Date: 3rd February 2019 at 6:23pm
Written by:
Manchester City
3 – 1
Arsenal

The Etihad Stadium

FA Premier League

2/03/2019 4:30 pm

Attendance: 54,483

Referee: Martin Atkinson of West Yorkshire

Manchester City Arsenal
Agüero (1', 44', 61') Koscielny (11')
31 Ederson 19 Bernd Leno
30 Nicolas Otamendi 12 Stefan Lichtsteiner
2 Kyle Walker 20 Shkodran Mustafi Mavropanos 79'
14 Aymeric Laporte 6 Laurent Koscielny
21 David Silva 18 Nacho Monreal
25 Fernandinho 17Alex Iwobi Ramsey 66'
8 Ilkay Gündogan
 
11 Lucas Torreira
 
17 Kevin De Bruyne Mahrez 88' 29 Matteo Guendouzi
7 Raheem Sterling 31 Saed Kolasinac D Suárez 66'
20 Bernardo Silva 9 Alexandre Lacazette
10 Sergio Agüero Gabriel Jesus 81' 14 P-E Aubameyang

Substitutes

3 Danilo 1 Petr Cech
5 John Stones 4 Mohamed Elneny
18 Fabian Delph 8 Aaron Ramsey
19 Leroy Sané 10 Mesut Özil
26 Riyad Mahrez 22 Dennis Suárez
33 Gabriel Jesus 27 Kon Mavropanos
49 Aro Muric 49 Eddie Nketiah

Game Statistics

20 Goal attempts 4
12 On Target 2
4 Corners 2
11 Fouls 8
1 Yellow Cards 1
0 Red Cards 0
60 % 40

Johnny On The Spot:

#NORMALSERVICERESUMED. A pivotal week in Manchester City’s season has begun with a crucial victory over Arsenal. Pep Guardiola kept his squad in the dressing room for close to an hour after the ridiculous midweek defeat at Newcastle and the impact of his words have told with his men displaying the character and verve that eluded them on Tyneside.

Deploying a new look defensive system, a fluid back four out of possession transitioning into a forward motion back three in possession, City launched a blistering opening assault. The reward was instantaneous with a livewire Kun Aguero bagging his second first minute opener of the week.

However, the goal was disappointingly cancelled out inside 10 minutes. Leads have been squandered this winter  against Palace, Leicester, Newcastle and now Arsenal to El Boss’s immense touchline frustration. The first half thereafter descended into a scrappy, scattergun affair. City were lacking overall control and were still coughing up possession too easily, inviting counter attacks. Arsenal players for their part, infrequently went down like they were shot but every time recovered miraculously, yet offered very little threat. A beautiful move capped by a bustling Agüero restored the Champions lead as the half-time oranges were being sliced.

Pep’s retriever Bernardo Silva, man of the match on any other day, operated at his very best in a one way traffic second half, constantly winning back the ball with the immediate instinct to attack. The Blues began to work the ball in the right areas intelligently with Spanish Dave resurgent. Kun continued to lead the charge and was richly rewarded with a treble that took the champions into game management mode. Arsenal, with their forwards nullified throughout this contest have now not beaten a top 6 side in 21 attempts. Ultimately, without a doubt, 3-1 flattered the beleaguered Gunners.

And so. City looking hungry again, are breathing down a stuttering Liverpool’s necks again. Our friends at West Ham await them tomorrow night. With Everton’s faithful already expressing a preparedness to accept defeat on Merseyside on Wednesday night, never say never…

JB’s Man of The Match: Kun Agüero will not be moved. Great strength and positioning drove him to his 14th professional hat-trick. Now boasting 39 goals in 63 games against top 6 Premier League sides, our talisman is determined to lead a hunting down of under pressure Liverpool.

 

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