Arsenal remain goalless and pointless in the Premier League this season after an abject performance at the Etihad Stadium saw them lose 5-0 to Manchester City.
Pep Guardiola’s attack is blessed with an abundance of technical ability, but it is not known for its aerial prowess.
İlkay Gündoğan scoring the opener with his head will have, therefore, come as a bitter disappointment to Mikel Arteta, especially considering the Arsenal boss included three central defenders in his starting XI.
With less than 15 minutes on the clock, City were two to the good and, once more, horrific ‘Gunners’ defending was to blame.
A harmless ball was allowed to find its way to Ferran Torres in acres of space in the box, and the Spaniard tapped in with ease. Arsenal’s afternoon soon got worse when Granit Xhaka was sent off for a two-footed challenge and, just before the interval, Gabriel Jesus fired in from close-range to make it three.
City barely got out of first gear in the first half and still looked supremely comfortable throughout. After the break, they were able to enjoy themselves and play with freedom.
Soon after the restart, Rodri curled a lovely effort past Bernd Leno from outside the area for the fourth strike, although the German shot-stopper was twice able to thwart substitute Raheem Sterling. The scoring was completed when Torres directed a free header beyond Leno and into the back of the net.
This latest defeat means Arsenal have lost their last nine fixtures against the ‘Cityzens’ – their longest such run against any side in the Premier League – if the London outfit weren’t in a crisis prior to this match, they certainly are now.
Meanwhile, City look to be hitting their stride, now having scored ten goals in their last two games. Harry who?