Awful sub’s impact from Arshavin helps end unbeaten streak
Arsenal lost narrowly at the Etihad Stadium and were left to rue their luck for not earning a point at least on Sunday.
Credit to Wenger’s men, they might have left with some sort of result on another day after competing ever so well at the home of the league leaders.
The first half was an even affair with goal-mouth opportuinities at both ends, but the visitors were slightly fortunate to be level at the break after Aguero had spurned a couple of decent chances to score while Szczesny came to the rescue when Balotelli had the goal to his mercy from point-blank range.
The second-half became more frenzy after a defensive lapse saw David Silva rebound home an effort from Balotelli which had been awkwardly parried away by Arsenal’s goalkeeper.
The goal spurred Arsenal into action and it was end-to-end stuff with Nasri and Richards providing threatening service from the right while Aguero and Balotelli tested Szczesny.
Robin van Persie and Gervinho were also fancying chances at the other end as Arsenal piled on a comeback effort. Wenger then withdrew Theo Walcott interestingly for the much-maligned Andrey Arshavin to force matters more.
But following yet another appalling contribution from the Russian which saw him squander more chances than he created – including misplaced passes and tame shots at goal – the Arsenal boss might have regretted his decision.
Marouane Chamakh was then introduced at the expense of Per Mertesacker, but even that audacious move could not change the situation.
Indeed, the man who nearly pulled the Gunners level was Thomas Vermaelen who let fly thunder-bolt strikes on two nervy occassions. The first one stung Joe Hart’s fingers while the latter went only inches wide off the top corner of City’s net.