at Arsenal if they miss out on a CL spot?

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    [Comment from JamesTylerESPN via Twitter]
    We're at the point where any body part blocking a ball will elicit "HANDBALL!"

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    [Comment from Skyler ]
    Agreed Tom. Last replay seemed quite definitive to me as well

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    [Comment from Tom ]
    After that last replay, it honestly doesn't even look like a foul on Kompany. Wilshire just goes over the top because he lost the ball and his balance....Kompany doesn't have anything to do with Wilshire going to ground.

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    [Comment from Gunner 1 Toronto ]
    City could drop to 8 men and Arsenal still wouldnt score. To me the only Arsenal player with a heart is wilshere...

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    Ravi Ubha: Sagna breaks in on right, cut back cleared.

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    Ravi Ubha: Difference being a foul and being red. HUGE difference Dave.

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    [Comment from Dave ]
    Learn the rules, getting the ball first doesn't mean it's not a foul.

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    Ravi Ubha: Walcott this season.

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    [Comment from Guest ]
    ravi - who is arsenal's top scorer?

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    Ravi Ubha: Great point.

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    [Comment from Zac ]
    Kompany won the ball although it was a strong tackle. That is not a red. Do you think that would have been red for Arsenal if the roles were reversed with them having 10 men?

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    [Comment from PCarrESPN via Twitter]
    Man City leads the PL with 13 red cards in last 3 seasons. Balotelli 3, Kompany 2, eight with 1 each.

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    [Comment from Ace ]
    We need an Arsenal goal to get this game going!

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    Ravi Ubha: You don't see Koscielny's TACKLE on every corner. Had to go.
    Kompany's was harsh.

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    [Comment from buffalo bill ]
    Both reds wrong - if Koscielny's is even a foul you've got to give a penalty on every corner, and Kompany's was yellow at best...

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    Ravi Ubha: Well, his reputation of being a great defender is great than that of being a poor tackler.

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    [Comment from Guest ]
    Kompany with a history of bad tackles doesn't help

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    Ravi Ubha: Straight.

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    [Comment from Nick ]
    was it straight red or a second yellow?

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    [Comment from Tom ]
    Not 2 feet. If anything the Dean can say that it was a straight leg, studs showing...

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    [Comment from Wengers Mind ]
    City should have scored when they had the chance(s)

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    [Comment from cole ]
    second foot tucked under, first foot got the ball

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    [Comment from Michael ]
    Off the ground, studs up, two feet. Yup. Red.

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    Ravi Ubha: Tevez off for Lescott.

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    [Comment from cole ]
    second foot was tucked under

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    [Comment from Skyler ]
    One but dangerously high I would say

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    [Comment from Josh ]
    Now city's timidity could cost them

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    [Comment from Jack Wilshere ]
    I would like to thank the members of the Academy......

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    Ravi Ubha: Was it two?

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    [Comment from Frozen_North ]
    Both feet in. LETTER OF THE LAW as you let us know earlier, Ravi.

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    [Comment from Josh ]
    Not sure about that one.

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    [Comment from Jay Jay Okocha ]
    Even as a Gooner fan, that was a terrible call.

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    [Comment from de Selby ]
    Didn't even look like a foul to me.

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    [Comment from Pepito ]
    ugh, I'm an arsenal fan but that wasn't a foul

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    [Comment from Kevin ]
    bad call. maybe a yellow but jack tripped

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    [Comment from Tom ]
    I'm a United fan...that's not even close to a red card.

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    [Comment from kharon ]
    now this is harsh. referee crumbled under pressure

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    [Comment from Nihongooner ]
    soft, but I'll take it

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    Ravi Ubha: Off the ground, but very slightly. Looked like only one foot was off the ground, however, as he challenged Wilshere.

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    Ravi Ubha: RED CARD TO KOMPANY

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    [Comment from Skyler ]
    The only *real* goal scoring opportunity we have had and Giroud misses an open header. Oh Arsenal

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    [Comment from cole ]
    how much did they spend on giroud so he could finish exactly that? and he puts it over the top hahahaha

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    [Comment from Josh ]
    City lacking killer instinct still. This game should be out of reach.

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    Ravi Ubha: Oh, close for Arsenal. A chance to get one back. Between Kompany and Dzeko, Giroud's header goes over the bar. Ball slightly behind him so made it tougher.

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    [Comment from Boston Gunner ]
    I bet those Arsenal fans who returned their tickets are happier with the extra 62 quid.

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    Ravi Ubha: Clichy takes down his pal Sagna and gets a yellow.

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    [Comment from john marston ]
    Tevez trying to walk the ball into the goal.

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    Ravi Ubha: Oh. dear, Tevez can't score one on one with Szczesny. Ball got caught up in his feet, allowing the keeper to save.

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    Ravi Ubha: What game have you been watching?

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    [Comment from Zefa ]
    Doesn't look like it. Arsenal could have easily scored two goals if they had seriously worked towards it.

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    [Comment from Skyler ]
    They can also play defense, that helps a little

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    Ravi Ubha: Oh, yeah another guy they missed.

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    [Comment from Wengers mind ]
    What this team needs is some Nuri Sahin

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    [Comment from Zefa ]
    The midfield and players upfront have been disappointing. Clearly red card isn't the sole reason for Arsenal's demise right now.

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    Ravi Ubha: City are much more experienced than Arsenal.

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    [Comment from Me ]
    If City can play the passing game like Arsenal, they can play the lose-two-goal-lead game like Arsenal.

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    Ravi Ubha: It helps when it's 10 v 11, eh?

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    [Comment from Skyler ]
    Kompany has been stepping up his game recently. He struggled a little earlier in the season. He looks huge today.

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    Ravi Ubha: Yes, Vermaelen has been better in the second half.
    Meanwhile, Cazorla's shot from 20 yards curls over the bar.

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    [Comment from Zefa ]
    Good block by Vermaelen. Defense working hard.

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    [Comment from Skyler ]
    City look less than clinical right now though Ravi. So hesitant it seems. They are playing like Arsenal around the box. All passes no shots

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    Ravi Ubha: Silva to Dzeko and Tevez is in loads of space striding into the box. Good challenge by Vermaelen, who stops Dzeko's cross. Tevez annoyed.

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    Ravi Ubha: City toying with Arsenal now. Passing it around the Arsenal box for fun. Just a matter of time before City get another.

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    [Comment from MLK ]
    And if van persie can score 21 goals with the likes of cleverley and kagawa behind him, then obviously he would score more with cazorla and wilshere behind him.

