Podolski, Zabaleta and more: Twitter reacts as Man City thrash Arsenal
Lukas Podolski and Pablo Zabaleta both tweet their thoughts after Manchester City thrash Arsenal at The Etihad
Manchester City underlined their title credentials as they sealed a 6-3 victory over Arsenal to move them three points behind the Premier League leaders.
Sergio Agüero gave the hosts an early lead from a corner before Theo Walcott equalised, but Alvaro Negredo made it 2-1 before Fernandinho further extended the advantage soon after half-time.
Walcott gave Arsene Wenger’s men hope when he curled home but David Silva immediately restored the hosts’ two-goal advantage, before Fernandinho grabbed his second.
Per Mertesacker then made it 5-3 with a header in stoppage time, and Yaya Toure sealed the victory with a late penalty.
Saturday’s blockbuster clash inevitably prompted plenty of activity on Twitter – and here are our favourite updates, in chronological order.
Golfer and Arsenal fan Ian Poulter (@IanJamesPoulter) is stunned by the opening exchanges: “The start of this game is crazy fast. And city look to have the upper hand. Come on Arsenal.”
Ex-Valencia man Gaizka Mendieta (@GaizkaMendieta6) reacts as Wilshere misses a good chance to put Arsenal ahead: “@JackWilshere those chances in these kind of games…you HAVE to score! #MCFCvAFC” …before Aguero fires home: “Just because @aguerosergiokun will do !!! #MCFCvAFC”
Injured Arsenal midfielder Lukas Podolski (@Podolski10) chimes in: “Chances on both sides, exciting beginning!!”
Ex-boxer and City fan Ricky Hatton (@HitmanHatton) is thrilled: “Sergio Sergio”
Celebrity Arsenal fan Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) reacts after Walcott’s equaliser: “BOOOOOOOOOOOMM!!!!!!!!!! 1-1. Brilliant by Ozil. #Afc”
Poulter (@IanJamesPoulter) chimes in again after Negredo makes it 2-1: “Man City look really really strong. Hate saying it but they are very good. Arsenal not picking up on set pieces. Too dangerous.”
Liverpool legend Robbie Fowler (@Robbie9Fowler) is being entertained: “Great game this”
Ex-Liverpool man Dietmar Hamann (@DietmarHamann) is not impressed by City’s No1: “Joe Hart better gets himself ready for next week.Pantillimon at fault for both goals.”
Kevin Kilbane (@kdkilbane77) agrees: “Pantilimon making saves look great isn’t the sign of a top goalkeeper. Still think Hart is way better”
Ex-Cardiff striker Jay Bothroyd (@jaybothroyd) feels Wilshere has had a poor game: “jack wilshere is a great player now and for the future but on current form he wouldn’t get into my arsenal team.”
Ex-England international Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) is impressed by City’s firepower: “That’s 12 goals for City in 2 games against North London’s finest.”
Former Arsenal shot-stopper David Seaman (@thedavidseaman) enjoyed the game: “Wow 6-3 defences on top….. Not!!! #greatgame!!!”
Gary Neville (@GNev2) keeps it short and sweet after the final whistle: “Ominous!”
Ex-Arsenal goalkeeper Bob Wilson (@BobWilsonBWSC) feels some key decisions went against the Gunners: “City deserving winners but 2 dodgy offside decisions on @AFC goals and a clear penalty appeal turned down. #MCFCvAFC”
Pablo Zabaleta (@pablo_zabaleta) praises the man of the match: “To my friend Fernandinho, congratulations on a fantastic performance! 2 brilliant goals! Well done big man!”
Ex-Arsenal defender Lee Dixon (@LeeDixon2) puts the result into perspective: “No option. You watch the tape,you try to learn something and you see who is next. That applies to winning and losing”
And finally, Arsenal youngster Emmanuel Frimpong (@IAMFRIMPONG26) urges his team-mates to move on: “Unlucky Afc..Let’s forget today and move to Chelsea”