Until he’s blue in the face, a manager should discuss strategy with his players, but Manchester City’s goal came about because the basics were not followed.

Raheem Sterling had not been picked up by Rob Holding and the 5ft 7in winger scored a winning header with two minutes on the clock.

It shocked me that in their last home game, Arsenal didn’t press Manchester City like they had pressed Leeds.

That Arsenal won a penalty to make it 2-0 was because of their high press against Leeds. Until aiding Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to make it 4-0, Emile Smith Rowe later picked up possession on the edge of the opposition net.

Sunday had been different. The visitors were given so much respect by Arsenal and City was allowed to dominate.

Without any strain, they could carry it out from the back. Ruben Dias sat as the nightwatchman several times in the first half when every other City player was within 60 yards of the Arsenal target.

That includes the reborn John Stones, who is a man. With his passing, he did not miss a beat and his defending was just as good. Against him, Aubameyang had no pleasure.

City boss Pep Guardiola said that to cope with their schedule, he would have to rotate his staff.

For Mikel Arteta, his best combination is the front four that finished this game and they need to start matches. I want to see Aubameyang on the left, Alexandre Lacazette in the center, Bukayo Saka on the right, and behind Smith Rowe.


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