It may be Arsenal’s defence that is going to receive the brunt of fans and pundits criticisms after today’s 3-1 loss to Manchester City, but the Gunners’ attack wasn’t exactly up to much this afternoon, either.
In fact, the Gunners were so limp going forward in the second half of today’s game, they managed to equal an almost four-year-old record last set during the first half of a 1-1 draw against Manchester United in 2015.
0 – Arsenal failed to attempt a single shot in the second half against Man City; the first time they’ve failed to have a shot in a half of Premier League football since May 2015 vs Man Utd (first half). Limp. #MCIARS pic.twitter.com/2p6KDxRUJy
— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) February 3, 2019
Unai Emery’s team somehow managed to fail to muster a single attempt on target during the second 45 against City today, despite having a promising first half.
The stat is a damning indictment of how much today’s performance fell off a cliff once City retook the lead just before the interval. After Laurent Koscielny’s equaliser, the Gunners actually looked threatening and created a couple of openings against a City team that looked relatively rattled and shaky at the back.
But once Aguero tapped home his second, the result was inevitable and Pep Guardiola’s Premier League champions comfortably dominated the second half.