Unbeaten or not City will still be in the history books
ELEVEN games unbeaten, 38 goals, eight points clear at the top of the Premier League table - it’s pretty clear to see why everyone is desperate to compare Manchester City to Arsenal’s ‘invincibles.’
The idea has already been dismissed by Pep Guardiola, Kevin De Bruyne, Arsene Wenger, pundits and a number of City’s faithful following and with just 11 games played that’s sensible.
City’s defence is far from perfect and at the back they’re only ever one injury away from a crisis.
But if City continue in their current form they can write themselves in to Premier League history books regardless of whether or not they go the whole season unbeaten.
Arsenal going unbeaten in 2003/04 may never happen again but in its 25-year history has the Premier League seen an attacking team better than this City side?
While Arsenal were impressive 13 years ago it took them 21 games to reach the goal tally City have racked up in just 11 games.
Let’s not forget six years ago City had a near identical start to their league campaign in 2011-12 and there was no talk of comparing them to the ‘invincibles’ back then.
Quite rightly so, that season City had won 10 in 11 and had scored one more goal than at this current stage but Roberto Mancini’s side then went on to lose five league games. But this season is different. City will undoubtedly lose one of the next 27 games; there’s plenty of potential banana skins, not least Leicester away this coming weekend.
But should that be how ‘the best ever’ is determined?
Arsenal have arguably played some of the most attractive football in the last 10 years but Guardiola has taken that mantle and taken it up a gear.
He’s got City playing in a way reminiscent of his Barcelona side that won three league titles and two Champions League trophies in his four years at the club.
One look at City’s stats this season just reinforces the total football Guardiola has got City playing.
City are averaging 3.45 goals a game so far this season.
Compare that to the title winning season of 11/12 when it was 2.45 goals a game and the 13/14 campaign where they averaged 2.68 goals a game.
Not only are City winning these games but they’re dominating, playing attractive football and winning by large margins.
Arsenal didn’t do that in 2003/04.
Yes, they went unbeaten but they only had an average of 1.92 goals a game and played some great football but not to this level.
Should City secure their third Premier League title and continue destroying teams the way they have been doing in the open 11 games, it won’t matter if they don’t go unbeaten because they’ll have written themselves in to Premier League history in a totally different way.
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