David Pizarro and Gareth Barry of Man City walk dejected after Mikel Arteta of Arsenal scored a goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Arsenal and Manchester City at Emirates Stadium on April 8, 2012 in London, England.
Nail in the coffin?
City's epic collapse from the Premier League summit reared its ugly head late Sunday afternoon. Reckless challenges, mistimed passes and poor finishing has come to epitomize Manchester City's meltdown. Mikel Arteta's goal from outstide box gave Arsenal valuable PL points, much to Roberto Mancini's dismay. FOX Soccer's very own, Jamie Trecker, highlights the top six performances that stood out in Arsenal's 1-0 win over Manchester City at Emirates Stadium.
Roberto Mancini, manager, Manchester City
The early morning papers said his tenure is over at City, and it’s hard not to believe the whispers. City’s collapse is the worst since Newcastle’s swan dive in 1995-96 season, and the manager has to bear his share of the blame. He doesn’t seem to have what it takes to get all these big egos on the same page.
Alex Song, M, Arsenal
Arsenal’s underrated defensive midfielder showed his worth once again, stopping City’s forays forward and sparking attacks. His passes weren’t always crisp, but his vision was simply outstanding. When he stays out of the ref’s book, he can control a game. Song was superb against City and deserves high praise today.
Vincent Kompany, D, Manchester City
Spare a thought for the rock-solid City defender. He put in another tireless and peerlessly professional performance today, and was probably the best player on the field. Unselfish and thoughtful, Kompany kept Arsenal at bay for nearly the entire game. If only City had more men like the Belgian captain.
Robin van Persie, F, Arsenal
The fizzy captain (C) didn’t get on the score sheet but he could have had two today, seeing two efforts go off the woodwork and another off a teammate's noggin. Tireless and inspirational, Arsenal’s danger man is the reason why Arsenal’s where they are in the Premiership. Without him, they’d be mid-table, if that.
Mario Balotelli, F, Manchester City
Not so super today. His City career may be over and this is surely the last we’ll see of him this season as he faces a ban for his late sending off. It was a nasty day out for Balotelli, who should have seen direct red for his brutal tackle on Alex Song. Mancini’s faith in him seems sorely misplaced.
Mikel Arteta, M, Arsenal
The Spaniard stole the ball from David Pizarro to create a wonder goal that Joe Hart couldn’t keep out of the bottom corner of his net. The goal secured Arsenal’s grip on third place and probably ended City’s title dreams.