Premier League: Manchester City Unable To Dominate Arsenal In London
Manchester City played a strong game at Arsenal, but were unable to grab all three points. Goals from David Silva and Mathieu Flamini decided that this match would end with a share of the spoils.
The visiting side began the game with possessions in the 4-2-3-1 formation which enabled them to connect on short and sweet passes. It frustrated the home side. The second half brought about a different Arsenal attitude as they quickly found the equalizer then went on to exchange blows with City. They put on a much better performance than the one back at the Etihad in a truly dismal 6-3 loss.
One player who was not missed too much was Mesut Ozil, the man who cost over $40 million back in August. He is out due to injury, and that is not the worst news as Tomas Rosicky has filled in his shoes quite nicely with his defensive work rate being higher than the German’s. In addition, the Czech international has brighter vision on the ball and a bit more pace. His ability to play well all game long is a plus over Ozil.
For City, the most influential player was once again their goal scorer, Silva. The Spanish international winger/attacking midfielder gets everyone involved and can play under heavy pressure. His recklessness defensively can be worrisome at times as there is no need do what he did against Mikel Arteta. Once he gets past this nonsense, he can be an even more complete player.
City have two games in hand and are only two points behind Chelsea. If they win those two games and stay on pace with the Londoners, they can go on to win the Premier League title as Manchester United have almost no chance.