Arsenal FC – Our away record against Man City

The club City was founded in 1880; 139 years ago as St. Mark’s (West Gorton).

And on 16 April 1894; 124 years it became Manchester City (It was re-branded in 2008 as the Manchester Oilers)

They won their first major honour with the FA Cup in 1904. The club won the First Division title for the first time in 1937, but were relegated the following season, despite scoring more goals than any other team in the division.

Maine Road in 1934, the year City had a record home attendance of 84,569

Inspired by a tactical system known as the Revie Plan they reached consecutive FA Cup finals in 1955 and 1956, they lost in 1955 to Newcastle United but they won the second the 1956 final, in which they beat Birmingham City 3–1. It is one of the most famous finals of all-time, and is remembered for City goalkeeper Bert Trautmann continuing to play on after unknowingly breaking his neck.

They had a period of success in the late 1960s, winning the League, FA Cup and League Cup under the management of Joe Mercer and Malcolm Allison. After losing the 1981 FA Cup Final, the club went through a period of decline, culminating in relegation to the third tier of English football. In reviewing the history of their excursions through the various divisions of English football it became apparent that in order to detail them I would need to write a book – instead I created a spreadsheet (surprise, surprise).

Manchester City’s revenue was the fifth highest of any football club in the world in the 2017–18 season at €527.7 million. In 2018, Forbes estimated the club was the fifth most valuable in the world at $2.47 billion.

It’s interesting to note that our EPL away record prior to City being purchased by the Abu Dhabi United group was W 8, D 1, L 1, GF 19, GA 5, – since the takeover it has been W 3, D 2, L 6, GF 18, GA 23

I guess greasy money does talk.

Our last away win at The City of Manchester Stadium (Eitihad) was on January 18, 2015, and we have only 2 victories in our last 10 visits; but in their last 8 games they have lost against Crystal Palace at home and to Leicester City and Newcastle away.

Memorable wins in Manchester

Wednesday, 11th April 2001 Man City 0 Arsenal 4

Four goals in the first 35 minutes blasted City away. Arsenal rested Tony Adams, Lee Dixon, Robert Pires, Patrick Vieira and Silvinho and handed a first start to the Brazilian midfielder Edu but were much too strong for a pre-money days City side. A brace from Freddie and goals from Wiltord and Kanu made the last hour of the game academic.

Photo by Mike Egerton/EMPICS via Getty Images

Saturday, 22nd February 2003 Man City 1 Arsenal 5

Even better than two seasons earlier, Arsenal were 4 up in the first 18 minutes. Bergkamp, Pires and Henry in their pomp meant that Arsenal cruised to victory. Keegan, the City manager and Anelka, the Arsenal reject, were not happy bunnies.

Sunday 24th October 2010 – Man City 0 Arsenal 3

The early dismissal of City’s Boyata after a last man foul on Chamakh gave Arsenal a massive advantage. A goal a-piece for Lord Bendtner, Alex Song and the FFBW disposed of City and we could even afford for Cesc to miss a penalty, too.


The light blue oilers must be stinging from the Newcastle loss which may well work against us but if our wounded defensive warriors can band together, all is possible.



54 Responses to Arsenal FC – Our away record against Man City

  1. mickydidit89 says:

    Oi, slow down tiger, some of us are still working on the bus

    Got as far as discovering what a trolleybus was ie saw the overhead tram style electrical pick-up things

    It’s a North London bus route so I should recognise something but I don’t.

  2. mickydidit89 says:

    no, I haven’t finished

    the bus route went from Hampstead to Parliament Hill, which is kinda next door, but route sign on bus in pic says via Kentish Town!!

  3. mickydidit89 says:

    At last GN5, I’ve found an error 🙂

    You say “And on 16 April 1894; 124 years it became Manchester City (It was re-branded in 2008 as the Manchester Oilers)”

    Wrong. They were rebranded The Northern Oilers. By me 🙂

    You state what must be the most magnificent stat. in the history of football. They were relegated in 1938 having scored more goals than anyone else!

    I cannot tell you exactly how low I am bowing right now.

  4. chas says:

    I don’t know if this link to google maps will work. Hope it does.

