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My guys from Arsenal lost for the second time this week a 2-1 loss to Man Shitty.

The Telegraphs Jason Burt wrote: The Guardians Daniel Taylor wrote: “There was a point in this match, with Manchester City losing, when the ball came towards Pep Guardiola and, attempting to control it by the touchline, he slipped over in his brown, shiny shoes and ended up on his backside. His team were struggling, the crowd was restless and City were in danger of a result that would have meant them going into Christmas outside the Premier League’s top three for the first time since 2009 – or, to put it another way, just after Mark Hughes had been sacked.


The turnaround in the second half was considerable and, on the basis Guardiola has had a lot of criticism recently, it is only fair to report that his half-time switch was a prominent factor in sparking the recovery. Leroy Sané scored within two minutes of moving into a central attacking position before Raheem Sterling, switched back to his usual right-sided role, completed the comeback to leave Arsenal mulling over back-to-back league defeats for the first time since April 2014.

Arsenal subsequently find themselves nine points off Chelsea at the top, with City moving into second position, and Arsène Wenger must be startled by their second-half deterioration bearing in mind the way they began this fixture. Alexis Sánchez had teed up Theo Walcott for the opening goal after only four minutes and there were plenty of other occasions inside the first half when the visitors looked the more rounded side.


Instead the fluency of City’s attacking in the second half, in particular the interchanging of positions between Kevin De Bruyne, David Silva and Sané, stretched Arsenal to a point whereby the final result was justified in favour of their opponents. Silva’s exquisite pass sent Sané running clear to equalise with his first goal for the club and the winner came after 71 minutes when Sterling controlled De Bruyne’s beautifully measured pass, cut inside Nacho Monreal and caught out Petr Cech with a left-foot drive inside the near post.”


Wenger told The Telegraphs James Drucker: “Arsene Wenger accused referees of being protected “like lions in the zoo” as he decried two contentious Manchester City goals that compounded an “absolutely horrible” week for Arsenal.

Arsenal threw away a lead for the second Premier League game in six days as Manchester City came from behind to win 2-1 at the Etihad Stadium, just as Everton had done at Goodison Park on Tuesday, to leave Wenger’s side nine points adrift of leaders Chelsea in the title race.


Wenger felt both of City’s goals should have been disallowed by referee Martin Atkinson for offside, with Laurent Koscielny judged to have played on Leroy Sane for the first and David Silva ruled not to have been interfering with play when Raheem Sterling claimed the winning goal.


And the Arsenal manager – who had criticised Mark Clattenburg for not giving a penalty for a perceived foul on Alexis Sanchez against Everton and the dubious award of a corner for Ronald Koeman’s side from which Ashley Williams scored the winning goal – reacted by appearing to suggest that officials are not held accountable for their decisions.

“Enough is enough for us. Both goals were offside. The second he is five yards offside,” said the Arsenal manager.


“We had a horrible week, absolutely horrible,” Wenger added. “What is worse, out of two good performances we get zero points and out of two leading positions, we lose two games. That, of course, is very disappointing.


“Before we think about the nine points we have to come back to be realistic about why we have not kept a clean sheet. If you want to play at the top you have to keep clean sheets.

“On top of all of that, we conceded two offside goals which is very difficult to accept in a game of that stature.

“But as it is well known the referees are protected very well, what is right, like the lions in the zoo, so we have to live with their decisions.”


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