What goes around, comes around. Vincent Kompany should have known that.
Seated on his sofa, he was probably seething in envious amazement at how easily we were carrying out a first class sweep in the first half of his former club where he had played for the first 14 years of his professional career. As it happened the second half was a total disaster for the Gunners as Anderlecht took advantage of the complacency of Wenger’s lads to reply all three goals.
Kompany did little to sooth the agony of Arsenal fans by posting an exhilarated tweet “OMG!! Anderlecht”. Piers Morgan sought to get the player a move to the Emirates for £50 million and 2 Ferraris and was met with a thanks-but-no-thanks reply. Perhaps, now, he would consider it as a shot misfired.
Just like many Arsenal fans had supposed about our game with Anderlecht, Kompany probably thought the game against CSKA Moskva would be a stroll in the park for them. After all, they had just defeated a 10-man Manchester United team in the Manchester Derby over the weekend. Right. But United are not even in Europe, and City had even blown a huge advantage over their would-be hosts a fortnight ago at Moscow. So why did he not consider those factors before being so confident about the game?
City going into the CSKA game were even in a more precarious position that the Gunners were on Tuesday. Having lost to Bayern Munich on the opening Matchday, they have failed to win either Roma (at home) nor the Russians away, and so needed nothing less than a victory at home to have any hopes of making the latter rounds. On the contrary, a win for us would have guaranteed our qualification with first place still up for grabs against Dortmund. Though we failed to see out the win, we are still as certain to go into the next round after the coming two games…
…as City are to exit the competition, even without making the Europa League.
A 2 – 1 defeat at home and two red cards to key players Fernandinho and Yaya Toure leaves Kompany and co rock bottom of their group, behind the Russians on goal difference. They will now need to win both coming games against Bayern in their next game at the Etihad as well as the final group game at the Olimpico in Rome, a task which is possible to achieve in theory but already beyond the players’ psychological reach.
A sure taste of his own medicine in the most bitter concoction. Relinquishing a draw of such magnitude tasted like defeat to most gooners but the score boards still record it a draw and while Anderlecht defender Olivier Deschacht may proudly tell his grandchildren he was part of a hard-fought comeback against the famous Arsenal, Seydou Doumbia will tell all of Abidjan that he single-handedly destroyed Manchester City…
…and that a certain Vincent Kompany was part of the City defence that day.
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