    You can see the building on the right of the original bus photo in this up-to-date view. Hold you cursor on the screen and then swivel to see where you are in London. 🙂,-0.123872,3a,75y,74.29h,100.59t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1s1sjbg9mqtEpcGwd9Jlw6Kw!2e0!7i16384!8i8192

  5. chas says:

    Here’s one of GN5’s old tables from a post on our title winning team of 1937/8 as proof about that amazing goals scored stat.

    Conceding 77 must have been the problem!!!!

  6. chas says:

    With only 2 points for a win the difference between top and bottom was only 16 points!

  7. chas says:

    Thanks for another belting post GN5.

  8. chas says:

    Here’s a more recent photo of the curious tower in the back left of the bus photo at the junction of Pentonville Road and Grays Inn Road.

  9. chas says:

    It’s called the Lighthouse building apparently.

    Right, that’s enough exploring London for me.

  10. LBG says:

    Exciting game of rugby, if typically “contradictory ” play from the French. Talk about give the opposition 14 points! The equivalent of two own goals and a sending off.
    Never been a Wales fan given the Manure type superiority they had in the 70s when I was playing, but of course against France, no contest.Cant see why the Irish are concerned about going to the Arms Park for final game of series!
    Today is the game though. Can the Whites overcome an Irish hard border?

  11. LBG says:

    Thanks GN5
    Seem to remember that Manshitty was the team AW (once), changed all his tactical norms…….and then got slaughtered by some for not attacking, even though we got something from the game!

  12. fred1266 says:

  13. fred1266 says:

    Breaking his neck you was kidding right

  14. TotalArsenal says:

    Thank you, GN5, for a fine post. It’s AA’s strength to have a few regular post-writers of different backgrounds and writing styles, and that’s why I like to visit the site.

    Tomorrow’s game could be pivotal for Man City at least. They need to bounce back and if they don’t and drop more points the championship will most likely go to the Dippers. Arsenal are in for it, and with our wobbly defence and Unai’s inability to give us shape and dominance in midfield, it is most likely that we will suffer another Pool-away-like thrashing tomorrow. If we accept that this is quite likely, and thus have low expectations, anything else may be seen as positive.

    Citeh are still the best side in the PL but, like Arsenal in the late nineties and beyond, they just don’t have enough focus and desire to win the league twice in a row. However, a win against us may give them impetus to fight Pool for a while longer.

    An Arsenal result – draw or win – will, on the other hand, give our team a big boost for the rest of the season. Here is hoping that Unai gets this big away game right. COYRRGs!

  15. GunnerN5 says:

    Morning all,

    I recently sent in a sample of my DNA to The results came in this morning and show that my background is 80% Southern England, 8% Irish & Scottish and 2% Northern Europe. I have varying levels of matching DNA with over 200 people, with the highest being a niece, nephew and several 1st cousins.
    (No random kids found).

    Prior to this I had tracked my family tree back to 1611 in Tiverton, Devon where my ancestors were farmers, the cottage they lived in is still there and has been turned into a B&B.

  16. GunnerN5 says:

    Total Arsenal,

    A win against the Oilers will give us a huge impetus and would go a long way to solidifying a top four position.

    But like the Newcastle win over them it will be against all odds.

  17. GunnerN5 says:

    Thanks for your contributions Chas.

  18. GunnerN5 says:

    MIcky please accept my apologies I will be sure to reference all of your personal stats in the future.

    Being relegated after scoring the most goals in the league was a stunning stat, I double checked it before posting and Chas verified it by going deep into the archives to retrieve an old League table.

  19. chas says:

    I googled it and your table came up under ‘Images’. 🙂

  20. LBG says:

    Very interesting to me as a historian, your ancestry. (When I started reading, I thought it was going to be a joke!)
    The Vines’ were also tracked back to the 17th Century where we were, less glamourously than you, grave-diggers!

  21. chas says:

    When is the spuds spawniness going to end?
    It seems they have an everlasting supply.

  22. chas says:

    That’s news to me.
    I thought you only went back as far as the Zulu chief guard chap.

    p.s. innit great when everything seems new because your memory is so bad.

  23. GunnerN5 says:


    Based on my experience in researching our family tree I knew that my ethnic background would be predominately English. However it was interesting to see some Northern European traces as history tells us that we were their descendants.

  24. Big Raddy says:

    Anyone got a stream for the rugger?

  25. Big Raddy says:

    Finally had time to read your excellent post GN5.

