Manchester City suffered their first loss to Arsenal after 12 consecutive victories. Pep Guardiola, the manager of the treble-winning team, responded to the defeat, stating that his team put in their all, but luck was not on their side, resulting in them leaving the game with no points. The match ended with a 1-0 victory for Arsenal, courtesy of Gabriel Martinelli, who came off the bench to score the decisive goal. Pep Guardiola had this to say;
We started really well with two or three chances. They started the second half really well with the rhythm. Then it was tight and they got a deflection goal. They won, congratulations to them. We tried. We did it. From both sides there wasn’t a lot of chances. Both did good high pressing. It was tight. In the end, one action, we lost. Ten minutes was Arsenal on top and after, equal. We had our moments but in general, it was tight. Unfortunately, they did it.
The Premier League champions have lost back-to-back games in the league with defeats against Wolves and Arsenal. The treble winning team are currently placed in third position behind joint top leaders Arsenal and Tottenham by two points. Did Manchester City weaken after letting go key players like Mahrez and Gundogan?