English Premiership

What they said: Arsenal v Manchester City

2014-09-15 09:41
Manuel Pellegrini (AFP)
Cape Town - Arsenal and Manchester City were both left ruing missed opportunities after an entertaining draw at the Emirates. 

Read: Goals galore as City held by Arsenal

Arsene Wenger was left ruing his side's defensive lapse as Manchester City fought back to draw at the Emirates.

"I think we produced a game of top quality. It was a game of top quality between two very good teams, played at tremendous pace, especially in the first half. We were unlucky to be 1-0 down in the first half and we did something remarkable to come back and be in a leading position.

"The only frustrating thing for me is that we didn't manage to keep the lead and gave a cheap goal away." said the manager on arsenal.com.

"That's where we have room for improvement because it was a very encouraging game but the way we conceded the second goal nearly killed our game because we could have lost afterwards - it was just a mental blow.

"But overall I think it was a top quality game." 

Manuel Pellegrini made it clear that he was not pleased with the referees' role in the second Arsenal goal.

“Today I think that both Arsenal goals were very clear fouls – for the first one, it was two or three fouls continuous fouls on Aguero and the second one Welbeck pushed Kompany with no intention of playing the ball and then it was a goal.

“The only other doubt is that we were denied a clear penalty for a handball. Last season, it was Skrtel with a fist for Liverpool in the six-yard box and today it was Wilshere with two hands on the ball inside the box right in front of the linesman and no penalty was given.

“So I’m satisfied with a draw but, I repeat, it will be very difficult for us to retain the title" said Pellegrini on the club's website.

As it happened: Arsenal v Manchester City


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