The hat trick scored by Sergio Aguero against Arsenal in the Premier League was the 10th of his career which places him just one behind Alan Shearer with a record of 11 hat tricks. It was arguably the easiest treble he scored in his career from a combined distance of only 12 yards. It composed of two open goals and a header that was impossible to miss.
That is exactly why it was such a stunning hat trick by Sergio Aguero. Not because it emphasises the finishing ability of Aguero, not because it rivals Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink’s for The Blues against Tottenham Hotspur in 2002 or Dennis Bergkamp’s for Arsenal against Leicester City in 1997 for the quality of their strikes, but because it flawlessly emphises everything Man City is all about.
Manchester City in the Premier League
Manchester City is currently playing catch-up for the title but remains the most potent attacking force in the league, having scored ten goals more than Liverpool who are currently in the lead. The primary reason they boast with more goals is not that they take the most shots on goal, but because they take shots from close range. Pep Guardiola emphasised how vital it is to work the ball in scoring positions with the highest percentage of getting it past the goalkeeper. This is evident when you look at how regularly Manchester City finds an empty net when they score.
Sergio Aguero’s third and second goals were both open goals during their match against Arsenal, making it the 6th and 7th time Man City have scored open goals this season. Sergio Aguero has managed to score three of those goals while the rest were provided by Riyad Mahrez, Raheem Sterling, and Leroy Sane.
Sergio Aguero is considered an excellent finisher in front of goal, while Sterling is regarded as erratic when he is in front of goal. Aguero has transformed into a ruthless goal scorer of late, not because he improved on his finishes, but because he always finds himself in the perfect position to ensure a shot on goal is unmissable.
Manchester City’s Metrics for Scoring
There are several metrics to emphasize Manchester City’s shooting range. For instance, they take the most shots from inside the 6-yard box, with a total of 36, City’s shots are closer than any other club, apart from Burnley, and City boasts with the highest expected-goal value, ranking in at 63.06. However, the most appropriate aspect is simply that the team consistently score open goals. So how on earth does Manchester City do it each and every time?
Well, there are four key factors that play a role in their scoring chart. They manage to stretch the opposition’s defense both in depth and in width. They provide perfect balls for wingers after patiently building up a play. They assist with low crosses from positions that are deemed quite narrow, and they manage to run on the blind side when it comes to centre-backs.