Premier League: 10 talking points from this weekend’s action

Pep Guardiola makes a strangely conservative call, Luke Shaw’s Man Utd future looks bleak, and the smell of schadenfreude wafts from the London Stadium

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Pep Guardiola said his decision to replace Raheem Sterling with Yaya Touré at half-time was a tactical one, intended to give Manchester City an edge in possession. Statistically his decision was justified – his team played over 100 more passes in the second half than the first – but they were also more predictable and slower in their transitions. Sterling did not have his best half of football but with Leroy Sané and the England winger on the pitch City have two ultra-mobile options who can stretch opposition defences. Touré’s introduction, with City 2-1 up, slowed their play and gave Arsenal’s defence a bit of respite when they were there for the taking. Guardiola’s tactical tweaks are usually bold. Introducing a leisurely midfielder for an effervescent attacker was not from this school of thought – it was a conservative switch that played into Arsenal’s hands. Gregg Bakowski

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