Analysis – Man City vs Arsenal


TKTG takes a look at the best articles and analysis covering the Man City vs Arsenal match which ended in a 1-1 draw.

Match Report

ESPN Soccernet match report ” Koscielny saves draw for Arsenal” while The Guardian takes a look at 5 things that we learned from that match. (City’s defence still struggles; Mancini needs Aguero; Silva still not settled but Ramsey looked good and Gervinho went missing)

Tactical Analysis

Mike Walley at ESPN writes that “Defence the best form of attack”  and says the following

Man of the Match: Santi Cazorla. The Spanish midfielder has proved an astute signing for Arsene Wenger since arriving from Malaga. He ran the game for spells in the first half, and finished strongly as Manchester City invited pressure in the closing stages.

Man City Verdict: Roberto Mancini’s side have not found the fluency they showed when at their best last season, and have developed a worrying tendency to concede from set pieces. That they should let a lead slip late on here, five days after doing so in Madrid, suggests a lack of discipline in closing out games that will prove very costly if not checked.

Arsenal Verdict: Despite the loss of Robin van Persie, Arsenal’s attacking threat appears, if anything, even stronger. The craft and guile of Arteta, Cazorla and Ramsey looks capable of opening the strongest Premier League defences. An inability to take chances will do them few favours, though. Gervinho has certainly had better days.”

For the entire article on how defence is the best form of attack visit the Soccernet page.

Zonal Marking breaks down the match with ” Manchester City 1-1 Arsenal: two goals from corners”.  They cover

– Opening stages which was much more open than usual.

– Two Spanish passers (Arteta vs Garcia) and two powerhouses (Yahya Toure vs Diaby) were up against each other.

– City lacked creativity while Arsenal played best when breaking into space.

– Arsenal will face problems with teams who will defend deep (same old problem) but they deserved their equalizer.

Read the rest of the analysis by Zonal Marking.

Fans View

Bitter and Blue a Man City fan website takes a look at the match – ” Post game Mancini has bemoaned the time taken to bring players in over the summer and the integration process of those who did come on board could be viewed as a major factor in City’s lack of cohesion in the opening weeks of the campaign. The draining nature of the match in Madrid may also have been a factor in City’s slowing down towards the close of this game in particular. Perhaps a back to basics approach is required through the next few encounters. Either way, the next 5 fixtures will dictate whether City’s start has been solid, sluggish or poor. It is imperative that the side stop conceding sloppy goals in the first instance. Cohesion and creative fluidity will surely come. There are too many good players wearing sky blue for it not to.” Read the rest of the article here.

Arseblog was a much happier blogger ” If yesterday was marked down as Arsenal’s first true test of the season it’s one we passed with flying colours, even if we didn’t take three points…..And a word for the midfield. Arteta was a metronomic marvel as always – 100 out of 106 passes completed (94%) – but he does it on top of working so hard when we don’t have the ball.”

” There was little or nothing between the two sides last season and yesterday’s game showed that on our day we’re more than a match for Man City. It’s how we cope over the duration of the season that will really show us if we’re strong enough or have enough depth, but seeing us go head to head with them should provide plenty of reassurance that this is a team transformed and far better able to cope with the rigours of the league this time around.”

Read the rest here.

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