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    [Comment from Kevin ]
    The fact that Arsene said he planned on keeping RVP and then sold him right before the season without bringing in any replacement (Giroud was depth with RVP) is what has cost them this season.

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    [Comment from Michael ]
    Ramsey needs to go. He doesn't have the right quality. Guaranteed he gives up a goal to City.

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    [Comment from Guest ]
    Josh you mean the same way Mancini went for it in that 6-1 at Old Trafford?

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    [Comment from Skyler ]
    City have had mutiple late challenges and only one has been yellowed. I can see why Verm is mad

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    Ravi Ubha: Ramsey on for Diaby.

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    [Comment from Kevin ]
    It's not Ba, he is just a name, could be any exceptional player.

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    [Comment from Sean R. ]
    Ba wanted to go anywhere who is above Newcastle!

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    [Comment from Gunner 1 Toronto ]
    If Ba can bang in 11 goals for Newcastle, with the likes of Cazorla and Wilshere behind him one would think he will bang in more goals for gunners right.... really getting tired of Wenger

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    Ravi Ubha: Vermaelen better watch it. He's yapping at Dean to hand out cards to City. Dean tells him to be quiet.

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    [Comment from Josh ]
    Here's the difference between Mancini and Fergie, SAF would have had his team going for the throat and be up 4 or 5 by now.

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    [Comment from Guest ]
    i need one more goal for my over............tevez?

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    Ravi Ubha: He said it last month.

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    [Comment from Guest ]
    Ravi how do you know Ba wanted to go to Arsenal? it works two ways doesnt it? see thats the fantasy football he's talking about

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    Ravi Ubha: Yes.

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    [Comment from john marston ]
    Saving Podolski for midweek?

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    [Comment from Kevin ]
    I don't understand why 2 years down the road the club keeps saying things will be different financially. If that's the case can't you just make a few adjustments/alterations to the plan and books and make it happen now?

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    Ravi Ubha: Giroud on for Podolski.

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    Ravi Ubha: Yes a little: Last trophy - eight years ago.

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    [Comment from Mike ]
    Ravi, do you think the last couple years have tarnished Wenger's legacy at the club at all?

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    [Comment from Josh ]
    Of course we're talking Wenger. It's not like much is happening in the game.

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    Ravi Ubha: Not so fantasy. Wenger said he wanted to sign exceptional players. So why not Ba especially with his price tag?

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    [Comment from Dave ]
    This isn't fantasy football. Statements like only if we would have signed Ba, and Moyes came and took Fellani plus Baines with him. Glad to see fans are so intelligent.

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    [Comment from Brandon COYS ]
    Absolutely Skyler, but I see him stepping down soon.

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    Ravi Ubha: Milner with a yellow for a sliding tackle on Wilshere. Fans all happy.

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    Ravi Ubha: It was always bound to happen after what happened early...

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    [Comment from Boston Gunner ]
    I love that this chat has evolved into a discussion on Wenger's future rather than the game.

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    [Comment from jaime ]
    why dont arsenal play carl jenkinson over sagna?

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    Ravi Ubha: True.

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    [Comment from Skyler ]
    People talk as if Arsene will leave. He is adored by the board for how much money they rake in. He will only ever leave if he quits. He will never be fired.

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    Ravi Ubha: Would love to see Fellaini and Baines...

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    [Comment from Boston Gunner ]
    If Moyes was to go to Arsenal, could we see any Everton players come with him?

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    [Comment from Josh ]
    Wilshire is begging for a card with his reactions to calls. Mike Dean being lenient but he's walking a thin line.

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    Ravi Ubha: Arsenal trying to get back into it. Wilshere the driving force. Arsenal create a chance but Gibbs' shot from the edge of the box is blocked.

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    [Comment from David ]
    I think mourinho is overrated. Would never want him at city.

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    [Comment from john marston ]
    I think Moyes' next job is for a national team, like England or France.

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    [Comment from Kevin ]
    I'd take Moyes, Pep, or Laudrup. All still smart with funds but potentially better tactically. Also just a new voice. Too much power and stubborness centered around one man. Either he needs to change or the club needs to make a change.

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    [Comment from Gunner 1 ]
    Why did arsene wenger pass on demba Ba.... for that price i feel it was a good buy..

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    [Comment from Skyler ]
    All this talk about people playing terribly and I never hear Sagna. He has been horrible these past couple games.

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    [Comment from LFC-USA ]
    Wasn't Van Persie injury-prone before??? What happened to that?!?!?

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    [Comment from Josh ]
    I'm a Spurs fan and Moyes was my first choice to Replace 'Arry when he was fired.

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    [Comment from Boston Gunner ]
    Moyes doesn't play the same style as Wenger

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    [Comment from DAnjou ]
    but i am sure city have the talent and the money that would interest Mourinho

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    [Comment from Mike ]
    I'd love to see Moyes at Arsenal, would be interesting to see him motivate the squad.

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    Ravi Ubha: Great work by Milner to latch onto a Silva ball, great cross, Dzeko rises but his header is wide.

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    Ravi Ubha: More grumbling from the fans when Walcott is called off-side. But again, the right call.

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    [Comment from Kevin ]
    For club and coach that is supposedly based around youth policy and the academy Arsenal produces way too few first team quality players through their system. If that's what you wanted to be you need to invest more in it and be like Dortmund, Barca, and Ajax

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    [Comment from ChrisNYC ]
    If Wenger goes, Arsenal has to go for Moyes

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    [Comment from silvinho ]
    van persie is without a doubt, the primary reason for manchester united's big lead

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    [Comment from Xri ]
    as a United fan, we blew 9 point lead in a blink last season

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    [Comment from Jake Nazar ]
    As a Chelsea fan I personally would love Pep. Think he could really get all our attacking pieces in shape and get us going. But my first option if he leaves Real, and Roman can swallow his pride is.........Jose.

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    [Comment from Boston Gunner ]
    If Wenger is gone I want AVB

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    Ravi Ubha: The job he really wants is at United. But I don't think Fergie will call it quits this season.

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    [Comment from DAnjou ]
    what about mourinho, clearly it's not working out this season at Madrid, think City would entice him?

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    [Comment from Dave ]
    Arsenal raise the fee for Mata and Chelsea outbid them anyway. Start thinking realistically people.

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    Ravi Ubha: Will take your word for the stat. But they've hardly looked dominant.

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    [Comment from Zac ]
    City overtaking United? As a City fan I'd be more than happy with that but did you know that as it currently stands that United have taken 55 points in the first 22 games which is a record for them. They are at a blistering place right now...

