It was painful to watch. Manchester City has been on a scoring romp lately, beating top sides by large margins of goals. Manuel Pellegrini’s side closed the gap on the Gunners to three points with another in a growing list of devastating attacking displays at home this season. And they have piled on the agony for North London’s two contenders as Arsenal suffered following City’s recent 6-0 demolition of Tottenham. All was not gloom for Arsenal as they may point to some questionable offside calls and a rejected penalty claim but Man City was a force that could not be stopped as they have now scored 35 league goals at home this season.
Sergio Aguero’s early goal was cancelled out by Theo Walcott but Alvaro Negredo put City back in front before half-time. City’s potency was not reduced by a calf injury to Aguero, with Fernandinho extending their lead before Walcott’s second restored some optimism for Arsene Wenger’s side. But the hosts were coming at Arsenal from all angles, with David Silva and Fernandinho again finding the target before Per Mertesacker’s header made it 5-3 in stoppage time. That was indeed how it should have stayed but City got the final word as Yaya Toure’s penalty gave them another six goals in what is become a catalogue of virtuoso performances at home. Arsenal will have to go back to the video of this game to showcase some poor defending and certainly goalkeeper Szczesny, who despite some clean sheets is a big suspect, has to be blamed for atleast 2 of the goals.
Oliver Giroud should have scored atleast twice while Jack Wilshire was denied by a brilliant stop from City’s goalie Costel Pantilimon. This game & performance just reiterates what I have been ranting about for the past couple of years and this year even with Arsenal being on top of the league for most of the season – it showcased our huge weaknesses and the fact that this squad has been over-performing. Wenger has to change or be replaced if Arsenal have any hope of winning any more titles.