Manchester City vs Arsenal review: Shambolic Gunners routed 5-0 at Etihad

Five-star Manchester City made light work of piling more misery on an Arsenal side, which was already struggling for confidence by winning 5-0. The Gunners had not won a game and not even registered a goal since the new season started, which is set to continue as more pressure heaps on under-fire manager Mikel Arteta.

Seven minutes into the game Ilkay Gundogan opened the scoring at the Etihad stadium with a clinical header from Gabriel Jesus’s cross for Pep Guardiola’s side.

Gundogan (The Athletic)

Arsenal barely had time to react to the goal when Ferran Torres doubled the Premier League champion’s lead after five minutes, taking full advantage of some truly horrible defending of the Arsenal make-shift defence which included Sead Kolasinac (on loan at Schalke during second half of last season), Callum Chambers and Cedric Soares.

Want-away midfielder Bernardo Silva’s cross eluded every Arsenal defender before finding the Spanish Forward, who easily finished past Bernd Leno.

Just as Arsenal looked to have settled into the game after conceding two quick-fire goals, things took a turn for the worse as Granit Xhaka was given a straight red card for a reckless challenge on Joao Cancelo in the 35th minute.

Xhaka receiving his marching orders (GiveMeSport)

Xhaka has gained a reputation for his rash challenges and short temper in the premier league, with his tally of red cards now increased to 4.

Just a few minutes later, British record signing Jack Grealish teed up Jesus brilliantly in his first assist for his new club.

Seven minutes into the second half, defensive midfielder Rodri scored an absolute stunner from range with Ferran Torres bagging the assist.

Surprisingly, Arsenal fans in the away end were seen celebrating the goal, a damning indictment of how big of a crisis the North London club is in.

The Cityzens dominated the proceedings surprising nobody when Man of the Match Ferran Torres popped up again, scoring the fifth past a hapless Leno and making it 5-0, with sub Riyad Mahrez grabbing the assist.

Torres (Times of India)

Leno was busy all game making fine saves and keeping the score-line at 5 but ultimately it was too little, too late.

Man City had earlier tried in vain to sign Harry Kane and Cristiano Ronaldo did not look like they needed one with Jesus proving himself more than capable with the way he was involved in the game and bagging himself a goal.

The men in sky blue had a whopping 81% of the possession with the gunners having a measly 19%. City had 25 shots with 10 on target compared to Arsenal’s 1 with 0 troubling Ederson.

It remains to be seen whether Arteta still has the confidence of the board after such a dismal start to the season.

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