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    Ravi Ubha: LOL

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    [Comment from Wenger ]
    When Koscielny comes back, it will be like a new signing.

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    [Comment from Zefa ]
    Having said that, if Wenger leaves, I would want Pep Guardiola.

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    [Comment from Ryan ]
    When Arsenal finish behind Spurs for the first time in almost forever, how does the transfer landscape change? WIthout Champions League are Arsenal even a destination for top talent ?

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    [Comment from Jake Nazar ]
    Alex Song could do so much more. He was effective going forward but extremely strong at the back. They lack that true, rigid defensive shape. Still question marks of Gibbs at LB, Diaby you can never trust, and they definitely need options going forward.

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    Ravi Ubha: I'll stick with my pre-season picks: 1. City 2. United 3. Chelsea 4. Tottenham

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    [Comment from Guest ]
    How do you see the top 4 shaking out come May?

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    Ravi Ubha: I've heard that before, too. I don't know, I just think that Pep wants to come to England.

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    [Comment from kharon ]
    yesterday chris murphy says it will be bayern, do you?

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    Ravi Ubha: GREAT point.

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    [Comment from Zefa ]
    I like David Moyes. He's honest plus he treats players like professionals, giving them their required criticism. Unlike Wenger who always backs them up.

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    [Comment from guest ]
    pep will not go to chelsea

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    Ravi Ubha: Yes, sir.

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    [Comment from Kevin ]
    Worst part is the sending off means Arsene will use that as a reason why he doesn't need to buy. If we were at full strength we would have won, is sure to be his after game quotes

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    Ravi Ubha: Oh, yeah, it's clear that Roman wants him. It's whether the opposite is true.

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    [Comment from Zac ]
    On a side note Ravi.... do you think Pep ends up at Chelsea for next season. Abramovich seems fascinated by him...

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    Ravi Ubha: Diaby is NO Song.

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    [Comment from john marston ]
    Arsenal misses Alex Song, though Diaby is back.

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    [Comment from Zefa ]
    Doesn't Wenger feel the frustration? What really does go through in his mind?

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    [Comment from ChrisNYC ]
    I worry that Arsenal is just out of ideas at all levels. I think the entire squad needs a shakeup. We should let Arsene move upstairs in an executive role and bring David Moyes in during the summer.

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    [Comment from Josh ]
    Chelsea have a chance, but Swansea are tough at home.

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    [Comment from Mark D ]
    It is going to be rough to come back away to two goals down in wales though. They can do it, but chances are slim

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    Ravi Ubha: For one, not having a proper DM means Arteta is being wasted a little. At Everton he was played higher up the pitch.

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    [Comment from Raza_88 ]
    @Zefa, I think RVP's departure and a lack of depth in quality has meant that the likes of TV5 and Arteta have had to take more responsibility and try to do more, which has led to a decline from last season

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    Ravi Ubha: Hmmm, not sure, really.
    I just hope he's back and healthy soon. Tennis needs him.

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    [Comment from Morty ]
    Ravi do you see Rafa winning more than maybe one more French Open, if that?

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    Ravi Ubha: Yes, they can.
    Seeing how many goals they can score (especially away from home), the tie is not over.

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    [Comment from Jake Nazar ]
    Ravi, speaking of the League Cup Semi. Can Chelsea come back?

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    [Comment from r_ubha via Twitter]
    J. Redknapp and Souness disagree with Quinn (thankfully) and say it was the right call by Mike Dean. Seemed the right call to me.

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    [Comment from Zefa ]
    But Vermaelen used to be the stronghold in our defense last season. Our defense suffered when he WASN'T there rather than the other way round. So what is so different this season? Is captaincy a reason behing it to some extent?

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    Ravi Ubha: Thankfully common sense, Redknapp and Souness on Sky say it was a pen and sending off.

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    Ravi Ubha: Funny, I thought last week that Arsenal over Swansea would be a banker in the replay due to Swansea's League Cup semifinal. But they're on a real high after winning the first leg, then holding Everton 0-0 at Goodison.
    Plus, they've already won at the Emirates this season.

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    Ravi Ubha: Yes.

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    [Comment from Jake Nazar ]
    Didn't Arsenal pass on Mata for a matter of 1.5M?

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    [Comment from Raza_88 ]
    The worst part is that not only will we lose, but the likes of Wilshere and Cazorla will be exhausted for Swansea in 3 days' time. Might just as well take them off and put on Santos and Ramsey to give them a run.

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    Ravi Ubha: He won't be subbed out. The only way he'll come off is if he's injured or gets a red.

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    [Comment from Chicago Gunner ]
    If Vermaelen needs to be subbed out, who do we have? Coquelin? Jenkinson?

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    Ravi Ubha: Yet another player Arsenal was linked with ...

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    [Comment from MVP_Xanadu ]
    Arsenal should've signed Vertonghen.

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    [Comment from Josh ]
    Watching the replay again, I've changed my mind. There's not a defender as close as I thought. Red was the right card.

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    Ravi Ubha: I agree. He is having a poor, poor season.
    If he played for a team that had more of a defensive focus (Chelsea, Liverpool) he'd be outstanding and not feel like he has to do everything.

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    [Comment from kharon ]
    vermaelen is actually losing steam and makes his partner worse in my opinion. what happened to him?

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    [Comment from DAnjou ]
    I still do believe City still have a lot of work to catch Man U. The team still lacks the bite of last season

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    [Comment from Josh ]
    If city is smart, every run is at vermaelen now.

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    Ravi Ubha: Boos around the Emirates as the HT whistle goes. 2-0 City. How many more?

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    [Comment from El Rob ]
    I agree with de Selby, Mancini will never forget How the League Was Won.

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    Ravi Ubha: Vermaelen hacks down Dzeko and gets a yellow.

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    [Comment from Zefa ]
    Just thinking of random possibilities that could make Wenger sign quality players.

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    [Comment from Robert ]
    Pepito - it happened last year after the ManU Massacre

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    Ravi Ubha: Three minutes of stoppage time.

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    [Comment from Josh ]
    Arsenal defending really shaky this year especially on set pieces

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    [Comment from Timpy ]
    The big defender....I mean Jack Wilshire...clearing the lines. That was close. A third before the break would be a killer.

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    [Comment from de Selby ]
    City not going to cut into the point differential today but have a chance to cut into the goal differential.

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    [Comment from Pepito ]
    It's ridiculous to suggest that the result of one match should decide transfer policy. Arsenal could use another striker and winger perhaps but whether you sign someone or not depends on who is available and at what price

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    [Comment from Guest ]
    Zeta ..Walcott is not that great of a player to dictate anything

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    Ravi Ubha: A Garcia header off the line by Wilshere!

