Only a ‘brilliant’ performance from Aaron Ramsdale stopped Manchester City to hit six or seven against Arsenal, rivals for the Premier League title at the Etihad Stadium on Wednesday night.
That’s according to Darren Bent, the Gunners-mad ex-England international who watched in horror as his team was beaten, discarded and sacked by a brutal Man City display in the North West.
And while some blamed Ramsdale when Kevin de Bruyne opened the scoring with a long-range effort early on, Bent feels Arsenal were still in their keeper’s debt after a 4-1 defeat that flattered the visitors far more. than to domineering hosts. .
“He was brilliant by the way”, Bent says talkSPORT (April 27, 5 p.m.). “Without him, it could have been five, six, seven…”
Pep Guardiola’s team amassed nine shots on goal against an Arsenal that had led since almost the first day. Ramsdale almost singlehandedly also kept the normally ruthless Erling Haaland off the score sheet, until the city’s own Norse god finally found a way to get past the former Sheffield United goalkeeper in stoppage time, his blond locks floating in the breeze as He-Man in a Loreal ad.
Aaron Ramsdale can’t save Arsenal from defeat to Man City
“I felt like someone had knocked me out,” Bent sighs.
The former Sunderland, Aston Villa and Tottenham striker expects Arsenal to come back stronger; Bukayo Saka, Emile Smith Rowe, William Saliba, Martin Odegaard and company all under 24 years of age.
Things may not look particularly good in the present; for City to defeat their fourth game in a row without winning. But the future remains bright at the Emirates Stadium.
“(The likes of) Manchester United and Aston Villa are way behind Arsenal. They’re not just going to beat Arsenal,” argues Bent. “I don’t think that will happen.
“Arsenal will be better again next season. Mikel Arteta has laid the foundations. If you can get a Declan Rice, or someone of that quality, come back next season.
“To beat City to a title, you have to be practically flawless. (Man City are) incredible.”
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