The Gunners had led City by three points going into the game, but the defending champions won with to goals from Kevin De Bruyne, Jack Grealish, and Erling Haaland, giving them the lead in the rankings thanks to their better goal difference.
Arsenal and Eddie Nketiah would miss the first significant opportunity of the game. A curling cross from Oleksandr Zinchenko expertly found the striker inside the penalty box who is currently filling in for the injured Gabriel Jesus. However, Nketiah’s following goal attempt fell short of the caliber of the delivery as he headed wide of the post.
A few minutes later, City seized the lead, and Arsenal was forced to pay for that squandered opportunity.
Takehiro Tomiyasu’s dreadful performance, which included a bad pass meant for Aaron Ramsdale but played into De Bruyne’s path instead, set up the goal. After that, the Belgian executed a flawless volley over Ramsdale and into the goal.
Arsenal didn’t let being down prevent them from pressing forward with genuine determination and zeal, and they were rewarded for their efforts with a penalty in the 40th minute. When Nketiah and Ederson collided in the box, Ederson was given a penalty, and Bukayo Saka comfortably side-footed the next penalty kick into the bottom left corner of the goal.
Nathan Ake/Rodri gave City a slim chance to retake the lead in the six (yes, six) extra minutes at the conclusion of the first half. As for “Nathan Ake/Rodri,” the latter may or may not have touched the ball as it traveled toward Ramsdale’s goal to deflect it against the crossbar. The former, meanwhile, may or may not have done so.
When Erling Haaland and Gabriel Magalhaes collided, referee Anthony Taylor signaled to the spot, giving Manchester City what they believed to be a perfect opportunity to retake the lead. Manchester City eventually regained complete control of the game at the start of the second half. However, a VAR review would save the Gunners since it was determined that Haaland was offside before to the collision.
Following a beautiful sweeping play featuring their entire frontline and the marauding Tomiyasu, Arsenal would then come dangerously close to ending the scoreless draw. Following some good passing between Nketiah, Saka, and Martinell, the ball was sent to Tomiyasu on the right wing. An excellent pass across the box was delivered by the Japanese international, but a sliding Nketiah was just unable to get a hold of it.
City approached in a matter of seconds through Haaland. The attacker took advantage of some poor play from Zinchenko before shooting on the right side of the penalty box into the midriff of the advancing Ramsdale.
Grealish helped City ultimately make it 2-1 in the 71st minute. After Haaland took advantage of some careless play from Gabriel and crossed the ball to Ilkay Gundogan, who then passed it to Grealish on the left of the penalty box, the England international side-footed neatly into the bottom right corner of the net.
After that, Haaland would end the game, making it 3-1 in the last 10 minutes. Again, De Bruyne’s brilliant move in pulling the ball back to Haaland in the box set up the goal. The Norwegian took possession with his left hand before aiming his right hand into the bottom corner.
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