TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - Arsenal returned to London with glory, as they defeated Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday, January 18. Playing on away ground, the Gunners toppled the Premier League defending champions by two goals to nil.
Spanish midfielder Santi Cazorla scored the first from a penalty in the 24th. In the second half, Frenchman Olivier Giroud came out with a sensational header.
Amid the absence of several players due to casual Arsenal-mid season injury, the North Londoners managed to play an aggressive and clever gameplay, according to commentator Gary Lineker on BBC. Surprisingly, the two goals came from 36 percent of ball possession, a remarkable win against the team that has boasted seven victories in the last 10 games.
The defeat at the Etihad has stained City’s record, given that they have not lost by two goals on home soil since October 2010, which was also against Arsenal.
It also helped league runner Chelsea to get away with a five-point gap, causing more and more obstacle for the Citizens to hold on to their title this season.
GABRIEL WAHYU TITIYOGA