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‘We look like amateurs’ Arsenal fans all make same point in first half of Manchester City clash

The Arsenal faithful have been quick to make their voices heard

Arsenal fans have taken to social media in their droves to call for Rob Holding to be substituted at half time during the first half of their clash with Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium.

The game in Manchester is in many ways a title decider, with City five points behind Arsenal but with two games in hand, and the possibility to reduce that to two points with a win over the current Premier League leaders.

And it was the home side that flew out of the blocks, seeing a strong appeal for a penalty turned down just four minutes in when Thomas Partey and Kevin de Bruyne collided six yards out.

But they were quick to make their pressure count, with Erling Haaland providing a deft touch for De Bruyne to sweep home a crisp finish from just outside the Arsenal penalty area, handing the Champions a precious lead.

An almost replica move nearly made it 2-0 to the hosts midway through the first half, only stopped by an excellent block by Ben White 8 yards out to keep his side in the game, but Arsenal were hanging on by a thread.

And the fans were quick to point to Rob Holding, who found himself sucked out of position on several occasions chasing Haaland, as a key reason as to why they were playing so poorly.

During the first half, however, those fears were realised and as you can see below, they demanded drastic action.


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Ben Browning

Football writer and analyst. Long-time writer of all things Arsenal and avid watcher of European football. Happy to discuss all things football over on Twitter.

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