Riyad Mahrez expressed his frustration after Manchester City lost to Arsenal in the Community Shield on penalties.
After Cole Palmer’s stunning opener, a late equaliser via a deflected own goal from Manuel Akanji, followed by missed penalties from Kevin De Bruyne and Rodri handed Mikel Arteta’s side the victory.
It’s safe to say that Riyad Mahrez, who tweeted his reaction was far from pleased witnessing Manchester City taste defeat to Arsenal.
How Riyad Mahrez reacted after Manchester City lost to Arsenal in Community Shield
Cole Palmer, who earned Pep Guardiola’s trust by staying in the first-team last season initially stole the headlines with a sublime curled finish to open the scoring off the bench.
Unluckily for City and Manuel Akanji, a huge deflection led to the Gunners’ equaliser, followed by their admittedly clinical penalties as they won 4-2 on spot-kicks at Wembley Stadium.
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Riyad Mahrez simply gave a one-word reaction after Manchester City were beaten by Arsenal by saying, “Nooooooo.”
The Algerian reacted like every Sky Blues supporter, given how they vanquished their lead right at the end, albeit in misfortunate fashion and were on the receiving end of the harsh nature of a penalty shootout.
Manchester City should take plenty of positives from the contest
While Riyad Mahrez, like any and everyone associated with Manchester City would be gutted after losing to Arsenal, it is key to remember that the Community Shield is merely a glorified friendly encounter.
The purpose of the curtain-raiser before the season begins is for the players to get fitter ahead of when the serious business starts.
And in all fairness, the Sky Blues were the superior side on the day for large parts of the game, as they looked sharp both on and off the ball.
Other positives include the fact that Mateo Kovacic instantly looked the part, Phil Foden shine centrally, Kevin De Bruyne displayed signs of his usual brilliance after returning from injury and Cole Palmer grabbed his opportunity with both hands, which makes this defeat far from the worst thing in the world.