Anyone who was watching Arsenal go 1-0 up after 5 minutes and completely dominate the rest of half would have thought it impossible they could not go on and destroy Man City. The pass from Sanchez was sublime and surprisingly Walcott’s run was perfect and his finish was even better. Arsenal were all over City and were sure to make their dominance count.
Walcott and Alexis carried on harrying the City defence but could not quite get the second goal that would have given us a nice cushion. We expected more of the same in the second half, but whatever Pep said in the dressing room must have put the fear of God into his players because they came out like lions. Oh and he also changed things on the pitch with Sagna replacing Zabeleta. Something worked as their first attack decisively cut through Arsenal’s defence, and immediately two records were broken. Mane became the youngest ever Man City player to score against Arsenal, and it was also the first time in the Premiership that Petr Cech has conceded a goal in 8 games in a row.
Wenger replaced Iwobi with the Ox with 25 mins to go, but City were totally in control. Surprisingly it took until the 70th minute before they actually took the lead. Sterling took receipt of a brilliant long pass from De Bruyne and controlled it well and slotted it past Cech, who is not in a happy place at the moment.
With 15 minutes to go Arsenal brought on Giroud, but 2 minutes later City very nearly increased their lead as they hit the post after a bit of pinball in the box. Arsenal then took the Ox off after just 13 minutes on the pitch (injured or just rubbish?) and replaced him with Elneny. The Gunners seemed to pick up their tempo a bit after that but they never really looked like getting an equalizer….
So Arsenal are now back in fourth with Liverpool still to play. Cue the WengerOut comments from here on….