Arsenal vs. Manchester City – Match Report – February 21, 2021


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Arsenal vs.  Manchester City - Match Report - February 21, 2021

London (EFE) – Kevin De Bruyne returned with Manchester City and continued the spectacular streak of Manchester City that beat Arsenal 0-1 this Sunday and brings the consecutive games won to 18.

Mikel Arteta’s resistance lasted two minutes. What it took Riyad Mahrez to face the right and get a measured and impossible cross for the defenders and for Bernd Leno. There he appeared inside the area, levitating, in circumstances that are not his but in which within the City’s ecosystem they also serve to drill goals. Raheem Sterling rose to Rob Holding’s gaze and headed for 0-1.

As if the confidence of Guardiola’s team was not enough after 17 consecutive victories, the advantage in the second minute of the game allowed them to play much more calmly. They didn’t even need a ‘nine’ above. De Bruyne had returned to the team after several games out with a muscle injury and the Belgian is as if he had never left.

The depth that they could lose by not having a reference above was recovered in possession. It was a monologue from City, used to this kind of meeting in which the rival totally dispenses with the ball and there is no team in the world that is more comfortable with an advantage on the scoreboard and the leather on their feet.

Above they are with the freshness of being able to press up the ball exit of an Arsenal that with Elneny and Xhaka was unable to create. Neither Martin Odegaard, disguised as the figure of ’10’, could do much to unblock the team.

The Norwegian had just signed an exhibition in the Europa League against Benfica, but this City are bigger words. Guardiola’s team is reaching absolute perfection in the most important stage of the season.

He did not need to finish off Arsenal, although he tried. The victory was by the minimum, but at times it smelled like a thrashing. The ‘Gunners’ resisted to receive more goals, but although they only fell by 0-1, their inferiority to the leader was very clear.

With ten points ahead of the second classified, Leicester City, and thirteen days ahead, this Manchester City is predestined to collect the Liverpool crown and two years later to be champion again.

Arteta’s Arsenal still has a long maturation process ahead of them to aspire to what City has. Control, superiority and confidence.

The ‘Gunners’ finished the day tenth, with 34 points, nine of the European positions.


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