Man of the Match – Jack Wilshere (Arsenal)
Arsenal were denied victory by visiting Manchester City, in an enthralling end-to-end encounter at the Emirates. New signing Danny Welbeck, who cost the Gunners £16 million from Manchester United, started up front for Arsenal, while loanee Frank Lampard started for the visitors having joined from New York City, after 13 years of service for Chelsea. This was the Gunners’ 3rd successive draw, having drawn away games at Everton and Leicester.
Manchester City, who were trounced 3-0 by the Gunners, in the curtain raiser Community Shield, and on the back of a shock 1-0 home loss to Stoke City, looked tentative in the opening exchanges, as Arsenal quickly hit top gear. Welbeck was supported by Ozil on the left flank and Sanchez on the right, and he should have made it 1-0 in the 11th minute, when he collected David Silva’s backpass, for a one on one with England teammate Joe Hart. But, after taking his time, he could only strike the post, much to the despair of the home support.
City punished Arsenal for their profligacy, when Argentine Sergio Aguero put City into the lead, completely against the run of play. Arsenal had to wait until the hour mark to finally gain reward for their endeavor. Some determined passing was followed by an angled finish by Jack Wilshere past Joe Hart, who had no chance to save the goal. Arsenal banked on their momentum, and six minutes later, were in the ascendancy as in-form Chilean Alexis Sanchez thumped home a volley from a Wilshere header. It was a fantastic shot, and Hart had no chance with this one.
But, as is with Arsenal, they failed to see out the remaining 16 minutes, as Demichelis towered home the equalizer with 7 minutes left to play. City could have had all the 3 points in the end, with Nasri’s goal being ruled out for offside, Aleksandr Kolarov’s rasping drive hitting the post and Laurent Koscielny nearly scoring a disastrous own goal. It would have been harsh on the Gunners’ though, who put in an effervescent display.
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