No Cristiano Ronaldo. No Harry Kane. Does It Really Matter?
Certainly not, if you are Manchester City, the reigning Emperors of England being ably led by their Manager extraordinaire, Pep Guardiola and that too for good reason. Ask Arsenal, and they will whole-heartedly agree as they were destroyed 5-0 with much purpose and swag that City brought to the fore amid a 50,000 strong sea of sky-blue supporters at The Etihad.
This despite facing the U-turn drama of Ronaldo and Kane with the former all but reaching The Etihad and then deciding to take a detour for Old Trafford and the latter being more than keen on becoming a City player only to have a change of heart at the eleventh hour to stay put at Tottenham.
With this debacle, Arsenal succumbed to their third successive loss, their worst start to a Premier League season in 67 years with conceding nine goals and not mounting a single.
If this wasn’t enough of a set-back, The Gunners have now also lost each of their last nine games against City setting a new record of their longest consecutive losing run against any opposition in Premier League history.
Surely not a good space to be in if you are a Gunners’ fan as they have all but run barren on their arsenal.
So, without further ado lets dissect this obliteration that City laid on Arsenal as The Etihad celebrated in unison:
The Sky Blues Decimate the Gunners With Three Strikes in the First 45
City started the first half with much purpose and domination as their skipper Gundagon put The Sky Blues ahead in just the 7th minute with a brilliant header to beat Leno from a mouth-watering cross by his Brazilian team mate, Gabriel Jesus.
Arsenal were dented early and before they could recover, The Citizens mounted a second, this time through Ferran Torres as the Spaniard made no mistake in latching onto Bernardo Silva’s cross to put the ball in the back of the Arsenal net.
Arsenal’s misery soared in the 35th minute when their talisman midfielder, Granit Xhaka saw a red as he launched himself onto Cancelo with referee Atkinson deeming the challenge dangerous.
With ten minutes left to the end of the first half, The Gunners were down on goals and a man.
Manchester City further capitalised on a depleted Arsenal as Gabriel Jesus made it three by latching onto a super cross from City’s new signing Jack Grealish.
As the first 45 ended, the score read Manchester City 3 – 0 Arsenal, with The Gunners barely managing to ride the strong waves of blue.
City’s Clinical Showing Continues in the Second Half
The second half began much to the same tune as the first with a familiar City dominance continuing as in a matter of moments they had their fourth.
The preparator on this occasion was Rodri as he curled in a low strike to beat Leno after Torres made a good run to open up space on the edge of the Arsenal box and worked a brilliant off-load to the Spaniard who made no mistake in slotting the ball in.
The game by now was all but out of Arsenal’s grasp and the expression on the face of Mikel Arteta precisely showed why. Well, there was more desolation in-store!
The Sky Blues stormed to their fifth barely minutes left to the close with Ferran Torres notching up a brace courtesy a decisive header from a Riyad Mahrez cross.
The Gunners were left with tears of torment wondering what just hit them as the referee called time on the game. Their mountain of misery had just increased with a third successive loss at the inception of this season.
Arsenal Have Much to Ponder This Season
Amid their worst start to a season, 67 years in the making, Arsenal surely have much to ponder as they desperately try to control this unabated losing streak.
Truth be told, so paltry was their performance in this game with just having managed one shot and that too not on target along with mostly defending in their own half.
Well, one shouldn’t be surprised as if you don’t mount attacks, how can you score goals?
With the fans demanding Arteta to be sacked after the City debacle, is it time for Arsenal to find a new manager who can change this terrible tide of torment with bringing in a fresh approach and new tactics that can see this team in red prosper?
As a neutral, I certainly hope so as this is just the start of the season and the only way for them should be up!
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