Arsenal vs Manchester City Review

On 13th September 2014 by Kieran

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After a two week Internationals break, the Premier League returned with the early match at the Emirates. The last match week saw both teams display some rather unconvincing performances, with City losing at home to Stoke and Arsenal drawing away at Leicester. But Immediately from kick-off both teams seemed re-vitalised and ready to fight for the all important three points.

The last meeting between the two saw Arsenal lifting the Community shield after a successful 3-0 victory at Wembley, although not quite living up to that match, this was not one to be forgotten any time soon.  The Comeback kings seems to be the theme of Arsenal’s matches so far this season, and this had another similar storyline. New boy Danny Welbeck made his debut and was beginning to show his impact already. He found himself behind the City defence with only Joe Hart to beat, but a cheeky dink over his fellow England international bounced off the inside of the post and back out. Welbeck’s presence around the defence and ability to win back the ball in places where he had no reason to be was remarkable. Although the effort seen from him and Alexis alike could not stop Aguero continuing his dominance. Jesús Navas the provider pulling the ball across the Arsenal box to the feet of Aguero for a simple tap in.

The match from then on was a midfield battle. With no Yaya Toure, City played debutant Frank Lampard alongside Fernandinho in midfield, with Lampard under performing and being brought off at half-time with only a yellow card to his name. Jack Wilshere had started shaky but in the second half he made the game his own. His continuous battling in the midfield soon paid off with Wilshere finding himself through on goal, waiting for Joe Hart to make his dive Wilshere chipped the ball over the City keeper making the game equal.

A sense of frustration had came out of the City side from this, with fouls going against them constantly as they tried to break up this new found flow of the Arsenal midfield and attack. Wilshere back in the driving seat, got himself on the end of a Vincent Kompany clearance header assisting Alexis Sanchez with a header of his own in which the Chilean fired a volley into the back of the net.

2-1 up everything was to play for. The Arsenal defence had not been as solid as many had wished for, struggling against the City strike force. An injury to Mathieu Debuchy saw him stretchered off in agony, with new boy Calum Chambers replacing him. Despite some recent high quality performances nerves had began to show with Chambers within his first few touches. The Arsenal defence soon began to collapse. Amongst the struggles the Gunners gave away a free-kick to City which would prove to be a vital one for the Manchester side. Demichelis had found himself unmarked due to the poor zonal defending and successfully powered a header into the Arsenal net pulling it even. An almost undeserved goal from Man City, although if Arsenal are going to make such significant defensive errors they deserved to be punished for them and learn from their mistakes.

The draw against City is a respectable one, with Arsenal’s home unbeaten run still intact. But having shown such courage and willpower throughout the second half Arsenal did deserve to come away with the 3 points. Next week presents us with a trip away to Aston Villa who will be thriving off their recent victory away at Liverpool this week.

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