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Monday, December 21, 2015

A Big Christmas Week Match-up!

Matches don't get bigger than today's clash between Arsenal and Citeh. It's a wee bit early to speak of "title deciders," but this one will certainly indicate who is likely to end up on top in May. Join me for all the action from the Emirates this afternoon from 2:45pm onward on NBC Sports Channel and here on the LOB!

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Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Afternoon, chaps! Manchester City’s Premier League record at Arsenal is downright abysmal, with one victory in 18 attempts, and the Gunners’ home record this season, at least domestically, is roaringly impressive, with their only defeat coming against the Hammers. Nicely poised, then.

2:20 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

The two sides go in today 2nd vs. 3rd. Neither has a chance of topping Leicester, who are five points clear now and could be four points clear at the top at Christmas if this is a dull draw. A win for Arsenal would bring them within two points and a win for Citeh would close the gap to three points.

2:25 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

City make four changes: Sterling, Clichy, Navas and Bony are out, De Bruyne, Kolarov, Delph and Agüero are in. Bit of a risk with Aguero who's just back from a hammy and maybe a bit too early.

2:30 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

No sign of Alexis Sánchez in Arsenal’s squad.

2:30 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Petr Cech has a chance to break the clean sheets record in the Premiership today, currently held by David James. He's had 7 clean sheets in 16 appearances for the Gunners.

2:38 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Here are the teams warming up on the pitch right now:

Arsenal: Cech, Bellerin, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Monreal, Flamini, Ramsey, Walcott, Özil, Campbell, Giroud. Subs: Gibbs, Gabriel, Ospina, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Chambers, Iwobi, Reine-Adelaide.

Man City: Hart, Sagna, Otamendi, Mangala, Kolarov, Fernandinho, Touré, Delph, Silva, Agüero, De Bruyne. Subs: Sterling, Caballero, Bony, Jesus Navas, Clichy, Demichelis, Iheanacho.

Referee: Andre Marriner

2:38 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

A very flashy light show going on at the Emirates now as the teams gather in the tunnel.

2:55 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

The home side get us underway in tonight's clash.

3:00 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Not sure that NBC need two color commentators tonight. Both Lee Dixon and Timmy Howard are alongside Arlo White. Too many chefs?

3:02 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Citeh seem to be dropping deep from the off, allowing Arsenal possession. They look likely to be playing a game on the break.

3:04 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Joel Campbell is enjoying an extended run in the side with Alexis injured. Giroud caught offside again. Citeh playing a high line against the Gunners front line.

3:06 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Silva blazes well over.

3:07 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Another shot! it’s Fernandinho this time, with his right boot, from about the same position as Silva if you’d looked at Silva’s shot in a mirror. It goes to almost the same place, too.

3:11 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

DeBruyne is in trouble now with Andre Marriner after chopping down Theo. Should be a yellow but Marriner gave him the benefit of the doubt.

3:13 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Very evenly matched fixture so far, with no shots on goal to trouble the goalkeepers as of yet.

3:16 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Kolarov is lucky to get off the hook there as he commits a professional foul to prevent Ozil from breaking.

3:24 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

I’d missed the moment when De Bruyne tried to take a quick corner, accidentally kicked the flag and nearly fell over. What a moment. One for the blooper reels.

3:26 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

The game is starting to stretch, with both teams having turns to push and prod.

3:30 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Andre Marriner has finally run out of patience with Citeh - David Silva into the book for an elbow.

3:31 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Oh - the Ginger Winger had a chance to play Silva in there but elected to shoot - and got it wide. Silva not best pleased. Best chance of the match.

3:32 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

GOAL! Theo breaks the deadlock with a top drawer effort.

1-0!

3:33 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

And of course it was Ozil who fed him that chance. He collected the ball, jinked inside and curled one into the far corner with his right peg. First shot of the game for Arse.

3:34 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Oh - Arsenal go close from an Ozil corner now. Their tails are definitely up.

3:36 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

That Walcott goal should really open things up now. Citeh were relying on hitting the Gunners on the break. They'll have to be more adventurous in the second half now.

3:39 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

This one is winding down to the interval. Lots to talk about in the dressing room.

3:42 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

With Walcott racing left to right with a yawning chasm of space in front of him, Joel Campbell overhits his through-ball.

3:42 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Otamendi is lucky to escape a card for that challenge on Giroud.

3:44 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Citeh are goalless in their last three away matches in the Prem. Not a positive thought for their second half.

3:45 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Only a minute of stoppage to play off now.

3:45 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Some dazzling footwork there from Joel Campbell.

3:46 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

GOAL! And right on the stroke of half-time, Giroud doubles the Arsenal advantage!

2-0!

3:46 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Another lovely assist from Ozil, dinking the ball through there on a plate for the big Frenchman to slide it home.

3:47 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

And that makes for a happy half-time cuppa for the Arsenal fans. 2-0 at the interval.

3:47 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Raheem Sterling is warming up for a possible entrance in the second half.

3:59 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

We're back on for the second half and Sterling has replaced LUFC Academy kid Fab Delph. Citeh get get us underway.

4:02 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Otamendi finally gets that yellow card he's been begging for.

4:05 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Gibbs seems to be getting ready to come on.

4:06 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Oh - Campbell misses a sitter. Swept it over the bar when it was easier to score from that Monreal cross.

4:10 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Free kick chance for Citeh now. Kolarov to take....

Aguero darts in for a low header, straight into Cech's arms.

4:12 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Oh - Campbell was in there but could only poke it tamely toward Hart.

And now it's Giroud with a chance, just wide of the mark. Arsenal are all over Citeh now.

4:13 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Oh - great save by Hart from Theo there. Arsenal could be 3 or 4-0 up.

4:17 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Wilfried Bony looks to be about to come on, probably for Aguero who's not fully fit.

4:18 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

That's the last action for Aguero, who had a quiet night, feeding on scraps really.

4:19 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Otamendi’s diving tackle stops Campbell getting free in the area. He’s having to defend for two at the moment, because Mangala’s occupying some strange state in between existing and not existing.

4:21 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Arsenal are rampant but one goal back from Citeh could change things momentum wise.

4:22 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Yaya Toure is moving like an 80 year-old; what on earth is up with him?

4:24 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Oh - Ramsey had a half chance in the area but the ball doesn't quite come down for him.

4:26 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Campbell is replaced by Gibbs - Arsenal locking up the shop now.

4:26 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Diabolical dive there by Yaya, punished with a yellow card for simulation.

4:29 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

15 minutes left for Citeh to change things here. They're not going to do it with that kind of play - only one forward in the box on that attack.

4:31 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Bony gets his head to a long cross but Cech is able to easily grab it out of the air.

4:31 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

And now Arsene will replace Ozil with The Ox - nice move. The Ox can hold up things as well as anyone in the squad.

4:33 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Oh - Citeh break through Navas but he elected to try to square it to Bony, which was a more difficult option. Cleared out by Mert.

4:36 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Lee Dixon is underscoring that a team should never be caught on the break when they're 2-0 up.

4:37 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

GOAL! Yaya with a goal out of nothing passing the ball over Cech's head and into the top of the net. Superb!

2-1!

4:39 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Oh - Ramsey had a chance to kill it off again, but he ballooned the shot over the bar.

4:40 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Theo troops off after his goalscoring exploits.

4:45 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Into four minutes of stoppage time now.

4:49 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

That's that - Arsenal run out 2-1 winners and close the gap at the top to two points.

4:52 PM  
Blogger The Blue Devil said...

Over and out from me today - cheerio!

4:52 PM  

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