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Arsenal Carved Apart at Eastlands

Martin BentleyCorrespondent INovember 22, 2008

Arsenal suffered their fifth defeat of the season with a 3-0 loss to Manchester City at Eastlands. The Gunners, without William Gallas after being stripped of the captaincy, Cesc Fabregas through suspension, and Emmanuel Adebayor through injury, looked a shadow of their usual selves, as City found it way too easy to slice through Arsenal's second choice defense.

Arsenal presented City with their first goal, a collision between Gael Clichy and Mikael Silvestre leading to Stephen Ireland putting the ball into stand-in captain Manuel Almunia's net just before half time.

In the second half, a sublime goal by Robinho and an injury time penalty from Daniel Sturridge after he had been brought down by Johan Djourou put the finishing touches to Arsenal's doom.

City should have scored two more—Robinho was marginally offside at one point, and Djourou cleared another of his shots off the line.

The only time Arsenal threatened was when Robin van Persie put the ball in the net, but only after he had kicked the ball out of Joe Hart's hands.

After the game, Arsene Wenger claimed that the result flattered City, saying that Arsenal's "spirit" was right, and that City "didn't create a lot." Having watched the game, only one team was ever likely to win and it wasn't the team in red and white.

Next for Arsenal is a home game against Dinamo Kiev in the Champions League, and then a huge game away at Chelsea next Sunday. On the form the Gunners showed this afternoon, Luis Felipe Scolari will be salivating.

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