Gunners have comfortably returned to their traditional fourth position after losing to a more determined Manchester City at Etihad stadium following a 2-1 defeat by Pep Guardiola’s men.
Both teams knew the importance of winning before the match started, as a draw was not in any way going to favour both parties, but it was Pep Guardiola’s men who eventually emerged victorious even though Arsenal took the lead in the first half.
Arsenal was seen as a team that could win after they had taken an early lead in the first five minutes of play through Theo Walcott’s goal, going by what Leicester City did to City in their last meeting, but Wenger’s men lacked the technical know-how to get the winning.
Mesut Ozil who had called for wage increment had an opportunity in the match to prove he truly deserves what he has asked for, but he failed to justify it, and once again paraded the pitch aimlessly without adding any value to the team.
Pep Guardiola’s men did not in any way miss the absence of Aguero and others, De Bruyne simply took up the responsibility, and showed he was a world-class player, replicating what he did when City broke the jinx to defeat Barcelona 3-1 for the first time in the champions league.
Sane’s equalizer in the 47th minutes was the boost City needed, and they built on it before Sterling’s 71st minutes goal which came at a time when it seemed clear that that Arsenal had no business winning the match.
The win also confirms that Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has failed to defeat Pep Guardiola at home in all competitions, as the Spaniard has extended his lead of Wenger to 5 wins after the defeat.
Manchester City are now seated on the 2nd position on the premier league table, but will have to wait for Liverpool’s result on Monday to determine how long they will be there.