Ian Wright has told Match of the Day on BBC One (17/10/20) that he believes Dani Ceballos, Bukayo Saka and Gabriel ‘did well’ during Arsenal’s 1-0 defeat at Manchester City.
The popular TV pundit was also full of praise for Kyle Walker and how he ‘stopped’ Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang from playing his game at the Etihad.
Raheem Sterling’s early goal was the difference between the two sides, but in truth, Mikel Arteta’s men should have done more in the final third against a previously shaken City defence.
During his post-match analysis for MOTD, Wright praised the three Arsenal players who stood out for him before lauding Walker’s role in his side’s win.
“Very good today [Walker],” Wright told MOTD. “He had to cover that left-hand channel, which Aubameyang likes to work in. I thought Walker had himself in and around Aubameyang and kind of stopped a lot of the balls that go into him.
“He did very, very well. Even at times, he was clipping nice balls [forward]. A couple of Arsenal players did well today. I thought Saka, Ceballos and Gabriel. But, in the main, he [Walker] was everywhere.”
Saka was perhaps Arsenal’s best player on the night and was unlucky not to score in the first half, only for one particular outstanding Ederson save denying him from levelling the scores.
Arsenal’s best chances came during the first period, but there’s no doubt that they would have been disappointed not to make more of an impact against a Kevin de Bruyne-less City.
But, in the long run, this is an Arsenal side still building and a certain Thomas Partey came on for his debut late in the second half and those at the Emirates will be hoping he can be the difference for them in the long run.