By Walter Broeckx
Arsenal XI: Cech, Bellerin, Sokratis, Mustafi, Maitland-Niles, Guendouzi, Xhaka, Ramsey, Ozil, Mkhitaryan, Aubameyang.
Subs: Leno, Holding, Lichtsteiner, Elneny, Torreira, Iwobi, Lacazette.
The new era starting today with also two new players in the starting line up : Sokratis and Guendouzi. Certainly the latter is a big surprise when we bought him I didn’t expect this to happen to be honest.
The first shot between the post from Ramsey but too weak. Laporte with a crazy tackle from behind on Aubamyeang but Oliver keeps the yellow card in his pocket. Another foul on Guendouzy this time from Sterling and this time the yellow card comes out.
City with a good attack on the right flank but Cech stopped the cross. A minute later Sterling with a good dribble but Cech stopped his goal bound effort. Ramsey being pulled down just outside the penalty area but the ref ignores it. It was a blatant foul off the ball… City the better team for the moment and when Sterling cut inside he made room for his shot and curled it round the defenders out of reach and sight of Cech. 0-1 after 14 minutes.
Cech again has to be attentive again when a low cross is being touched and has to concede another corner. Maitland Niles with a good cross to Bellerin who cut out his defender but he couldn’t beat the keeper with his shot. The chance for the equaliser. Cech then at the other end almost with an embarrassing own goal but luckily his shot went out for a corner.
Arsenal still bad at playing the ball around their own penalty area and giving it away in the most stupid way. Cech with a better moment following a Sterling shot. Sokratis with a tackle just outside the penalty area after once again stupid loss of the ball and he gets a yellow card for it. Cech with an excellent double save on the free kick that bounced awkwardly. Maitland Niles down and needing treatment after a challenge from Walker. Arsenal still 0-1 behind after 30 minutes.
Maitland Niles looking bad but he comes back on but looking shaky. A good attack from Arsenal but Mkhitaryan just can’t produce a shot. Maitland Niles can’t continue and has to come off. There goes our third choice left back. Lichtsteiner comes on and makes his PL debut as a left back. Arsenal with a better moment but Maherz with the shot that went wide on a counter. Aubameyang with a shot from distance but it was too far off target. Mkhitaryan with an attempt that came off Mendy but no corner for the ref. Arsenal 0-1 behind after 45 minutes.
Aguero with the dangerous shot that went wide but the ref gave a corner for City. Xhaka with a tackle gets him a yellow card. After 53 minutes Lacazette comes on for Ramsey. Aubameyang with a pass to Lacazette but his shot went just wide.
City wasting time now when they feel not so comfortable anymore. Taking a corner and making a change taking some 3 minutes. Meanwhile the PL TV stations don’t show offside decisions anymore? Oliver then starts helping wasting City time. Guendouzi then with a bad control and Aguero on his own to Cech but Cech with the excellent save. But it was only a delay of execution as a cut back from Silva who rifled it home from around the penalty spot. 0-2 after 64 minutes.
Mustafi being pulled down when Arsenal got a corner but again the ref sees no foul. Oliver just his usual himself. After 70 minutes Torreira came on for Xhaka. Lichtsteiner with some space from time to time but he always had to come back to his right foot. De Bruyne gets a yellow card for a studs on the foot of Torreira.
Lacazette winning the ball but Oliver sees the foul. Oliver being Oliver when we play City even in the post Wenger era. And still Oliver doing nothing about the time wasting from City. Aubameyang scores but the flag had gone up correctly. Lichtsteiner with a good run but Özil couldn’t get his shot away and was then blocked. Then Özil intercepted a loose ball but Lacazette was so sure to be offside he let the ball roll to the keeper. He was not offside…. Seconds later Özil did score but again offside. Özil to Mkhitaryan but he couldn’t get a shot away. Cech at the other end almost again producing a bad moment. Mkhitaryan with a pass to Lacazette but he was too much off balance to keep his shot down.
Arsenal starting their season like they usually do these last few seasons: with a bad result. Once we went behind we never seemed to get ourselves back in the match. We still make the same mistakes by putting ourselves under needless pressure in our own penalty area. Not having a real left back didn’t really help of course so we couldn’t really get it going on that flank despite that being a flank where Lichtsteiner could do a few things.
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