Carlos Tévez scored his 100th goal in English football, as Manchester City twice came from behind to rescue to a point at Anfield, while Stoke City held Arsenal to a second consecutive goalless draw in the day’s other game.
After coming from behind to claim a win against league newcomers Southampton in last weekend’s opener, Roberto Mancini’s men found themselves trailing once again when Martin Škrtel scored with a powerful header from a Steven Gerrard’s corner in the 34 minutes.
Yaya Touré scrambled in from close range after the half-time, but Luis Suárez restored the home side’s lead with an terrific free-kick. Liverpool could not hold the lead however as Skrtel’s terrible back pass with ten minutes left allowed Tévez in on Pepe Reina and the Argentina strike made no mistake.
It was a much improved performance by Liverpool, who were woeful last week against West Brom. As for Manchester City, Roberto Mancini has to be concerned that his three man back line has now conceded four goals in their first two games.
In the day’s other game, Arsenal were held without a goal for the second consecutive game, despite dominating the match at the Britannia Stadium. Arsenal’s summer signings Lukas Podolski, Olivier Giroud and Santi Cazorla all going close.
The media will continue to focus on the fact that Arsenal have not scored since selling Robin van Persie. Left unsaid by the press will be the fact that Arsenal have yet to concede a goal in the league this season, with reserve goalkeeper Vito Mannone (in for the injured Wojciech Szczesny) barely tested today. We are obviously seeing the impact of Arsene Wenger’s new assistant manager Steve Bould on the team. Arsenal conceded 49 goals in the league last year, and they need to reduce that by at least 10 if they are to compete for the title this season. Two clean sheets in the first two games is a big step in that direction.
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