Manchester City‘s 6-3 win over Arsenal was a scoreline that justified many things, but Arsenal’s performance was not one of them.
The nine goals certainly summed up a spectacle that was on its hinges, swinging from end to the other relentlessly. It also showed once against just how incredibly tough to stop Man City is at their home ground the Etihad Stadium.
But it must be said that the scoreline that suggests a thrashing for Arsenal is a little harsh. City deserved the win, they were the better side and they outplayed Arsenal. Their performance warranted several goals, too, but Arsenal wasn’t that bad.
In their fairness they never gave up, but that was clearly their downfall as City was able to use their lightning counter attacks and lethal finishing to tear apart an Arsenal team pressing for goals.
Arsenal could have had more, with some poor decisions from the officials denying them not only goal scoring chances but probably a penalty too.
I feel Arsenal fans shouldn’t overreact to this defeat too much. It brings them back to earth and shows that they are weak in many areas. The squad is obviously minute compared to one such as City’s – they were able to make eight changes from the team that beat Bayern Munich away on Wednesday.
But the performance wasn’t too bad from Arsenal. It was a long way from their best, yet they still stayed in the game until late on.