Sometimes you see something so effortlessly brilliant that it doesn’t really register.
Take Man City’s tidal wave of an attack that resulted in the third goal against Arsenal yesterday.
On first viewing it was just City being City.
A pass here, a pass there and before you knew it the horses had bolted and Petr Cech was picking the ball out of the net again.
But then you take another look.
City might just have scored the goal of the season without anyone realising.
What makes it is the fact Arsenal didn’t really do much wrong.
Vincent Kompany’s under hit pass to Kyle Walker was the signal for Arsenal to start their press, which Danny Welbeck did.
He forced Walker back to Kompany who played a difficult pass inside to David Silva with Granit Xhaka in close attendance.
That’s where most teams win the ball back. Arsenal were just unlucky that they were playing against City.
Phase two was equally as impressive.
Walker played the ball up to Sergio Aguero who dropped the ball off to an onrushing Kevin De Bruyne.
Welbeck couldn’t have been closer to De Bruyne without actually being him, but the Belgian simply played a one-two with Aguero, who went back to Walker.
While it might have seemed like they were back where they started, in reality the chess pieces were moving into a checkmate position.
Arsenal now had five defenders within close proximity marking just three City players.
The ball was worked back to Kompany who was able to find a free Silva in the middle of the park now that City had overloaded Arsenal on the right.
Again, they worked the ball into a seemingly tight situation only for Walker’s clever pass round the corner to release Silva.
Silva went forward to Aguero who turned Laurent Koscielny, one of the most athletic defenders in the Premier League, with a Bergkamp-esque first touch.
De Bruyne nutmegged Shkodran Mustafi from twenty yards to find Bernardo Silva in the area.
His cross might have looked like the simplest part of the move, but the way Leroy Sane dragged Hector Bellerin to the back post before darting to the front post was sublime.
Nineteen passes involving seven different players to take the ball from the edge of City’s box to the back of Arsenal’s net.
It wasn’t a blink and you’ll miss it thunderbolt. It wasn’t an individual bit of brilliance. But we won’t see a better goal in the Premier League all season.
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