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Manchester City handed a huge Rodri blow – a nail in the title pursuit

Manchester City faced a daunting challenge in their recent clash against Arsenal, missing crucial players like Ederson, John Stones, and Kyle Walker. Despite their defensive setbacks, the team’s offensive ineptitude emerged as the primary concern. Now, City also have got a blow for their star midfielder Rodri.

They mustered merely one shot on target, failing to find the net at home for the first time since October 2021. Leading the race for the Golden Boot, Erling Haaland faced criticism for his lack of involvement as City struggled to penetrate Arsenal’s resolute defense. Despite dominating possession with 73% of the ball, City faltered in breaking down their opponent’s backline. This stalemate hands an advantage to their title rivals, particularly Liverpool, for the time being.

City need to be cautious with Rodri as title charge can get a serious blow

Adding to City’s woes, Rodri received a yellow card in both the clashes against Aston Villa and Crystal Palace. Consequently, he will be sidelined for the upcoming league fixtures against Luton and Brighton. This setback could potentially bolster the prospects of City’s competitors, notably Liverpool and Arsenal. City’s offensive impotence against Arsenal raises questions about their ability to maintain their lead in the title race.

The absence of key defensive stalwarts further compounds their challenges. As the season reaches its climax, City must address their attacking shortcomings to fend off the advancing threat from their rivals. Haaland’s subdued performance against Arsenal underscores the need for City to diversify their attacking options. With Rodri’s suspension looming, City must find alternative solutions to maintain their defensive solidity.

The upcoming fixtures against Luton and Brighton present an opportunity for City’s depth to prove its worth. However, their rivals will undoubtedly be eager to capitalize on any vulnerabilities exposed in their absence. As the battle for the Premier League title intensifies, City cannot afford to falter. They must regroup, adapt, and overcome the obstacles that stand in their path to securing domestic glory once again. Only time will tell if City can rise to the occasion and maintain their grip on the Premier League throne.

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