|MAN OF THE MATCH
Manchester City 6-3 Arsenal
Manchester City once again proved that they are the kings of their own territory as they dismantled league leaders, Arsenal in a thrilling 6-3 win yesterday. Fresh from their midweek win over Bayern Munich, City utilised their additional 2 days of rest stretching back from the last league game, to cut Arsenal’s lead to just 3 points.
For the best part of this season, Arsenal’s midfield has been the envy of others, the jewel in the crown. However, at the Etihad Stadium last night, the midfield crumbled for Arsenal. Fernandinho and YayaToure combined excellently to stop Arsenal’s creative outlets and dominate proceedings in the earliest match of this weekend’s fixtures.
While Fernandinho may have grabbed the goals and produced what was his best performance in a blue shirt since his move from ShakhtarDonestk, it was Toure who gets my pick for Man of The Match. The Ivorian proving just once again that when he’s on sung, he’s an absolute monster in the middle of the park.
Toure played just slightly in front of Fernandinho and the two dovetailed brilliantly. Using his physical built to his advantage, Toure easily brushed off the challengers from the likes of Mathieu Flamini and Aaron Ramsey. His driving runs from midfield caused mayhem to Arsenal’s defence and often left Arsenal outnumbered.
In truth, there were a lot of misplaced passes from Arsenal but it was down to the continuous pressing from the City boys. Time and again, the positioning of the two midfielders and especially Toure were spot on. Picking up loose passes and setting his team on the quick counter.
For all his discoveries in obscure players, Arsene Wenger was left to rue the day he decided against signing Toure, despite having him on trial earlier in his career. Toure bossed the proceedings yesterday and reminded Wenger on just what he had missed out.