English Premiership

Yaya Toure: We had more hunger

2016-12-19 13:28
Yaya Toure (Getty Images)

Cape Town - Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure says his team showed more hunger and were more clinical as they came from behind to beat Arsenal 2-1 at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday.

Arsenal took an early lead when Theo Walcott found space in the home side's box to slot past Claudio Bravo in the City goal in the fourth minute, and the visitors kept their advantage until the half-time break.

The hosts fought back though and were level within two minutes of the restart as Leroy Sane beat Arsenal keeper Petr Cech after being put through by David Silva.

Raheem Sterling, who was praised for his performance by Toure, won it for the Citizens with 20 minutes remaining when cut in from the right wing and beat Cech on his near post.

Toure said: "I think [in the second half] we had more hunger and were more clinical at the end. (Kelechi) Iheanacho and Raheem Sterling were brilliant and they gave us a lift.

"In the second-half, we were more aggressive and we totally dominated the game. I think we deserved to win.

"It was about tactics and desire. We were more clever. Arsenal are very dangerous on the counter-attack, when they get the ball to Theo Walcott and Alexis (Sanchez). They are very clever players, but I think the defence did very well.

"Arsenal have been a brilliant team from the beginning of the season until now, we did very well. It was very tough in the first half when they had a couple of chances, but defensively we were brilliant."

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