Arsenal lost 0-3 to City at the Emirates as the visitors (Manchester) edged closer to the League title with 10 games to go in the season. With Jack Wilshere injured Henrikh Mkhitaryan was restored to the starting eleven while Alex Iwobi dropped to the bench for forward Danny Welbeck.
It was a match winnable for Arsenal but they made a mess of it conceding three goals against Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City in the process.
However, with Arsenal’s dismal showing against the Citizens, we evaluate the match features and statistics as regards to the game.
Shots on target
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Both teams had 5 shots on target but it was the visitors (City) that made the most of it as three strikes from David, Bernardo and Sane sealed a 0-3 win away from home.
Sergio Aguero had a chance in the second half but Arsenal Veteran goalkeeper Petr Cech was up to it as he made a save to keep the scoreline still at 0-3.
Shots off Target
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The match saw a total of 4 shots off target as the host had more of this in the match.
Arsenal recorded 3 shots off target with only a single shot off target coming from League leaders and favourites Manchester City.
This was highlighted when Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang attempted a first-time volley which went wide following some good build-up in the City’s area by Arsenal.
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Surprisingly Arsenal had more of the ball than Manchester City as the statistics above shows even when Pep Guardiola’s sides are known for their possession style of play.
Arsenal had 53% of the ball as compared to City’s 47% in the 90 minutes contest.
This was made possible by Arsenal midfield trio which comprises of talent like left-footed Mesut Ozil and Granit Xhaka alongside Welsh midfielder Aaron Ramsey.
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Arsenal had 6 corner kick in the match as compared to City’s lone corner-lick as Granit Xhaka and German playmaker Mesut Ozil resumed duty at the corner flag.
This was evident as Arsenal had more possession of the ball against visiting side and League leader Manchester City.
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Arsenal did not have any course for alarm based on offside call as compared to the visitors that were flagged offside on one occasion.
This was due to Arsenal’s lack of zeal to pursue the opposition as they match worn on to a favourable 0-3 victory for Manchester City.
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Both teams committed a total of 22 fouls in the entire 90 minutes as Arsenal lost to the better team.
Both sides committed 11 fouls apiece as physical challenges ensued in the contest.
This was evident as Nicolas Otamendi impeded forward Danny Welbeck in the early stage of the (first half) match.
The match produced only 2 yellow cards as the match officials’ moderated the match to an extent.
This got Nicolas Otamendi booked for a challenge on Welbeck in the first half. Arsenal’s lone booking came from Sead Kolasinac as City march on towards the title.
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Arsenal was able to cause 4 goal-kicks beyond City’s and Ederson’s goal area as they shot wide on occasion while City was more direct with their approach to the game.
This saw the host record 4 goal-kicks in the match, twice as the number Manchester City had in the tie with 2 goal-kicks to their play.