Man city shows Arsenal how it should be done! By Sylvester Kwentua
I am sure a lot of us saw the UEFA Champions league game between Manchester City and Monaco. The game which ended 5-3 in favour of Manchester City was a good advert for sweet, free flowing, and attacking football. I was glued to my chair all through as I didn’t want to miss one second of the action.
Well, the game has ended but even at that, I can’t stop watching the highlights of the game. I have played the highlights, all over again like a million times (please don’t blame me, blame the game).
After the game, I sat down to analyze the game and I noticed one or two things I feel our dear Arsenal can emulate, if we are serious about being a great club. These are:
THE NEVER SAY DIE ATTITUDE: The match brought out the ‘never say die’ attitude in the Manchester city players. In the early stages of the game, they were outplayed and outscored by the Monaco players. Did they drop their heads and ended the game in their heads before the referee ended it? No, they didn’t! They kept on going, they kept on playing as if they were going to be denied a week’s wage if they had lost! The big players, led by example ; Yaya Toure kept on marshalling the midfield, Sergio Aguero kept on looking for loopholes in the defense of the Monaco team, Raheem Sterling kept on running at them. In fact all the players didn’t just give up! If it were our players, I wonder how the game would have ended (a repeat of the Bayern Munich white wash I guess).
PEP GUARDIOLA WAS THE 12TH PLAYER: I saw the way pep was jumping and running down the touchline and I just smiled and said to myself, “no player will decide not to buckle up, after watching the passion at his coach was exhibiting at the touchline”. See, a coach who is fully involved in the game; will yell at the players, encourage them, celebrate their goals with them and operate on the same level with his players. A coach who just sits down doing nothing, except fiddling with the zip of his jacket, does not inspire confidence and the winning mentality in his players. If only Wenger was as zealous as Pep, maybe our results would have been different.
This season, as far as I am concerned is ended and our only realistic hope of lifting a trophy is the FA cup but I won’t end this story without blaming everybody for another failed season. I blame the coach for no longer knowing to inspire a team to do well, I blame the players for not rising up when needed and I blame the fans for not taking the appropriate actions. What do I want the fans to do, you will ask, I guess. If the fans can boycott games and stop watching games involving Arsenal, I strongly believe the management of Arsenal football club will sit up!