Arsenal convincingly lost to Manchester City on Sunday 25th February and midfielder Aaron Ramsey has blamed Shkodran Mustafi’s mistake that allowed Aguero to clinch his early goal. According to the Welshman, the team never recovered from that early goal.
The Gunners’ hope of claiming this season’s first piece of silverware in English football was considered a long shot prior to kick-off at Wembley and then their task became a whole lot more difficult once the Premier League leaders broke the deadlock in the 18th minute. A long punt up-field from Claudio Bravo managed to evade all three of Arsenal’s centre-backs before Aguero took full advantage of David Ospina’s indecision by dunking the ball into the back of the net.
Replays showed Shkodran Mustafi was at fault as he appeared to have little knowledge that the Argentine international was lurking behind him until receiving the lightest of nudges in the back and then opted to call for a foul instead of chasing back in an attempt to avert the danger.
It was a mistake that the north London outfit could ill-afford and Ramsey hasn’t held back in his criticism of the German international, but admits that City were well worth the win.
“Obviously we’re all very disappointed,” he told the club’s official website. We wanted to try and win the game but we made a silly mistake which led to the first goal and that was disappointing. Perhaps we could have taken the lead, but we can’t afford to concede goals in the way that we did today. It’s always difficult when they take the lead and they’re such a quality team. They deserved the win today.”
10 points outside the top four following results over the weekend, it will be the Gunners’ game in hand and anything less than all three points will further dent their hopes of securing a return to the Champions League next season via the league route.