Arsenal destroyed & Ronaldo returns

31st August 2021

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This is how champions respond, by beating Arsenal 5-0, and after a chaotic week it ended in an empathic victory over the Gunners for Manchester City.

It was classic attack from Pep Guardiola's side who could smell the fear emitting from Arsenal's dressing room even before kick off. City were 2-0 up through Ilkay Gundogan and Ferran Torres within 12 minutes. Arsenal looked panicky and there was a ring to the time when Arsenal found themselves 4-0 down by the 20th minute against Liverpool back in 2014. That day they went on to lose 5-1 their goal ironically coming from Mikel Arteta, now glum faced and out of ideas in the dug out. This game finished 5-0 and Granit Xhaka was sent off once again for Arteta's team to put the icing on the cake.

For City it was a wonderful and fluid win and involved their £100m man Jack Grealish again helping to orchestrate the victory. The week had not been an easy one for them missing out on Harry Kane and then Cristiano Ronaldo and Guardiola having to deny that he is going to quit the club in 2023. This was the perfect response. For Arsenal it all felt inevitable. They are bottom of the league after 3 games, their worst start since 1954 and have yet to score a goal. However the Gunners have had to play Chelsea and Manchester City, next up is Norwich at home and drop points there and maybe then we can call this a crisis.

Manchester United have been in Manchester City's shadow for the past decade however they came in at the eleventh hour to take Cristiano Ronaldo back 'home' so to speak. The legendary Portuguese player looked to be heading for rivals City at one point, but once United showed their interest in the Juventus man there was no turning back. It will be incredible to have Ronaldo back in the Premier League though some have raised eyebrows and are not expecting much from a 36 year old. At the same time Ronaldo's fitness levels and hunger for the game are that much that he plays as if he was a few years younger. He is set to make his return appearance on September 11th when Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side will be at home to Newcastle. As for the Red Devils they remain undefeated after beating Wolves 1-0.

The big clash was witnessed at Anfield as Liverpool took on Chelsea and it was the Blues that seemed to get the better of the 2020 champions and took the lead through Kai Havertz. However Liverpool got back in the game after a penalty was given for handball dealt by Reece James who was then also sent off. With 10 men in the 2nd half Chelsea showed a lot of determination to see out the game with a 1-1 draw, a small victory for the European champions.

It must be a painful time for Arsenal fans because not only are they bottom of the league but in 1st place going into the international break are their arch rivals Tottenham who have a 100% record and have also yet to concede. Their latest victory came against Watford and another goal for Heung-Min Son. Perhaps Harry Kane staying at a Nuno Espirito Santo led revival isn't so bad after all?

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