Arsene Wenger was left venting his spleen at the final whistle over refereeing decisions that went against him, but even that couldn’t conceal the fact that Arsenal were completely out-muscled by a rampant Manchester City side.
Pep Guardiola’s charges handed the Gunners a 3-1 defeat at the Etihad on Sunday- their fourth of the campaign- as they stretched the lead on top of the table to eight solid points after just eleven games in the Premier League.
For the Gunners however, the result painted a grim picture of just how Arsenal have fallen behind compared to their historical title contenders; with every possible indication pointing to another nightmare of a season…perhaps the worst in recent times.
Premier League title gone
Manchester City breezed past Arsenal to register their ninth win on the bounce in the Premier League, and fifteenth overall in all competitions. The Citizens have been gliding past teams and are seemingly, if not assuredly, on fine course to win the Premier League title.
Competition for the domestic title, if any, is expected to be posed by the likes of Manchester United and Tottenham. Chelsea will at best provide a fourth alternative to spice things up in a title race where Arsenal are nowhere to be seen.
As it stands, Arsenal are no closer to the Premier League title that they were last year- an apparent cause for concern.
No Top Four guarantees
Since the fate of the Premier League crown, in so much as Arsenal is concerned, is already a foregone conclusion, it would be wishful thinking to suggest a top four finish would suffice as consolation.
Arsene Wenger has in the past attained a top four finish to sanitize their decline, but as it were, the Gunners will be left to feed on scraps given the competitive nature between the Manchester sides, Spurs and Chelsea.
Without equivocation, the best Arsenal could do is topple Liverpool for a fifth place finish.
Possible Alexis-Ozil exit
For a duo that once played for two of the most celebrated sides in the history of European football, Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil are by and large misfits in the Europa League.
The dynamic duo look set to leave the club on a Bosman transfer in the summer having declined to sign fresh contracts, but the savvy Arsene Wenger could cash in on them in January before they contemplate about abandoning ship at the end of their contracts.
Written by Brian Humphrey
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