The Gunners started the game very well, but the Citizens took the lead thanks to a Sergio Aguero finish in the first half, before goals from Jack Wilshere and Alexis Sanchez turned the game in Arsenal’s favour. However, Martin Demichelis headed in with seven minutes left to play to earn the visitors a point.
The Welsh international feels that it was a very tough game, but said that he was frustrated with the manner in which his side conceded in the dying minutes.
Speaking to Arsenal’s official website, he said:
It was a very tough game, very quick paced and I thought we started really well and could have gone one or two in front. But the quality they have, they capitalised on the counter attack and took their chance.
We did well to get back in front and then it is obviously disappointing to concede the equaliser from a set play. But it is a point and we will move on from this and we have a massive game in midweek at Dortmund.
We are really disappointed because obviously we were in front with 15 minutes to go and to concede from a set play is quite disappointing. But we will take a point. Hopefully this will encourage us to build on the result.
I think we did well against the top teams at home last year, but the [problem] was the games away from home. We drew 2-2 with the champions and we have to build on this and take it into our next game.
The Gunners performance in many respects was very encouraging, with new signings Danny Welbeck and Alexis Sanchez lining up in attack they had a new-found zip about their attacking play.
They scored two beautiful goals with Wilshere collecting a pass from Aaron Ramsey before gliding past Gael Clichy and delivering a sumptuous clipped finish over Hart. Wilshere wasn’t done as his header landed perfectly on Alexiz Sanchez’s right foot and he deposited it just outside of Hart’s outstretched hand.
However, Wenger will no doubt be disappointed to have conceded two sloppy goals. The first goal was a result of Arsenal getting caught badly on the counter-attack, as Flamini seemed to just switch off right outside the box, allowing Kun Aguero to slip in behind him and score. The defense was again called into question for the second goal as nobody marked Demichelis, allowing him a free header.
Despite losing what seemed like a sure three points, this is the first game that we’ve seen what the Gunners are really capable of. It was a well deserved draw and it proved that Arsenal can compete with the big players. If they can shore up the defense, they’d be in great shape to compete the title this season.
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