City on track as Moanrinho & Arsenic hit whinge overdrive – Man City v Arsenal

Premier League titles are never won in January, but can conceivably be lost.

Winners - Sergio & Manuel can steer City to back-to-back Premier League titles. Courtesy@MCFC

Winners – Sergio & Manuel can steer City to back-to-back Premier League titles. Courtesy@MCFC

Having hauled back what the media would have us believe was an ‘unassailable’ Chelsea, to sit level top on New Year’s Day, Manchester City know that two defeats before the end of the month, will once again seem them lagging eight points behind the Not So Special Snide Sneering One’s league leaders.

2015 is only 18 days old but the anti-Manchester City bandwagon rolls on unabated, fuelled by the incessant bile produced by Mourinho and Wenger and the pernicious piranhas of the press.

Thumbs Up - Super Frank acknowledges his winning goal in the 3-2 New Year's Day win over Sunderland. Courtesy@MCFC

Thumbs Up – Super Frank acknowledges his winning goal in the 3-2 New Year’s Day win over Sunderland. Courtesy@MCFC

Desperate to undermine City, if only to deflect from the shortcomings of media darlings Manure and the statistical reality that Louis’ Gaalacticos are no better than Football Genius, David Moyes’ Boys, the shyte scribers have been positively apoplectic about Super Frankie Lampard, Financial Fair Play and Wilfried Bony…whatever next, an investigation into Willy Caballero’s hairdressing bills – shock, horror, scandal.

One can only sit back in gobsmacked wonderment and laugh one’s proverbial socks off as the likes of obnoxious Ogden at the Daily Telegraph, Right Herbert at the less than Independent, LadyBoy at the Daily Fail and Jackass Jackson of the Grauniad, scavenge for scraps to besmirch City.

Carry on winning - City celebrate Yaya's stuning strike against Sunderland at the start of 2015. Courtesy@MCFC

Carry on winning – City celebrate Yaya’s stuning strike against Sunderland at the start of 2015. Courtesy@MCFC

What makes it even more hilarious is the twin agenda of decrying City, whilst trying to justify the double Dutch guff spewed out at Van Gutteral’s increasingly antagonistic press briefings.

Unbeaten now in their last 14 Premier League, Champions League and FA Cup fixtures, City have started the New Year as they ended the last – gaining points and making progress, despite crippling injuries and facing up to adversity.

Since losing to West Ham at the end of October, Manuel Pellegrini has steered City to nine wins and three draws in defence of their Premier League crown…often without star players David Silva, Sergio Aguero and Vincent Kompany.

Merlin the Mesmerising - David Silva has been at his outstanding best in recent weeks. Courtesy@MCFC

Merlin the Mesmerising – David Silva has been at his outstanding best in recent weeks. Courtesy@MCFC

The absence of the team’s entire attacking corps of Aguero, Dzeko and Jovetic for several games has been well documented, but still City continued their winning ways…and still the praise from the pundits and press was nigh on non-existent.

On the contrary, all City have courted in 2015 is pathetic prose relating to the ‘embarrassment’ surrounding the signing of Super Frankie Lampard, spurious allegations relating to breaches of Financial Fair Play and ‘green-eyed’ editorials on the acquisition of Wilfried Bony from Swansea.

Media maggots - The Man Utd loving 'journalists' would have us believe City are 'embarrassed' by the manner of Frank Lampard's signing from Chelsea.....errr NO! Courtesy@MCFC

Media maggots – The Man Utd loving ‘journalists’ would have us believe City are ’embarrassed’ by the manner of Frank Lampard’s signing from Chelsea…..errr NO! Courtesy@MCFC

It’s side-splittingly funny to think certain sections of the media actually believe their own propaganda that City are even remotely embarrassed by their ability to sign the Premier League’s all-time top scoring midfielder for free from their main rival.

Frank Lampard apparently went from Chelsea legend to leper for having the temerity to sign for the ‘City Group’, entitling him to play the whole season in City’s sky blue, prior to having a bite at the Big Apple and the MLS.

The shame of it all…how could Sheikh Mansour dare even step out of the front door?

