Manchester City’s poor start to the league campaign continued after a 2-2 draw with Arsenal. Manuel Pellegrini was hoping to get his team back to winning ways after having seen them suffer a rare home defeat at the hands of Stoke City in the previous league match. After having taken the lead early in the first half through their star striker Sergio Aguero, City looked comfortable for much of the match. However, Arsenal improved tremendously in the second half and were able to go in front through goals from Alexis Sanchez and Jack Wilshere.
Just when seemed that City were heading for their second straight league defeat, which is something that has not happened in a long time, defender Martin Demichelis equalised things with a late header from a set piece. City also had a couple of opportunities to go ahead in front after this goal, as the likes of Edin Dzeko and Pablo Zabaleta were denied by the width of the post. The result is a disappointing one for Pellegrini especially considering that his team have two tough upcoming matches against Bayern Munich and Chelsea. The Chilean was especially disappointed with the standard of refereeing in the match, as he felt that City should have had clear-cut penalties.
“The referee didn’t want to whistle. There was clearly a foul. Welbeck pushed Kompany, he didn’t have any intention to play the ball. Arsenal scored both goals with fouls. But I’m very happy the way our team played, we are very happy with the draw. We had more possession and more attempts to score goals, so I’m very happy with my team. On a normal day we have to win this game,” said Pellegrini. It is expected that city will restore a couple of key players against Bayern due to the weekend’s match against Chelsea.