Thomas Frank brutally says what everyone is thinking about Man City vs Arsenal | Football | Sport

Brentford boss Thomas Frank dubbed Manchester City’s clash with Arsenal a ‘boring’ match after Premier League fans were left disappointed by the title tussle. Neither side found the back of the net during a dismal showing at the Etihad Stadium, with Frank – like most – failing to find much excitement from the fixture.

It was billed as the biggest game of the season, but in the end, City vs Arsenal was merely an afterthought to an otherwise pulsating weekend of Premier League action. The two title contenders served up a dire goalless draw, with only three shots on target shared between the teams throughout the 90 minutes.

Neither City nor Arsenal were at their scintillating best, but despite the criticisms of the game, Gunners boss Mikel Arteta labelled it a ‘thrilling’ match. It wasn’t a sentiment shared by his fellow Premier League manager Frank, who hit out at the quality of entertainment on offer.

When asked if he enjoyed the game, Frank replied by saying: “To be fair… not really. Of course, I looked forward to watching the game. [City and Arsenal are] two of the three best teams in the world, not only in the Premier League right now.

“So I watched it, but I think they cancelled each other out. Both Arteta and Pep [Guardiola], I admire hugely for the jobs they’re doing. Same style of play, same tweaks, same strategy. Honestly, it was boring in the end. But of course, world class players, they were on it, everyone, no doubt about that.”

The City-Arsenal encounter paled in comparison to the entertainment from Brentford’s Premier League fixture this weekend. The Bees dominated a shaky Manchester United at the Gtech Community Stadium, but it looked like they’d be left empty-handed when Mason Mount netted the game’s opening goal in the 96th minute. In the end, the points would be shared, with Kristoffer Ajer scoring a last-gasp equaliser for the west Londoners.

It could prove a vital point come the end of the season, with Brentford in the midst of a cutthroat relegation battle. Frank’s side enter the midweek round of fixtures five points above the relegation zone, with just eight matches of the campaign left to play. Brentford face a struggling Brighton & Hove Albion on Wednesday evening, before travelling to Villa Park to take on Aston Villa next weekend.

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