Manchester Metropolis 5-0 Arsenal: Gunners endure third league defeat in a row

Manchester Metropolis 5-0 Arsenal: Gunners endure third league defeat in a row

Granit Xhaka is shown a straight red cardArsenal went right down to 10 males within the first half after Xhaka was dismissed for a deal with on Joao Cancelo

Ten-man Arsenal had been utterly outplayed by Manchester Metropolis as they slumped to the underside of the Premier League.

It’s the first time since 1954 that the Gunners have misplaced their three opening video games of the league season and this match was successfully over by half-time.

Metropolis captain Ilkay Gundogan and striker Ferran Torres scored within the first 12 minutes and any hope Arsenal had of an unlikely comeback was ended when midfielder Granit Xhaka was despatched off for lunging right into a problem on Joao Cancelo.

A trademark teasing run from £100m man Jack Grealish arrange Gabriel Jesus for a simple third simply earlier than the break, then Rodri guided house a fourth from 20 yards simply after it.

Such was his facet’s complete management that Metropolis supervisor Pep Guardiola had used all three substitutes inside 16 minutes of the second half beginning. It changed into an prolonged keep-ball session for the hosts, who completed off the rout with Torres’ second six minutes from time.

Guardiola’s counterpart and former assistant Mikel Arteta regarded shell-shocked within the different technical space as Raheem Sterling – twice – Aymeric Laporte and Riyad Mahrez wasted alternatives to extend the margin of victory nonetheless additional.

By the tip, Arsenal had managed a single shot – off track – and 19% possession. They’re nonetheless to attain within the Premier League this season and instantly after the worldwide break play Norwich, the crew they changed on the foot of the desk.

No Kane, no Ronaldo, no downside

‘We will do higher’ – Guardiola regardless of Arsenal thrashing

After being compelled to desert their hopes of prising Harry Kane out of Tottenham and opting to not pursue a deal for Manchester United-bound Cristiano Ronaldo, it seems Guardiola will assault the brand new season with out an orthodox quantity 9.

If his facet proceed to fulfill opponents as accommodating as Arsenal, there shall be no downside.

The Gunners defence was so flimsy, it scarcely did justice to their standing as a Premier League outfit.

Metropolis’s opener regarded good on the attention. However there was no problem on Bernardo Silva as he strode by way of the guests’ midfield, no efficient closing down of Jesus as he lined up his cross and barely a problem on Gundogan – hardly the best bodily menace – as he rose on the far put up. Add in Bernd Leno’s weak try to preserve the ball out of his objective and it summed up every little thing that’s incorrect concerning the guests.

At one level, Ederson stood for absolutely 10 seconds, not shifting, as he determined the place to purpose his clearance. Finally Emile Smith-Rowe closed the Brazilian down and compelled him to do one thing.

Maybe he was a bit bored. Earlier, he had delayed for thus lengthy an supposed move from his personal goal-line that Smith-Rowe virtually nicked the ball however might solely watch because it ricocheted off him and narrowly large of the far put up. That was as shut as Arsenal got here to scoring.

In his programme notes Guardiola proclaimed this may be a ‘robust sport’ for his crew. By the tip, it was Metropolis’s greatest ever win in opposition to the Gunners and their third successive 5-0 house win within the league.

Xhaka’s purple card folly

Metropolis consequence ‘robust one to take’ – Arteta

Arsenal’s efficiency dispelled any notion {that a} 6-0 Carabao Cup triumph over a crew of West Brom children in midweek would possibly shunt Arteta’s under-firing group into life.

The return of skipper Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and new signing Martin Odegaard made no noticeable distinction to 2 beforehand tepid performances in opposition to Brentford and Chelsea.

The Gunners’ hapless state was exemplified by Xhaka.

An skilled worldwide, wanted to information the children round him, Xhaka’s response to his crew going two objectives down so early in a key sport was to launch himself at Cancelo in a way that made referee Martin Atkinson’s choice to brandish a purple card computerized.

Arteta provided some sympathy to the Swiss as he made his means down the tunnel and spoke to the fourth official in a way that indicated he felt the choice was incorrect.

