Whilst there seemed little to celebrate this weekend for Arsenal fans in the wake of their 6-3 defeat to Manchester City at the Etihad, the Gunners actually did better against the Citizens than any other team has done all season.
Manager Arsene Wenger would certainly have hoped for a better performance all round from his team and perhaps even some points to go with it but, alas, Arsenal found themselves in the pretty much the same position as every other has been in at the Etihad this term.
Last season’s Premier League runners up have won all eight out of eight home fixtures in the league scoring a whopping 35 goals and conceding just 5 in front of their home fans.
However, there is a silver lining for Arsenal – in fact there are a few silver linings – not only do the Gunners remain top of the Premier League, two points clear of Liverpool and Chelsea behind them but they actually scored more goals on Saturday against Manchester City than all of the previous 7 teams who travelled their before them combined had managed.
City had conceded just two goals in 7 games at home – only Everton and Manchester United had managed a goal each against Manuel Pellegrini’s side this season on their own turf.
In fact Arsenal broke a record that had stood for 7 months at the Etihad – Manchester City have not conceded three goals at home in the Premier League since May 19th 2012 to Norwich in the game that they lost 3-2.
Although I’m sure the Gunners, their manager and their fans would have preferred the points or at least as share of them on Saturday, they can take some consolation from the fact they have done better against City at the Etihad than any other team so far this term and all of those teams combined in fact and, on top of that, they remain three points ahead of City and two points clear at the top of the Premier League.
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