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    Ravi Ubha: City corner.

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    [Comment from Zefa ]
    If Arsenal loses, Wenger blames Red Card, doesn't sign players. If Arsenal by some miracle step up and win, Wenger states the team has enough talent, still doesn't sign players. In the long run, any result is a lose-lose for us Gunners.

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    [Comment from Josh ]
    City has taken the foot off the gas a bit.

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    [Comment from Zefa ]
    I hope Walcott has a 'sign exceptional players or I won't sign da thing' condition. Maybe that will put some sense into Wenger.

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    Ravi Ubha: In fairness to Koscielny, he was Arsenal's best defender last season. Being in and mostly out of the lineup this season isn't a recipe for success.

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    Ravi Ubha: Wilshere's floated ball into the box is headed away to safety.

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    [Comment from Mark D ]
    Koscienly isn't a good defender in my book. He makes costly mistakes like the one today and their have been other unnecessary fouls around the box that are just too costly

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    Ravi Ubha: One diminutive midfielder fouls another (Wilshere). Free kick from 30 yards.

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    [Comment from kharon ]
    he might spend ravi, if they lost by 8 goals again

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    [Comment from Josh ]
    It's over as long as City don't lose focus thinking it's over. Otherwise it's still only 2-0

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    [Comment from Timpy ]
    Good words Jake. Its not over yet. Arsenal fans just wait for City to get complacent and take your chances. Don't do a Sturridge.

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    Ravi Ubha: Of course not. He'll just point to the red card and say that was the reason they lost.

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    [Comment from jaime ]
    do you think this will kick start wenger to spend?

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    [Comment from Guest ]
    Have you people seen Arsenal's defense? The scoring's just begun.

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    [Comment from Jason ]
    Jake, Arsenal doesn't have a Drogba, Lampard, Ramires, Cech, etc.

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    [Comment from Boston Gunner ]
    The difference is that Arsenal is down.

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    [Comment from Zefa ]
    Wenger's half time speech: " The red card wasn't fair. Hold on if you can."

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    Ravi Ubha: I get your point, but it was 11 v 11. And WBA is no City.

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    [Comment from Xavier ]
    Ravi if I've learned anything from football over the past few seasons, nothing is impossible. How many people foresaw Reading beating West Brom yesterday when they were down 2-0 in the 80th minute?

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    Ravi Ubha: But game over.

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    Ravi Ubha: Great point.

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    [Comment from Jake Nazar ]
    I never say game over. In football you never know what can happen. I was watching an American football game which looked over but was turned around. When Chelsea we're down to 10 men, 2-0 down in the Camp Nou against Barcelona didn't all you experts say it was over?

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    [Comment from john marston ]
    Good run from Podolski leading to the shot on target.

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    Ravi Ubha: Knee injury.

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    [Comment from Zac ]
    Can't remember, but is Kolarov hurt? He doesn't seem to play as much before...

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    [Comment from Guest ]
    What does Wenger say when he no longer has the Champion's League qualification "trophy" to hang his hat on? "I resign," perhaps?

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    Ravi Ubha: Yes, game over.

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    [Comment from Osahh ]
    Safe to say game over?

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    Ravi Ubha: Combining well on the right.

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    [Comment from Jake ]
    Milner and Zabaleta both looking very good today.

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    Ravi Ubha: Easily de Gea. Gerrard's shot was from distance, Tevez's was closer. I actually thought it was a good reaction save.

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    [Comment from YP ]
    Worse rebound? De Gea v. L'Pool or Szczecny vs. City?

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    [Comment from Morty ]
    excessive celebration please do we really need to see these childish messages on guys' tee shirts?

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    [Comment from Zefa ]
    In parallel universe we would have been better off if Koscielny hadn't brought Dzeko down and let him score.

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    [Comment from Wu ]
    Dzeko should have saved the t-shirt reveal. What if he scores again now? Nowhere to go but down.

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    [Comment from Jan in Cardiff ]
    Should I just turn the game off now and spare myself any more pain?

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    [Comment from GFOP Patrick ]
    Whelp this one is over

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    [Comment from Skyler ]
    He looked to be offside for sure after the Silva touch?!

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    Ravi Ubha: Darn, couldn't see it!

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    [Comment from MVP_Xanadu ]
    What'd Dzeko's shirt say?

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    Ravi Ubha: Great work to start by Zabaleta who wins possession; feeds Milner; ball across goal to Tevez, whose sliding shot is saved; rebound straight to Dzeko for a tap in.

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    Ravi Ubha: Dzeko on the rebound.

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    Ravi Ubha: 2-0!

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    Ravi Ubha: I hardly think City will need a late goal today to get points.

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    Ravi Ubha: Great call, and totally agree.

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    [Comment from Morty ]
    if I'm Mancini Balo never gets near the pitch today with the ref itching to even things up with another red card.

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    [Comment from Cgeorge ]
    Can Arsenal pick up Damarcus Beasley in the transfer window ?

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    [Comment from Raza_88 ]
    And thats why Walcott needs to stop taking set pieces; he's no Henry

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    [Comment from Skyler ]
    With how much Arsenal charge, they will park the jet

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    [Comment from Jake Nazar ]
    My Chelsea do very well parking the bus though (see I can play the joke too).

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    [Comment from Joe ]
    Garcia is underrated in my opinion... very dangerous player. Arsenal looks stunned. They need to pick it up and get into the game...

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    [Comment from Raza_88 ]
    As a realistic Gooner, this match is over.

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    [Comment from Boston Gunner ]
    Ravi, the Gunners don't do well in parking the bus though.

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    [Comment from Jake Nazar ]
    A point against the 2nd placed team, down a man, is pretty solid. Why any reason to go forward? Stay deep and compact hope for something on the counter.

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    [Comment from Mark D ]
    Due to the previous stat of never wininng at emirates I was hoping for no chance of three for City, but chances are they will be closing that gap that united earned earlier today

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    Ravi Ubha: Wow, should have been 2-0. Garcia with a free header from a Barry cross, but it's wide of the post by two yards at least.

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    [Comment from JamesHMartin via Twitter]
    RT @ESPNFC: United won a tale of two halves vs. Liverpool, but what does the victory say about #MUFC and the Prem? @JamesHMartin http:// ...

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    [Comment from Zefa ]
    Wenger always finds something/one to blame. He'll never blame his squad. Something which Moyes isn't afraid to do when need be.

