Manchester City 0-0 Arsenal: Analysis

Pep Guardiola
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Manchester City suffered a day of rare frustration at the hands of Arsenal that makes their task of adding another Premier League title to their list of honours just a little more difficult.

On a day when City needed victory, Pep Guardiola’s side found themselves in the unusual position of being unable to lay a glove on an Arsenal side they have dominated so often in recent years.

For all City’s 72% possession, Arsenal goalkeeper David Raya had an almost relaxing afternoon as City’s probing through the usual channels of Kevin De Bruyne, Phil Foden and Bernardo Silva brought nothing for Erling Haaland to profit from.

Guardiola was upbeat afterwards, understandably so as he knows City have been the masters of the late season run many times but they are back at Etihad Stadium to face in-form Aston Villa on Wednesday knowing they cannot afford too many more shut-outs of slips.

It is a long time since City were so impotent at home and Arsenal have been particularly defiant against City this term. Their two clean sheets against City in the league make them only the fourth side to shut out a Pep Guardiola side twice in the same league season.

It was also the first time City have failed to score in a Premier League game at home since a 2-0 loss to Crystal Palace in October 2021, a sequence stretching back 47 matches. It even ended a run of 75 consecutive City league games without any being goalless.

City cannot afford another blank against Villa on Wednesday.