So did it all pan out the way we thought it might at the Etihad? Overall the majority of us probably would agree that it did. As per the norm City, even against an excellent and in form Arsenal had the majority of the ball but the away side were the better side, City creating chances with Kevin de Bruyne at the forefront of all that was good for the Citizens. But missing Aguero as he serves the remainder of his domestic suspension, you always get the feeling that City miss that clinical edge right at the last moment when it’s needed. It was Arsenal who went in at halftime ahead after sweet reverse pass by Sanchez into Walcott who duly scored his 11th of the season, shortly after City could have drew level when Sterling headed wide.
Almost immediately after the interval City drew level with a superb finish from Leroy Sane after Silva had slipped a slide rule pass into him. The goal changed the game with City, tails up, dominant, and leaving Arsenal looking very shaky, City were winning everything on the ground and in the air flowing forward with ease. Then came the winner. Sterling cutting inside to drive a right footed shot past Cech who couldn’t have seen the ball when it flashed through several players.
But one again we were all left asking the question of Arsenal’s big name and big game players. Alexis Sanchez looked a tad out of sorts as supply wasn’t forthcoming and due to a tight City midfield and back five, he struggled to collect the ball from his usual pockets of space and be able to create anything of any worth. Ozil, no better also struggled as he has in some other big games this season, producing very little and didn’t look like he was interested at times. Tiredness from a Euro hangover? Too many games played? Or are these two world class heads being turned by the ongoing contractual issues? What ever the reason Wenger needs to get it sorted or else Arsenal’s two biggest assets will be down the road without a second look back at the Emirates. Or does loyalty really exist in football these days?