EPL: Man City v Arsenal [Review]
In today's highlight Premier League fixture Arsenal travelled to the Etihad Stadium to play a struggling Manchester City.
For Man City things haven't been looking good as of late with Agüero and Fernandinho both out with suspension, as well as Gündoğan being ruled out for the season. While things haven't been quite as perilous for Arsenal, they were looking to get back to picking up points after the 2-1 loss to Everton. Both sides are surely looking to catch up with Chelsea.
In the first half City looked a bit lost and Arsenal took advantage of this early on with a counter attack started by Čech as he rolled the ball out to Héctor Bellerín. The right-back then sprinted the ball up the pitch and put it into the feet of Alexis Sánchez who was then able to pass the ball to Walcott as he ran through the City defence without little interference.
After the 5th minute goal Arsenal sat back and looked to counter-attack when they could, although some would argue that they should have gone in for the kill. City picked up their tempo a little towards the end of the 1st half but it simply wasn't enough to get any clear-cut chances.
In the 2nd half city played with much more urgency, they looked to use their possession to create chances rather than for fear of losing the ball. David Silva was able to put a nice little through ball pass to Sane who got past the defence and went on to score his first goal for the club. Arsenal fans were unhappy because on the replay it did appear as though Sane was offside.
As Arsenal continued to play passively City were then able to get a 2nd with a sublime pass from Kevin De Bruyne who passed the ball from the left side of the field to the top right for Sterling. Sterling went with the ball into the box and when he realised that Monreal wasn'tgoing to put pressure on him, he dribbled inwards and then slotted it in with his left foot.
City went on to win the game and for Arsenal this is the second L this week after being ahead. The manager Wenger clearly didn't have a plan B and although sitting back and counter-attacking worked at the start, they should have been more aggressive in the 1st half when City had not yet worked themselves into the game.