UK Sterling outshines Aguero - What the national media made of Man City 1-0 Arsenal last minute news
MetiNews.Com - Manchester City got back to winning ways in the Premier League on Saturday evening with a hard-fought 1-0 win over Arsenal at the Etihad Stadium thanks to Raheem Sterling.
Breaking News ! Manchester City edged out Arsenal 1-0 at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday evening to record their first league win in three matches and get their title hopes back on track. Raheem Sterling’s early strike was the difference between the sides on a day where the hosts were missing a series of key players through injury, including playmaker Kevin De Bruyne. It was a game dominated by the pre-match narrative of Pep Guardiola facing his former assistant coach Mikel Arteta, with both teams springing a number of tactical surprises in their respective line-ups. Here is how the national media reacted to City’s triumph against Arsenal. Video Loading Video Unavailable Click to play Tap to play The video will start in8Cancel Play now The Guardian “And yet in the end, this was not really a game won and lost on plans or schemes. That much became manifest in the anticlimactic closing stages, as Manchester City imperiously closed down a game that had spent much of its life teetering on the brink of chaos,” Jonathan Liew wrote for The Guardian . “Ultimately, they won because they had better players who had been coached together for longer. Sometimes it really is that simple. “That quality was evident in the difference between City’s goal – a deceptively tough finish by Raheem Sterling after a devastatingly intuitive attacking move – and Arsenal’s missed chances either side of half-time. That cohesion was evident in City’s superior creativity in midfield, completing three times as many passes into the final third as their opponents (152 to 51). Which is not necessarily to say City, still a capricious and curiously patchy team, deserved to win. But it’s why they did. “And yet there will be a natural temptation to explain this game away through tactics, given the identity of the two managers and the provocative peculiarity of their two starting systems. I’ll see your two left-backs and raise you Kyle Walker at centre-half. Read More Related Articles Man City striker Sergio Aguero to avoid punishment for Sian Massey-Ellis incident Read More Related Articles Mikel Arteta asks VAR question after Arsenal beaten by Man City “I see your Walker and raise you Willian as a false nine. I see your Willian and raise you Bernardo Silva as a box-to-box midfielder. I see your Silva and raise you Bukayo Saka in central midfield. I see your Saka and raise you João Cancelo in a free role. I see your Cancelo and raise you blue shirts.
. Well, so are we.” The Independent “As Guardiola’s sides have become more frayed, City have felt more reliant on individuals and, minus the injured De Bruyne, Sterling stepped up, taking on both the armband and the status as a talisman, even if he benefited from the help of a deluxe sidekick,” Richard Jolly wrote for The Independent . “In a game of tactical chess, it was Arteta who fielded the false nine, in Willian, and Guardiola who abandoned that ploy to select the specialist striker, in a fit-again Sergio Aguero, but the Argentinian had a greater influence than the uncharacteristically subdued Brazilian. “And yet City’s record scorer has not been their leading scorer over the last 15 months; that is Sterling, with 35. That is in part because of Aguero’s injuries, and this was his first appearance since June, but a shift in status is apparent in other ways. In a sign of seniority, Sterling, rather than Aguero, was the stand-in skipper and the Englishman got the sort of goal the Argentinian would often score, converting the rebound after Bernd Leno blocked Phil Foden’s shot. Aguero’s role came earlier, surging forward and picking out Foden.
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“The same trio almost combined for a second; Aguero and Sterling teamed up to set up Foden, whose effort was stopped by Leno. Foden and Riyad Mahrez operated on the flanks in an unconventional 3-3-4 formation – perhaps Guardiola outwitted Arteta with that one and certainly it pushed Arsenal back – and each would have scored but for Leno.” BBC Sport “As might have been expected from a meeting between Guardiola and the man he spent three-and-a-half years alongside in the City dug-out, Mikel Arteta, this was a tactical blitz,” Simon Stone wrote for BBC Sport . “At one point, Willian was operating as centre-forward and Sterling was sitting deep in midfield. After Aguero's exit, Bernado Silva briefly went into the false nine role as both men tried to keep the other guessing. “Arteta was able to bring on £45m new-boy Thomas Partey for his debut near the end but the truth is, he doesn't have the strength in depth afforded to Guardiola.”
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Daily Mail “The finish proved his over any hamstring problem that caused him to miss England’s last group of games and Pep Guardiola had good reason to be relieved with Aymeric Laporte, Gabriel Jesus, Benjamin Mendy out besides De Bruyne,” Joe Bernstein wrote for the Daily Mail . “Sterling, who has had to play as a false nine this season, reverted deeper, glad to have Aguero back. “Just as importantly, City looked more solid at the back after shipping five goals to Leicester in their last outing at The Etihad. Kyle Walker slotted into the centre of defence where he helped lock the door on Arsenal danger man Pierre Emerick Aubameyang, who still hasn’t scored since signing a new contract last month.”