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Gunners defeated at Manchester City

Posted on November 05, 2017 by David Nugent

Arsenal suffered a 3-1 defeat against Premier League leaders Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

City took less than two minutes of the game to have a clear opening. The Citizens hit the visitors on the counter-attacking as Raheem Sterling broke at pace, before finding Kevin De Bruyne.

The Belgian international then played a reverse pass to Sergio Aguero, who from a tight angle inside the penalty area fired just wide of Petr Cech’s post. Arsenal’s first threat of the game came on five minutes, as Alex Iwobi fired well over the bar from distance.

The Gunners also had the next attempted on goal, as Alexis Sanchez fired well wide of goal from distance, while Mesut Ozil put a shot from just inside the area wide of Ederson’s left-hand post.

City went up the other end with a quick counter-attack. Good play from David Silva and Sergio Aguero set Leroy Sane behind the Arsenal defence. However, the Raheem Sterling failed to connect with the German’s centre across the face of goal.

City started to dominate possession and took the lead on 18 minutes. Cech produced a good low save from Kevin De Bruyne. However, City kept the ball alive and Fernandinho found the Belgian international, who took a few steps into the penalty area and fired low into the far corner of Cech’s goal.

Just prior to the half-hour mark Sterling saw an effort deflected on to the roof of Cech’s net, with the Arsenal goalkeeper producing a nervous dive backwards.

Petr Cech was called into action on 38 minutes, as Kyle Walker’s dangerous cross hit Gunners defender Laurent Koscielny, only for his ‘keeper to divert the ball away from goal.

Arsenal had their best chance of the half in stoppage-time, as Ederson got down well to keep out Aaron Ramsey’s low shot on goal.

City were awarded a penalty on 49 minutes. Raheem Sterling was played in behind Monreal who appeared to foul him. Aguero stepped up and was slightly fortunate as his effort went in off the post.

Arsenal had their first shot on goal of the second period on 55 minutes. Iwobi hit an effort from 20-yards that Ederson spilt, only for Ramsey to shove the Brazilian over the line with the ball.

Ederson was out quickly at the feet of Ramsey just before the hour mark to clear the danger after Alexandre Lacazette had found the midfielder in the City area.

Arsenal were back in the game on 64 minutes. Ramsey did well to find substitute Lacazette, who took a few touches inside the area and firing low through the legs of Ederson.

Sane saw a powerful effort from a Sterling cross deflect wide at the other end of the pitch. From the resulting corner kick, Cech produced superb low saves from substitute Gabriel Jesus and De Bruyne.

The Citizens made it three on 74 minutes. David Silva was played behind the Arsenal defence and the Spaniard squared the ball to Jesus, who had the simple task of firing home from a few yards out. Silva looked offside at first glance, but on further inspection, the decision was touch and go.

The home side then closed the game out and were happy to hit the visitors on the counter-attack. In the end, the Citizens had too much quality for Arsenal and the Gunners drop to sixth place in the table.

Did Arsenal deserve anything more than a defeat at City?

2 to “Gunners defeated at Manchester City”

  1. Steven says:

    Sterling was not ‘bundled over’. He fell, probably deliberately, after a legal shoulder charge. The third goal did not just look offside, it was offside by half a yard, as the replay clearly shows.

  2. David Nugent says:

    Both decisions could have went either way. One question, do you believe Arsenal deserved anything from that game Steven?

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