Premier League: 10 talking points from the weekend action

Both Man City and Swansea are missing Wilfried Bony, Charlie Austin needs help at QPR and Jermain Defoe gives Sunderland hope

With Manchester City failing to score at home for the first time since August during the 2-0 defeat by Arsenal, the signing of Wilfried Bony begins to look even more to the point. The frustration for Manuel Pellegrini must be that while Bony is perhaps Mr Right, he isn’t also Mr Right Now. City created enough chances in their best spell just after half-time at the Etihad to have equalised. Undeservedly perhaps: but this is so often what champion teams do. In the end there was a slight but significant lack of the kind of cutting edge that might have defibrillated a sluggish performance. Not only were City weakened by the absence of Yaya Touré, Sergio Agüero was making a first start after injury. It is an anomaly that Agüero has just a single Premier League goal at the Etihad in the last three months: a measure of his struggles with injury and also the intrusion of other competitions (he does have the small matter of a hat-trick against Bayern Munich in that time). But the fact is City do need another striker to share the burden – and also to allow them to play another way.

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