Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City traveled to London to play 10th placed Arsenal on Sunday. The Citizens continued their winning streak by beating the Gunners 0-1. This was City’s 18th consecutive win in all club competitions this season as they matched a club record. The men in blue also secured their 11th win in the year 2021, the highest ever run a Premier League team has had. Pep’s men have managed to win all of their 11 games in the year 2021. A Raheem Sterling header in the 2nd minute of the game gave City the lead. It ended up to be the only goal scored as the blues secured another crucial win in the hunt for their title.
3 talking points from Manchester City’s win over Arsenal.
1) The return of Kevin De Bruyne
The Belgian last played in City’s home win against Aston Villa. He was taken off after he experienced a hamstring injury. The team were doing quite well when they received the news that the Belgian will be out for a month or so. However, the men at City went on to do wonders without him. One would think that the loss of Kevin De Bruyne would hurt City but the likes of Gundogan and Bernardo Silva stepped up big. As of now, the Belgian started against Arsenal and played an hour’s football. He looks fit and back to his best as he made some outstanding and exquisite passes which the City players failed to finish.
2) City’s 18th win in all competitions
The Citizens secured a total number of 18 wins in all competitions ever since their draw against Sam Allardyce’s West Bromwich Albion at the Etihad. The men in blue also secured 13 consecutive Premier League wins and 11 consecutive wins ever since the start of 2021. These are massive records being absolutely shattered.
3) Good defending by Arsenal
The Gunners have not been at their best this season. They are currently 10th on the table. However, after City’s early goal in the 2nd minute, one expected another route win from Manchester City. A usual 4-0 or 5-0 win was expected. Unlikely, as the men in red absolutely held it together and contained Pep’s City very well. The Citizens tried to create their chances but good defending from Pablo Mari and Rob Holding held it together for Arsenal. Bernd Leno too pulled off some fantastic saves. The Gunners looked extremely well composed and not all over the place is a form of improvement from Mikel Arteta’s men.
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