Arsenal suffered a 3-1 defeat at Manchester City on Sunday, leaving us 12 points shy of the Premier League leaders.
The Gunners went into the game, hoping to cut the gap between itself and the league leaders but City continued their fine form by sweeping Wenger’s men aside.
Kevin De Bruyne opened the scoring in the first half, before Sergio Aguero doubled the lead from the penalty spot early in the second half. Alexandre Lacazette, who started on the substitute bench eventually pulled one back for Arsenal but Gabriel Jesus made sure there was no way back for the Gunners when he added City’s third.
It was a dismal performance from Arsenal, who were hoping to be the first team to stop City this season. While we were never favorites to win the game, there was every chance that we could have stopped the Citizens had we got it right on the pitch. However, according to Gooner match roundup, we didn’t do many things right on the day, starting from team selection to the performance.
Starting the game without an out-and-out centre forward didn’t turn out to be a good idea as we lacked focal point upfront until Lacazette was brought into the frame. Also, we were second best throughout the game as City won every second ball and piled pressure on us for majority of the match.
It was Sanchez who started the game upfront, but the Chilean had a difficult afternoon. While Coquelin - who returned to the starting lineup after a long time out, was also poor.
City had beaten Arsenal just one in previous nine attempts, which shows how well we always perform against the Etihad side but Sunday’s performance was the worst show I have seen us put up against the Manchester based club.
Although, it won’t be out of place if one claims City’s third goal was offside but we never looked like winning the game at any point and if not for some bad decision making in front of goal by City, we would have lost by a greater margin.
Arsenal would have to do a lot to claw back the 12 points between them and the league leaders. While it is still possible to catch City, one reason to worry is Arsenal’s poor record against big teams.
The Gunners haven’t won an away game against any of its big five rivals since 2014 and If we want to win the Premier League, it is this sort of games that we ought to be winning.