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Ashburton Army firework ploy fails to disrupt Manchester City

Ashburton Army, an Arsenal ultras group, have been pictured setting off fireworks outside the Manchester City team hotel ahead of the Sky Blues' all-important clash with Tottenham on Tuesday, May 14.

Or at least, that's what they thought they were doing.

Ashburton Army firework ploy backfires

Ashburton Army
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Ashburton Army get the wrong city

After videos emerged online of several members of the Ashburton Army letting off fireworks outside the suspected team hotel of Pep Guardiola's side, reports quickly confirmed that they had in fact got the wrong hotel.

Embarrassingly, they hadn't just got the wrong hotel, they had also got the wrong city, as the reigning champions decided to stay in Manchester on Monday night and travel to North London early Tuesday morning.

The group then took to X, formerly Twitter, to say “Oh, man, I had a great night's sleep. Hope you all did as well”, before their mistake had become apparent.

Arsenal fans will be hoping the result of the match between City and Spurs is slightly more in their favour than the outcome of this disastrous ploy from the Ashburton Army.

A huge game in the PL title race

The reason why the Arsenal supporters were so desperate to try and help their bitter rivals out is because, in truth, they need Tottenham to do them a favour too.

At this moment in time, the outcome of the Premier League is firmly in the hands of Manchester City, with the champions knowing if they were to win both of their remaining games, the trophy would be theirs for a fourth consecutive time.

But, if Ange Postecoglou's side were able to get even just a draw, the Gunners would have a far more realistic chance of being crowned champions.

It is certainly a strange situation that awaits us and is quite possibly the only time in history that Arsenal fans will be rooting for a Tottenham victory.


Harry Dowsett

Freelance football writer with experience writing for multiple digital platforms, such as GIVEMESPORT. Recently graduated from Portsmouth University with a media studies degree - completing a dissertation on the evolution of sports journalism in the process. He has a love for Arsenal Football Club and a passion for football as a whole.

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