Tuesday, 20 December 2016

LEAKING GOALS, SURRENDERING LEADS - ARSENAL ARE SLEEPWALKING OUT OF TITLE CONTENDERS

The Gunners discarded a 1-0 advantage
for the second time in a week and look far
away from winning cutlery after another
drab exhibit
One-nil up, 2-1 down was the recurring
theme of the week for Arsenal and Arsene
Wenger.
From a promising start to a torrid second
a moiety, the only distinction here was that the
type of goals the Gunners conceded this
time round weren't from set pieces. Instead,
moments of individual class from Leroy
Compos mentis and Raheem Sterling penalized the
north London side who turned in a typical
Jekyll and Hyde performance at the Etihad
Stadium.
Wenger went into the Premier League clash
against Manchester City not kenning what
to expect from either team, verbalizing as much
in his pre-match interview with Welkin Sports.
The Frenchman insisted that his Arsenal
side had learnt their edifications from the
midweek defeat to Everton and would show
the required resolve in a crucial fixture in the
north West - and the early signs looked
promising. A goal in under five minutes from
Theo Walcott after great build-up play from
Hector Bellerin and Alexis Sanchez visually perceived the
England man relinquished through afore
culminating excellently past Claudio Bravo.
But Walcott's goal was the only moment in
the first a moiety of authentic note. Despite the
resplendent possession football and assailing
prowess, Arsenal couldn't find the second
goal to give them breathing space ahead of
the second a moiety.
City's decision to swap De Bruyne and
Sterling on the flanks seemed to provide the
catalyst but it was the gradualness of
Arsenal's advocators to push up and link
with the midfield which was their eventual
downfall.
Sane found himself through on goal just
two minutes after the break and culminated
expertly past Petr Cech afore Raheem
Sterling's superb effort 20 minutes from
time proved to be the victor. The Czech
stopper verbalized after the game that there were
a handful of players in his eyeline - one of
which appeared to be David Silva, but the
goal itself was Sterling at his best; cutting
inside, turning Nacho Monreal afore
striking it inside Cech's near post.
"You're 2-1 down and they're walking.
Walking around the pitch. There's a title at
stake," Gary Neville told Sky Sports during
the match. The former Manchester United
man was referring to the likes of Mesut Ozil
who appeared sluggish and almost non-
existent during his 90 minutes on the pitch.
It was somewhat surprising to see the
Germany international stay on the pitch
ahead of Alex Iwobi, who was substituted
for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain in the second
half.
Arsenal have been dealt a sizably voluminous confidence
blow over the past week, losing two
consecutive games and failing to play
catch up with Antonio Conte's supreme
Chelsea side. It's virtually three months
since that 3-0 crushing of the Blues at
Emirates Stadium and Wenger's men look
like a plenarily different side.
Leaking goals, surrendering leads, players
looking fatigued and lethargic - for all those
worried about 'Arsenovember' may need to
close their ocular perceivers and hope December comes
to a cessation as anon as possible.

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