Happy New Year - Jovetic helped ensure City were off to a flyer in 2015, scoring against Sunderland. Courtesy@MCFC

Happy New Year – Jovetic helped ensure City were off to a flyer in 2015, scoring against Sunderland. Courtesy@MCFC

Next up, City were to be subjected to more scrutiny from the corrupt halfwits of UEFA for foul play on FFP, allegedly ‘cooking the books’ by spreading business costs around the ‘City Group’ of companies in Manchester, Melbourne and New York.

Surely it was only a matter of time before City would be crippled by prat Platini’s bean counters and jobsworths? Maureen and Arsey must have been getting excited at the prospect of the Champions being unfairly handicapped…again.

Bad news boys – it ain’t happening – Khaldoon & Co are smart cookies. City have broken the mould with a burgeoning business model that can, and will, continue to support on-field success, in Manchester and the wider City ‘stable’ of clubs across the face of the earth.

Welcome Wilfried - City's new £25m striker needs to get 'Out of Africa' asap and back to City's title push. Courtesy@MCFC

Welcome Wilfried – City’s new £25m striker needs to get ‘Out of Africa’ asap and back to City’s title push. Courtesy@MCFC

Only this week we have the wisdom of an initial £25m investment in Swansea’s Bony, the Premier League’s top scorer in 2014, being questioned…and that’s before City’s rivals begin bleating about the ethics of the move.

Arsenal’s Whinger said he was ‘surprised’ by the acquisition, adding that he didn’t know if the move was or should be allowed due to the punitive FFP constraints placed on City.

Actions speak louder than words - Aguero's goals can help shut whinging Wenger up at thye Etihad today. Courtesy@MCFC

Actions speak louder than words – Aguero’s goals can help shut whinging Wenger up at thye Etihad today. Courtesy@MCFC

As is always the case when Arse-ne enters into public debate on City’s fiscal matters, he knows absolutely everything about nothing, so why, oh why doesn’t he shut up whining on about a club he obviously envies off the field and fears on it.

The same goes for Jose. “The rules are different for City, you know what I mean,” spouts the puerile Portuguese.

Sour face - City wins over Arsenal and Chelsea this month would stick in the throat of gobshyte Jose.

Sour face – City wins over Arsenal and Chelsea this month would stick in the throat of gobshyte Jose.

Of course, when challenged to clarify or elaborate on such an outrageous statement, he has to decline. There is no substance to his slanderous suggestion.

In stark contrast, Manchester City are blessed with Manuel Pellegrini. The cool Chilean keeps his own counsel, refuses to take the bait or fuel the fire with silly sound-bites.

A deserved winner of the December Manager of the Month Award, Manuel gets on with the job of amassing points and coping with a never ending cycle of injuries and player absences.

Man of the moment - Manuel throughly deserved his December Manager of the Month Award. Courtesy@MCFC

Man of the moment – Manuel thoroughly deserved his December Manager of the Month Award. Courtesy@MCFC

Yaya Toure and new boy Bony are away at the African Cup of Nations with the Ivory Coast until next month, while Samir Nasri is ruled out of today’s clash with his former employers with a calf strain.

Captain Fantastic Kompany could be back to lead the side and Sergio Aguero should be restored to the starting XI. Doubts seem to persist surrounding the availability of fellow striker Dzeko, missing for the past seven games.

Missing - Samir could be out for up to a month with a calf strain - the latest in a long line of injury setbacks for City. Courtesy@MCFC

Missing – Samir could be out for up to a month with a calf strain – the latest in a long line of injury setbacks for City. Courtesy@MCFC

The return of the Belgian Boulder as skipper comes as City try to stem the haemorrhaging of goals at home.

Having seen Burnley and Sunderland score two a-piece at the Etihad on December 28th and January 1st, you have to go all the way back to October 2002 since the Sky Blues last conceded twice or more in three consecutive home PL games.

Arsenal’s array of attacking riches is sure to test the City rearguard. Ozil, Walcott, Ramsey, Giroud are all back to full fitness, Cazorle has been in fine form and of course the man of the moment Alexis Sanchez is one red hot Chilean.

