Manchester City cruised past Arsenal 3-0 on Thursday night for the second time in a week, and once again showed just how strong their squad is.
Raheem Sterling missed the match with a hamstring injury, allowing Bernardo Silva to take his place. Silva was excellent in his spell in the team while Leroy Sané was injured and has continued his form in Sterling’s absence.
The Portuguese winger, valued at £35.7million on Transfermarkt, put in yet another exceptional display as Pep Guardiola’s side looked like they were having a stroll in the park at the Emirates Stadium.
Sané was no doubt the man of the match, but Silva’s performance was yet another reminder of how much depth and quality Guardiola has at his disposal. The 23 year-old has been slowly eased into the setup after his big money move from Monaco last summer, and he is now vindicating that process with his performances.
He opened the scoring at the Emirates with a superb curling strike, after a great run by Sané left Silva in acres of space of the opposite flank. His goal wasn’t the only impressive thing about his performance though, and he has added a bit of a mean streak since arriving in Manchester.
Silva’s three tackles and five interceptions last night is a testament to the work he and Guardiola have done on the training ground, and he also won five fouls. This ability to get stuck in to the action should silence the stereotypical criticism that is levelled at any small creative player coming to England for the first time – Bernardo Silva definitely can “do it in the Premier League”.
Silva’s form will come as no surprise to those who watched him for Monaco last season, he has now scored or assisted in five of his last nine games and is showing no signs of slowing down. It is also an indicator of just how brilliant this Manchester City squad is, that they can lose two wingers in the form of their lives and replace them with a man who either scored or assisted 20 goals in France last season.
Guardiola is now left with a difficult decision whether to rush back to the Sterling-Sane combination that started the season so effectively or let Silva keep his place. The really scary thing however, is it doesn’t seem to matter that much.
Manchester City fans, should Bernardo Silva keep his place? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.
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