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    Ravi Ubha: Another City corner. One way traffic, as you would expect with City the opposition.

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    Ravi Ubha: No, come on. You have to think defensively. Keep it close and then try to nick a late goal.

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    [Comment from Boston Gunner ]
    My biggest problem is that in these types of games when you lose a player and go down early, you should take some risks. Instead Wenger plays conservatively.

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    [Comment from PCarrESPN via Twitter]
    Sad to see this note end: James Milner scores Man City's 1st PL goal at Arsenal since DaMarcus Beasley in 2007.

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    Ravi Ubha: Tevez with a rasping shot straight to Szczesny that sting's the Pole's hands. But he gathers safely.

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    Ravi Ubha: As I said earlier, I thought City would win 11 v 11, but now an Arsenal win is almost impossible.

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    Ravi Ubha: If they do lose ugly, well, it'd all be down to the red.

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    [Comment from Guest ]
    City are going to score 5 or 6. In the post-match presser, Wenger will say he's happy with his squad, proud of the effort, no need to strengthen.

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    [Comment from Zefa ]
    I change my prediction to 2-1 Arsenal. Yes, still optimistic.

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    [Comment from Guest ]
    This game has the controversy that was expected in the United - Liverpool game

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    [Comment from PCarrESPN via Twitter]
    Manchester City has 10 wins & 1 draw when scoring first this PL season. The draw was against...Arsenal.

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    [Comment from Adam ]
    Zabaleta was more touched by the ball than Podolski's arm...

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    [Comment from Zefa ]
    Doesn't seem like we're going to score let alone win, so far. A miracle would be nice.

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    [Comment from GFOP Patrick ]
    Seriously seems like a fight is going to break out at some point

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    [Comment from de Selby ]
    Podolski elbowed Milner earlier, too. Playing dirty.

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    [Comment from Morty ]
    footballers are so cute when they're angry

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    [Comment from Boston Gunner ]
    Arsenal concede yet another free kick goal. "Thats a surprise" says no one

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    Ravi Ubha: Ah, nothing much, really. Just an accidental slap across the face. At least it looked like it was an accident.

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    [Comment from JamesHMartin via Twitter]
    My thoughts on United's tale-of-two-halves win over Liverpool tinyurl.com/adajcor

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    Ravi Ubha: Zabaleta is FURIOUS at Podolski.

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    [Comment from Guest ]
    This is going to get ugly

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    [Comment from Adam ]
    Well, that's that then...

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    [Comment from Zefa ]
    Well I guess that was coming.

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    Ravi Ubha: Great shot after a quickly taken free kick. Arsenal asleep. Tevez to Milner, who from a tight angle nestled it inside the post.

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    [Comment from JamesTylerESPN via Twitter]
    Really? James Milner?

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    Ravi Ubha: CIty, Milner!

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    [Comment from JamesTylerESPN via Twitter]
    @LeanderOnFOX perceived lack of size never bothered Cafu, Roberto Carlos, Lahm etc

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    Ravi Ubha: GOAL!

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    [Comment from Morty ]
    Dzeko needs to go back to being a sub.

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    [Comment from Jan in Cardiff ]
    Dzeko is learning things from Walcott.

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    [Comment from Mark D ]
    The refs can stop play if they deem it necessary

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    [Comment from JamesTylerESPN via Twitter]
    Ideally, if you're a Man City fan you'd have wanted Edin Dzeko to win the penalty and Mario Balotelli to take it.

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    [Comment from Nick ]
    Arsenal are built to be a man up, not a man down.

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    Ravi Ubha: Mancini is livid.

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    Ravi Ubha: Not Dzeko's day so far.
    He's never shy to shoot, is he? On the left, inside the box, has two man to cut the ball to across goal but his left-footed shot slices wide.

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    [Comment from American Gunner ]
    Terrible choice. Ox is a workhorse who can challenge players box to box

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    [Comment from mike ]
    should have taken off diaby instead...

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    [Comment from de Selby ]
    You can't stop play there. Why do refs keep doing this?!?

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    [Comment from JamesTylerESPN via Twitter]
    @LeanderOnFOX Rafael is closer. Having a superb season.

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    [Comment from Chicago Gunner ]
    I'm not convinced, I'm upset about the red... seems like when they go a man down or a goal down, Arsenal tend to shift into overdrive.

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    Ravi Ubha: He's up.

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    Ravi Ubha: Could be more problems for Wilshere, who stays down after he takes a stud in the back of the calf.

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    Ravi Ubha: Amidst the brouhaha, Wenger takes off the Ox and brings on Mertesacker.

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    [Comment from Robert ]
    So... has Wenger changed the shape yet? Dropping Diaby closer to the back?

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    [Comment from john ]
    the zipper gets a better workout than the players

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    [Comment from Geoff ]
    With 10 Arsenal looks fit..........the crowd is amazing right now

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    Ravi Ubha: Hart blocks, unconvincingly, and Theo's shot from the edge of the box slices over the bar.

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    Ravi Ubha: Sagna's cross is blocked by Clichy's arm...Arsenal want a pen but just a corner.

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    Ravi Ubha: The zipper is at least working.

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    [Comment from de Selby ]
    Wenger is so angry he looks to have squished all the puffy out of his coat.

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    Ravi Ubha: OK, let's get on with the rest of the game.

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    [Comment from Nick ]
    If that's a consistent red card in the BPL, then Stoke will never have more than 8 players on the pitch after 90 minutes.

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    Ravi Ubha: LETTER OF THE LAW. Dean was NOT wrong.

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    [Comment from JamesTylerESPN via Twitter]
    @footymac DOGSO. And last man.

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    [Comment from PCarrESPN via Twitter]
    @TomDarlo Sorry. That's the American style.

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    [Comment from Guest ]
    Ravi - what are the grounds for giving a red? surely a penalty and yellow is enough??

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    Ravi Ubha: Good one.

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    [Comment from Guest ]
    What makes you think Arsenal will get into the City box at all?

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    [Comment from Zefa ]
    Wenger spent some of the transfer money on his haircut.

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    [Comment from El Rob ]
    Man City need to tread carefully with emotions still running high, it wouldn't be the strangest thing to see a City player sent off to "even things up."

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    [Comment from JamesTylerESPN via Twitter]
    @fistedaway oh well done.

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    [Comment from Matt (NJ) ]
    It was denial of an obvious goal scoring opportunity, which is by definition red.

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    [Comment from Jake Nazar ]
    People, Koscielny is the last man and it's a clear goal scoring opportunity. That means RED.

