Pundit says Arsenal’s win against a “weakened” Man City should not be exaggerated

Jermaine Pennant has played down Arsenal’s win against Manchester City and suggested that the Citizens were weakened in that particular game.

Arsenal secured a hard-fought 1-0 victory against the defending champions just before the international break. This result kept Arsenal unbeaten in the league and may have shifted the balance of power between the two clubs.

Before that match, City had remained unbeaten against Arsenal since 2015, which added extra motivation for Mikel Arteta’s team. They secured the win with a deflected Gabriel Martinelli shot. However, Pennant believes that Arsenal’s victory was partly due to the absence of two key City players.

He said, as quoted by The Sun:

“I don’t want to be negative party pooper here; I think that’s a fantastic result.

“Any result against Man City is a superb result and a statement. But you’ve got to understand they were playing against weakened City team.

“No Rodri was a massive miss. And then on top of that, Kevin De Bruyne is injured as well.”

Just Arsenal Opinion

City has remained one of the top clubs in Europe and has been ahead of us for years, so it is remarkable that we won that game.

It doesn’t matter if they were missing key players and we will not allow anyone to downplay that success.


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  1. We didn’t have Saka and we couldn’t start with Martinelli. Partey just came back from injury. Pennant is quite a party pooper. Honestly, Pennant who? He was nobody when he was playing and he still sounds like nobody now.

  2. Arsenal had 4 players missing at ko one came on at start of the second half and Party came on for the last 20mins as did two of the missing City players , so there we have it 3 pints to Arsenal so let’s move on without the bloody whinging.

  3. No Saka nor Timber; both players would start and would have an impact just like De Bryne and Rodri. So it’s a weakened Arsenal as well.

    I don’t understand what he means

  4. Nonsense from Pennant
    Please ask Pennant if Mc won that game what could he say? A Mancity weak team or strong team?
    I didn’t expect someone like him to publicly post such a poor comment about Arsenal win

  5. It’s pure bad Belle from Pennant as we say it in Nigeria. Was Arsenal not missing star player Saka as well. Was Rodri not in city squad that lost the cummunity shield to arsenal

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