Soccer Soccer – Premier League – Manchester Metropolis v Arsenal – Etihad Stadium, Manchester, Britain – August 28, 2021 Arsenal supervisor Mikel Arteta REUTERS/Russell Cheyne
August 28, 2021
By Peter Corridor
MANCHESTER, England (Reuters) – We now have been right here earlier than with Arsenal.
Ten years to the day since Arsene Wenger’s Gunners suffered a humiliating 8-2 defeat by Manchester United at Outdated Trafford, a dispirited and error-strewn Arsenal aspect had been once more thrashed in Manchester, this time by Premier League champions Metropolis.
The style of the show within the 5-0 reverse on the Etihad Stadium on Saturday was nothing new both, as Mikel Arteta’s aspect lacked struggle and had been simply brushed apart. The issue is that a majority of these shows are nonetheless occurring.
A double from Ferran Torres impressed Metropolis to their second successive 5-0 residence victory within the league and their ninth straight win over Arsenal however, in fact, they didn’t need to do a lot in opposition to the hapless 10 males.
“We scored objectives after we weren’t deserving of them,” Metropolis coach Pep Guardiola mentioned. “It’s not that we performed badly, however we had been scared to play early within the match. Typically you play good and create possibilities and rating, as we speak it was the alternative.”
Nonetheless, Metropolis didn’t have to play their ordinary slick, excessive tempo soccer on condition that Arsenal gifted them two early objectives earlier than happening to 10 males after 35 minutes following Granit Xhaka’s pointless two-footed lunge.
The opening two objectives inside 12 minutes had been each simply avoidable.
Gabriel Jesus ought to by no means have been capable of get to an extended, hopeful crossfield ball earlier than crossing for Ilkay Gundogan to attain Metropolis’s opener, the Germany worldwide heading residence after Calum Chambers had misjudged the flight of the ball.
For the second objective, one other cross, this time from Bernardo Silva, handed by way of a number of Arsenal defenders earlier than discovering Torres, who couldn’t consider his luck as he managed the ball and put Metropolis within the driving seat.
Determined to keep away from changing into the primary Arsenal group to lose their opening three league fixtures since 1954-55, there was a worrying lack of response and no actual try and even drive Metropolis onto the again foot at any level within the match from the guests.
Arsenal mustered one shot in opposition to Metropolis, their lowest tally in a Premier League match since 2003-04.
“It’s time to mirror and to look ourselves within the mirror every of us and attempt to change the dynamic immediately, as a result of we have to decide up outcomes,” Arteta mentioned.
“I don’t assume as we speak is the day to speak about any course of. At present we have now to speak about what occurred on the pitch.”
The statistics don’t make for optimistic studying.
The Gunners are solely the second group in Premier League historical past to lose their first three matches in a season and have a objective distinction of minus 9, after Wolverhampton Wanderers in 2003-04 who went on to complete backside of the desk.
Whereas it’s unlikely Arsenal can be concerned in a relegation battle, the probability of the north London aspect bettering their disappointing eighth-place finishes within the earlier two campaigns appears forlorn.
Arteta could attempt to keep away from speaking in regards to the course of behind Arsenal’s decline however additional defeats after the worldwide break will intensify the strain. On the proof of Saturday’s meek show, the required enchancment shouldn’t be on the horizon.
(Reporting by Peter Corridor; Enhancing by Ken Ferris)