Dino delight - Fernandinho celebrates his goal at Goodison last weekend, but City had to settle for a 1-1 draw. Courtesy@MCFC

Dino delight – Fernandinho celebrates his goal at Goodison last weekend, but City had to settle for a 1-1 draw. Courtesy@MCFC

The ex- Barcelona man has played a part in 19 Premier League goals (12 scored & 7 assists) the best combined stats so far this season.

It’s fair to say had it not been for FFP, Pellegrini would have relished the prospect of bringing his countryman to the Etihad last summer, but alas it wasn’t to be.

Much of the media hype has centred on head-to-head comparisons between Sanchez and Aguero in the lead up to today’s 4pm kick off. The Chilean has been outstanding in his debut season for the Gunners, but the truth is there is no comparison to be had…it’s Aguerrrrrrrrrroooooooo all-day, every day.

Sign him up - James Milner celebrates his FA Cup winner over Sheffield Wednesday with Gael Clichy. Courtesy@MCFC

Sign him up – James Milner celebrates his FA Cup winner over Sheffield Wednesday with Bacary Sagna. Courtesy@MCFC

If Sergio comes back in the sizzling form he had shown all season prior to his knee injury against Everton on December 6th, he’ll fire City to their third title in four years.

David Silva has excelled with three goals when City have been ‘striker-less’ in recent weeks, and his link play with Sergio will be pivotal if City are to stay within touching distance of Chelsea, in the run up to the top-two showdown at Stamford Bridge on January 31st.

True Blue True Grit - 'Jimmy' is a popular player with City fans for his indefatigable 100% effort. Courtesy@MCFC

True Blue True Grit – ‘Jimmy’ is a popular player with City fans for his indefatigable 100% effort. Courtesy@MCFC

James Milner should be restored to the team after his curious omission from the 1-1 draw at Goodison last week.

A potential transfer target for Arsenal and Liverpool, ‘Jimmy’ is one home grown talent that Manuel, and City fans alike, would like to see signed up sooner rather than later, as his contract runs down towards a possible Bosman departure this summer.

Conversely Stevan Jovetic is a player who could be on his way out of the Etihad – who knows even as early as this month – as he continues to either cry off with injury or come up short when given playing time.

Near miss - Jovetic is under increasing pressure to produce the goods following his £22m move from Fiorentina. Courtesy@MCFC

Near miss – Jovetic is under increasing pressure to produce the goods following his £22m move from Fiorentina. Courtesy@MCFC

The Montenegrin has had his moments – a two goal salvo against Liverpool in August, being one – but they have been few and far between. If Pellegrini wants to raise the thick end of £20m to fund another January buy, jettisoning Jovetic would seem to make sense.

Same again please - Is it asking too much for a repeat of last season's result - City 6 Arsenal 3. Courtesy@MCFC

Same again please – Is it asking too much for a repeat of last season’s result – City 6 Arsenal 3. Courtesy@MCFC

As ever City fans must place their faith in their manager and hope and trust his actions, and those of his team speak far louder than the words of whinging Wenger.

 

#TrustOurMP

By David Walker

HAPPY NEW YEAR to all Read But Never Red readers. Due to unforseen circumstances e.g. kissing the concrete on the consourse at the Etihad on New Year’s Day, missing the entire game against Sunderland and an impromptu stay in Manchester Royal Infirmary, RBNR has gone AWOL in recent weeks…but the good/bad news – depending on your perspective – is that it’s back!

A brief but extremely sincere word of thanks to friends Susan & Zac Bookbinder, Karl Vallantine, Louise Casey, the Manchester City Stewards and Medical Team who assisted me in my time of need and the Paramedics who took me off to MRI. Thanks also to all of you on social media, predominantly Facebook and Twitter, who have enquired as to my well being and wished me a speedy recovery. It has actually been quite humbling and I am forever grateful – thankyou.

And finally – belated Happy 40th Birthday wishes to a full on proper Blue – Brian Entwistle.

 

 

 

www.readbutneverred.com @ReadButNeverRed @djwskyblu

46 Comments

  1. January 18, 2015  10:29 am by Paul Glennon Reply

    thanks I needed that, I was starting to have withdrawl symptoms . Glad you're back on the mend David and have a great day today hopefully with three points at the end of it.

