As a Manchester City fan, the Arsenalgame over the weekend was a point earned rather than two points lost.
The Gunners hosted City over at Emirates Stadium with a point to prove after the 6-0 thrashing by their London neighbours Chelsea last weekend, while City came in to the game with the opportunity to climb to the top of the Premier League table on goal difference with two games in hand after the shock defeat of Chelsea against Crystal Palace earlier.
The first half saw City dominating the game, so kudos to Arsenal for putting up a good fight to prevent a repeat of the nightmare earlier in the season when they lost 6-3 at the Etihad Stadium in December last year.
It was a high-pressure, end-to-end game with both teams receiving yellow cards for full-blooded challenges and goal opportunities aplenty. Arsenal had a penalty call denied when Tomas Rosicky went down from a Pablo Zabaleta challenge, which the referee correctly denied and pointedfor a goal-kick instead.
City’s lightning-quick counter attacking play was rewarded when David Silva put City ahed after am Edin Dzeko shot cannoned off the post and the rebound fell to the Spaniard’s feet
But Arsenal showed that they were not to be going down without a fight, playing a patient build-up game that was rewarded in the second half when Mathieu Flamini.
Following that, they found the second gear to take the game to City with Joe Hart having to deflect a fierce shot by Lukas Podolski to keep the score to one apiece for both sides. The Gunners then lost steam and started to come under pressure from City’s quick play, but showed resilience to hold the fort till the final whistle.
At the end, it was a deserving draw for both teams; critics may say that it was two points lost for City but personally, I respect for Arsenal for putting up a great fight to take the game against City to the sword.
It was unfortunate that City could not capitalise on the opportunity to leap to the top after Chelsea had lost earlier but honestly, I would have taken that one point rather than to lose as the momentum would definitely have been disrupted especially after coming into the Arsenal on a high after the big Derby win last weekend.
As for the title race, it will definitely be an interesting one for the neutrals and a nail-biting one for City fans.