A valiant Arsenal side fell to a three-goals-to-one defeat in a Premier league fixture against Manchester City inside the Etihad Stadium .
The Citizens, who are still undefeated in ten straight Premier League matches, profited from two patently wrong calls by the referee, Mark Oliver, which eventually led to two of the goals they scored. In spite of their two controversial goals, City were evidently the better side and could have scored more goals if not for their profligacy in front of the goalpost and a subtle complacency on the part of their front men.
Arsene Wenger – true to his statement in the pre-match press conference that the best way to defend is to attack – set his team up to play an attacking game. Inexplicably, he omitted Alexander Lacazette from starting eleven.
Arsenal took the game to City in the first ten minutes of the game in which they won three corner-kicks ; and in the same space of time Manchester City almost scored from a counter-attack, launched by the lung-bursting run of Raheem Sterling from his own half of the pitch but Sergio Aguero shot wide from the goal-post when the final pass was laid to him.
City gradually grew into the game and started to boss proceedings in the mid-field. Sterling failed to poke into the open net a Leroy Sane’s low cross that swept across the six yard box, begging for connection.
City continued to harry Arsenal in their own half of the pitch as the game entered the quarter hour period. Peter Cech drew a brilliant save from Kevin DeBryune’s low show but was unable to stop the Belgian mid-fielder’s second effort a minute later.
Arsenal occasionally broke into City’s final third,; oftentimes there were good exchange of passes between Alexis Sanchez and Alex Iwobi as the duo tried to breach City’s back line, but the opponent’s defenders were able to fend off such sporadic assault.
Sterling squandered a chance to put his side ahead when he failed to located Sane with an accurate pass, as the two wingers launched a counter-attacked against their opponent, which placed them in a two-to-one situation against an Arsenal defender.
A combination play between Sanchez and Aaron Ramsey almost gave Arsenal a chance to equalize in the additional time of the first half but City’s keeper, Ederson Morales, was able to punch the ball out of danger.
Manchester City resumed the second half, and started their signature free-flowing possession football.
Three minutes after the commencement of the second half, Raheem Sterling controlled a ball crossed to him inside Arsenal’s eighteen yard box but Nacho Monreal prevented his onward movement in a shoulder-to-shoulder challenge, which the Michael Oliver adjudged as a foul on the City’s winger – and a penalty was awarded which Aguero scored.
The game opened up after City’s goal, and Arsenal poured forward in search of an equalizer .One of the Gunner’s attacking plays, ended with Alex Iwobi stunning Ederson Morales with a stinging shot that slipped out of his hold and almost entered into the goal-post.
Alexandre Lacazette scored for the Gunners in the sixty fourth minute of the game. He received a pass inside City’s eighteen yard box and hit the ball through the legs of Ederson into the net.
A few minutes before Gabriel Jesus scored his goal, Peter Cech had made a brilliant save of the Brazilian goal-bound shot . Jesus later beat Cech when he smashed into the net a David Silva’s cross from a clearly off-side position.
Though the Gunners lost this match, they have the right to hold their heads high for the intrepid way they played against this dreaded City’s team. However, the way their defenders left David Silva unmarked, hoping the referee would rule his cross with which Jesus scored as off-side was very amateurish.