Arsenal stank at the Etihad Stadium… Mikel Arteta’s cowardly team didn’t have a single fight and showed their current predicament is WORSE than we all thought as Manchester City showed they don’t need Cristiano Ronaldo
- Arsenal lost 5-0 to Manchester City in the Premier League on Saturday
- The game ended before it started and before Granit Xhaka was sent off
- Arsenal needed a performance, something to cling to at the Etihad Stadium
- Arsenal had no form of City goal kicks, players seemingly confused
Cedric Soares was the only Arsenal player to approach the portion of 3,000 traveling fans who had stuck to the bitter end.
The rest of Mikel Arteta’s beleaguered side applauded solemnly from a safe distance. Martin Odegaard stood and stared.
The midfielder can be forgiven for wondering what he signed up for after this month’s £30million transfer from Real Madrid.
Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal were defeated by Manchester City in the Premier League on Saturday
The cowardly Gunners have lost all three league games so far this season
Cedric, poor as any of them, took off his shirt as he got closer to the section, and threw it to a specific fan at the end where Arsenal had thrown in the towel two hours earlier.
The match was over before it had even started, and certainly before Granit Xhaka had set his sights again before half-time.
Many teams lose at Manchester City, many of them to backlogs that are nothing like this.
But Arsenal needed a performance, something to cling to and – even if it offers no hope of a brighter future – proof that their predicament isn’t as dire as we all thought.
Cedric, poor as any of them, took off his shirt as he got closer to the quarters
But it seems to be worse. Arsenal completed 120 passes; Rodri van City completed 102. The nine goals conceded in the first three Premier League defeats – their worst start since 1954 – are three more than their own shots on goal.
It was zero here on Saturday. The closest they came when Emile Smith Rowe couldn’t get his feet together after Ederson got so bored he gave him possession in City’s six-yard box.
Oddly enough, Arsenal had no form of City goal kicks, players seemingly confused by which positions to take. No one took defensive responsibility in their own third.
Captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang capitalized on the old Arsenal cliche by admitting they lacked struggle and courage, suggesting that some research needed to be done in the dressing room. Difficult if the dressing room is not united.
On a miserable return to his old home, Arteta received a sympathetic pat from City’s facilities director Clive Wilton as he trudged toward the tunnel. The beating has led to speculation about the Spaniard’s future as manager, but Pep Guardiola has not.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang capitalized on Arsenal’s old cliché by admitting they couldn’t fight
“If you don’t win, there are always rumours,” said the City boss. “I’m not talking about him as a friend, I’m talking about him as a professional. When I worked with him, I learned. He has helped me tremendously to achieve what we have achieved together. I feel like he taught me a lot of things.
“We can’t forget what he’s playing with, five or six players injured. I have no doubt, he can get a good or bad result, but my opinion of Mikel is beyond what people can imagine. He’s so strong, he’ll recover, I’m sure he’ll get back on track.”
City is definitely on the right track. Ten goals from eight different players in a week have silenced calls for attacking reinforcements.
Harry Kane came and went. So is Cristiano Ronaldo, whose agent Jorge Mendes offered the Portuguese a week last Friday during an eight-hour visit to the training ground. Mendes is said to have talked about new contracts for goalkeeper Ederson, Ruben Dias and Joao Cancelo before presenting Ronaldo’s option.
Manchester City, meanwhile, showed they don’t need Cristiano Ronaldo in their ranks
City considered the possibility – Ronaldo was not everyone’s idea of the right purchase – and did not want to part with a fee. Manchester United came in last Friday morning and sorted everything out and will pay barely £20million with add-ons.
“We don’t need a striker because we have scored five goals,” Guardiola said lightly. “You’ll see during the season, if we don’t score, how many people say we have to get a striker. We didn’t buy one. We’ve tried, but sometimes it’s not possible. Ferran Torres makes moves like the best strikers behind it, like Jamie Vardy.”
Guardiola wondered if City would have pushed through the deal with Ronaldo had United not broken through, and deliberated for a moment. ‘I do not think so.’
City are definitely on track, with ten goals from eight different players in a week