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    [Comment from Mark D ]
    No question on the color of the card, would have been different if he wasn't the last man

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    [Comment from Guest ]
    In that situation, should have been a penalty but that is all! Now it changes the entire game. Not a red card!

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    [Comment from Nick ]
    I think you're being extra harsh on this because you're afraid of seeming biased, Ravi.

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    Ravi Ubha: But hey, refs have been known to even them out, so you can bet when Arsenal gets into the City box, there'll be some falls.

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    Ravi Ubha: Refs can't make calls based on sentiment (Nial Quinn just said on Sky, or wondered, if Dean could have just given out a yellow not to spoil the game). Again, the right decision.

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    Ravi Ubha: Yes. Clear goal scoring opportunity and Koscielny was the last man.

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    [Comment from Joe ]
    Was that Red worthy? Penalty? of course... Yellow sure... But Red?

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    [Comment from American Gunner ]
    The only thing that would have made that save better was if Balotelli had missed it.

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    [Comment from ckell ]
    That was a matter of inches

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    [Comment from Zefa ]
    We are still in the game. YES! but a man down.

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    [Comment from Josh ]
    American football tackle. Clearly a penalty but i would have thought yellow not red

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    [Comment from Zac ]
    Dzeko wants to go back to Germany? Fine by me. (Although actually he has been pretty good this year).

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    [Comment from Morty ]
    Milito would have made that

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    [Comment from Chicago Gunner ]
    I'm moving to Poland so I can just run around and hug random strangers!

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    Ravi Ubha: Consolation for the Gunners. Now they have 80 minutes to hang on...

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    [Comment from JamesTylerESPN via Twitter]
    Once again, Liverpool and Arsenal fans set to commiserate together. Though Szczesny's save yields fresh hope.

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    [Comment from rogbennett via Twitter]
    Curse of Damarcus Beasley?

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    Ravi Ubha: Saved by Szczesny, to the post, then along the goal line and back into the Pole's arms.

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    Ravi Ubha: SAVED!

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    Ravi Ubha: Dzeko to take the pen.

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    Ravi Ubha: As the last man he had to go.

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    Ravi Ubha: Koscielny on Dzeko. Dragged him down. Clear pen.

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    [Comment from JamesTylerESPN via Twitter]
    Well then. Second game of the day also ends prematurely. #Arsenal

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    Ravi Ubha: What on earth happened?

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    Ravi Ubha: To Arsenal!

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    Ravi Ubha: RED CARD!

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    Ravi Ubha: Panic in the box, opportunity for Zabaleta to bang in another goal. But it's ping pong in the box and cleared.

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    Ravi Ubha: Good chance for Silva after Barry's slick pass. Block for a corner from Vermaelen.

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    Ravi Ubha: Meanwhile, good work by the Ox in the middle of the park near the City box but he's closed down.

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    Ravi Ubha: No. Wenger wanted to keep all the big players he sold. If they were strapped his tune would have been different.

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    [Comment from Guest ]
    Arsenal are cash strapped in the fact that if they hadn't sold those players, they would've been losing at minimum £20M per year.

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    [Comment from Johan ]
    I'll say this game ends either 2-2, or 2-1 Arsenal

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    [Comment from Johan ]
    leaning towards a draw today

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    Ravi Ubha: See Rooney, RVP, Ferdinand, etc.

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    [Comment from Ole Gunnar ]
    High price tag doesn't guarantee success. *see Veron

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    Ravi Ubha: Wouldn't say Arsenal are cash strapped by any means.

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    [Comment from Geoff ]
    Absolutely the battle of the cash heavy and the cash strapped

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    [Comment from Josh ]
    Finishing in the black is as good as a trophy

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    Ravi Ubha: There you go, Zefa. He wouldn't have.

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    [Comment from Zefa ]
    If the little boy inside RvP hadn't told him to leave he would have stayed and scoring goals anyway. It would have been us on the top. Provided Wenger had bought Cazorla and Podolski and Giroud if Persie had stayed.

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    [Comment from Pepito ]
    Some of us arsenal fans are actually fans of smart spending

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    [Comment from Jan in Cardiff ]
    I don't know about that Kevin. Maybe if they had kept RvP, Song, Fabregas and Nasri.

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    Ravi Ubha: So far it's been City doing the pressing and they win a corner when Tevez is closed down by Wilshere.

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    Ravi Ubha: Gosh, I remember that one.

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    [Comment from Robert ]
    Just hope it isn't the snoozefest 0-0 draw that this fixture brought a couple years ago...

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    [Comment from Johan ]
    RVP was a big loss

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    [Comment from Zefa ]
    Dzeko is nowhere near conservative. He's going to cause a lot of trouble for Arsenal

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    Ravi Ubha: Very chilly. Expect snow in other parts of the country.

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    [Comment from Johan ]
    Nice Weather today?

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    [Comment from Johan ]
    Expecting a lot of attacking I see

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    [Comment from mike ]
    SIGN UP MICHU

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    [Comment from Kevin ]
    If Arsenal had just kept Song and RVP they would be in the top 2 for sure and probably first.

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    [Comment from Jay Jay Okocha ]
    City's starting lineup is so conservative.

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    [Comment from Zefa ]
    Arsenal 4-3

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    [Comment from Jan in Cardiff ]
    Still always close to sellouts.

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    [Comment from Zefa ]
    That means even Arsenal fans are rich. They should cut on buying tickets and give that money to Wenger to sign exceptional players.

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    Ravi Ubha: Well, no, Arsenal fans want big names not gambles.

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    [Comment from Archer ]
    It also seems that Wenger is afraid to take gambles on lesser known players nowadays. A few of Swansea's cheap signings would be great depth for Arsenal at wages they're willing to pay.

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    Ravi Ubha: City 3-2.

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    [Comment from Johan ]
    Any predictions on the match?

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    Ravi Ubha: I don't think they sellout every game. You can see empty seats (home fans) for not as glamourous fixtures.

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    [Comment from Ole Gunnar ]
    Arsenal has the highest priced tickets in EPL and still sell out every game. Why would they change anything?

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    Ravi Ubha: City last won a league game at Arsenal in 1975.
    And to add to City's issues, Yaya Toure is at the Cup of Nations and Aguero is still injured.

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    [Comment from Wu ]
    Arsenal's goal this season is to achieve the highest possible profit margin

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    [Comment from Joe ]
    Well when Arsenal does have talent they just sell them off anyway recently at least...

