Arsenal fell cheaply (0-2) at home on opening day and made many believe that Pep Guradiola’s boys would ride free this season, but Wolves have shown that the defending champions may meet hard nuts on the way this time around. The ext match was a slim victory with one goal. Now, the third match has become a draw, with Wolves even getting ahead first.
Arsenal went ahead to lose their next match (Chalsea 4-3) and now face West Ham in a test of where their level would be this season.
For Man City, their problem may not be Man United or Chalesea but their ability to stand strong teams below the top four. Tottenham is lurking around the corner. Last season, nobody would talk of drawing with Man City at this point. They were busy churning in three points every week.
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola, speaking to BBC Sport: “It was a very good point. We created chances but their keeper made saves, so today we draw. We knew how good they were this season.
“No complaints. We were in the second half four, five, six times in attack, but it’s always complicated. We created a lot, that’s why it’s good.
“In the first half Aguero hit the post, sometimes it goes in, sometimes not. It’s just we were not solid defensively today. That is why we conceded a few chances to them but in general the game, considering the quality of the opponent, was good. We have to give credit.
“Since I arrived three seasons ago we knew how complicated it is and everything, the team was ready especially when we conceded our first goal, the reaction was good. They are fast, strong, good midfield players, I am really surprised how good we played in our build-up but in the end we could not convert.”
“It was a good game. We conceded too many counter-attacks. We missed simple passes. We created enough chances to win the game but it is a good point.
“We play at the same level as we did last season. People can imagine how difficult it is to play against a good team with nine players behind. We tried but we will improve because defensively we were not solid like we normally are.”Every game we play, we learn for
Wolves manager Nuno Espirito Santo, speaking to BBC Sport:
“We are happy. It was a good game. This is the way we must play, improving each week, let’s do it again next week.
“It is a big victory for the boys today. No matter what opponent you have you should play the way you think you should play.
It is our way. We don’t have to prove nothing to nobody. We just have to be ourselves, the way we work together.”
Manchester City defender Kyle Walker speaking to Sky Sports: “We created a lot of chances to put more than one past them. They are a well organised team so I think it will be hard for teams to come here. They deserved the point.
“We had enough chances so we need to be more ruthless but as defenders we have to take responsibility for their goal.
“It is hard for the referees to see everything. We should have equalised at the end. We need to go again and hopefully we can get three points next week.”