12 Fast Conclusions From Manchester Metropolis’s 3-1 Win Over Arsenal
After a stunning defeat to Newcastle in midweek, Premier League champions Manchester Metropolis righted the ship in opposition to Arsenal on the Etihad.
Following Liverpool’s stunning draw in opposition to Leicester, Metropolis have now thrown down the gauntlet to the Reds, who lead by simply two factors with a recreation in hand.
They go to West Ham on Monday night time within the data that they want a win after Metropolis’s 3-1 restoration in opposition to Arsenal at this time. Pep Guardiola’s facet showcased a few of their best possible options, with an amazing workforce objective and Aguero pouncing like solely he can.
Listed below are 12 fast conclusions from the victory.
1) Hector Bellerin’s absence is already being felt. From left-back, Aymeric Laporte arrange Arsenal’s opener as Metropolis throttled Arsenal down the fitting inside the first minute. Ally that to Iwobi’s baffling reluctance to clear the ball, and also you get a conceded opener in 60 seconds.
2) This slim formation and again 4 nearly killed the customer’s probabilities earlier than lengthy. The gaps left allowed Kevin De Bruyne to use the area in between, as Raheem Sterling and Bernardo Silva ran their respective wings.
3) Metropolis even managed to threaten from set items. A De Bruyne free kick from the fitting, noticed Laporte rating a disallowed header, although the Frenchman was nearly performed onside by Nacho Monreal on the opposite flank.
4) Shifting Sead Kolasinac additional ahead on the left is a shrewd transfer. The standard full-back was all the time extra regarded for his attacking menace, and his presence gained the nook that he would go on to take for Arsenal’s first-half equaliser.
5) Nonetheless a teen in his debut Premier League season, Matteo Guendouzi is nonetheless a large affect on this Arsenal facet. Defensive shifts, linking the 2 ends with tireless runs, even whipping in crosses; the Gunners are closely reliant on this spectacular midfielder.
Guendouzi accomplished all 22 first-half passes and gained the ball again extra instances than another Arsenal participant. Given how frantic the midfield battle was and the extent of opposition, that is vastly spectacular for a 19-year-old in his first season.
— James Olley (@JamesOlley) February 3, 2019
6) Arsenal very a lot grew into the sport earlier than half time – because the duo of Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang had their fleeting moments. The latter was denied by a ruthlessly decisive Ederson who rushed out of his field to clear the hazard. Although the fitting facet was criminally culpable for the 2 conceded objectives, Lichsteiner, Alex Iwobi and even Guendouzi from time to time triggered issues for Metropolis.
7) That flank left Sterling acres of area for Metropolis’s second objective, nevertheless. It allowed the winger to play a stunning give-and-go with Ilkay Gundogan with Aguero pouncing for the end.
8) Gundogan’s fantastic cross is clear of the playmaking capability that Metropolis’s midfield possesses exterior of the plain duo of De Bruyne and David Silva.
9) Many Metropolis followers on social media have been calling for Leroy Sane to come back on rather than Sterling, however he was a essential a part of Metropolis’s win. Attacking Arsenal’s proper facet, the 24-year-old assisted two objectives, with Aguero’s third nearly all all the way down to Sterling’s eminent dribbling menace.
10) Arsenal didn’t settle right into a injury limitation mindset. After Metropolis’s third, they took on rather more possession than the 70/30 break up they encountered early on, however have been unable to make headway right into a defence that contained the versatile Fernandinho.
11) The introduction of the on-loan Denis Suarez from Barcelona had little influence on proceedings. In reality, it was asking a number of the Spaniard to show round a recreation that long-since regarded past the Gunners.
12) Now mired in sixth, Arsenal face an almighty battle to complete within the prime 4 for the primary time since 2017 regardless of being simply three factors behind Chelsea.