He might have a special opinion when he opinions the incident – however there may be much more for Arteta to seek out criticism of from this.

Manchester Metropolis are subsequent in motion at Leicester on Saturday, 11 September (15:00 BST). On the identical day, Arsenal entertain Norwich (15:00).

Participant of the match

GrealishJack Grealish

Line-ups

Man Metropolis

Formation 4-3-3

31Ederson

2Walker3Rúben Dias14Laporte27Cancelo

20Bernardo Silva16Rodri8Gündogan

9Gabriel Jesus21Torres10Grealish

31Ederson2WalkerSubstituted forZinchenkoat 45′minutes3Rúben Dias14Laporte27Cancelo20Bernardo SilvaSubstituted forSterlingat 58′minutes16RodriBooked at 67mins8Gündogan9Gabriel JesusSubstituted forMahrezat 61′minutes21Torres10Grealish

Substitutes

5Stones6Aké7Sterling11Zinchenko13Steffen25Fernandinho26Mahrez69Doyle80Palmer

Arsenal

Formation 5-4-1

1Leno

17Cédric Soares21Chambers16Holding31Kolasinac3Tierney

7Saka8Ødegaard34Xhaka10Smith Rowe

14Aubameyang

1Leno17Cédric SoaresBooked at 24mins21Chambers16Holding31KolasinacBooked at 28mins3Tierney7SakaSubstituted forElnenyat 45′minutes8ØdegaardSubstituted forMaitland-Nilesat 71′minutes34XhakaBooked at 35mins10Smith Rowe14AubameyangSubstituted forLacazetteat 59′minutes

Substitutes

9Lacazette15Maitland-Niles20Tavares22Marí23Sambi Lokonga25Elneny32Ramsdale33Okonkwo35Martinelli

Referee:Martin Atkinson

Attendance:52,276

Dwell Textual content

Match ends, Manchester Metropolis 5, Arsenal 0.

Second Half ends, Manchester Metropolis 5, Arsenal 0.

Nook, Manchester Metropolis. Conceded by Bernd Leno.

Try saved. João Cancelo (Manchester Metropolis) left footed shot from the centre of the field is saved within the backside left nook. Assisted by Ilkay Gündogan with a by way of ball.

Offside, Arsenal. Kieran Tierney tries a by way of ball, however Alexandre Lacazette is caught offside.

Try saved. Riyad Mahrez (Manchester Metropolis) left footed shot from the fitting facet of the field is saved within the backside proper nook. Assisted by Raheem Sterling.

Jack Grealish (Manchester Metropolis) wins a free kick within the attacking half.

Foul by Alexandre Lacazette (Arsenal).

Foul by Riyad Mahrez (Manchester Metropolis).

Ainsley Maitland-Niles (Arsenal) wins a free kick within the defensive half.

Try blocked. Riyad Mahrez (Manchester Metropolis) left footed shot from exterior the field is blocked. Assisted by Jack Grealish.

Try blocked. Aymeric Laporte (Manchester Metropolis) left footed shot from the centre of the field is blocked. Assisted by Jack Grealish.

Nook, Manchester Metropolis. Conceded by Calum Chambers.

Try blocked. Aymeric Laporte (Manchester Metropolis) left footed shot from the left facet of the field is blocked.

Try blocked. Ilkay Gündogan (Manchester Metropolis) proper footed shot from exterior the field is blocked. Assisted by Rodri.

Purpose! Manchester Metropolis 5, Arsenal 0. Ferran Torres (Manchester Metropolis) header from the centre of the field to the underside left nook. Assisted by Riyad Mahrez with a cross.

Nook, Manchester Metropolis. Conceded by Kieran Tierney.

Offside, Manchester Metropolis. Raheem Sterling tries a by way of ball, however Riyad Mahrez is caught offside.

Try saved. Raheem Sterling (Manchester Metropolis) proper footed shot from the centre of the field is saved within the centre of the objective. Assisted by Riyad Mahrez with a by way of ball.

Try missed. Aymeric Laporte (Manchester Metropolis) proper footed shot from the centre of the field is just too excessive. Assisted by Rúben Dias with a cross following a nook.

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