Manchester City’s winning streak continues in Premier League as Arsenal are the latest victim in the title race of Pep Guardiola. The Sunday fixture at Emirates was well conceived by City. But, Arteta’ side suffered another defeat against the blue squad of Manchester.
Although, the match surprised the home team with an early blow from Raheem Sterling. An early goal determined the fate of the match. And that was the only mistake committed by Arsenal in the ninety minutes.
Arsenal started at a slow pace. And the opposition used that for striking in the first few minutes was the strategy of the City. Pep Guardiola deployed a squad with two strikers in the frontline accompanied by a set of quality midfielders.
Meanwhile, the early run from Riyad Mahrez found Sterling unmarked in the Arsenal box. The cross from Mahrez directed smoothly to the far corner by Sterling. The goal has drained the confidence of the tightly-packed defensive line of Arteta.
Desperation at its peak for Arteta:
Gunners boss admitted their mistake of conceding an early goal in the post-match talk. He feared a worse result after seeing the early strike. But, appreciate the mentality of the players that kept the same scoreline for ninety minutes.
“That was my worry because the formation the players that they used today there’s nothing worse than going behind early,” he said of the possibility of his team collapsing after the early blow. “Because it puts the game exactly where they want it, with time on the ball, creating overloads with the false nine anywhere they want on the pitch.
“And you become impatient and frustrated. And I thought that the team reacted really well to that and we gave them a real game. At the moment they are the best team because they dominate every single department. All credit to them because they are incredible”, he said to the press. (Football London)
Another event of desperation was involving defender Mohammed Elneny. The Egyptian midfielder missed an opportunity to release the ball to the Scottish full-back Kieran Tierney that would have challenged the Highline of Manchester City. Arteta went furious after the player failed to supply the ball to find a breakthrough.
Also, Arsenal missed the presence of Thomas Partey in the midfield in the fixture. Guardiola’s midfielders ruled the position and left no space for Arsenal to trespass. Partey should have added more position to the Gunners and that was another reason for the manager’s desperation.
Arsenal made Premier League history:
The Gunners made history by using Premier League’s first concussion substitution after defender Rob Holding replaced by David Luiz. The defender clashed with City’s Joao Cancelo and took his studs in the face.
But the incident got its clarity only after the fourth substitution happened from the Gunners. Dani Ceballos replaced midfielder Mohammed Elneny in the 86th minute. That confirmed the first-ever Concussion substitution in the history of the league.
The protocol for substitution reformed last month in Premier League. It is designed to incentivize clubs to withdraw players who have suffered head traumas instead of taking the risk so as to keep the extra substitution.