Arsenal’s title hopes suffered a big blow this Saturday against Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium.
The Gunners were outcoached, outplayed and massively dominated against a home side that controlled the entire match, and as a result Arsenal dropped the game by a 6-3 score. That still puts them in first place in the standings, but it generates a lot of doubts regarding their performance against the top teams in the Premier League.
There were some bright spots, however, and none was bigger than Theo Walcott’s performance upfront.
The England international injects some much needed pace to the team on the offensive side of the ball, and he accomplished the objective quite well. Walcott scored two of Arsenal’s three goals – the other one was netted by Per Mertesacker – but that wasn’t the only highlight of his day as he was quite dangerous with his movements, his runs and his overall performance.
The Gunners are still on top with a three-point lead over Manchester City, but that could be shortened if Liverpool and Chelsea win their respective games. The Gunners already lost to Manchester United and The Citizens, and they clearly need to improve their play against the top teams in the tournament if they want to maintain their title aspirations until the end of the season.
At least there’s a good sign in having Theo Walcott back to his usual goal scoring form. He can only help the team, and he would form a deadly partnership with Mesut Özil in the attacking midfield if he can continue performing at this level.