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Premier League 2018/19: 3 Reasons why Manchester City beat Arsenal

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12 Aug 2018, 23:42 IST

#2 Manchester City completely exploit the right flank

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Too much pace to handle!

When a learned footballing mind would know that Ainsley Maitland-Niles at left back is up against a fresh Riyad Mahrez and the pacy Kyle Walker, they'd probably predict the Arsenal left-back is going to be in for a long afternoon.

The former Spurs right-back charged down the pitch more often than not, offered support for Mahrez and drew the opponent's full back further away in order to create large spaces for Guardiola's new boy.

Moreover, it was his burgeoning desire to make those 40-50 yard runs from defence, which subsequently created a sense of confusion and disorganization in the Arsenal back line.

Mahrez on the other hand, linked up beautifully with Walker, injected urgency and sharpness into the attack and significantly tested Cech.

Although Lichtsteiner applied himself better and nullified potential openings, Mahrez's inventive genius and outburst of pace proved to have a telling effect on the end result.



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