City 3-1 Arsenal – Analysis: Fernandinho impresses in new role, Emery’s clear bench issues

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Manchester City returned to winning ways with a 3-1 win over Arsenal on Sunday and if not for Bernd Leno’s important saves, it could’ve ultimately been a more dominant scoreline at the Ethiad. Here are two key talking points – one from each perspective – as the defending champions closed the gap on Liverpool to four points.  Continue reading

Carabao Cup Final – Arsenal 0-3 Manchester City: Citizens rampant over limp Gunners

Goals from Sergio Aguero, Vincent Kompany and David Silva helped secure Pep Guardiola’s first piece of silverware with a dominant display over Arsenal to win this year’s Carabao Cup. The Gunners – who struggled for large periods – seemed to almost relinquish their self-belief after conceding the second.

Plenty of questions will be asked in the aftermath, as the Citizens aim to use this momentum in their quest for the elusive treble while Arsenal disappoint across all fronts as their rivals continue to strengthen. Continue reading

Manchester City 3-1 Arsenal: Citizens impress against unfortunate Gunners

Goals from Kevin de Bruyne, Sergio Aguero and Gabriel Jesus sealed an important home victory for Premier League leaders Manchester City before the international break, despite Arsenal’s best efforts at the Ethiad. Alexandre Lacazette halved the deficit midway through the second-half but a handful of contentious officiating decisions hurt the visitors’ hopes of a good result.   Continue reading

David Silva out for two to three weeks with ankle injury

David Silva out for two to three weeks with ankle injury

Just a day after news that Sergio Agüero has been sidelined for at least a month, City’s midfield maestro is also now injured – as a result of a hefty tackle on international duty with Spain.

It goes from bad to worse for Manchester City supporters – just 24 hours after news broke about Sergio Agüero‘s injury, they’ve suffered another blow to another important player within the first-team.This time, it’s David Silva. The midfield maestro was forced off within fifteen minutes of the first-half during Spain‘s 4-0 win over Luxembourg, after a hefty sliding challenge by Lars Gerson from behind caught his legs in an awkward position.

Silva – just another injury for City to worry about

The experienced creative midfielder stayed down after the tackle itself, and it became soon apparent that he was unable to continue – despite initially attempting to hobble off and run the effects of the tackle off in due course. After receiving treatment on the sidelines, he came back into the fray, but a few minutes later, went down again, and the substitution was made shortly afterwards.

Injury too painful to carry on – out for two/three weeks

Manchester United‘s Juan Mata replaced him, and reports have recently suggested that Silva’s injury will rule him out of action for between two and three weeks. Unsurprisingly, this news has been met by plenty of frustration and disappointment from sky Blues‘ fans across the world.

The dynamic duo of Silva and Agüero in attack has been cruelly stripped away from them, just as the side were starting to grab momentum – having lost three of their last five competition fixtures in all competitions.

Spain’s boss, Vicente del Bosque, said the following in the aftermath of their convincing victory: “I do not know the extent of [Silva’s] injuries – our doctors will inform you [the public] when they know something. We know nothing for now.”

Afterwards though, developments were confirmed – that Silva had suffered a “bad sprain of the internal lateral ligament of the right ankle”, meaning he’d be out for at least a fortnight, according to Spanish media outlet AS.

Games that Silva will miss:

  • Bournemouth (h) – next Saturday
  • Champions League: Sevilla (h) – 21 October
  • Manchester Derby: United (a) – 25 October

Games that he could also miss, during his recovery:

  • League Cup: Palace (h) – 28 October
  • Norwich (h) – 31 October
  • Champions League: Sevilla (a) – 3 November

Manchester City 6-1 Newcastle United: Agüero shines as Citizens thump Geordies on home soil

Manchester City 6-1 Newcastle United: Agüero shines as Citizens thump Geordies on home soil

Sergio Agüero cemented his place in the history books with a fantastic five-goal haul, as Manchester City thrashed Newcastle rather comprehensively – an eyewatering 6-1 thrashing at the Ethiad this afternoon.

Having scored a late dramatic winner to seal all three points against Bundesliga side Borussia Mönchengladbach on Wednesday night in the UEFA Champions League, Agüero was undoubtedly hoping that goal would help him get back into his razor-sharp form – having endured a tough start to the 2015/16 campaign in all competitions.

Newcastle start well, but Agüero steals the headlines

He did just that too, as the sky Blues leapfrogged local rivals United ahead of their tricky away task against Arsenal tomorrow afternoon. However it was not all plain sailing for the hosts, despite Kevin de Bruyne forcing goalkeeper Tim Krul into an early save after just seven minutes from his curling free-kick effort. Fernando had two opportunites to slot home from close-range, but mis-timed his attempts and the Dutchman was able to clear the danger away from goal.

Aleksandar Mitrovic netted his first goal in the English top flight, after a flick-on into his path by Georginio Wijnaldum. The whole move was orchestrated by Kevin Mbabu, who accelerated down the flank past Pablo Zabaleta, before his teasing cross was partially cleared by Eliaquim Mangala – straight into the oppositions’ path.

City’s defensive frailties were emphasised once more in the 24th minute. Some patient build-up in the final third was finished off at the far post by Mitrovic, but his finish was ruled out for an offside call – as he was marginally offside as the ball was played on the right-hand side. Replays showed it was the correct decision, and although the linesman’s choice was justified, it was a wake-up call for the hosts.

Agüero saw a sweetly-struck effort flash narrowly wide of the far post, after a marauding run forward by Fernandinho in midfield. Then on the stroke of the interval, City levelled the scoring in some style, too. David Silva weaved his magic on the edge of the box, before lofting a ball into the area – which Fernandinho headed goalwards. Agüero was lurking to his right, and was quickest to the ball to head home from close-range.

City lucky not to be behind at the break, and take advantage

Manuel Pellegrini‘s men went into the break with the scores level, and they could have easily been two or three goals down. So in that respect, the Chilean would have been grateful they didn’t have a deficit to overturn.

They flexed their counter-attacking muscles shortly after the second-half began though, as Agüero scored his second of the game in the 49th minute. A limp pass by Chancel Mbemba was sniffed out by de Bruyne, whose lay-off to Silva allowed the talented Argentine through towards the edge of the box.

His strike deflected off Yoan Gouffran – and the flight of the ball deceived the dive of Krul, nestling into the bottom corner of the net within seconds afterwards. A minute afterwards, City made it a quick-fire double, with Agüero completing his hat-trick within a flash.

de Bruyne’s inch-perfect through ball fed the run of Sergio, and his deft flick over Krul floated into the net – sending City supporters into sheer delight. Then, the talented Belgian netted one for himself, from a teasing delivery by substitute Jesús Navas on the flank, whose looping half-volley kissed the top of the net below the crossbar. 4-1 and cruising, the Citizens continued to power themselves in-front. Agüero scored his fourth and fifth of the goal, first with a curling effort, then a simple sliding strike at the near post.

Newcastle supporters, unsurprisingly, were seen walking out of the stadium in their droves as the scoreline continued to pile on the misery – just a week after a positive result saw them draw 2-2 at home against defending champions Chelsea.

It was a day to forget for the Geordies, and rightly so too. Having started so well, they were completely obliterated by City’s attacking prowess and the counter-attacking speed at which they manoeuvered was a joy to see – unless you were a Newcastle fan ofcourse.

The impending international break comes at another frustrating time for Pellegrini’s men, again. The last one, disrupted their plans going into a crunch round of fixtures in September, and the same applies this time around. But, a 6-1 victory will silence their title doubters. For now, at least.