Manchester City fight back to defeat Arsenal

Michy Batshuayi

All he could manage was "we were a bit jaded physically".

Jay Rodriguez then put his side ahead less than 180 seconds into the second half before he completed his brace to secure the win with just five minutes left on the clock. It's pathetic but all too predictable.

"His way of playing is very different than a lot of teams in England, and I think English media and other people are trying to get into him or change his way of playing, but he's never going to do it anyway", the Belgian added.

"In every game he has aggravation and he gets away with it because of the weakness of the referee", Wenger fumed.

While Guardiola's methods have come in for questioning of late as City dropped off the pace at the top of the table, Wenger believes having such big-name coaches in the division can only be a good thing.

"For Manchester City, it was all about returning to winning ways; now they face a sterner examination of Pep Guardiola's methods".

"It's a muscular problem, it looks like a hamstring".

There's an ominous sense of deja vu looming.

Arsene Wenger's side were in cruise control and held a 1-0 lead going into the interval at the Etihad.

Antonio Conte
GETTYAntonio Conte is a big fan of Michy Batshuayi and won't loan him out next month

That's why Sunday's game is so crucial. Manchester City are there for the taking.

"To adapt to the specific quality of this league".

Judiciously-timed stories linking Sanchez with a move to China has resulted in Arsenal's star player being the centre of attention. But where are the leaders? "It's three points, eight days to recover for Hull and Liverpool". "It's so disappointing to lose a game of that stature".

Guardiola also hailed Yaya Toure, who has become an increasingly vital cog in City's midfield despite initially being frozen out by his manager.

City's strong start to the season feels like years rather than weeks ago.

"We always try to be a solid team, especially when we play at home", he said.

It gave City a more solid look in defence, but as Guardiola demands that his teams dominate possession, he could elect to deploy an extra midfielder and switch back to a back three.

As for Arsenal, Murphy says if they are to win at the Etihad they mustn't make the mistake they made when they travelled to Old Trafford last month, sitting off United and allowing their hosts to dictate the tempo of the game. I think we have had a awful week and what is worse, out of two good performances we get zero points and out of two leading positions we lose two games.

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