With just five minutes on the clock, an all too familiar feeling swept around the Emirates Stadium. As Leroy Sane left Hector Bellerin for dead, with Kevin De Bruyne’s long ball gifting him a golden opportunity, he swept the ball home with ease, and the tension and frustration returned to north London after two consecutive Premier League defeats.
Arsene Wenger cut an isolated figure on the bench and there wasn’t much that the home side seemed capable of doing to threaten Pep Guardiola’s side until they made a defensive error with Gael Clichy all ends up in his own box to allow Theo Walcott to bundle home an equaliser shortly before half-time.
The elation and hope of that leveler was incredibly short-lived though as it took Sergio Aguero just 66 seconds to hit the post and only three minutes to find the back of the net to give his side the lead going into the tunnel for the break with a rifled finished leaving David Ospina helpless in goal.
It was another defensive mistake that allowed Arsenal back into the game with Shkodran Mustafi heading home from a Mesut Ozil corner to bring the scores back level once again with barely any pressure on the German as he jumped clear to score.
From that moment on, the game died down, with neither side prepared to go for the throat and risk being caught on the counter-attack again, with the only excitement coming through a late handball appeal when Nacho Monreal appeared to handle in the 93rd minute in his own box.
Read on over the next few pages to see what we can take from the game…