The Gunners secured all three points at the Emirates Stadium today in the Premier League versus Manchester City, in a match which should have seen the visitors reduced to 10 men in the first half. A late goal scored by Gabriel Martinelli (86′) was enough to secure the victory.
Arsenal XI: 22. Raya, 4. White, 2. Saliba, 6 Gabriel, 35. Zinchenko (75′), 41. Rice, 20. Jorginho (75′), 8. Odegaard (c), 19. Trossard (45′), 9. Jesus, 14. Nketiah (75′).
Substitutes: 1. Ramsdale (GK), 18. Tomiyasu (on for Zinchenko 75′), 15. Kiwior, 5. Thomas (on for Jorgino 75′), 10. Smith Rowe, 21. Vieira, 24. Nelson, 11. Martinelli (on for Trossard 45′), 29. Havertz (on for Nketiah 75′)
Goals: Gabriel Martinelli (86′)
Shots: 12 — On Target: 2
Possession: 49% — Corners: 5
Fouls: 8 — Yellow Cards: 2 (Jorginho 11′, Jesus 90+3′) — Red Cards: 0
Manchester City XI: 31. Ederson, 2. Walker (c), 3. Dias, 24. Gvardiol, 6. Ake, 82. Lewis (68′), 8. Kovacic (68′), 20. Silva, 19. Alvarez (68′), 47. Foden, 9. Haaland.
Substitutes: 18. Ortega (GK), 5. Stones (on for Lewis 68′), 25. Akanji, 21. Gomez, 27. Nunes (on for Kovacic 68′), 4. Phillips, 52. Bobb, 10. Grealish, 11. Doku (on for Alvarez 68′).
Shots: 4 — On Target: 1
Possession: 51% — Corners: 4
Fouls: 7 — Yellow Cards: 3 (Silva 23′, Kovacic 29′, Ederson 90+3′) — Red Cards: 0
Referee: Michael Oliver.
Assistant Referee: Stuart Burt.
Assistant Referee: Lee Betts.
Fourth Official: Tim Robinson.
Video Assistant Referee: John Brooks.
Additional Video Assistant Referee: Darren Cann.
Post-match views from the forum:
db10_therza: “Perfect game from Arteta has to be said.
Big performance off the ball to set this win up.
How good is Declan Rice? And Havertz needs to play up top if he’s gonna play. And all the Martinelli haters just stay in your box from now on yeah?
He completely changed the game when he came on. We finally had a player running into spaces that we could play in, both in behind but also making darts infield and causing chaos. God I’ve missed him.”
Melquiades: “Wow. Can’t say I was optimistic after the first 20 minutes where we seemed to have zero ideas and couldn’t get out of our half with possession, but turned it around and were the better team for the final 70 minutes and deserved to be rewarded.
Colossal defensive performance. City did nothing today after the first 5 minutes. Saliba, Gabriel, Rice all massive.
Partey with the game-opening pass. Such a difference-maker. Huge to have him back and hopefully that’s the last of Jorginho starting matches for a long time.
Nketiah … wow, do we need an upgrade in January.”
SA Gunner: “I hope people who were crying for a Saka replacement out wide, can see that we do have options in wide areas.
Jesus had a good game against an imposing Gvardiol today. The creativity ran through his side as well.”