Premier League day week 8: Arsenal 3-2 Swansea / Manchester City 1-1 Everton
Arsenal and Manchester City are now tied for the first place with 19 points. After a sloppy start of the campaign, Arsenal have won six consecutive times and the latest one came while playing with 10 men for the final 20 minutes. It has been quite a run exemplified by Theo Walcott who is in such a good form and pilling goals game after game for the team.
Arsenal will host next week Bulgarian side Ludogorets for the Champions League and they will look to continue their unbeaten start in group A as the sport betting odds have the English team largely favorite for this tie. A win will put the team in a comfortable position to advance to the second round. Coach Wenger reacts after the win:
“What looked to become a comfortable afternoon finished in a very uncomfortable way. But we just got over the line. I thought we played some fantastic football in patches but at 2-0 maybe we lost our focus a bit. After that, at 3-1, [it happened] again. When we were down to 10 men at 3-2, we could have scored the fourth goal but we could have conceded as well. In the end we just got over the line. We played together, with spirit until the end. It was difficult at the end.
We strengthened our defensive shape with 10 men as well, and I feel that what makes a difference is that everybody who comes on is completely focused to do well. That helps.”
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“This year we’ve obviously had a few additions and they’ve settled into the squad really well and you can see that. It’s not just the starting 11, it’s the whole squad – 25 of us that are working hard, day in and day out. I think you can tell that on the pitch [because] the passion is there. The fans were with us today, they were with us from start to finish and we’ve got to thank them for that, definitely.”
On the opposite side, Manchester City have slowed down a bit with two consecutive games without a win after a perfect start of the campaign. Guardiola’s men were denied by a strong Everton side. However, De Bruyne and Aguero both missed their penalty so MCFC dropped two points at home. Guardiola thinks his team deserved to win and is confident about the future, starting next week in Barcelona for the Champions League:
“Sometimes you play bad, and you win… and then today.
My team will be judged but never will I change the way I want to play football: it’s the only way I have. My teams play the way I want. During that process, there are problems. We improved a lot from what happened in Tottenham andCeltic.
We made a good performance. We need to improve on that and keep going. We created enough chances to win the game. They had one chance – it was good action from the striker. We did everything. We cannot be too disappointed because we have to travel to Barcelona.
Barcelona have three amazing players up front. They have quality players – that is why they are in finals and semi-finals over the last six, seven, eight years We missed the last pass. There are no regrets. Let’s try to be optimistic for what will happen in the future.”