    155 goals in the MC games of 37/38. proper entertainment.

    Zulu chief guard? Assegai?

  26. LBG says:

    Sorry if I have never mentioned that to you. At the point Dad was looking at some ancestry himself, and got the maroon coloured Book of Vines, a cousin of his contacted him to say he was doing the tracking down more seriously. It was from him that the 17th Century grave-digger reference game from and he tied it in with the Great Plague. Dad thought it very amusing, but I don’t think we ever had written confirmation.

  27. LBG says:

    I’m sure you know an assegai is a Zulu/Southern Africa war spear.
    Can’t bore everyone with our Zulu war soldier history. But certainly interesting for us.

  28. fatgingergooner says:

    There is a huge game tomorrow which could significantly alter the future of Arsenal football club. I’m not talking about the City game, but the SuperBowl, which this year features Stan Kroenke’s LA Rams.

    I wonder how important the result of the NFL showpiece could be when it comes to the direction of our beloved football club? Kroenke has spent a lot of money constructing a star studded team and even more of his own cash building them a beautiful new stadium to play in ($1.6bn of his own money apparently!). I’m hoping that a Super Bowl victory will allow him to concentrate on his other ownership ventures, safe in the knowledge that the Rams are set up for the future.

    Maybe then, Arsenal will once again get the ownership investment they deserve.

  29. Aaron says:

    stan is a ghoul in every sense of the word. he uses taxpayers money to build the stadium, either up front or backloaded tax breaks that the locals will have no choice in paying. he used the Arsenal for collatoral to purchase the remaining shares at a huge cost to the development of the team. All I really need to say is walMart- end of conversation.

  30. mickydidit89 says:

    So far this weekend, I’ve thoroughly enjoyed two away wins with both coming against the odds. Shit normally happens in threes

    Don’t mean to reveal myself as a fetishist, but another bus pic please. Promise not to drone on and on about the route etc

  31. mickydidit89 says:

    ps chas
    loved the google maps swivel camera thing, and, that lighthouse folly is weird. I’d imagine every one of us has walked past it at some point given it’s outside King’s Cross

  32. mickydidit89 says:


    I’m sure that’s Waterloo Bridge, but no idea of the road…..yet

  33. mickydidit89 says:

    damn, just seen sign on bridge. looks like next one along then ie Vauxhall Bridge

  34. mickydidit89 says:

    last comment. it’s south of the river, so no-one will know the name of a single road 🙂

  35. chas says:

    Haha, when I saw that photo, I couldn’t believe how many diiferent types of transport there were in it.

  36. chas says:

    In the background top left it looks a bit like the post office tower but obviously not built then, Presume it must be part of Battersea power station?

  37. mickydidit89 says:

    what year do you reckon judging by the transport and clothes

  38. mickydidit89 says:

    Spooky Chas, I was looking at those towers and one is crazy high.

    Battersea south of the river, and I reckon pic is south of river looking north, but can’t imagine there were any power stations north of river. Mmm

  39. chas says:

    Think this is the same tunnel entrance to Vauxhall bridge today, which means looking south west along the Thames towards Battersea,-0.1238979,3a,75y,108.98h,83.44t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1sPF5CKFwqLYJTl_7OeVw3LA!2e0!7i16384!8i8192

  40. mickydidit89 says:

    wow, we’re getting good at this. We’ve got the location bang on

  41. chas says:

    Must go.

  42. mickydidit89 says:

    if we keep this up, we can get that AA comments stats to reveal we spend more time on buses than football

  43. Big Raddy says:

    Morning All

    That is a wonderful pic. Horses, trams, busses, wagons – a plethora or transport

  44. LBG says:

    Micky and Chas, can you two get a room!

  45. LBG says:

    Micky and Chas, can you two get a room!

  46. LBG says:

    So get two rooms!

  47. mickydidit89 says:

    Ah ha, Erik in the house

    I shall build my day around the 16:30 ko, and the steely blue sky and sunshine

  48. mickydidit89 says:

    ha ha LBG. You can’t see the ip addresses can you? We were bunked up side by side for all you know sharing our passion……..for buses

  49. mickydidit89 says:

    And tomorrow motning we shall discuss the fibonacci sequence and it’s cosmic implications for our day to day lives

    or, perhaps, bus routes 🙂

  50. Big Raddy says:

    There is a New Post

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