The Gunners entered the game on the back of defeat to the Citizens in the Carabao Cup final, whilst Arsene Wenger’s side also suffered a shock defeat last week to Ostersunds in the Europa League- although they advanced on aggregate.
With defeat to City last night making it four losses in the last five matches, including back-to-back defeats in the Premier League, pressure on the club, and Wenger in particular, is rising and it was another night to forget.
An in-form Manchester City tore through Arsenal in the first-half and the Gunners couldn’t find a response after the break, with Deadline Day signing Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang seeing a penalty saved by Ederson.
That prevented the Gabonese striker from scoring the 1000th home goal for Arsenal in the Premier League and Wenger has insisted the club-record recruit needs time to settle into English football, despite scoring on his debut against Everton.
Speaking to reporters after last night’s defeat, and also addressing fellow January recruit Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Wenger said:
“They need some time to adapt. Things change quickly in sport. It’s part of sport. ‘Every game you lose nowadays you are under big pressure but overall the players who joined us will do well [in the long-term].”