Manchester City continued their impressive form in the Premier League with a 2-1 win over Arsenal at the Emirates.
Both teams went into the match in good form, with the home team, without their coach Mikel Arteta as they sat alone with COVID-19, winning their last four Premier League games in a row and City on the move. Winning 10 games in the league
There has been some controversy since shortly after Arsenal’s Martin Odegaard was placed in the box by Ederson on poles that looked like a stone wall peg. The VAR has reviewed the incident, however, and decided that the Brazilian striker touched the ball before meeting Odegaard and no penalty was awarded, leaving the home side frustrated.
Success finally came to the Gunners 31 minutes later, however, when Kieran Tierney played the ball for Bukaka Saka inside the venue, he removed it from Ederson.
The teams then went into the break 1-0 with the home team overjoyed by what they saw in the first 45 minutes and Arsenal deserved to lead.
However, just eight minutes into the second half, there was more VAR involvement as Pep Guardiola’s side were awarded a penalty after pulling Bernardo Silva from Granit Xhaka in place, and Riyad Mahrez converted.
Shortly afterward there was more drama, as Aymeric Laporte directed the ball past his goalkeeper to get Nathan Ake off the line, while Gabriel Martinelli fired a rebound over the post.
Right from the start, Gabriel was sent off for a second yellow card, for fouling Gabriel Jesus, leaving the home team with 10 men.
Numerical advantage saw City dominate the closing stages as they played well, with Arteta’s team defending hard, but the game ended in heartbreak for Arsenal when a cross from Kevin de Bruyne collided with Rob Holding and settled at the feet of Rodri who scored. The winner surpassed Aaron Ramsdale.
The result leaves Arsenal in fourth place with 36 points after 20 games, with City still leading by 51 points from 21 games.