Arsenal’s slow start
It seems strange to say given that they conceded after just two minutes, but Arsenal were given their warning against Manchester City.
Inside the first 60 seconds of the match Raheem Sterling found himself completely unmarked at the back post but miscued his kick completely.
Less than a minute later the Premier League leaders were in front at the Emirates as Arsenal paid the price once again for starting slow.
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The Gunners have now conceded in the opening 15 minutes on each of Manchester City’s last six visits to the Emirates.
“We talked about it. We had to come out of the blocks really strongly, really convincingly,” Mikel Arteta told the press after the game. “We did the opposite.”
It’s not just the manager who think the Gunners’ slow starts are a problem though.
“Right now, unfortunately we have a concentration problem,” Nicolas Pepe told French TV after the game. “We have to learn from it because they were in front after nothing.”
It’s immensely frustrating for Arteta as he tried to find a way to get one over his old mentor Pep Guardiola.
The Gunners boss admitted he feared things could get a lot worse as City really turned the screw in search of a second goal in the opening 15 minutes.
“That was my worry because the formation the players that they used today there’s nothing worse than going behind early,” he said of the possibility of his team collapsing after the early blow.
“Because it puts the game exactly where they want it, with time on the ball, creating overloads with the false nine anywhere they want on the pitch.
“And you become impatient and frustrated and I thought that the team reacted really well to that and we gave them a real game.
Mikel Arteta on the sidelines at Emirates Stadium
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