Pep Guardiola has said that the aggressive approach from Man City, both with and without the ball in the second half is what ultimately led to them beating Arsenal 3-1 at the Emirates Stadium.
Considering the Spanish boss admitted after the game that a defeat would have virtually ended their title hopes, this is as big as a result can get. With goals from Jack Grealish and Erling Haaland after Kevin De Bruyne’s initial opener, Bukayo Saka’s equaliser was cancelled out on the night.
Now, Pep Guardiola has analysed why Man City bossed Arsenal in the second half, which was crucial in them getting the all-important 3 points.
Pep Guardiola on Man City approach in the second half vs Arsenal
While City are only at the top of the table due to goal difference, having played an extra game, there is no understating how massive this result is for them.
After the game, Pep Guardiola analysed the approach from Man City in the second half against Arsenal, as relayed by City Xtra, saying, “We are built as a team to go as a crazy team. When you wait, float a little bit, the opponent… That’s not who we are. Second-half we were more aggressive, winning duels. When that happens, we’re a better team!”
Pep Guardiola is spot on
While the game was tied 1-1 in the first 45, the hosts were clearly the better side and dominated proceedings.
However, Pep Guardiola must have rallied his troops to be a lot braver with and without the ball in the second half, which was key in Man City vanquishing Arsenal on the night.
Both, in terms of their pressing as well as how decisive they were on the ball, the visitors proved once again why doubting them is simply being silly at this point.