Friday 21 July 2017 / 12:48 AM

GUARDIOLA UNDERWHELMS ONCE AGAIN

So, it turns out City couldn’t even beat Arsenal at their very lowest ebb.

Pep Guardiola’s men travelled to London on Sunday afternoon, and to be honest, there’s never been a better time to play the North London side.

Morale is at rock bottom, there are fan protests against the manager, the players seem despondent and disinterested and they’re slipping further down the table, looking less and less likely to finish in the top four.

What do City do when presented with that gilt-edged opportunity?

Surrender leads TWICE, allowing Arsenal to come back in and salvage a point.

I don’t know about you, but for a side that’s had hundreds of millions of pounds spent on it, it’s just not good enough.

And it’s not just the side that’s not good enough. It’s Pep Guardiola.

The Spaniard strutted into Manchester with talk of a ‘philosophy’ and playing the game the right way, but he has taken Manchester City backwards this season.

A Pellegrini side would never have capitulated against Monaco the way that Guardiola’s team did; whilst you’d think that a Mancini side would have the bottle to turn up at the Etihad and get a result against an average side who don’t even look able to qualify for the Champions League.

The job was always going to be tougher than Pep realised, but what I’m flabbergasted by is the way that he has presided over things, without taking steps to nullify the problems.

When you’ve spent £200 million plus in one summer transfer window, it is simply unacceptable to throw away two leads and draw the game, especially when the game is against another team vying for the top four.

Win at Arsenal and City would have been ten points clear of Arsene Wenger’s side; far, far more likely to end up in the top four at the expense of the Frenchman’s team.

Instead, City are just seven points clear of Arsenal, and if they continue to operate in this underwhelming fashion, there’s every change that the points gap will continue to get smaller.

It’s just all a bit of anti-climax.

Guardiola was marketed as the best manager in the world, and he was marketed as the man to bring true glory and beautiful attacking football to the Etihad.

So far, he has failed. Whether he’ll ever succeed is up for debate.

One thing’s for sure, it hasn’t been a stellar season for Guardiola, no matter how the next nine games go.

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