Man City outclass Arsenal

After loss to Newcastle Guardiola made significant changes in City line-up. Only three nominal defenders in Laporte, Otamendi and Walker started. Gundogan, Fernandinho, Bernardo, David Silva and De Bruyne all played together for first time this season. Sterling played on left side instead of right and Aguero as lone forward. In possession City played with three defenders, without ball Fernandinho dropped deeper and played as central defender. Laporte, Walker played as tucked inside full-backs occasionally played wide or moved wide to press Arsenal. City scored in first minute after Laporte dispossessed Iwobi in penalty box and made cross to Aguero which header from six yard box ended in goal. Couple minutes later City should had penalty after De Bruyne pass Aguero was grabbed by Mustafi but referee didn’t make a call. After that City made numerous attacks from wide which ended with dangerous crosses. Laporte goal after De Bruyne cross from free-kick was canceled because of offside. After starting pressure Arsenal started to bypass City press and made couple counterattacks. One of visitors attacks resulted in corner after which Koscielny scored goal. City continued to attack wide with David Silva, Sterling on left and Bernardo Silva, De Bruyne on right but most of their attacks ended in crosses to nobody, team lacked rhythm and looked disjointed. They made many sloppy passes and made many turnovers. Arsenal was able to make numerous attacks and bypass City press without problem game was even from Arsenal goal until final minutes of first half. Only in the end of first half City upped the tempo and after Gundogan chip ball Sterling made cut back to Aguero who scored in open net. After break City started immediately attack Arsenal and didn’t allow them to cross their own half with ball, Couple of dangerous attacks ended in shots which were saved by Leno also couple great moments ended with bad passing. Third goal was scored after Sterling run and low cross Aguero scored in open net with unintentional hand but referee didn’t see it. Home team totally controlled game with Gundogan played key part in this as deep midfielder. Couple more chances were created by City but weren’t converted. Arsenal in second half didn’t make a shot and were totally dominated. One of negatives were that Guardiola didn’t made changes until last 10 minutes and players may be tired for Everton game on Wednesday. City won game without problems after picking up intensity in second half and now hope that Liverpool will drop points in away game against West Ham.

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