The Gunners faced Manchester City days after the Gunners terrible display at Wembley in the Carabao Cup final, which was a déjà vu to their performance on Sunday, lacking real effort, commitment and passion against their opposition.
Arsene Wenger made changes to the side that started against City in the Carabao Cup final, fielding Petr Cech, Hector Bellerin, Laurent Koscielny, Shkodran Mustafi, Sead Kolasinac, Aaron Ramsey, Granit Xhaka, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Mesut Ozil, Danny Welbeck, and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
First and foremost, Man City are five wins away from being crowned Premier League champions and credit has to be given to Pep and his team for the master class they’ve produced all season – seeing they are what Arsenal are supposed to be, playing beautiful attacking football and tearing down oppositions in different forms.
For Arsenal, the board need to put aside Wenger’s achievements and iron things out, as it ought to be. Growing up supporting Arsenal, I thought Arsene owned Arsenal due to the similarity in their names, but at this stage, the fans are feed up, the players seem to fed up also and what remains is fans boycotting the remainder of our home games before the board get the message and take proper action because Wenger is tearing down his legacy built over the last two decades.
After losing Sunday’s Cup final, one would think the Gunners will put in a performance, but could not find any level of retribution as they were once again humbled by the superiority of the opposition, in what was Pep Guardiola’s 100th game in charge – which winger Leroy Sane was the catalyst in the demise of the Gunners.
Bernardo Silva, David Silva and Leroy Sane all scored wonderful first-half goals for City, which Sane was involved in as he claimed the Man Of The Match award that he truly deserved. City needed 15 minutes to break the Gunners defence. Sane was able to pick the run of Bernado Silva, who did well to bend a superb strike around Petr Cech to open the scoring.
Arsenal tested their opposition after going behind with a well-struck effort from Granit Xhaka, as the Gunners looked to get back in the game with a goal. Then Aaron Ramsey was the next Arsenal player to City’s keeper Ederson, but the Welsh international was unlucky not to get the goal for the Gunners.
A combination of collective individual brilliance saw City double their lead. Sane shamed Mustafi with some neat skill, with his pass falling to Aguero who laid off to David Silva for the Spaniard to finish with composure and celebrated his second goal against the Gunners in a week.
Sane capped off the scoring for the soon-to-be Champions, Aguero was clear with the ball as the City team came at the Gunner’s defence with precision. Kyle Walker drove a cross for Sane, who lost his attacker, Hector Bellerin, before finishing a slick-attacking move from the leaders.
In the second half, a penalty was awarded to Arsenal following a foul on Mkhitaryan, as the Gunners looked to claw one back in the second half. Arsenal’s record signing stepped up to take the spot kick but was duly left red-faced when Ederson saved the Gabonese international penalty.