Arsenal draw with Manchester City to leave league title race wide open
Ultimately, when the story comes to be told of this open and fast-changing title race, Manchester City might look back and reflect this was a particularly useful result. Yet, for now, they also know it could have been considerably better bearing in mind the rewards if they had held on to David Silva’s first-half goal.
Manuel Pellegrini’s team canada goose coat 1000 bulbs free were unusually lacklustre as victory slipped away. Perhaps there were signs of weariness, too, after the exertions of the Manchester derby. All that can be said for certain is the chance to replace Chelsea at the top of the league was missed and Mathieu Flamini’s equaliser threatens repercussions now Liverpool are looking at the table in a new position of strength.
For Arsenal, it was a gallant second-half performance but the draw probably confirms what most people already suspected, namely that there is only a faint chance the team in fourth can overhaul those above them.
City are in a much stronger position, two points behind Chelsea with two games in hand, canada goose coat 1000 bulbs coupons but the gap to Liverpool will be four if Brendan Rodgers’s team beat Spurs on Sunday today. More than ever, it looks like the pivotal game will be City’s trip to Anfield on 13 April.
Pellegrini could still declare it a productive period, with four points from two anyone has got canada goose coat challenging away games, and will have to hope his team can play more like they did here in the first half, and less like after the interval. David Silva controlled the game in the opening 45 minutes, with Chelsea’s defeat earlier in the day sharpening their minds. They exposed Arsenal on the counter-attack, just as José Mourinho’s team had done the previous weekend, and started pretty much from where they finished off against Manchester United.
Yet Arsenal deserve acclaim for their perseverance and left the pitch at the final whistle to rich applause. Arsène Wenger has had to make do with a considerable injury list, missing half a team’s worth of first-choice players but his side showed real personality and that is worth noting when they are often accused of lacking mental strength. “We have gone through a nightmare,” Wenger said, with the 6-0 defeat at Chelsea still in his mind.
“You could see against Swansea the team was on the floor and hugely disappointed. But we responded well today.”
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Jesús Navas had menaced Arsenal’s defence early on but was eventually substituted and Pablo Zabaleta’s overlapping runs, another early feature, were gradually curtailed. Yaya Touré has not had such an undistinguished game for a long time and Edin Dzeko was another who struggled to replicate the same level of performance that was seen against United.
Arsenal had a touch of good fortune because Rosicky could easily have been sent off on two different occasions. His early attempt to win a penalty, dangling a foot canada goose coat 1000 bulbs promo to try to initiate contact with Zabaleta, did not deceive Mike Dean and warranted a yellow card. Rosicky was booked for a challenge on Gael Clichy and scythed through Silva later in the match. Silva was also shown leniency for a challenge on Mikel Arteta at the end of the first half but the yellow card was probably correct and, out of the two, Rosicky was the more fortunate.
City went ahead after 19 minutes with a best mens canada goose parka goal that provided further evidence of Arsenal’s vulnerabilities. Lukas Podolski lost the ball and, in a flash, the entire home team suddenly looked susceptible to the speed with which their opponents poured forward. It was the same theme against Chelsea and, again, there were defenders – in this case, Kieran Gibbs and best canada goose coat for skiing Bacary Sagna – hopelessly out of position.
Silva led the charge and Dzeko was running into the left-hand side of the penalty area, with the opportunity to find an angle past Wojciech Szczesny.
His shot came back off the upright and Silva, following in, was can i put my canada goose jacket in the dryer rewarded for his anticipation, tucking the rebound into an exposed net.
The complexion of the game changed eight can i put my canada goose jacket in the dryer minutes into the second half.
Shortly before, Sczcesny’s parry from Navas’s right-wing delivery came back off Per Mertesacker and was perilously close to being an own-goal. Arsenal, however, were moving the ball with greater purpose now.
Podolski crossed from the left and Flamini was in space mens, close to the penalty spot, to take advantage of some obliging marking.
From that point onwards, the volume went up. Podolski, with a clear sight at goal, would have turned it even higher if his shot had not flicked off Hart’s legs and ricocheted wide.
There were still sporadic moments when City threatened to get behind the home defence but they had lost their control and left the pitch knowing it was a more profitable result for Liverpool than anyone else.