Arsenal – Manchester City: The Bottle job Begins? (1-3)

The Emirates Stadium hosted what could have been one of the most inspiring nights in its 17 year history. Victory for Arsenal would have downed their closest rivals and steered the title charge back on track. Defeat to Manchester City, dogged as it was, has only led fans to fret.

Tactical analysis and match report by Emmanuel Adeyemi-Abere.

Four time winners of the Premier League in the last five years, Manchester City have grown so weary of their dominance that they have orchestrated their own ‘crisis.’ Pep Guardiola's former assistant is in charge of the league leaders, whose squad received two catalysts for their growth this campaign from his camp in the summer. Lately, he has fallen out with João Cancelo, while the club is now in the eye of a storm of alleged financial breaches. And yet, his men could end the night at the top of the table.

The first marked blip in Arsenal's campaign may already be season-defining. At the time, a 1-0 loss to City in the FA Cup looked like little more than a missed opportunity to rattle the cage of the reigning champions. In retrospect, it was the beginning of a three game winless streak: a

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"Possession as a philosophy is overrated. Possession of the ball as a tool is underestimated." João Cancelo stan (19) [ View all posts ]


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