In this round of the Premier League, Arsenal played at the Etihad Stadium and lost 0-1 to Manchester City. At present, Arsenal have lost 7 straight against the Blue Moon in the Premier League. This is the longest losing streak for the Gunners against the same team since the Premier League era. Even in the case of Manchester City's poor state, Arsenal failed to score points, can not help but disappoint the gun fans.
Before this game, Manchester City had 1 win, 1 draw and 1 loss in the first three rounds of the Premier League. Among them, it was a big loss to Leicester City at home. Since the start of the season, Manchester City has not been able to adjust to the best condition, and the staff is not neat. In this case, Arsenal is a great opportunity to end the losing streak. But although the Gunners had a lot of opportunities, they failed to score.
After the opening, Manchester City played positively, Mahrez, Aguero and Foden successively threatened Arsenal's goal. Until the 23rd minute, Foden's shot was saved by Leno, and Sterling quickly followed up with a supplementary shot and finally knocked on Arsenal's door. In the first half, Manchester City's possession rate reached 80%. Arsenal's performance was slow. The team has not yet fully entered the rhythm of the game, and has already fallen behind by one goal.
Arsenal responded quickly after losing the ball. Saka volleyed twice and was blocked by Edsson, and the Gunners launched consecutive attacks. After the start of the second half, Pepe, Tierney and other players continued to attack the goal, but the goal was always the smallest difference and failed to form a goal. In the end, the game ended in a dull atmosphere, and Arsenal once again swallowed the bitter fruit of the defeat.
Throughout the audience, there is not much difference between the performance of the two sides, which is also reflected in the statistics. Arsenal's possession rate was 44%, slightly lower than Manchester City, completed 11 shots on goal 3 times, slightly lower than 13 shots on goal 5 times Manchester City. If you look at the player ratings given by the WhoScored website, Arsenal players averaged 6.44 points, while Manchester City got 6.92 points, which did not show a clear advantage. It can be said that if the Arsenal players have a better chance of grasping the ability, the Gunners may take away points on the road.
As Arsenal fans said after the game, they felt that the team did not play badly, but they were weak. They had a chance but couldn't score goals. They were always "lack of breath." Perhaps this tone is the reason for Arsenal's sluggish performance in the league in recent years. In the face of strong enemies, the Gunners always seem to lack the determination to win, and the team does not have the mental outlook to be desperate for victory. Judging from the performance of the stadium, the team completed the game tepidly, but it always made the fans feel that the team could have performed better.
Many Arsenal celebrities believe that the team lacks a "leader" and often call on the players to come forward at critical moments and change the mental outlook of the team. In the eyes of celebrities, the weak temperament is the reason why Arsenal have repeatedly failed in strong confrontations. After Arteta took office, the team has improved in tactical play and other aspects, winning consecutive FA Cup and Community Shield championships. How to better "go one step further" in a contest like this will be an important issue that Arteta needs to consider.