Raheem Sterling scored the only goal of the game to put a resurgent Arsenal to the sword in a Saturday night thriller at The Etihad this weekend.
De Bruyne and Jesus were missing for the game but as usual, Sergio Aguero who has been missing for four months obviously made it back in time just to face us. Tierney was allowed to play for us despite a Corona scare while away with Scotland and as is always the way, one in, one out – Rob Holding managed to injure himself in the warm-up, David Luiz replacing him – Holding probably spent his day on the bench looking at bestsportsbooks.co.
Things were going ok until the 23rd minute when the City captain; Sterling pounced on a loose ball to score the only goal of the game after some good work from Phil Foden, Leno parrying his shot to Sterling.
Ederson was on good form and managed to keep his clean sheet intact despite some good efforts on target by Luiz, Pepe and Saka. Thomas Partey came on late in the second half but was largely ineffective on his debut.
Saka went close and Aubameyang almost got the leveller, his shot was well saved by Ederson as the linesman raised his flag, wrongly… again. Pepe almost levelled as well, his header well saved again by Ederson.
Arteta said after the game: “I am upset as I feel we deserved more. I am extremely happy with the performance though, which we put in against a top team. I cannot demand more from players apart from we had three chances and had to score. Every goal the opponent scores there is something we can do better, we cannot change that. We know everything has to be perfect in both boxes to beat Manchester City…”
We are back to Europa League action this week with a visit to Austria to face Rapid Vienna with a 17:55pm kick-off time before we face a beleaguered Leicester side on Sunday. The Foxes had plenty of big names missing from the defeat against Villa yesterday but no doubt they’ll all be performing miraculous recoveries in time to face us this weekend.
In other news, the Arsenal Ladies thrashed Tottenham Ladies 6-1 at Boreham Wood’s ground while the Tottenham men’s team strolled into a 3-0 lead at home against West Ham – anyone know how that one ended after Bale came on for his second debut, surely with just 8 mins left they saw that one out… wait, whaaaat?