Arsenal 0-3 Manchester City: three talking points
On paper, this was meant to be a big game between two massive clubs with two high-profile managers. In reality, this was a game between the best team in England and a mid-table side with nothing to play for.
After a horror-show in the EFL Cup Final, the few Arsenal fans who showed up were looking for a strong response from their team against the Premier League Champions-elect. What followed was quite the opposite. Arsene Wenger’s men showed they no longer care to play for the shirt.
For the first time ever in the Premier League, Arsenal found themselves 3-0 down within the first half at home. Goals from Bernardo Silva, David Silva, and Leroy Sane sealed the deal for the best team in the country. The 3-0 score line extends City’s lead at the top to 16 points, 30 points beyond Arsenal in sixth.
Here are three talking points from Arsenal’s 3-0 defeat to Manchester City.
Bad, bad Kompany
Vincent Kompany has been incredibly unfortunate with injuries over the past few years. Since arriving in Manchester, the Belgian has suffered 41 separate knocks. He's been on the trainer's table a combined 779 days as a Man City player. For those of you not good with the maths, that is more than two full years. A player of his talent isn’t deserving of such a record. That’s why it was a joy to see him score in the EFL Cup final.
Four days later, the City captain was surprisingly not rested and put in another stellar performance against Arsenal’s star-studded attack. The 31-year-old looked fit, combative, and composed at the Emirates, completely shutting out the Gunners. In his second 90 minutes in a week, Kompany won two aerials, intercepted two passes and made eight clearances.
Arsenal bad to worse
A lot has been made about Arsenal’s woeful defensive record. In this rescheduled Premier League fixture Arsenal’s attack proved to be just as useless. Even with Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, and Mesut Ozil on the pitch Arsenal didn’t look like a team with a £100 million front line. The Gunners had more possession in this match, even taking it to City early, but the final ball wasn't there. Arsenal only managed to muster five shots on target in a toothless performance.
Arsenal has far and away the worst defensive record in the top seven, having conceded 39 goals in 28 games. Things aren’t clicking and it’s difficult to recall a time in recent memory when the Gunners have been worse. Arsenal has now lost more competitive matches in 2018 than any other Premier League team, with seven. When Piers Morgan is on your case, you know you're embarrassing.
Leroy Sane shines
We’ve been hearing about the German's exploits all season. At the Emirates, the youngster took that hype to a new level. After ripping Hector Bellerin to shreds in the Cup Final, Sane came back for seconds in the rematch. This time he decided to dribble through half of Arsenal’s team as well.
Young players are often criticised for not putting their skill to better use; Sane showboated while being productive. Within 34 minutes, he had assisted one goal, scored another, and was involved in the build-up play for the third. The 22-year-old has now scored eight goals and produced 11 assists in 23 league appearances. Apart from his direct contributions, Sane completed six successful take-ons and 94% of his passes in a man of the match worthy performance.