MON, 3PM ET
AST1
SOU1
TUES, 2:45PM ET
MCFC1
BAY2
TUES, 2:45PM ET
SCH0
CHE3
TUES, 2:45PM ET
APO0
BAR2
TUES, 2:45PM ET
ATL0
OLY0
TUES, 2:45PM ET
PSG1
AJA0

Aaron Ramsey and Sergio Aguero Rescue Arsenal and Man City in Champions League

aaron ramsey sergio aguero Aaron Ramsey and Sergio Aguero Rescue Arsenal and Man City in Champions League

Winning has a magic quality about it. No matter how a team plays in the 90 minutes, as long as they win, their performance is seemingly erased from people’s memories. We don’t remember the game. We remember who won.

Judging by how two English clubs did during the past week, they’ll be glad that soccer fans remember the result, not the performance. The two teams in question are Manchester City and Arsenal.

To be fair, I thought Arsenal played pretty well against Marseille. They left it late in the game to grab the winner when Aaron Ramsey slotted the ball home in the 92nd minute, but all Arsenal fans (and Arsene Wenger) will care about is the precious victory.

The same goes for Manchester City where Sergio Aguero did one better than Ramsey by waiting until the 93rd minute to score his goal.

In the example of Manchester City, their performance Tuesday night against Villarreal was pathetic. They looked absolutely awful. Stray passes, timid attacks and a lack of inspiration. It was as if City were playing a meaningless preseason friendly, not a crucial Champions League match. Edin Dzeko, especially, was dreadful with so many missed chances and lack of composure on the ball.

But the win is what matters, and City now go into Sunday’s game full of confidence thanks to a late goal, despite playing one of their worst matches in quite some time (fair play to Villarreal who defended well for the entire match).

Arsenal meanwhile will look back at their game last weekend against Sunderland and will be thankful that they gained the three points. In that game, Arsenal was flat. Sunderland gave the Gunners a run for their money and could have easily drawn or won the match. But as the days go by, that impressive display by Sunderland will become foggier and foggier.

The margin between victory and disaster is so thin. Had Ramsey and Aguero not scored those goals, the pressure would have been immense on both Wenger and Roberto Mancini for putting their clubs in a position to not qualify for the next round of the Champions League. The same goes for Arsenal in their game against Sunderland. If Robin van Persie hadn’t scored the two goals for the Gunners, Wenger would be in an even more precarious position now than he was last weekend.

Yet both Wenger and Mancini can now breathe a huge sigh of relief before the pressure crushes down on them again this weekend when they play Stoke City and Manchester United respectively.

No rest for the wicked, ‘eh?

This entry was posted in Arsenal, Leagues: EPL, Manchester City. Bookmark the permalink.

About Christopher Harris

Founder and publisher of World Soccer Talk, Christopher Harris is the managing editor of the site. He has been interviewed by The New York Times, The Guardian and several other publications. Plus he has made appearances on NPR, BBC World, CBC, BBC Five Live, talkSPORT and beIN SPORT. Harris, who has lived in Florida since 1984, has supported Swansea City since 1979. He's also an expert on soccer in South Florida, and got engaged during half-time of a MLS game. Harris launched EPL Talk in 2005, which was rebranded as World Soccer Talk in 2013.
View all posts by Christopher Harris →

3 Responses to Aaron Ramsey and Sergio Aguero Rescue Arsenal and Man City in Champions League

  1. You are dumb says:

    Arsenal were playing away. A point taken away in the Champion’s League is an acceptable result. Win at home and draw away is always the goal. Ramsey didnt save Arsenal’s blushes, he just made it an easier path to knockout stage qualification and perhaps 1st in the group.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>