Highly Anticipated, Poorly lmplemented, Sadly Ended


Arsenal resumed Premier League action on Wednesday, June 17, after a very lengthy break from football action, courtesy the coronavirus pandemic.

We all anticipated what was our first competitive game in 102 days but the joy that boozed in us when we heard that our dear Arsenal will be making a comeback did not last beyond some minutes past kickoff.

First, we lost Granit Xhaka moments from the point where Bernd Leno was called to action by Kevin De Bryune. The Swiss international went down with an ankle problem and had to be stretched off.

Pablo Mari followed in similar vein to cause more unbalance in the squad. With two injuries in quick succession, it was so certain that the gamelan would get shaky. David Luiz was introduced to cover up for him. This would later be a regretful action.

Our goalkeeper did well to keep us in the game with an additional three masterclass saves from Raheem Sterling, David Silva and Riyad Mahrez though he was beaten when David Luiz miscalculated De Bruyne's effort thereby gifting Sterling the chance to shoot for goal. It went in and we were trailing by a goal at the break.

The second half started and 'boom!' it was Luiz at it again. The Brazilian committed a foul on Mahrez to earn himself a red card and Pep Guardiola's side a penalty which was converted by De Bruyne.

With a one-player shortage at our end, the hosts had a rosy sail as they kept hitting at us all in a bid to extend their lead. We owe Leno some encomium. He was able to make a series of saves before the third came in through Foden. 

The initial attempt came from Aguero but after denying the Argentine, Foden followed swiftly and it ended 3-0.

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