Arsenal had to start the game well in their quest for a vital three points and that’s exactly what they did. The visitors took an early lead thanks to the in-form Theo Walcott, after a pass from Alexis Sanchez. Man City could have equalised almost instantly when Sterling latched onto De Bruyne’s cross but his header was just wide.
Both sides looked dangerous on the counter attack and created chances. However, the pace and intensity of the game began to slow down as the half went on. It was only Walcott’s goal that separated the two sides at half-time.
For the second consecutive game, Arsenal did not build on their lead and allowed their opponents to get back into it. The hosts equalised very early on in the second half as Leroy Sane scored his first goal for Man City. Arsenal have not kept a clean sheet in 12 games, highlighting that there is work to do in defence.
Pep Guardiola’s men were invigorated by their equaliser and completely dominated the second half. Arsenal struggled to defend and could barely get out of their own half. After many attempts, Man City finally took the lead through Raheem Sterling.
Wenger’s side only had themselves to blame. Once Arsenal had their lead, they became complacent. They didn’t make much effort to get a second goal and once again, they were punished. Just like Everton, Man City equalised and then took the lead. To make matters worse, Arsenal just let it happen. They did not put up a fight and deserved to lose. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain was perhaps the most frustrated Arsenal player after coming on as a substitute and then being taken off again. Man City are linked to the winger and that decision from Wenger might well have an influence on Oxlade-Chamberlain’s next move.
Arsenal had to win this game and they failed to do so. Their second consecutive defeat leaves them nine points off leaders Chelsea in fourth place. As if that isn’t bad enough, North London rivals Spurs are one point behind them. It’s fair to say, some things never change.