Mancini: I’m weary of Djourou (think he means Giroud!)

| September 23, 2012 | 16 Comments

Roberto Mancini is apparently worried about Johan Djourou ahead of this Sunday’s blockbuster fixture at the Etihad according to this Daily Mail report.

The Italian manager that steered City to their Premier League triumph last season has highlighted his sides weakness at the back at present after conceding 11 goals in their opening six games this season, but has passed the blame of the lack of cohesion at the back to poor preseason preparations.

While he suggested Arsenal’s strengths lie with new comers Santi Cazorla and Lukas Podolski, the Italian suggested that after the performance against Liverpool, Johan Djourou is one to watch out for despite he didn’t score at Anfield, in fact he didn’t even play…errrm think you mean Olivier Giroud Daily Mail!

Mancini stated at his prematch press conference (as reported by the Daily Mail - video here):

Arsenal are very strong on the counter-attack.

I watched the game against Liverpool on TV and they played really well. They have two important players, Cazorla and Podolski, who are very good and Johan Djourou [Giroud] maybe. He didn’t score but he is a good player.

We should pay attention because their counter-attack will be very strong.

Giroud certainly will be one to watch I feel if he gets a start. His height will give their nervous backline something to worry about, and his ability to hold up the ball will help to bring Cazorla into the attack further.

Podolski will hope he can continue his hot goal scoring form that has seen him net three times in three consecutive matches, with Gervinho likely to partner him on the other wing after his recent goal scoring exploits.

City will be missing Samir Nasri who is suffering a hamstring injury, but attacking duo Mario Balotelli and Sergio Augero are both available.

I’d like to see Koscielny start the fixture this Sunday as Mertesacker will struggle with the pace of Augero and Tevez, while Jenkinson will need to produce another solid performance out wide in the absence of the injured Bacary Sagna.

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  1. Chevre Chaud says:

    It’s wary,not weary!

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  2. mohamed ali says:

    my thoughts are bring on citeh,w,ll give u footbal lesson,this is arsenal u can buy all of arsenal players but u cant buy the producer the man behind that pass monsters called le professeur arsene wenger , i loveeeeeeee arsenal..till mowt..

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  3. a.abaure says:

    of course, @mohamed ali comment.

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  4. Ihidero says:

    He (MANCINI) is trying to bait Arsenal into including Giroud on the starting line on tomorrow’s match. Thats Mancini’s gambit. Arsenal must nt fall it

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  5. mark says:

    absolutely koscielny instead of mertesacker.

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  6. bj.soul_uk@gunner says:

    Mancini is a fuckn’ mind game player. U like every ready made player…u lavish dumb-ass, u can never buy class, bcos class is made not bought. In Arsene We Trust, COYG.
    Arsenal 3 – 1 Manchester City

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  7. Mzeey says:

    Cut the mind games Mancini I know what u mean

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  8. Tish says:

    I know arsenal will lift the day with win over man city. Podolski,Gervinho & Giroud to score. watch this space

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  9. Twig says:

    Johan Djourou to score a hattrick! LoL.

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  10. nick4 says:

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  11. Olatunji alaba says:

    Arsenal we shineeeee…. Man city must fall, i love gooner

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  12. samuel says:

    arsenal are in good form which am quit happy at bcos 2 b sincere jiround is d reason 4 our winning startg 4rm lvpool encounter man c wil nt b exceptional ,come 2 tink of it henry did more dan dis but 2 day he is a legend in arsenal i see arsenal wit trophy dis season.my prediction goes like dis 2:1 in favour of arsenal.gunner’s keep d gud work.

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  13. Lid says:

    No shit nick4!!! Naaa na na nanana nanana giroud!!!!!!!

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  14. kamal says:

    Please don’t get carried away with all these mancini gist it is away of diverting our attention, arsenal will never fall for you,you dumb ass.

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  15. giroud will scored 2day..am still in faith with with him

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