MG– (Arsenal 1-0 Man City). Arsenal and Man City created a relatively cautious first half when neither side wanted to concede first. And Man City had to taste bitter fruit on the day Arsenal delivered an impressive performance.
Video Arsenal 1-0 Man City
Man City, as usual, is still the team that takes the initiative even when they have to be away at Arsenal’s field. However, holding a lot of the ball in the first half does not go hand in hand with effectiveness.
Arsenal blocked Man City’s dangerous spearheads very well, especially Haaland. In the first 45 minutes, the Norwegian striker did not have any dangerous shooting situations.
Arsenal’s fragility every time they face Man City is no longer there. That is something coach Arteta is very satisfied with. Meanwhile, the “Gunners” attack was lurking, waiting to take advantage of Pep Guardiola’s team’s mistakes. However, that didn’t happen much in the first half.
Another highlight in the first half was the fact that Kovacic was constantly at risk of receiving a red card. He had 2 quite dangerous foul situations from behind. However, the referee is still somewhat lenient with the Man City star.
Entering the second half, Arsenal pushed their team higher. Man City’s defense is somewhat threatened, but the damage from the “Gunners'” shots is still a big question mark.
Meanwhile, Man City continues to show deadlock. Rarely in any match has “The Citizens” had such difficulty in coordinating.
Arsenal both played well and were blessed by the “god of luck”. In the 86th minute, Martinelli finished right next to the penalty area, sending the ball straight into Ake’s face. The ball changed direction, leaving goalkeeper Ederson completely helpless. The score is 1-0 for the “Gunners”.
Man City tried to push forward and find a way to regain points in the few remaining minutes. However, that did not happen as Arsenal’s defense continued to deliver impressive performances. Thanks to that, coach Arteta’s team ended the match with a 1-0 victory. This result helped Arsenal get their first victory over Man City since 2015 in the Premier League.
FT: Arsenal 1-0 Man City
Arsenal: Martinelli (86′)
– Arsenal: *Raya, White, Gabriel, Saliba, Zinchenko, Rice, Odegaard, Jorginho, Trossard, Nketiah, Jesus – Man City: *Ederson, Gvardiol, Ake, Dias, Walker, Lewis, Kovacic, Foden, Bernardo Silva, Alvarez, Haaland
The Gunners’ two stumbles in the 2023/24 Premier League were both quite unfortunate, when they let Fulham equalize 2-2 despite playing better than others and let Tottenham hold a 2-2 draw because of Jorginho’s personal mistake. Basically, Arsenal still retains the same strength as last season, and this season has also been significantly upgraded by recruiting Declan Rice, who is helping the Emirates Stadium team’s midfield become much stronger.
With Man City, of course in a long-distance race, this team still has the number 1 strength in the land of fog. That is unquestionable. The quality of play, the fluency, and the quality of Green Man’s players are still on par with the rest of the Premier League. But this is the time when the Green Man is vulnerable. In the last 3 times away from home, Pep Guardiola’s team received 2 defeats. That was a 1-2 loss to Wolves and a 0-1 loss to Newcastle.