Arsenal ultras set off fireworks at ‘Man City lodge’ however dimwits miss key element

Arsenal ultras tried to give Manchester City’s stars a sleepless night with a firework display outside the hotel where they were staying – but it turned out to be a major own goal.

The Gunners fans were hoping to rattle the City squad ahead of their crunch clash with Tottenham on Tuesday night. City are in the Big Smoke for a must-win Premier League match on Spurs‘ turf. Guardiola’s men are just one point behind Arsenal and could snatch the title with two final victories.

The Arsenal faithful aimed to unsettle City by targeting their hotel, but the Citizens hadn’t even checked in yet. With the match not kicking off until 8pm on Tuesday, BBC Sport reported City planned to travel on matchday.

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Regardless of whether City’s stars were disturbed, other guests at the hotel certainly had their kip ruined. The stunt sparked a debate online, with fans blasting the hopeless pranksters.

“For an 8pm kick-off. Their mums and dads waiting for them in the car park will be mortified…” mocked one user on social media. “This is such a weird thing that’s started to happen,” another commented, baffled by the bizarre tactic, reports the Mirror.

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City fans seemed to take the chaos in stride, with one quipping online: “And tonight we show them the fireworks on the pitch,” and even a Gooner chimed in with a self-deprecating: “We’re not the brightest bunch at times are we.”

Another die-hard City fan flaunted a flight departures screenshot, claiming it proved the team was always meant to jet off in the morning. This isn’t the first rodeo for such shenanigans, mind you.

England supporters tried to rattle Italy’s squad with some explosive antics outside their hotel. But as fate would have it, that didn’t tip the scales – Gareth Southgate’s lads still faced the agony of a penalty shoot-out loss in the Euro 2020 final at Wembley.

The Arsenal ultras must be glad they covered their faces after the failed stunt
The Arsenal ultras must be glad they covered their faces after the failed stunt

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Another Arsenal fan was mocked online after suggesting he had somehow managed to cancel City goalkeeping coach Richard Wright’s reservation at the hotel. He posted what he said was the 46-year-old former shotstopper’s reservation number and an audio recording of him supposedly cancelling the booking.

Fans branded it the “most pointless thing” they had ever seen. One City supporters commented: “F***ing belter that bro what the hell are we gonna do without our goalkeeper coach.”

Ahead of the Spurs clash, City boss Pep Guardiola reflected on his team’s journey: “We have something unique in front of our eyes [but] in the beginning of the season, no, we didn’t think at all about winning four Premier Leagues,” he confessed to the press. “But always there has to be something.”

Manchester City's players weren't at the hotel when the fireworks went off
Manchester City’s players weren’t at the hotel when the fireworks went off

Guardiola recalled the turning point: “When we were in February, March, April, it was ‘Oh, we are still there – we can do it’ and that ignited something in all our heads to say ‘Guys, no team has done it.’ That shows how difficult it is.”

“Liverpool in the 1980s, United with Sir Alex Ferguson in the 90s, Chelsea with [Roman] Abramovich and Jose [Mourinho] – even Arsenal with [Arsene] Wenger – they haven’t done it. They haven’t done it as it’s so difficult… it’s as simple as that.”

If City overcome Spurs, they’ll be one step closer to lifting the trophy once more, knowing a win against West Ham will seal their fate as champions for the fourth consecutive time. But any slip-up could see Arsenal snatch the title, provided they triumph over Everton on May 19.