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FYS Rewind: Re-living Manchester City’s emphatic 6-3 win over Arsenal in 2013

Manchester City will be set to face Arsenal at the Emirates in the game week following the international break. Talking about unforgettable matches between the two sides, we didn’t have to search for too long, as the nine-goal thriller in December 2013 stays fresh in our brains, with what was one of the most entertaining games between the 2 sides.  

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Let’s re-live the moment…

Pre-match

Arsenal were enjoying a rare spell at the top of the table come this fixture, while Manchester City were sitting at third place. Both teams were in good form before the start of this match and were the most clinical sides in front of goal. Arsenal had scored more goals against Manchester City when playing the Blues away, but the Citizens had scored in a grand 57 consecutive home games, so goals were expected. And boy did the goals flow in!

 

 

14’ – Manchester City 1-0 Arsenal (Aguero)

Samir Nasri’s corner is flicked on by Martin Demichelis (yes, he was surprisingly resourceful in those times) onto the path of Aguero, who does well to adjust his body as he smashes in a right-footed volley. Aguero’s technique was superb, while Koscielny was caught napping.

 

 

 

31’ – Manchester City 1-1 Arsenal (Walcott)

Arsenal’s goal comes against the run of play as a tame Theo Walcott shot is deflected off Demichelis's head and goes into the net. The pull-back from Ozil caught the City defenders off guard, who gave too much space to Walcott and even the Arsenal players around him. The goal was bound to happen.

 

39’ – Manchester City 2-1 Arsenal (Negredo)

City are back in the game with the help of Negredo’s goal, who manages to beat Koscielny to a peach of a ball from Zabaleta and slots it into the net. Also, credits to Yaya Toure, whose beautifully lofted pass released Zabaleta.

 

 

42’ – SUB Laurent Koscielny injured

The afternoon gets worse for the French defender, who is stretchered off after trying to stop Negredo from scoring and getting injured in the process.

City go 2-1 into the half time break but could have scored more after they missed a host of chances.

 

 

 

48’ – SUB Sergio Aguero injured

A big blow for the Citizens! Another injury, this time to Sergio Aguero. The bad news is that City’s most prolific striker is injured at a crucial time, also when City seemed lethal going forward. The good news is that they have other strikers at their disposal. Though they decide to bring on Jesus Navas in his place.

 

 

50’ – Manchester City 3-1 Arsenal (Fernandinho)

And City lash out that frustration in the form of another goal soon after the substitution takes place, and they now have a two-goal lead with the help of Fernandinho, who scores his first goal for the sky blues in the league. Ozil decides to become sloppy and gifts the ball straight to the Brazilian who takes the opportunity to curl it into the goal. A beautiful shot.

 

 

63’ – Manchester City 3-2 Arsenal (Walcott)

Walcott with his second of the game and his brilliant movement is complimented with a well-taken goal. He does well to lift the ball over an abnormally tall Pantilimon into the back of the net. Game on!

 

66’ – Manchester City 4-2 Arsenal (Silva)

Oops! Arsenal fans must be pulling their hair out in frustration as City regain their 2-goal lead. Navas puts in a low cross in the box, which finds Silva’s feet. The tiny Spaniard does well to fire in past the keeper. A sweet finish!

 

88’ – Manchester City 5-2 Arsenal (Fernandinho)

And Manchester City seem to have put the game to bed after Fernandinho becomes the second player in the match to score 2 goals. Beautiful interplay from Nasri and Fernandinho, as they pass it back and forth before the Brazilian midfielder dinks it over the Arsenal keeper. This has been a game of fine finishes. But it’s not over here.

 

90+4’ – Manchester City 5-3 Arsenal (Mertesacker)

The goals keep on coming. After a Nicklas Bendtner aka Lord Bendtner goal is ruled off for offside, Mertesacker scores an almost similar goal from future City player Bacary Sagna’s cross. Too little too late though, but the neutrals are enjoying it.

 

90+6’ – Manchester City 6-3 Arsenal (Yaya Toure)

Looks like all common goal scorers for City are in the mood to score in this game. Szczesny brings down James Milner and doesn’t bother arguing too. Yaya Toure smashes the ball past the keeper with what is surely the last goal of the game.

 

 

Full-time

Goals, key-injuries, key-decisions, beautiful play – this game offered a lot. Even Arsenal would be proud scoring 3 past City at the Etihad. I’m sure football lovers wouldn’t mind another goal fest at the Emirates come this weekend.

 

Here's the highlight video of Manchester City smashing Arsenal

 

 

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