Arsenal beat Manchester City to go within two points of leaders Leicester City. The Gunners who have over the years been criticized for not “showing up” in the games against their fellow big boys gave a good account of themselves to beat Manchester City who many have tipped to win the league this season.
With so many big clubs faltering this season, consistency is a key asset to have at this point in time. The Gunners have now won 3 in a row and with players like Giroud and Ozil in rich form, it looks very much promising for the Gunners this season. The German has now assisted 15 goals in 16 matches and is the leading player in terms of assist across Europe giving 101 assists dating from as far back as 2008.
Keeper Petr Cech who was the Gunners marquee signing in the summer has helped stabilize a previously vulnerable backline after his horror first game against West Ham. He was in search of a record 170th clean sheet in the match against City but was denied following a late onslaught which saw Yaya Toure score.
City though didn’t help themselves with a lethargic display after dominating the game earlier on. Kevin De Bruyne was guilty of missing chances, so was substitute Navas. They did come to life late on in the match though but in the end it was too little too late. A rare start for Fabian Delph ended in a first half substitution after the Gunners had romped to a 2 goal lead. Raheem Sterling came in his place but could do nothing noteworthy to help his side come out on top.
Aguero went off after 65 minutes with what looked like another injury and was replaced by Bony. The Ivorian made a few contributions in the game but not enough to threaten Arsenal. Captain Vincent Kompany’s influence on a struggling City was missed. The Citizens have conceded only 1 goal in the 8 games their captain has played so far this season and 16 in the other 8 he has not played in.
In the end the Gunners came out with a win- Walcott grabbing the first with beautiful curler from outside the box and Giroud finishing the first half with the second goal.
So, have Arsenal finally turned a corner this season, is this finally their year? In such an unpredictable season, anyone’s answer could be right. The truth though is that the Gunners have improved. Last season after games against Chelsea, City and United in the first half of the season, they had a return of one point as compared to their return of 6 points this term. And considering that they are the only team that have beaten leaders Leicester this season, it is fair to say that the Gunners are clear title favourites this season.