Before the game started I had high hopes of a victory and with it three points that would cement our third place.Song was back as was van Persie, our captain for the day.
Robin was up for the game, he nearly opened the scoring soon after the kick off, it old boy Toure hadn’t made the kind of
tackle that Arsenal Fans hadn’t seen him make in last couple of seasons with us.
Just before the half hour mark Bridge had to go off for the visitors, good I thought, surely this was Theo’s chance to make an impact against a ‘rusty’ Richards who had himself missed the last four games through injury.
We had a few chances, good ones – Robin’s perfect ball to Nasri who had timed his run perfectly in my opinion but again a
man in black, who obviously needs a trip to specsavers, raised his flag for offside. It was going to be one of those days!
Walcott fluffed another half chance and Given saved from Nasri..
Up the other end, I thought Paddy was going to break the deadlock, but for a crunching tackle from Sol Campbell which rolled back the years, he may well have done. The game was pretty boring, it lacked a real spark or a moment of magic that players like Cesc and Arshavin can give.
Home fans warmed up their vocal chords as the Big Fat lazy lump warmed up to come on in place of a once Highbury Hero, Patrick Vieira.
With the temperature raised, Bellamy and Song squared up for a fight, my money would have been on Song, I can’t stand that thug Bellamy.. Dean stepped in and peace was resumed, shame I thought, this game needed something 🙂
Rosicky fired in a low shot from 18 yards straight at Given after a little give and go with Nasri and we raised our game a
Lardy nabbed the ball from Silvestre, who had slipped, but in typical Lardy fashion, he ran the ball out of play – much to
the delight of the home fans. City then raised their own game, but thankfully there was little chance of them taking a lead.
Nicklas Bendtner then came on for Walcott, he nearly made an impact straight away, putting in a cross which eventually found Diaby, hoorah, for once he took a shot from 25 yards out, yes, honest, it was that far out, Given managed
to make a great save – the shot looked to be heading in the bottom corner until he got his fingertips onto it. The save
came at a cost for him though, the game for him was over and so is his season.
Bellamy was booked for tripping Bendtner and Van Persie followed him in the book after a nice late challenge on Lardy.
It was becoming a busy afternoon for referee Dean, as Pablo Zabaleta was also shown a yellow card for obstructing Eboue, the resulting free-kick from 25 yards out was taken by Van Persie but his effort went just inches wide of the top
All in all, a dull old 90 minutes, Citeh were nothing special and maybe with a bit more effort from a few of our players we would have gained all three points. Sums up the second half of our season really.
The title race for us is over, The Fat Lady really is singing.
We knew that really but while the mathematics showed we still had a chance, we had a chance….
Have a good day all, at least we didn’t lose, if that is any consolation…