Sunday 8 October 2023

Arsenal 0-0 Man City (half time)

Without Saka on the right, Arsenal looked devoid of ideas and even more questions will be raised by Arteta's decision to play the seemingly already injured player at Lens.

Another piece of fallout from that defeat in the Champions League was a mistake by Raya. The loanee from Brentford nearly became Calamity Dave after dwelling on the ball and nearly conceding to a Alvarez deflection. The same thing happens with Ramsdale on occasion, but the crowd have short memories.

Luckily for Kovacic, the referee remembered he had already booked him for raking his studs down Odegaard's Achilles. How that wasn't straight red, I'll never know. The challenge was reckless and from behind: what do VAR want. The other challenge on Rice wasn't as bad, but it was still vicious and intended to hurt. However, there was no punishment.

The only positives for Arsenal were Jorginho, Rice and Saliba. All three looked up for it. Jesus had a go too.

It's going to be a tough second half!

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