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    [Comment from Ole Gunnar ]
    For every team that succeeds by spending more than they make there are 2 teams that dont quite make it and end up selling their best players off on the cheap. *see Santi Cazorla

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    Ravi Ubha: The former. I think Theo will sign very soon.

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    [Comment from Josh ]
    Which are City more likely to leave the Emirates with: Three points or Theo Walcott?

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    [Comment from Archer ]
    The wage utopian wage structure is Arsenal's biggest problem. Trying to pay everyone the same wages is causing them huge problems in offloading players that they no longer use.

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    Ravi Ubha: When he was shooting...

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    [Comment from Raza_88 ]
    I hope Diaby lasts 60 mins somehow; i can totally see him breaking down after 15 like he did at Chelsea

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    [Comment from Sloan20 ]
    Arsenal lack guts, I am not sure how much they cost on the transfer market but Arsenal might want to get some.

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    [Comment from Kevin ]
    But they don't develop first team players at a regular enough rate and quality to allow for them to rely on the academy yet. And the Champions League is certainly not a guarantee. What happens if they don't qualify? Then they continue to lose their best players and can't attract the best transfer targets. Oh and mess up their books.

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    [Comment from Josh A ]
    FFP will only ever impact mid-table PL teams. It's going to be a joke. The rich will get richer forever and the Utd bandwagoners will chalk it up to destiny.

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    Ravi Ubha: Wenger: "Muscular problem (Arteta)." Says playing Diaby is a risk.
    Good to play City: "I believe they're a different side. They might give us a different form."

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    [Comment from PCarrESPN via Twitter]
    No Yaya Toure for Man City today vs Arsenal; City won 4 of 5 games without him during last year's Cup of Nations.

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    [Comment from Arsnes Zipper ]
    neymar staying in brazil following pele foot steps

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    Ravi Ubha: Or Usmanov takes charge!

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    [Comment from Ukcoach ]
    Arsenal will not compete again for trophies until they sign Abramovich

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    Ravi Ubha: Maybe, Ole Gunnar, but teams will always find ways to get around financial fair play. Heck, they've had enough time to think of stuff now haven't they?

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    [Comment from Ole Gunnar ]
    Arsenal's model might not be exciting for fans now, but when the hammer drops on Man U's massive debt and Chelski and City's sugar daddys get bored, Arsenal will still be in good shape for the future.

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    Ravi Ubha: Finishing out of the top four would be a wake-up call.

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    [Comment from Jake Nazar ]
    True Ravi. They are content. Look at this season though. What if they don't make it? What if they finish 6th? When do they realize that eventually this whole "thing" or whatever it is, a project isn't going too work? Will they ever?

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    [Comment from Jake Nazar ]
    @PCarrESPN just sent most fascinating tweet: Last scorer for City in the league at Arsenal: DaMarcus Beasley.

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    [Comment from Kirf ]
    i think Balotelli bleached his hair so he could be mistaken for Dzeko when Mancini needs a late sub

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    Ravi Ubha: Kinda like Ronaldo, eh, and look what he's done?!

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    [Comment from Jan in Cardiff ]
    Neymar is not a player that would fit in with the Arsenal way. Too focused on his individual success.

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    Ravi Ubha: And yes, for all asking, Rosicky is out injured.

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    Ravi Ubha: I think they're content to keep the books in good shape, play in the Champions League and develop players.

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    [Comment from Kevin ]
    Why don't Arsenal understand that a real star/statement signing like Neymar would only enhance their financial success by increasing their global brand recognition, marketing opportunities, and oh yeah, their success on the field? Instead Arsenal keep looking for bargin bin players. Furstrating

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    Ravi Ubha: Dzeko in very good form.

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    [Comment from Mike ]
    Why not start Super Mario and bring super sub Dzeko off the bench?

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    Ravi Ubha: Depth, depth! He's thin on center forwards. And here's a guy who didn't need to acclimatize to the league.

  •  

    [Comment from Archer ]
    Wenger said he liked Ba, but he was a similar player to Giroud.

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    Ravi Ubha: Disagree totally. Not in every game. We'll agree to disagree.

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    [Comment from Guest ]
    You dont know anything Ravi. Diaby was fantastic for Arsenal in the matches he has featured in this season

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    Ravi Ubha: Been called worse!

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    [Comment from Arsen(al)eWenger ]
    You guys are all jerks

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    [Comment from huh? ]
    Just won $100 for the United game and hoping to do the same for City's match against Arsenal. PREDICTION: City vs Arsenal( 1 - 1) draw. SCORERS: Walcott & Tevez

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    Ravi Ubha: I don't think he can be convinced. He's just too stubborn -- unlike Fergie, who will admit to his mistakes and buy to cover them up.

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    [Comment from Raza_88 ]
    Ravi what will it take to convince Wenger that he needs to buy a genuine CDM to replace Song and that Diaby cant be relied on for that?

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    Ravi Ubha: Your welcome, Mark.

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    Ravi Ubha: No doubt: Tottenham. Much more depth.

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    [Comment from Pepito ]
    In your opinion who has the better team right now Arsenal or Spurs?

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    Ravi Ubha: Glad you could join us, Jan.

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    [Comment from Jan in Cardiff ]
    Hey Ravi, nice to be here.

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    Ravi Ubha: Sneijder too expensive in wages.

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    [Comment from Logan ]
    Surely Wenger could've contested for Demba Ba and sniffed around Wesley Sneijder...

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    [Comment from Kirf ]
    why doesn't Wenger just sign (unremarkable French player) and be done with it?

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    [Comment from Ole Gunnar ]
    7-0 loss here today to spark 4-5 rash mediocre signings for Arsenal?

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    Ravi Ubha: I wouldn't say so. Not top, top. And yes, he has struggled recently.

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    [Comment from Jake Nazar ]
    Ravi wasn't Cazorla supposed to be that "statement signing". Kind of fizzled out hasn't he?

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    Ravi Ubha: Good one.

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    [Comment from Chicago Gunner ]
    Everyone in Belgium is in South London right now, Ravi, let's be honest.

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    Ravi Ubha: Nothing is wrong per se but they're not as good as Germany, Spain, Italy, France, etc. You wouldn't say a superstar (massive superstar) plays in those other leagues.

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    [Comment from mike ]
    whats wrong with those three leagues?

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    [Comment from Mark D ]
    City haven't been in the greatest of form of late, so I actually think this game will be even closer.

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    [Comment from PCarrESPN via Twitter]
    Arsenal is unbeaten (19-0-8) in 27 straight home league games vs Man City; City’s last win was Oct. 1975.

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    [Comment from Wenger ]
    Have you not seen Diaby???

