The great battle of Man City vs Arsenal ended with a score of 4-1 in favor of the home team. With this result, the Blue Man is currently only 2 points behind the Gunners but is playing less than 1 match. The opportunity for them to be crowned is more open than ever.
On April 27, Arsenal lost completely to the host Man City in the 33rd round of the Premier League.
With home advantage, Man City just waits for the opening whistle to attack Arsenal first. Controversy occurred in the 3rd minute when Kevin De Bruyne was cut down by Thomas Partey in the penalty area, but the VAR team and referee Michael Oliver were both silent.
After escaping the penalty, Arsenal bravely raised the formation to press, forcing Man City to make long balls. However, the calculations of coach Mikel Arteta quickly fell apart before the harmony and sublimation of the duo Erling Haaland, Kevin De Bruyne.
From the defender’s kick, Haaland pressed bravely to remove Rob Holding before dropping the ball to let De Bruyne down. The Belgian star hit the Arsenal net with a classy shot from a distance of 20 meters.
But the one who regrets the most is probably Erling Haaland. The Norwegian striker had 3 attempts to finish but was either blocked by the Arsenal defender, pushed out by goalkeeper Ramsdale or missed the post.
Thought the first half would end with only 1 goal scored, the turning point happened in the first minute of injury time. De Bruyne kicked the free-kick to let Stones escape and head the ball into Arsenal’s net. Initially the referee blew the whistle for offside but after reviewing the VAR, he decided to concede the goal. 2-0 is the score of the first half.
At the beginning of the second half, Man City rushed to attack. In the 52nd minute, Haaland escaped to face but did not win against Ramsdale. And just 2 minutes later, it was the Norwegian striker who provided an assist for De Bruyne to raise the score to 3-0 with a perfect cut.
Minutes later, Arsenal encountered a lot of deadlock in getting on the ball. And it was not until the 86th minute that they had a goal to shorten the gap. After a good combination of Trossard and Jorginho, Holding had space right in the penalty area of Man City and he had an accurate cushion to shorten the gap to 1-3.
However, in the 5th minute of injury time of the second half, Haaland scored another goal to re-establish the 3-goal gap for the Manchester team.
The match ended with a score of 4-1 in favor of Man City. The gap between the two teams has narrowed to only 2 points, but the Blue Man is playing less than 2 matches. The opportunity for them to defend the championship is extremely open.
Man City vs Arsenal lineup
Man City: Ederson, Walker, Dias, Akanji, Stones, Rodri, De Bruyne (Alvarez 81′), Gundogan (Mahrez 72′), Bernardo, Grealish (Foden 87′), Haaland
Arsenal: Ramsdale, White, Holding, Gabriel, Zinchenko, Xhaka (Jorginho 60′), Partey, Saka (Nelson 81′), Odegaard (Smith-Rowe 72′), Martinelli (Trossard 60′), Jesus (Nketiah 81′)