Five lessons from Manchester City's Community Shield loss to Arsenal

Eliaquim Mangala

Manuel Pellegrini saw his side undone at Wembley against Arsenal, suffering a disappointing 3-0 loss.

Mangala’s arrival can’t come quickly enough

The transfer of Eliaquim Mangala to City has dragged on for almost the entire summer, with the Porto defender having been videotaped at Eastlands a couple of weeks ago, and yet still he hasn't joined up with champions. Manuel Pellegrini slipped that the Frenchman was one of his new players in the lead up to the match at Wembley, and it will certainly be a strong signing, with neither of City's reserve centre backs impressing against Arsenal. The acquisition of a top young defender will provide depth for the club, with uncertainty about Matija Nastasic's future and doubts about whether Dedryck Boyata is good enough.

City struggled against Arsenal’s five man midfield

For various parts of last season, City's two man strike force took the league by surprise, with the recent fashion of going with one attacker up top being ditched, leading to City scoring over 100 goals to win the championship. Against Arsenal, the danger of this formation was exposed, with Yaya Toure and Fernando being overrun by the likes of Aaron Ramsey and Jack Wilshere, with Mikel Arteta playing behind. Pellegrini didn't change the side around until the damage had been done, fine in the Community Shield, but the Chilean will have to be much more careful in Premier League and Champions League games, even if it is just getting one of his forwards to play off the other, rather than sticking with two out and out strikers.

Pellegrini will be disappointed with the tracking back exhibited by some of the City players

Manchester City's manager will be especially concerned with the lethargic defensive work his midfield and forward players put in, with it blatantly obvious that Arsenal were breaking forward with far more determination than City chased back. It was no surprise to see Ramsey joining the attacking to score the Gunners second goal, what was a shock was that neither Toure or Fernando, or any of the other players up the pitch were anywhere near tracking him.

Silva showed his worth once he took to the field

The little bit of class and invention that David Silva brought to the field once he came on for the second half wasn't enough to get City back into the game, but it did show the champions just how important the little Spaniard is to their attacking play, with them, as already mentioned not making use of their two forwards. With the league set to be competitive again this season, it is vitally important the Citizens keep Silva fit, as he and Toure are the heartbeat of Pellegrini's midfield.

Willy Caballero didn't do enough to suggest he can oust Joe Hart

Though it would be harsh to blame the Argentinian for any of the goals City conceded, he certainly didn't make an outstanding impression on his competitive debut for the club. Caballero will be disappointed to have been beaten by Olivier Giroud's speculative effort from distance, with the ball beating him as he was a little off his line, and flying into the middle of the goal. Talk that he may be preferred to England number one Joe Hart is very likely to be just talk, and the 27-year-old will not have seen anything to think his position is under threat from the former Malaga stopper. 

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