Arsenal v Man City
Barclays Premier League
Kick off: Sept 13th, 2014 12.45 PM BST
Arsenal host reigning Premier League champions Manchester City to the Emirates this Saturday, and we have invited City blogger Ric from Bluemoon onto the site to answer a few questions ahead of tomorrow’s lunchtime kick-off.
Blog name: Bluemoon
Web Address: www.bluemoon-mcfc.co.uk
Your name: Ric Turner
What led you to support your club?
I was born in Manchester into a family of Blues, so I had little choice.
How do you feel your sides season gone so far?
I was, until the defeat against Stoke! We’d looked good in parts against Newcastle and Liverpool, securing six points from two difficult fixtures, without ever really hitting our stride. Given the tough run of fixtures we have coming up, losing to Stoke was a pretty bad result and gives us less margin for error.
What are your ambitions for this season?
I expect to see us challenge for the league once again, and hope we can mount a successful defence of our title. Progression past the group stages of the Champions League is the aim too, although we’ve had a tough draw again.
Are you looking forward to the game against Arsenal, and why/why not?
I never particularly look forward to games at The Emirates, because our record there is absolutely dire. It’s a very difficult place to go.
Who is your most in-form player at present?
As the season is still in its infancy and we’ve just had the disruption of an international break, it’s difficult to say who is our most in-form player. At a push I’d say Aguero, as he scored for Argentina against Germany to add to his two league goals this season.
What threat do they pose?
Aguero’s main strengths are his pace, power and finishing ability. He is explosive over a short distance, and clinical in front of goal. There are few better strikers in world football at present.
What are your sides strengths?
We’re fairly solid defensively, retain the ball well and can break at speed.
We tend to play a high defensive line, which means we’re susceptible to the counter attack.
Who are you most worried about facing in this Arsenal side?
Aaron Ramsey is always a threat, and Sanchez can hurt us with his pace (particularly if Kolarov starts at left back). There’s a depressing inevitably that Danny Welbeck will score too.
What is your favorite memory facing the Gunners?
Sorry to say it, but the 4-2 game at The Etihad in 2009 is a personal favourite. Not solely for the Adebayor celebration, but simply because it was a fantastic game of football. The 6-3 last season runs it close though.
How will your side lineup?
There are injury doubts over a few players, but assuming most of them are fit I’d go with the following:
Zabaleta Kompany Demichelis Clichy
Navas Toure Silva
What is your predicted score?
I’d take a point now if offered it. I’ll go for 1-1.
A big thanks from Ric for taking the time to answer our questions. As you can see some of the City faithful are certainly aware of the threat we can pose on Saturday, especially with a couple of new Arsenal stars looking to really stamp their authority early on in the season. Aguero is definitely one to watch, not to mention their nifty wingers in Silva and Navas. But with a full strength backline available for selection, hopefully Wenger’s men can produce the goods.
Funny how Ric brought up the Adebayor celebration. I think it’s safe to say the former Gunners striker has been put in his place now, being all stuck at White Hart Lane and that.