    • January 18, 2015  11:40 pm by David Walker Reply

      Maybe I should have stayed unconscious for this match? Dodgy Arsenal penalty, Ref Mike Dean was a bit dodgy with his decision-making but ultimately City got what they deserved...nothing! Shocking performance. Aguero and Kompany looked rusty, as did Dzeko but the whoel team cannot escape blame. With hindsight one wonders at the wisdom of some of the work of Txiki Begiristain in the transfer market. A win at Chelsea becomes even more important, but, on this evidence, it'll take a bloody dramatic transformation to get the job done.

      • January 19, 2015  11:36 am by carole Reply

        Much was made in the media pre-match about the return of Aguero to the line-up and the edge it would give City......little if anything mentioned about the massive blow of losing Nasri just 2 days before the match. For me, this was the key factor in losing yesterday.
        In Silva and Samir we have IMO the most creative duo in the PL, masters of playing between the lines. If one is denied space, the other will find it. It would have been impossible for Arsenal to contain both. Luckily for them, they had only Silva to target and without his creative spark our attack was dead on it's feet.
        Already without Yaya, who has a telepathic rapport with both, we were handicapped from the start. Milner works hard, but he's not a creative genius. No doubt Pellegrini assumed...as the whole football world did...that Arsenal would be as open as always and play their usual attacking game and allow us plenty of space. He could never have envisaged they'd do a Sunderland...
        With an attacking quartet of Silva,Nasri, Yaya and Aguero and the additional creative spark of Jovetic,we would have eventually broken them down. There are goals galore in that bunch, even without Aguero, with Yaya and Samir both capable of lung-bursting runs and superb shots from distance. With 2 of the quartet missing it was mission impossible. I can't think of a Plan B he could have adopted either.
        After the match MP made much of our lack of creativity and he was right. He was probably expecting it. It will be even worse against Chelsea and Barca with Samir as well as Yaya still missing.

        • January 19, 2015  11:59 am by David Walker Reply

          Thanks for your constructive insight - very apt. We should, new injuries notwithstanding, have Yaya and Samir back for Barcelona, along with Bony and, I suspect and hope a brand new shiny signing that might address some of the creativity issues. Chelsea away is now an even bigger game - Lord knows it was big enough to start with - but City often come through when the odds are stacked against them. As underwhelming as we were going forward, we were incredibly shaky at the back. Demichelis had an uncharacteristically poor game, Kompany looked a little rusty, Zaba often over-committed himself in the tackle and, sorry to say Fernando is looking increasingly hopeless, slow of thought and deed.

          We can but hope that Aguero, Dzeko, Kompany all regain their edge for Stamford Bridge and, with that in mind, I would play City's best XI against Middlesbrough. First we need to win the game (The FA Cup could yet be our best chance of a trophy this season) and secondly, these players need match fitness and to gel in the run up to January 31st. I think we could see some surprising transfer activity before the end of the month!

  2. January 18, 2015  10:35 am by GeorgeInIsrael Reply

    I had no idea you were sick, but glad to hear that you have made a full recovery. Let's hope that the lads give you something to make you feel even better this afternoon.

    • January 18, 2015  11:43 pm by David Walker Reply

      Many thanks George...the boys in Sky Blue sent me into a relapse! Not quite, but they sure as hell tried - shocking show!

    • January 19, 2015  1:53 pm by carole Reply

      hope you're right about that shiny new signing Dave.....another creative midfielder I hope! Oh for an Isco....Lovely to have you back by the way x

      • January 19, 2015  3:38 pm by David Walker Reply

        Awwwww - such is the world of text/social media speak - thank you. Marca were running a piece on Isco being a loan signing for City. Fanciful at best I fear, albeit they are the principal propagandists for Real Madrid. That would be some coup but I can't for the life of me see it happening. Expect to see a big name or even two depart this month - if certain intel proves to be correct. Time will tell come midnight Feb 2.

  3. January 18, 2015  10:41 am by Eileen Fullen Reply

    A delight to see your back where you belong. Hopefully the team will be spurred on by all this bile. Let's keep up the pressure on the not so special one. A win is the order of the day

    • January 18, 2015  11:44 pm by David Walker Reply

      Thanks once again Eileen...not quite what the doctor ordered!

