Manchester City earned an easy 5-0 victory against struggling Arsenal in the English Premier League. The Citizens showed domination from the starting minute and Arsenal never threatened City keeper Ederson in goal.
Pep Guardiola’s teams are famous for their passing and have the ability to keep possession of the ball. The team had possession for 77% in the match and attempted 755 passes in total.
Manchester City players dominated possession in the opposition half. Their passing accuracy was as high as 92.5% and the players attacked from both the flanks.
A total of 81 progressive passes were attempted by the City players and they were able to reach at least 30 meters around the opposition goal on 70 occasions.
City playmakers tried to pass the ball 47 times into Arsenal’s box and 29 times there was a teammate on the receiving end. Ilkay Gundogan led the stats with 9 attempts followed by Grealish who had 7 attempts. But substitute Riyad Mahrez was the most dangerous player on the pitch after his introduction. The Algerian attempted 10 passes in just 30 minutes he spent on the pitch.
The crosses attempted by the players were not that accurate as their passing but 2 of their headed goals came from crosses from the right side of play.
Jack Grealish has been a regular starter for Pep and the England international starts from his favourite left side. The attacking player attempted 5 smart passes in the match and 1 pass even resulted in a goal for the home team. Full-back Joao Cancelo played as left-back in the first half and then shifted to his natural position as the right-back. He was ever-present in making runs and attempted 5 crosses. Mahrez turned out to be a very influential player from the bench. One of his 5 crosses even resulted in a goal for the team. His left foot was causing a lot of trouble for the Gunners.
Gundogan was always a threat with his passing and the runs he makes from the middle of the park. The German XT rate from passes was as high as 0.959, followed by Algerian Mahrez who was dangerous with just 31 passes attempt in total. Cancelo also has a high rate due to his runs and passing from both the full-back positions.
Manchester City’s constant pressure and sublime passing resulted in a 5-0 victory for the home team. The players’ build-up play with their passing and then they look for teammates who make runs inside the box.