EPL: Wasted chance

EPL: Wasted chance
Arsenal's French midfielder Mathieu Flamini (C) vies with Manchester City's Spanish midfielder David Silva during the English Premier League football match between Arsenal and Manchester City at the Emirates Stadium in London on March 29, 2014.

ARSENAL 1 (Mathieu Flamini 53)

MAN CITY 1 (David Silva 18)

For Manchester City, this may prove to be a good point. For Arsenal, it was merely an improvement. For both teams, it was a missed opportunity.

After Chelsea's shock defeat by Crystal Palace on Saturday, there was a chance for City to pile on the pressure, or even for Arsenal to drag their way back into the melee.

A draw was the right, albeit mutually unsatisfying, result on Sunday morning (Singapore time).

City should have wrapped up all the points before the half-time whistle, but were unable to improve upon their single David Silva goal.

Arsenal fought back bravely, as if to prove to their long-suffering fans that they still cared. Mathieu Flamini's equaliser could easily have been followed up with a winner, had it not been for the efforts of Joe Hart.

The Gunners are missing a number of key players, practically an entire midfield, and it has cost them dearly. Vibrant and exciting in the middle of the season, they can look pedestrian and predictable these days.

Arsene Wenger's classic Arsenal teams have always boasted great pace, but with the plodding Olivier Giroud and the lethargic Lukas Podolski, they look so ponderous.

Their reluctance to use their only fast outlet, their full-backs, and their preference for trying to pass through City's congested central areas, was baffling.

Indeed, their only convincing attacks in the first half came when they spread the play wide.

City had no such issues. With Podolski less than enthusiastic about his defensive duties, they targeted Kieran Gibbs like jackals, hounding him mercilessly.

Silva and Jesus Navas turned circles around him, their interplay so sublime that it drew gasps of admiration from even the Arsenal fans.

And it wasn't long before their work paid off.

Once again, Arsenal gave the ball away in the middle of the pitch. Once again, they were too slow to react, leaving Thomas Vermaelen and Per Mertesacker isolated, like a low-lying village in the path of a tidal wave.

Silva drove through the middle, found Edin Dzeko whose shot bounced off the post. Fortunately for City, Silva continued his run and was there to turn in the rebound.

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