Arsenal 2 Man City 2: Defensive Lapses Cost the Gunners Yet Again

The Argentinians header hits the back of the net to salvage a point for Manchester City after the Sky Blues blew a 1-0 advantage

Arsenal 2 (Wilshere 64′, Sanchez 74′) – Manchester City 2 (Aguero 28′, Demichelis 84′)

Emirates Stadium (Premier League)

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With the international break over, there was a renewed optimism about the Gunners encounter against Manchester City. Arsenal’s new knight in shiny armor, Danny Welbeck, spearheaded the attack and Jack Wilshere played alongside Aaron Ramsey, which cost Santi Cazorla his place in the team.

Welbeck showed good movement from the start and he opened up to receive a Wilshere ball but it was intercepted by the Man City rearguard. After some neat passing play, Ramsey had all the time in the world to square the ball to Alexis Sanchez but he blasted a wayward shot over the bar. Sanchez latched unto another ball and fired a dipping shot straight at Joe Hart but it was easy pickings for the England No. 1. Wilshere dinked the ball into the danger area and with Sanchez unmarked but Hart raced off his line to punch the ball away. Kun Aguero took on the defense and tried to square the ball from the byline but it was smothered by Szczesny.

Welbeck was trying to impact the game and be hurriedly fired Ozil’s pass wide but a glorious chance appeared for the English forward as he bore down on goal, executed a chip Carlos Vela would have been proud of but the post spared Hart’s blushes.

Danny Welbeck's frustrations are reflected by the crowd as player and supporters alike put their head in their hands after the missed opportunity

Collective frustration for Welbeck and the fans

On the other end, Jesus Navas opened up space and drilled the ball into the heart of Arsenal’s defence but Per Mertesacker was on hand to play the ball over the bar. Aguero was growing in influence as he returned a neat one-two pass to James Milner but the swerving shot went over. However, Manchester City grabbed the lead when Aguero latched unto Navas’ inviting ball to place it past Szczesny.

David Silva almost doubled Man City’s money but Szczesny made a superb save to keep the away team at bay. At the start of the second half, the Citizens summoned a former Arsenal son, Samir Nasri, into the pitch and as expected, the boo boys gained their voice and made their feelings felt.

Another former Gunner, Gael Clichy, crept into the attack in swift fashion and chipped the ball over the goalie but his efforts went wide. Since chipping turned out to be the order of the day, Arsenal obliged Man City to score a goal in such a sweet fashion. Wilshere took Ramsey’s pass on his stride, left Clichy for dead and neatly chipped the ball over Hart that had no chance in saving it.

Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere beat Joe Hart from an acute angle to finish off a fantastic team move in the second half

Sit yo’ ass down Joe boy!

That goal brought life into Arsenal and an onslaught followed. Matt Debuchy fired an Özil ‎pass to the side netting then Arsenal made their momentum count when Sanchez sidefooted Wilshere’s header to the top corner to put the Gunners ahead.

Alexis Sanchez shoots on the volley to beat Manchester City keeper Joe Hart and give Arsenal the lead at the Emirates Stadium

What a finish!

Wilshere’s influence continued to grow as he nutmeged his marker before exchanging passes with Welbeck and Özil. The final ball was lobbed by Wilshere to Ramsey but the Welsh Jesus missed the kind of chance he’s known to bury.

There was a concern was Debuchy suffered a nasty injury and he was replaced by Calum Chambers. Late on, Arsenal conceded a goal from a corner as Martin Demichelis headed the ball in. Mathieu Flamini was poised to head the ball off the line as it came to his direction but Szczesny deflected the ball into the net with his palm.

Welbeck attempted a Thierry Henry-esque shot but the ball curved away. That turned out to be his last contribution as he was replaced by the Ox. Right at the death, Arsenal almost lost the game as Aleksandr Kolarov and Edin Dzeko had chances that hit the post. Even Nasri found the net when Szczesny parried Dzeko’s shot but he was offside.

The ref’s whistle ended a pulsating encounter but as it has been all season long, the Gunners have conceded from yet another set piece. This is a growing trend that has become disturbing and one must wonder if these guys learn from their mistakes. To add salt to the Gunners wounds, Debuchy’s injury puts the defense in a very precarious situation as his replacement, Chambers, is also meant to be a replacement for the center backs as well. The Gunners are walking on a very tight rope in defense but nothing can be done about it, till January at least.

A tough trip to Signal Iduna Park follows.


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About enigma106

An Arsenal fan with a good sense of humor

Posted on September 14, 2014, in Arsenal, Football, Match Report, Premier League and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 9 Comments.

  1. That silly pig headed old tit simply will not accept that Ozil is a dud because he overpaid for the dud he feels he has to play him to prove a point – he never woill Ozil is bone F***king lazy. – We played with 10 men yesterday. He also will not accept that the big German is worse than employing some one from cripple care – neither is to blame for their unfortunate short comings in life they all move at a slower pace – snails pace. But you don’t have to employ him and see him left for dead every time he is in a footie dual. In the air he is OK or if he can get to the ball before the opposition he could be good. Just imagine what the likes of the snappy Belgian Hazard from Chelsea is going to do to him… all the guys revel when the play against him for they know before they go on the field that they can run rings around him
    Our fantastic midflled did a great job and even our new CF made his presence felt – give him a few games. Ozil must go – he is a waste of time and a great sum of money- Murhino said he is the best No 10 in the world – great!!!… send him to Chelsea and let us have Fabergass

  2. Arsenal
    will never win EPL UNDER WENGER

  3. Pers not up to it too slow and not authoritative, Ozil all over. Jack the best,more to come from him. Sanchez alot of tricks. Lapse of concentration in last seven minutes cost us th win, Overall good game. Cmon Gooners!

  4. It is immeasurably sad that we concede such cheap goals especially from these set pieces since preseason. We made progress last season but we are reverting back to 2 seasons ago. 2 points lost. We can’t continue to just hope. We are just sleeping on the rail. Cesc and Chelsea will dismantle us at this rate.

  5. Malaysian gunner

    No one picked up Aquero when he made his run to score.The 2nd goal was from a set piece.
    Once upon a time.the gunners conceded a record number of goals from set pieces and corners.
    When asked if he needed a defensive coach,he dismissed it with arrogance. He said he had 30 years coaching. Then why did he lose consistently lose to the big teams?
    Btw.this guys arrogance and don’t question me attitude will cause big problems for Arsenal.

  6. I think our biggest problem is wenger still…..

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