Transfer Window: Day 14
- Mon 14 Jan 2013, 8:25AM
- Posted by @markbooth_mcfc
Yesterday’s shootout with the Gunners dominates the headlines in today’s papers, with many journalists agreeing that City proved their mettle in the 2-0 win at the Emirates Stadium.
Steven Howard of The Sun is one such proponent, heaping praise on the Blues for closing the gap back to seven points at the table summit.
“After losing at Arsenal last season, City were eight points adrift of United and yet somehow they stuck in, won their last six games and the title,” writes Howard.
“With this morale-boosting win, they are more than in the mood to once again rein in their cross-City rivals. United, though, are equally determined not to repeat the mistakes that plagued last season’s run-in.
“Nothing has infuriated Ferguson more than relinquishing the title to Mancini’s side. That’s what drives him on in his 71st year.
“Wounded animal and all that.
“But how many times can his side successfully pull the fat out of the fire?”
Elsewhere, Michael Cox of ZonalMarking.net praised David Silva’s performance in his Guardian column, citing the Spaniard’s ability to capitalise on the extra space afforded by Koscielny’s sending off as crucial to the win.
“Laurent Koscielny's early sending-off might have spoiled the game as a spectacle but it played perfectly into the hands of Manchester City and, in particular, David Silva,” Cox declares.
“Few midfielders in Europe exploit space as effectively as the Spaniard – the fewer the players involved, the more space on the pitch, the more he was likely to thrive.
“The characteristics of Arsenal's players contributed to Silva's dominance, allowing him freedom when drifting inside from the left.
“The right-back Bacary Sagna is enduring his poorest run of form since joining Arsenal in 2007, makeshift right-sided midfielder Santi Cazorla offered him little protection, while the absence of Mikel Arteta robbed Arsenal of their most positionally disciplined central midfielder.”
Elsewhere, in lesser-spotted transfer news this January window, Alan Nixon of the Daily Mirror reckons that City’s interest in Derby wonderkid Will Hughes has gone up a notch.
“Assistant David Platt made the trek to watch the teenage ace in action at Brighton on Saturday after making a firm inquiry for him,” the story reads.
“Boss Roberto Mancini wants an extra body in midfield and his interest in Hughes is for now and not just the future. Mancini wanted Brazilian star Paulinho but neither his club Corinthians nor the player encouraged their approach last month.”
Don’t forget that the only place you can read confirmed transfer stories is here on mcfc.co.uk.
Finally, we must make mention of John Brooks, the linesman from yesterday’s game, who told Joleon Lescott to go and thank the fans who paid £62 to watch the match yesterday.
Watch the video that has already picked up 100,000 YouTube views.
Whoever said that match officials have no sense of humour!?