Man City 2 – 2 Arsenal
on the game…
It was a very intense game where we had a difficult start because Manchester City came out very strong. We suffered a little, but every time we went down we showed character and came back twice in the game. Overall, I think Manchester City had good intensity in the game and there were a few times when we were in trouble, but we delivered a very strong performance.
on finishing in third…
It is in our hands now but we have seen again today that we just want to finish the job with the result. That shows you that we have to focus and keep the focus. It is important to maintain that. We have had strong concentration in recent games and our character has been questioned a few times this season. We gave the right response today on the pitch, but you have to say if you look we have the best results against the top-four teams. That doesn’t come without character.
Danny Welbeck has a knee problem. I hope it is not too bad. We need to wait for a scan, I hope that it is not bad one and a meniscus. Danny is a strong boy, he is not a guy who moves out quickly. We tried to keep him on the pitch and straight away he tried to move on and he said it was impossible. At half time, I looked at him and he was very down so he must have pain. Let’s hope we have good news tomorrow from the scan.
on how bad it could be…
When I say good, that means he will not be out of the Euros. The bad news would be if he is out of the Euros, but I don’t know. I’m an optimist. I don’t know if it is a lateral meniscus. Let’s wait until we get the real diagnosis.
on Wilshere’s performance…
I felt that he showed he is well prepared physically. Overall, I believe that his performance was encouraging and that he will benefit from this kind of intensity in the game. He didn’t have too much time to think about it, but that is sometimes the best. His performance was positive.
A View from the Balcony
Arriving at Manchester Piccadilly, we had time for a swift couple in the Piccadilly Tap. Meeting up with our host in the bar upstairs at the station, we were greeted with Tequila shots, salt and lime. Everything else from that moment onwards is a bit of a blur!
We entered the stadium via the Platinum entrance with a large crowd waiting for the players to arrive. It was like being at the Oscars, but with a light blue carpet rather than a red one. The box was brilliant, waitress gorgeous and view from the seats just outside, stunning.
The salmon was lovely. The hard, dumplingy thing average.
The beef was extremely tasty. I could have done with half a dozen roasties. I can’t remember a Yorkie pud, though one was mentioned on the menu
Aerated mousse – hmmm, a double peanut butter Magnum would have been better.
I don’t remember eating the cake.
News that the spuddies had choked at home came as a welcome pre-match boost. Aguero’s goal was excellent. Giroud’s magnificent. We both celebrated, it was far too difficult not to. I’m not sure anyone minded, not that I would have noticed.
Kevin de Brain’s goal was a fine strike, but he should have been brought down before. Big Ollie’s assist for the Alexis equaliser was truly stunning. We celebrated again. No cigars, though.
A magnificent day out even if I can’t remember half of it!
Written by chas