Arsenal: Cech, Bellerin, Koscielny, Mustafi, Kolasinac, Xhaka, Ramsey, Ozil, Mkhitaryan, Welbeck, Aubameyang
Subs: Ospina, Holding, Chambers, Maitland-Niles, Elneny, Iwobi, Nketiah
Arsenal’s bad week continued with a second successive 3-0 defeat against Man City at the Emirates tonight.
In front of swathes of empty seats, not all of them down to the inclement conditions, the Gunners created the first moment of danger when Aaron Ramsey’s low cross almost forced an own goal, before Aguero shot into the side netting up the other end.
Good pressing from Arsenal saw us win the ball back high up the pitch and when Ozil set up Mkhitaryan he shot straight at the keeper. For all that though, we fell behind in the 15th minute. Sane went on a mazy run through the Arsenal midfield, he played it to Bernardo Silva who stepped inside Kolasinac and curled a shot over Petr Cech and into the top corner. 0-1.
Otamendi picked up a yellow card for a foul on Welbeck as Arsene Wenger’s men looked to hit back quickly, and from the resulting free kick Xhaka tested Ederson from a good 30 yards.
Hector Bellerin worked hard to create a chance for Ramsey but the Welshman’s shot on the turn was saved, but hopes of an equaliser were dashed when City doubled their lead. Sane did Mustafi out wide, drove past him again, played it to Aguero who slid it to Silva who took the ball on the run and put it past Cech at his near post. Brilliant City play but hapless Arsenal defending again. 0-2.
It got worse minutes later when they scored again. City worked it from deep in their own half, it went down the right via Aguero, it came across to Sane, who just about got there to trickle it over the line. 0-3.
It might have been four had Cech not saved at point-blank range from Aguero, Ramsey saw an effort deflect out, and Xhaka had a go from distance but it was easy for Ederson as City took their three goal lead into the break.
There were no changes at half-time and 6 minutes in Arsenal were awarded a penalty when Otamendi fouled Mkhitaryan. It was a chace for Aubameyang to get one back, but his spot-kick was weak and Ederson saved comfortably down to his left.
At the other end de Bruyne almost caught Cech in possession before Ederson clattered his own defender, leaving whoever the hell it was requiring treatment. Aubameyang volleyed wide after a short corner move, and City seemed happy enough to let Arsenal have more of the ball because they knew we wouldn’t do a lot with it.
It was a game everyone on the pitch realised was done and dusted and it played out accordingly. City showed flashes of their possession football, with Cech forced to save from Aguero, but it was an odd second half in front of a half-empty stadium and everyone knew what the outcome would be.
It was a bleak night in terms of the weather and a bleak night in terms of the football. Where we go from here is anyone’s guess.