We didn’t end up winning the bet placed with William Hill on Manchester City and neither did the Citizens in their bid towards the Premier League title. While Manuel Pellegrini was content with the result, he didn’t forget to mention that he fully expected the four teams battling for the title to lose points in the remaining matches of the season.
Manchester City were the better team in the first half, they even managed to look like the team with a real purpose. Both coaches sent an attacking starting eleven which implied both wanted to score as easy as they could concede, taking into account the open character of the match. Arsenal could have had a penalty in the first half when Rosicky was fouled by Zabaleta but the referee decided to continue the match.
Manchester City’s goal came on the 18th minute when David Silva capitalized on a chance given by an Arsenal player who wasn’t able to control the ball enough as to avoid Dzeko to steal it. The second half saw a different Arsenal, not intimidated by City or their two games in hand and scoring an equalizer on the 53 minute when Flamini capitalized on a Lukas Podolski cross.
Arsene Wenger stated after the match that the form of his team in the first half was highly influenced by the 6-0 defeat against Chelsea and while this draw might not have helped either of the two teams, Chelsea’s loss against Crystal palace sure did.
Result: -4 units, bet lost