  4. January 18, 2015  10:41 am by Andy Bird Reply

    Great to have you back! Here's to 3 Pts today and an extra performance in mid week here in the UAE. Sadly I don't have your writing talents to do a report maybe a short tweet to send the score!!

    • January 18, 2015  11:45 pm by David Walker Reply

      You don't need much by way of writing talent to summarise City today - SHYTE!

  5. January 18, 2015  10:53 am by Andy Devereux Reply

    Good to have you back David and your piece is spot on as usual.Love to trample all over Arsenal today but i'll take 3pts however they come.Once again welcome back :)

    • January 18, 2015  11:47 pm by David Walker Reply

      Like many, I never saw this defeat coming, but it was merited. MP has a helluva job on his hands to beat Chelsea and, if we aren't going to win the title, he'd better put out the 'A' Team against Boro in the FA Cup. Aguero, Kompany and Dzeko need game time so they should all start next week IMO!

  6. January 18, 2015  10:59 am by Doug Sharp Reply

    Good to have you back David.

  7. January 18, 2015  11:05 am by Sparx Reply

    Hey there Mr City

    I Trust you have heard the content of Arsene' s press conference before writing this one sided bile! On No! What's that you just read the reporters "version" of what he said! Maybe you should check it out before posting on it.
    I do find it confusing that City can continue to spend more and more money even though they ha a £49 transfer embargo which I guess this is the confusion.
    For the record Arsene said that he didn't know if it was legal in response to a question put to him by a journalist. He said we have people to deal with the legalities but I hope so.

    • January 18, 2015  11:49 pm by David Walker Reply

      Whinger is always poking his nose into City's affairs. Do you hear Pellegrini banging on about Arsenal's finances etc? That said, he had his team spot on today and Arsenal were deserving winners, albeit the penalty was incredibly harsh.

  8. January 18, 2015  11:05 am by Philip Reply

    Sorry to hear about your accident, hope you're back to "match fitness," David.
    So glad RBNR is back! 3pts pls MP.

    • January 18, 2015  11:51 pm by David Walker Reply

      Not my finest hour, quite a horrible experience actually and one that made me feel very vulnerable but that's in the past now, never to be repeated. Thanks Philip...pity about the three points, but you can't win them all!

  9. January 18, 2015  11:06 am by Phil Taylor Reply

    welcome back Dave, another good read, long may it continue. Please pass on my worst wishes to Arsenic and Maureen!

    • January 18, 2015  11:53 pm by David Walker Reply

      Merci Phil - hurts to say it but Arsenic did a job on City and now MP has to respond, show that we are rightful champions and go and 'bridge' the gap to two points on January 31st.

  10. January 18, 2015  11:58 am by pete lynch Reply

    My match day experience is once again complete. Welcome back David and thank you

    • January 18, 2015  11:54 pm by David Walker Reply

      Daft bugger - your match-day experience would have been greatly enhanced by three points! Thanks very much Pete, much appreciated.

  11. January 18, 2015  12:05 pm by Gary Derbyshire Reply

    Spot on as per usual, David. Glad to have you back and hope you're recovering well. Embarrassing again from messrs Arse and Maureen, but what do we expect? Let's get the 3 points required and put frog back in his box.

    • January 18, 2015  11:57 pm by David Walker Reply

      Arse gave City the bum's rush today. Big opportunity squandered. Arsenal were good, but City's ineptitude made them appear so much better than they really were. Dreadful City showing. MP and his men must do better next time out. Thanks for your comments Gary. CTWD.

  12. January 18, 2015  12:07 pm by Ed Reply

    Hoping for a n to banish e memories of the community shield but feeling a bit nervous about today's game.

    • January 18, 2015  11:58 pm by David Walker Reply

      You were right to feel nervous - not many saw that result pre-match!

  13. January 18, 2015  12:10 pm by Ed Reply

    Crap typing not drunk honest!

  14. January 18, 2015  12:16 pm by Toby Teasdale Reply

    Good news you've returned..

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=M6o0Cah5kQU

    Not sure this applies to Mike Dean today, we shall see? From memory this is a fixture that's had more than its fair share of red cards.

