Arsenal looked unbelievable in today’s game against Man City, unfortunately it’s a game that doesn’t mean much, especially as Manchester City didn’t play many starters. Vincent Kompany and Sergio Aguero weren’t suited up, and others like David Silva began the game on the bench.
The first 20 minutes were dominated by Arsenal possession, as they swung around short passes that lead to a Santi Cazorla’s goal. The one issue though, Sanogo’s skills are better suited to the counter-attack than they are in a possession-based short-pass attack. He proved this on Arsenal’s second goal, when Alexis Sanchez placed a perfect through ball to him while he was in stride, then he managed to pass the ball off to Ramsey who took a brilliant touch before finishing with class. Despite the fact that Sanogo is very young, Arsenal still do miss a good striker with the quality of an Adebayor who could make the right runs, and also hold possession of the ball. If Thierry Henry, the full package, were part of this current Arsenal team, it’d be quite interesting to see the amount of damage he could do. Arsenal could do well to purchase a striker with a bit more quality. I know it’s ironic that I say that after Giroud’s stunner, but, let’s be honest, he won’t do that often this year. If Giroud were to go down with injury, Sanogo and Joel Campbell would be the only strikers left – Sanchez is not a striker, but rather he’s a more of a right winger/forward. In other words, if Giroud were to go down with injury, it’d be ridiculous that the backup options on a top team like Arsenal would be Campbell and Sanogo. Anyway, back to today’s game…
Alexis Sanchez looked great today, he started many of Arsenal’s counter attacks, dribbling the ball from with great pace and control. Although he wasn’t always able to pick out the right passes, once he gets used to the players around him, his high quality will be on full display.
Calum Chambers looked very strong next to Koscielny, although he got beat by Dzeko on a run down the left side. He’s only 19, and will develop if he’s keen to learn from those around him. Debuchy also looked great, making runs down the right half to support the attack.
It’s quite difficult to make an assessment of Manchester City, especially as many of their starers had no part in today’s game. But, I will say that the scoreline should have, and easily could have, been a lot closer had Nasri finished a cross in the box. At full strength, today’s game would have been quite thrilling, but considering that Arsenal was playing against many backups and reserves, today’s game shouldn’t affect the way you look at either club as they enter competitive competition.