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Late Aguero Goal Puts Arsenal Out Of The Carling Cup

by on November 30, 2011

Argentina international Sergio Aguero scored the only game of the game with seven minutes from time to end Arsenal’s hope of making the semi-finals of the Carling Cup. The score-line doesn’t reflect Arsenal’s performance in the match, arguably the better side throughout the match with several young players impressing. Aguero’s goal for Manchester City was their only shot on target in the match.

Arsenal made ten changes to the team which started against Fulham on Saturday, with it being a mix of youth and experience in the starting elven. Oxlade-Chamberlain, Frimpong, Coquelin and Miquel all started for the gunners with Yossi  Benayoun captaining the North London side. Arsène Wenger changed the formation to a 4-4-2 because forwards Park Chu-Young and Chamakh both started. Samir Nasri returned to the Emirates for the first since leaving Arsenal for Manchester City in the summer. De Jong, Johnson and Dzeko all started for Manchester City.

Ten minutes in to the match Chamakh done well to work the ball across to Coquelin who put in a low cross to Park at the back post for Pantilimon to make a great stop to deny the South Korea captain to putting Arsenal in to the lead. Later in to the first-half Oxlade-Chamberlain this time tried his luck from distance which forced Pantilimon to make another save. Mancini made an early substitution taking off Kolarov for Aguero in the first-half.

In the opening moments of the second-half Dzeko fired just wide of the Arsenal goal. Minutes later Oxlade-Chamberlain was causing Manchester City more problems by making Pantilimon punch away the England U21’s effort. Arsenal’s first substitution was Gervinho coming on for Park Chu-Young half away through the second-half. A good Arsenal move saw Chamakh firing well wide of the Manchester City goal. Dzeko had a good chance to put Man City in to the lead but his header went wide, he should have at least got it on target.

Ignasi Miquel was replaced with ten minutes to go for Thomas Vermaelen to come on for the North London side and slot in to left-back. A great run from Djourou in the Man City half, but his cross was too short for Benayoun who was in the box but Man City cleared for an Arsenal corner. In the resulting corner Man City started a counter attack which saw Adam Johnson playing a great through ball to Dzeko who controlled well and waited to make the vital pass to Aguero. And from the pass to Aguero, he finished well past Fabianski in the Arsenal goal.

Arsenal had a great opportunity to get back in to the match after a good cross from Gervinho but the cross couldn’t find Chamakh.

Arsenal team – Fabianski, Miquel (Vermaelen 80), Koscielny, Squillaci, Djourou, Frimpong, Coquelin, Benayoun, Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arshavin 87), Park (Gervnho 67), Chamakh

Subs not used – Mannone, Yennaris, Ozyakup, Eastmond

Fabianski –  6 Didn’t have too much to do, wasn’t really tested apart from Man City’s goal

Miquel – 7 For it being his first game back after missing last few Reserves games he done well and playing out of position.

Squillaci – 7 Was solid throughout the match

Koscielny- 8 He had a great game breaking up play, making tackles etc.

Djourou – 7 Another good performance from the Swiss International playing at right-back

Frimpong – 7 Kept Nasri very quiet throughout the game and was everywhere

Coquelin – 7 Done well showing his passing ability and defensive ability

Chamberlain – 8 Causing the Manchester City defence all sorts of problems and coming close to scoring for Arsenal

Benayoun – 6.5 Helped out Miquel in the first half a lot of the time but grew in to the game in the second-half

Park – 6 Worked hard but end product in the match

Chamakh – 6 Again he worked hard but lacked confidence in front of goal

Subs

Gervinho – 6 A couple of bright moments

Vermaelen- 6 Wasn’t on for long

Arshavin 6 – Wasn’t on for long

Despite the result there are positives Arsenal can take from the game  especially the performances of some of the younger players Frimpong, Coquelin and Chamberlain which will be great experience for them.  Expect a similar Arsenal looking team to play against Olympiakos in the Champions League because their already through to the next round. But Arsenal next play Wigan away in the Premiership on Saturday.

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