Manchester City savagely came back from one-nil down to win the match two-one against Arsenal in the 17th week of the 2016/2017 English Premier League at City of Manchester Stadium.
Manchester City had two key-players, Fernandinho and Sergio Agüero, suspended for violent conduct in the match against Chelsea. Thus, Pep Guardiola decided to play with Raheem Sterling and Leroy Sané from start. Vincent Kompany, Gael Clichy, Fabian Delph and Ilkay Gündogan were all out due to injuries.
Manchester City | S-XI: Bravo, Kolarov, Zabaleta, Otamendi, Clichy, Fernando, Sterling, De Bruyne, Sané, Silva, Toure. Substitutes: Caballero, Sagna, Stones, Nolito, Navas, Iheanacho, A Garcia.
Arsenal made only one change to its starting eleven. Nigerian international Alex Iwobi started, replacing Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. The rest remained unchanged from previous match. Ahead of this afternoon’s match, Arsenal had nine players injured and they were Aaron Ramsey, Per Mertesacker, Santi Cazorla, Danny Welbeck, Carl Jenkison, Yaya Sanogo, Chuba Akpom, Mathieu Debuchy and Shkodran Mustafi.
Arsenal | S-XI: Cech, Bellerin, Gabriel, Koscielny, Monreal, Coquelin, Xhaka, Walcott, Özil, Iwobi, Alexis. Substitutes: Ospina, Gibbs, Holding, Elneny, Chamberlain, Lucas, Giroud.
Both teams opened the first half quite good. Manchester City dominated the possession and Arsenal were defensively disciplined. A fantastic counterattack by Arsenal through Cech, Bellerin and Alexis, which ended up with Theo Walcott scoring the opening goal in the 5th minute. Nothing much happened in the first half, which ended Manchester City 0, Arsenal 1.
Pep Guardiola made an instant substitution just before the kick-off of the second half, bringing on the former Arsenal player Bacary Sagna. A brilliant assist by David Silva put Leroy Sané in a one-on-one situation with the Arsenal goalkeeper Cech and scored the equaliser in the 48th minute. In the 71st minute, a brilliant cross from Manchester City’s Kevin De Bruyne found Raheem Sterling whose shot went into the back of the net, giving Manchester City the lead. The second half and the match ended with Manchester City 2, Arsenal 1.
Overall Manchester City were the better team among the two and deservedly won the match against Arsenal. Arsène Wenger’s side were defensively disciplined in the first half but crashed completely in the second half. Arsenal also suffered an injury to Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain that increases the tension within the club furthermore. Manchester City went ahead of Arsenal in the league table to a second place with 36 points, seven points behind the current league leaders Chelsea.
Manchester City will face Hull City at the KC-Stadium and Arsenal will host West Bromwich Albion at the Ashburton Grove in their next English Premier League fixture on December 26.
Manchester City: Bravo – 3.5, Kolarov – 3.5, Zabaleta – 2, Otamendi – 3, Clichy – 3.5, Fernando – 3, Sterling – 4, De Bruyne – 5, Sané – 4, Silva – 3.5, Toure – 3. | Substitutes: Sagna – 3, Navas – 3.5, Iheanacho – 3.
Arsenal: Cech – 3, Bellerin – 3, Gabriel – 2, Koscielny – 3, Monreal – 1, Coquelin – 3.5, Xhaka – 2, Walcott – 3.5, Özil – 1, Iwobi – 2, Alexis – 3. | Substitutes: Chamberlain N/A, Giroud – 1.5, Elneny – 2.
MAN OF THE MATCH
Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City)