    Whilst I agree with most of your piece I think it would be a shame to let Jovetic go. He seems willing enough, not devoid of skill and a good goals per minute played ratio. Whilst not an out an out striker, IMO he's an asset to the squad.

    Enjoy the game.

    • January 19, 2015  12:01 am by David Walker Reply

      Cheers TT. Based on that embarrassment City could do with shipping out a good half dozen players, but, on recent experience, do we trust Txiki to get replacements of the required calibre? His overall record in the transfer market with City is looking decidedly 'patchy' at present.

  15. January 18, 2015  12:24 pm by Rikki Burns Reply

    Glad you have made a speedy recovery & as it was New Years Day I hope alcohol was involved & entirely medicinal to lessen the pain of course! Oh and nice to have RBNR back and of course its same sour grapes & jealously from #Moaninho & #whingerWenger. Cheers Rikki

    • January 19, 2015  12:03 am by David Walker Reply

      Thanks Rikki - no sir, stone cold sober as I hit the stone cold concrete concourse. I could have had a red card for simulation as there was no one near me at the time. Rested and sorted out now. Lesson learned and better work-life balance to be achieved and maintained. Shame about today but we fight on.

  16. January 18, 2015  12:46 pm by Bill Glas Reply

    Welcome back, David. Hope you are feeling a lot better. Let's hope we can all get a lift this afternoon. Your articles are always a pleasure to read, by the way.

    • January 19, 2015  12:04 am by David Walker Reply

      Gratitude Mr Glas - thanks for reading...and for liking what you read.

  17. January 18, 2015  5:44 pm by Ed Reply

    Sad to say I was right to be nervous, very poor.

  18. January 18, 2015  6:16 pm by goonermichael Reply

    You don't seem to like Wenger. We outplayed you today.

  19. January 18, 2015  6:28 pm by goonermichael Reply

    Sorry to hear about you accident. Hope you're OK

    • January 19, 2015  12:07 am by David Walker Reply

      Thanks - not a nice experience, but worst things happen at sea. I'll be fine.

  20. January 19, 2015  12:06 am by David Walker Reply

    I wouldn't mind Wenger if he stops having a go at the club I support. It's none of his business. That said, he and his team played a blinder and were worthy winners. Congratulations.

  21. January 19, 2015  7:56 am by guy Burke Reply

    First and most importantly, welcome back Sir David.yesterday was poor and Arsenal thoroughly deserved to win . I am not going to slag anyone off - i think you learn far more from setbacks then triumphs , so hopefully this will be taken on board and normal service resumed very quickly. The best City blog "in the land and all the world" is back , reason to be cheerful says I

    • January 19, 2015  11:47 am by David Walker Reply

      Is it at this point I say 'The cheque's in the post?' I wouldn't be so presumptuous, but nonetheless, thank you for your generous feedback. I'll try and convey my thoughts on what was a pretty abject showing against Arsenal in the next blog. You're right in as much it doesn't do just to be negative and shallow BUT, that was a pitiful performance. Thanks again GB.

  22. January 19, 2015  2:17 pm by Richard Cooper Reply

    Good to have you back David
    We went to the EDS game prior to the not so main event as it transpired . Good game, super complex (eat your heart out Platini !)
    We did not mind standing in a queue in Asda for a lukewarm coffee and a naff cheeseburger - It was worth it to get warm.
    Can't add a lot to the comments made on the match.
    Clichy probably the best player
    Little or no spark up front against an often criticized Arsenal defence
    Vincent and Sergio definately need more game time and would expect them to play in the cup tie
    Navas works hard but his end product is lacking and please please please take your man on and get in the box.
    Jovetic added a much needed variety of style but sometimes it seems he promises more than he delivers
    Corners - Dreadful
    Best team won - defend well and attack well
    We will, like all teams lose games, but to concede 2 goals in our last 3 home league games is worrying.
    Certainly missed YaYa but we have to live with that scenario.
    Enough said - bad day at the office so let's move on next weekend

    • January 19, 2015  3:34 pm by David Walker Reply

      Very well put RC - not much with which to disagree. I couldn't make the EDS game, but what a great marketing ploy - talk about a win-win situation! Thanks for your welcome back message - I just wish I was writing in more upbeat circumstances. Reflections on a cold and bitter experience in due course.

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