Arsenal beaten as they suffer from ‘soft’ penalty/’offside’ goal decisions
Arsenal were beaten 3-1 by Manchester City in their Premier League clash at the Etihad Stadium this afternoon.
The result means that Manchester City will maintain at least a five point lead at the top of the Premier League table – with Manchester United kicking off at Chelsea shortly.
Pep Guardiola’s side have now could equalled Manchester City’s club league record of nine consecutive victories within a single season, set in February 1947 in the second tier.
The Citizens are now unbeaten in 23 games in all competitions (won 19, drawn four) – the longest run without defeat in their history.
Arsenal’s 2-0 victory at the Etihad Stadium in January 2015 remains the Gunners’ only away Premier League victory against the ‘big six’ since the start of the 2014/15 season (D7 L10).
Arsene Wenger will point out that Manchester City’s second and third goals were controversial.
Referee Michael Oliver awarding a ‘soft’ penalty to allow City to double their lead at the start of the second half and then not blowing up for offside in the build-up as the home side sealed the win with their third goal.
The result leaves the Gunners twelve points adrift of Manchester CIiy.
It’s Arsenal’s fourth away defeat in their opening six Premier League matches this season.
Arsene Wenger made two changes to the side that started the last Premier League match against Swansea City.
Francis Coquelin and Alex Iwobi replacing Per Mertesacker and Alexandre Lacazette.
Arsenal started brightly but it was Manchester City who created the first clear opening.
It came from a counter-attack from a Gunners corner in the 2nd minute.
Raheem Sterling fed Kevin de Bruyne, who played in Sergio Aguero – but Manchester City’s record goalscorer shot wide.
Arsenal continued to press with Iwobi (5) shooting over the crossbar and Mesut Ozil (11) shooting wide.
de Bruyne though opened the scoring for the home side in the 19th minute.
The Belgian had a right-footed shot saved by Petr Cech, but seconds later he played a one-two with Fernandinho and his left-footed shot beat Cech from the corner of the penalty area.
It was Manchester City’s 50th goal in all competitions this season.
City dominated possession and came close to adding a second goal in the 39th minute.
Cech saving from close range from Aguero.
Arsenal came close to an equaliser on the stroke of half-time.
Alexis Sanchez set up Aaron Ramsey but his low shot was saved by Ederson.
The Premier League leaders went into the break with a 1-0 lead and enjoyed 61% of first half possession.
It took Manchester City only five minutes into the second half to double their lead.
It came from the penalty spot. Nacho Monreal was adjudged by referee Michael Oliver to have fouled Sterling.
Aguero side-footed his penalty past Cech against the inside of the post and into the net.
The Argentinian took his tally six goals in his last eight matches for Manchester City against Arsenal in all competitions.
Arsenal thought they had pulled a goal back in the 56th minute.
Ederson spilled a shot from Iwobi and the ball was bundled into the net by Aaron Ramsy – but the referee had blown up for a foul.
Arsene Wenger wasn’t happy with the award of the penalty and responded by replacing Coquelin with record signing Lacazette.
Lacazette was booked within two minutes of his introduction for pulling back David Silva by his neck.
The Frenchman then made a more positive contribution to bring Arsenal back into the match.
Iwobi and Ramsey combined to set up Lacazette who found the net through Ederson’s legs.
The home side responded and went close to re-establsing their two goal lead, as the match went into the final twenty minutes.
Gabriel Jesus, who had replaced Aguero, had a shot from close range pushed away by Cech.
It was Jesus though who sealed the three points for Manchester City.
Sanchez lost the ball in his own left-back position. The ball was played to Silva, who was in a offside position. The Arsenal players stopped waiting for a whistle that didn’t come. Silva passed to Jesus, who found the net.
Arsenal: Cech, Bellerin, Koscielny, Coquelin (Lacazette), Monreal, Kolasinac, Xhaka (Giroud), Ramsey, Ozil, Sanchez, Iwobi (Wilshere)