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Micah and Arsenal's Nicklas Bendtner battle for the ball

Micah and Arsenal's Nicklas Bendtner battle for the ball

Saturday November 22, 2008Micah's Say... Manchester City v Arsenal

By William Wood | In Micah's Say

Manchester City dominated a lacklustre Arsenal side at the City of Manchester Stadium, securing an emphatic 3-0 win against Arsene Wenger’s men, and Micah reflected on the match exclusively with MicahRichards.com.

The result never looked in any doubt as City saw off their beleaguered opponents with ease, Stephen Ireland continuing his fine form to edge the hosts in front on the stroke of half-time after a mistake by Gael Clichy.

Robinho’s exquisite chip over Manuel Almunia gave Mark Hughes’ side some breathing space, and the Brazilian went close to a second which was cleared off the line before substitute Daniel Sturridge won and then converted a penalty to seal the victory.

A clearly delighted Micah explained that, despite four games without a win prior to the clash with the Gunners, the squad knew they were capable of such an imperious display.

“A win was much needed but to do it the way we did was really pleasing,” Micah said. “On our day we can beat anybody, as we showed today.

“No one around the club has been panicking after the last few matches because we knew it was only a matter of time before we started getting the results we deserve.”

City have impressed on a number of occasions this season, most notably in the 6-0 destruction of Portsmouth and the 3-0 win over Stoke City , and the England international felt that Saturday’s performance was one of their best thus far.

“It’s certainly one of the best team performances of the season,” he continued. “Most importantly, we kept a clean sheet and scored three against a team who are challenging for the title.”

“I was definitely satisfied from a personal point of view as we stopped them from scoring and I felt I defended strongly throughout the game.”

It is a well-known fact that the 20-year old has affections for Arsene Wenger’s side having grown up as an Arsenal fan, but Micah was happy to put aside his personal allegiances and help City claim the three points.

“I was really excited before the game to be playing against the team I support and to get the win was even more pleasing,” he added.

Hughes’ side now face Manchester United in the derby next weekend, and Micah is hoping the result against the north Londoners acts as a stern warning to the Premier League champions.

“I hope the win sends out a message to Manchester United,” he concluded. “I’m looking forward to the derby and hopefully we can follow up today’s win with another next weekend.”