After a week of head-spinning headlines, City wrote their story on the pitch. Here’s all the reaction to yesterday’s drubbing of Arsenal.
City were off and running early on Saturday. David Clayton paints a picture of the first two goals of the day.
In the bright Etihad sunshine, City were ahead after just seven minutes, much to the delight of the capacity shirt-sleeved crowd.
Bernardo, notably coming deeper to collect the ball, started the move just outside his own box, before playing out to the right.
Our man Saul liked the way City handled their business against the Gunners.
A great performance as City did played a strong squad despite missing Foden and KDB.
Man City came out with some energy and it showed as they ran roughshod most of the match. Including a dream opening 15 where City scored twice.
One where City was in control with possession and chances created.
Jack Grealish and Bernardo Silva were a success playing so they were among the best performers.
The story of the night was City’s great mentality and resolve to take care of this Arsenal team in a student v teacher match.
Other notable performers included Gabriel Jesus as a winger and Rodri. All had incredible matches.
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Man City were dominant in possession from start to finish in this one.
At one stage recording 97% possession, it was a stroll in the sunshine for City, while Arsenal’s hunt for their first point — and goal — of the season continued.
Afterwards, Guardiola hinted that City may not sign a striker before the transfer deadline and he also had words of encouragement for Arteta, his former assistant.
“Arteta knows how I love him,” Guardiola told BT Sport. “In the two or three years he was here he was important to what we built. People want results right away, with the players he had today, Ben White, Thomas Partey were missing, many players they invested in were missing, without that it is difficult.
Dark days indeed for Pep’s protégé. If he were let go would City welcome him home?
Ironically, had Arteta remained under Guardiola’s tutelage, he would have been all but assured to succeed him once the Catalan left Manchester, which is slated to happen at the end of this current contract. Since Arteta’s initial success in charge of Arsenal, however, things have completely fallen apart and he appears to be set to be the first manager sacked this season, with his future beyond that very much in doubt.
From a City perspective, the team was once again excellent. They absolutely dictated the play in every aspect of the match and deservedly put five goals past an opponent at the Etihad for the second straight matchweek. After a terrible defeat to Tottenham to start the season, Guardiola’s men have figured it out and are ready to truly make a strong title defense. The Citizens showed the levels that exist between these two squads, managers, and clubs at the moment, but the real battles will be fought against Man United, Chelsea, and Liverpool.
Man City player ratings vs Arsenal as Gabriel Jesus and Ferran Torres shine - Stuart Brennan - Manchester Evening News
It’s all 8’s and 9’s from Brennan for a quintet of City stars.
Ilkay Gundogan: turned a bit Harry Kane with his far-post header to set the ball rolling, and then ran things from midfield. 8
Jack Grealish: not the devastating attacking display fans might have wanted, but a fine team job capped by assist to Jesus. 8
Bernardo Silva: was a bright spark for the Blues in the first half, and played telling parts in the first two goals. 8
Ferran Torres: two typical striker’s goals and gave notice that he is a live option for that central role. 9
Gabriel Jesus: quite brilliant again, providing the first goal, scoring the third and a menace throughout. 9
Ferran has settled the fears of his manager. At least for now.
He’s now scored 15 goals in 40 matches for City and Pep believes he is only going to get better.
“Last season Ferran played exceptionally well as we saw in terms of his numbers - goals and assists,” said the boss.
“In this position he makes a movement like the best strikers in behind, moving incredibly well.
“His movement is similar to Jamie Vardy.
“He is very young. Manchester City did a great job buying him for a great price.
“He is a good finisher and had a goal was disallowed last week, when the finish was perfect.
Pep Guardiola compares Man City ace Ferran Torres to Jamie Vardy after Arsenal display - Stuart Brennan - Manchester Evening News
High praise for the Spanish youngster from the City boss. Much deserved after his Man of the Match turn on Saturday.
The 21-year-old capped Manchester City ’s excellent 5-0 demolition of Arsenal with an opportunist first goal and a fine header, after a superb run to get on the end of Riyad Mahrez ’s cross and round off the scoring.
And in a week when City’s pursuit of Harry Kane ended, and when they were also linked with Cristiano Ronaldo, Torres again gave notice that he could be a solution to the problem of finding a successor for Sergio Aguero.
Torres first gave notice with his spectacular hat-trick at Newcastle last season, and he has led the Blues’ line in the last two games to great effect.
Guardiola said yesterday that he has as many as six players who can take the central forward role this season, but he has picked Torres two weeks running.
And finally, the EDS lads beat the Reds in the PL2 behind a master performance from McAtee.
There was an early scare for City as from a short-worked corner United’s Charlie Savage angled a curling drive just wide of the far post.
But on a glorious afternoon at Leigh Sports Village City made a slick, impressive start and we were rewarded with a deserved early breakthrough on six minutes.
Having dispossessed United on the edge of the hosts’ box, a pinpoint through ball from Oscar Bobb found the onrushing McAtee, who finished with aplomb.
That’s it for today. Enjoy you’re Sunday everyone, and we’ll see you right back here tomorrow.