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    Ravi Ubha: Where are those callers from? Belgium, Netherlands, Portugal?

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    [Comment from Zefa ]
    Recently Wenger stated he gets a lot of calls from players wanting to play for Arsenal he can afford 90% of them (stated by himself) so what is he waiting for really?

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    Ravi Ubha: The fans would love a 'statement' signing after losing RvP, Fabregas, Nasri, etc.

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    [Comment from muliner ]
    if the gunners win the 2 games in hand they are in 4th already doubt he will spend to get to 2nd or 3rd

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    [Comment from Nate ]
    Exceptional and less than 20mil he means

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    Ravi Ubha: That would be typical of Wenger.
    He was linked with Ba at the same time as Chelsea. And look who reacted first. And the Ba fee was nothing, really.

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    [Comment from Mark D ]
    he is probably waiting until the good ones are gone, and then he will be like "I made bids for people that were taken"

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    Ravi Ubha: Arsenal: Szczesny, Sagna, Koscielny, Vermaelen, Gibbs, Diaby, Wilshere, Cazorla, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Podolski, Walcott. Subs: Mannone, Mertesacker, Andre Santos, Giroud, Ramsey, Coquelin, Jenkinson.

    Man City: Hart, Zabaleta, Kompany, Nastasic, Clichy, Javi Garcia, Barry, Milner, Silva, Tevez, Dzeko. Subs: Pantilimon, Lescott, Sinclair, Kolarov, Suarez, Rekik, Balotelli.

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    [Comment from Kate ]
    RVP was the BEST signing of the past couple of years. The instant impact on united is amazing...

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    Ravi Ubha: Yes, Pushed the ball straight to Sturridge. Does that a lot. I can't see De Gea being the starter next season.

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    [Comment from JamesTylerESPN via Twitter]
    @MatthewStanger indeed. Right now, all feels a bit likes block of flats without a ground floor.

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    [Comment from Guest ]
    Do you think De Gea could have done better

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    Ravi Ubha: Ponder that, folks. I'll send you over the lineups soon!

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    [Comment from Ole Gunnar ]
    Ok, over/under time. Man City to field over/under 2 former Arsenal players today?

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    Ravi Ubha: Calf injury, and that's a big loss because it's Diaby who comes in. I'm not a fan of Diaby. Way too inconsistent and his propensity for keeping his head down leads to losing possession quite a bit. He'd be better in a slower paced league.

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    [Comment from Joe ]
    I am shocked Arteta is out... Is he injured or just getting a rest? He isn't even on the sub list today...

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    [Comment from JamesTylerESPN via Twitter]
    Plenty of hope for #LFC but eventually, they must get a tangible, notable win against a relevant team.

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    [Comment from Zefa ]
    So far Wenger has been inactive. Where are the signings?

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    Ravi Ubha: I don't think it's done by any stretch. Not at all.

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    [Comment from Arctic ]
    Ravi, do you reckon United are bound for the title this year? They seem to have settled into their usual mid-season groove of playing mediocre but still winning. Or can City start a big run today and close the gap late like they did last year?

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    [Comment from Kate ]
    I think liverpool need some help....

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    Ravi Ubha: He said he'll be active if finding exceptional players. He doesn't think there are many out there.

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    [Comment from Zefa ]
    Wasn't Wenger supposed to be active during the transfer window?

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    [Comment from Sam ]
    That game exactly shows the influence of Robin Van Persie

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    Ravi Ubha: Let's not bother to reply -- only because you know he won't buy any players he should.

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    [Comment from mike ]
    which players could Wenger purchase this transfer window to improve Arsenal's squad?

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    [Comment from Arsnes Zipper ]
    theooo will come thru today!

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    [Comment from Robert ]
    Suspicious package? Probably just the 900 returned tickets...

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    Ravi Ubha: Jamie Redknapp on Sky saying Vidic off side on winning goal. Come on, Jamie, it was super tight.

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    [Comment from muliner ]
    henderson is trash

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    [Comment from Danny ]
    Where would the Reds be without Sturridge? (I'm a Yank, by the way...)

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    [Comment from Jogablognito ]
    I think Arsenal will surprise themselves by starting fairly well, maybe grabbing an early goal, but class will tell and City will take this, 2-0 or 2-1

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    Ravi Ubha: Funny one: United bossed the first 45 minutes, and that cost Liverpool. Just didn't work for Suarez today. Touches poor, but he was his usual hard-working self.

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    [Comment from JamesTylerESPN via Twitter]
    @MacAree welcome?

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    [Comment from JamesTylerESPN via Twitter]
    @MatthewStanger hope for "next time." Heartened by Suarez/Sturridge but passivity of first hour inexcusable.

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    [Comment from Kate ]
    In my opinion the United-Liverpool game was kind of sloppy

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    Ravi Ubha: Joke.

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    Ravi Ubha: That's a funny one, JT. Yeah, it was a pink package.

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    [Comment from LFC-Red ]
    Howard Webb, not bad officiating

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    [Comment from JamesTylerESPN via Twitter]
    A suspicious package outside the Emirates? Probably Nicklas Bendtner.

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    Ravi Ubha: But first, reports from the Emirates said that police had cordoned off the stadium due to a suspect package being found. But all apparently ok now.

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    Ravi Ubha: Sure.

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    [Comment from LFC-Red ]
    Can we talk about the Man-U LFC game?

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    Ravi Ubha: Great stat from Statsie.
    I reckon they'll score today.

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    [Comment from Ole Gunnar ]
    Wins today and next weekend to paper over the cracks in Arsenal?

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    [Comment from Kate ]
    since I am a United fan and can't stand City...What chance do you all think that Arsenal have today?

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    [Comment from PCarrESPN via Twitter]
    Man City hasn't scored in 5 straight league games at Arsenal; last scorer was DaMarcus Beasley in 2007.

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    Ravi Ubha: Hi, Nate, thanks for joining us.

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    [Comment from JamesTylerESPN via Twitter]
    Hindsight always tricky. Especially for #LFC. Subs had legit impact. Would it have been different if Sturridge started?

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    [Comment from Nate]
    Well good morning Ravi, I've been waiting for you...

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    Ravi Ubha: I'm laughing.

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    [Comment from Archer]
    Abou Diaby - like a new signing.

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    Ravi Ubha: Hi everyone, and welcome to game 2 of the Super Sunday double-header between Arsenal and Manchester City.
    Both teams need the points. City now 10 points behind United; Arsenal six behind fourth-placed Spurs.

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    Ravi Ubha: Over to you, City...