Arsenal 0 Manchester City 2
Sterling 14 Bernardo Silva 64
Let’s look at one of the positives.
Unai Emery has found a new left back, Lichtensteiner, who replaced the miscast Mailand-Niles, who got injured.
But the new Head Coach has inherited a squad of misfits and has-beens with no defensive protocols.
After 14 minutes I thought, “I hope Xhaka doesn’t play for Arsenal again.”
After 25, Gary Neville said in commentary: “To play this way, Unai Emery is gonna need two or three transfer windows”.
After 35, I was asking, “Had Auba had a touch yet?”
When Aubameyang hit a shot six feet wide of the near post in 45, Martin Tyler said, “It’s been quite harrowing but at least it’s only 1-0.”
Pep’s boys could romp the title again.
Man United won’t challenge them. Leicester could have nicked a draw at Old Trafford if Eric Bailly had not played another blinder.
But Liverpool might get close to Citeh
Naby Keita was magnificent in their 4-0 victory over West Ham and giant defender Virgil is so cool he already sounds like a manager
Liverpool were savvy enough to sign Keita a year ago and allow him to play one more season for RB Leipzig. He’s a phenomenal footballer who can do everything and cover the whole pitch.
Everyone is saying the same things about their squad: Look at the rubbish Emery inherited from Wenger! Who put so many crap players on stupid wages? That’s why Arsenal can’t unload Ospina on loan.
City were far superior, as Emery admitted.
He said, “Manchester City’s performance showed us we have to continue our process to improve. They deserved this result. Today was very hard. City demanded our best performance, but we saw we have to work.
“We know this was only the first step in the process. City have been working for two years with Guardiola, building a team with good players and great stability, playing the way they want. And we are just starting.
“But I am happy with the players. They ran and they fought. Also we have to continue working tactically and defensively to make shorter [the gap] between Manchester City and Arsenal.
“In the second half we took more risks when we had the ball, we broke up their lines and went forward and created more chances in the match. We finished with the spirit I want. But I want these 90 minutes to help our process.”