Chelsea couldn’t score but didn’t concede.
Arsenal conceded early (18) and equalised late (80).
Chelsea’s 0-0 against Everton was a fiercely-contested game and I thought they might win it after Pedro came on.
It’s becoming hard to watch 90 minutes of Chelsea with Alvaro Morata playing as he does. They needed eleven players to beat Marco Silva’s much-improved Everton.
At the Emirates Stadium. another blunder by Xhaka gave Wolves a flying start when Ivan Cavaleiro found Raul Jimenez on the right and the striker then tapped in the Mexican’s low cross.
Thank you, Granit Xhaka, the sloppiest footballer Wenger ever signed.
Emery pushed Lucas Torreira much further forward and the little man hit a terrific dipping shot which Rui Patricio tipped over.
Then Mkhitaryan fired a cross into the box, Auba jumped and missed it, and the ball went in to make it 1-1. A fluke coal but they all count.
Keeper Bernd Leno made superb saves to deny Helder Costa twice, and Diogo Jota, among others. A fast counter-attack by the visitors allowed sub Morgan Gibbs-White to produce a swerving shot that hit the inside of the post in stoppage time.
Lucky Arsenal remain fifth.
Spurs won 1-0 at Crystal Palace.
I was glad that Manchester City, playing at home, took Danny Blanchflower’s advice. The Irish captain of the Sixties Spurs team reckoned it’s better to equalise before the other team scores and Citeh needed only 18 minutes to do that.
A beautifully slick move created a fine goal by David Silva, the best player on the pitch.
Surprisingly, it was still 1-0 at half time. The dynamic Aguero fired a missile through David De Gea for 2-0 in 48, keeper Ederson made a rash lunge to bring down sub Lukaku and Martial made it 2-1 from the spot. When Bernardo Silva crossed into the run of sub Ilkay Gundogan and his sidefoot shot bounced nicely over De Gea’s left leg for a 3-1 home win.
Manchester City bossed last season and will continue to dominate. I never doubted they’d win this derby. Who can beat them? I don’t know.
A better question might be: Who can draw with Man City?
Paul Scholes reckons City can equal the Arsenal Invincibles of 2004.
He would say that.
Arsenal’s next home game is Tottenham.