On Thursday night, Arsenal suffered a 3-0 home defeat against league leaders Manchester City at the Emirates Stadium.
Arsenal offered the first attacking threat, as Ederson smothered at the feet of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang on seven minutes. A minute later, Aaron Ramsey fired a powerful effort towards goal that hit Vincent Kompany, only for Ederson to produce a good save.
Soon afterwards Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero fired into the side-netting from a tight angle. On 13 minutes, Henrikh Mkhitaryan shot straight at Ederson after good work from Ramsey and Danny Welbeck.
The Citizens took the lead on 15 minutes. Leroy Sane produced some nice skill to beat four Arsenal players before pulling the ball back to Bernardo Silva, who cut inside and curled an effort past Petr Cech.
On 20 minutes, Arsenal’s Granit Xhaka came close to equalising, hitting a low free-kick towards goal, but Ederson got down well to keep out the effort. Three minutes later the City goalkeeper was in action again, producing a good save from another Ramsey effort.
City doubled their lead on 28 minutes. Sane beat Mkhitaryan easily and found Aguero in the area, who produce a good pass for David Silva and Spaniard produced a sublime touch before firing high past Cech.
The Citizens scored a third five minutes later. A superb counter-attack saw Sane touch the ball past Cech from a Kyle Walker cross ahead of a despairing tackle from Hector Bellerin. On 38 minutes, Danilo produced a good block from a Ramsey effort from the edge of the area.
City threatened on 39 minutes. Kevin De Bruyne found Aguero six yards out, but Cech saved the strikers effort. At the other end of the pitch, Mesut Ozil saw an effort on goal blocked. On the stroke of half-time, Xhaka fired a long-range effort straight at Ederson.
Arsenal were awarded a penalty kick on 52 minutes, as Nicolas Otamendi brought down Mkhitaryan. Aubameyang took the kick, but Ederson got down low to keep the effort out and preserve the Citizens clean sheet.
On 55 minutes Cech misplaced a pass straight to City’s De Bruyne, who failed to adjust and gave the ball right back to the fortunate Gunners stopper. Aubameyang volleyed an effort just wide of goal three minutes later, as the Gunners looked for a way back into the game.
The game then turned slightly quiet, with neither side threatening goal, and City happy to pass the ball around and maintain possession. City had the chance on goal, as Cech got down well to keep out a powerful low effort Aguero.
The effort was the last of the game, as City recorded a comfortable win. In truth, the game was over as a contest in the first half. Arsenal remain ten points behind fourth-place Spurs in the race for Champions League spots.
Did Arsenal deserve any more from Thursday night’s game?