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Manchester City picked up three points in the first of two Premier League title clashes with Arsenal, beating the Gunners 3-1 at the Emirates Stadium on Wednesday.
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As a result, both teams are equal with 51 points in the PL table, with Manchester City leading on goal difference (+36 to +26), although Arsenal have a game in hand (23 and 22 played respectively).
Arsenal will visit the Etihad Stadium for the second leg on Wednesday 26 April in each team’s sixth game of the Premier League season.
Arsenal vs Manchester City Highlights, Goal Videos
Manchester City took the first kick in the 24th minute, an uncharacteristic mistake for Arsenal that handed them a goal on a silver platter. Ederson made a long pass to Jack Grealish on the left flank, and although Takehiro Tomiyasu got to him first, the Japanese footballer’s attempt to pass to goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale failed. Kevin De Bruyne pounced and lifted the ball over Ramsdale, making the first cross with his left foot, and the score was 1:1.
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Arsenal equalized in the 42nd minute due to another defensive error, this time by Ederson. Eddie Nketiah was the first to catch the ball played behind Man City’s defense and struck as Ederson ran out and crashed into him as the ball rolled slowly towards the net, but Nathan Ake slid in and snagged the ball just before it crossed the net. line. Referee Anthony Taylor immediately whistled for a touch and gave Arsenal a penalty, which Bukayo Saka converted with icy water coursing through his veins.
It was a hat-trick due to defensive errors that gave Manchester City a second goal as Arsenal continued to play the ball from behind despite increased pressure. Bernardo Silva recovered the ball, quickly found Haaland, who found Ilkay Gundogan, who backed the ball to Jack Grealish, scoring Ramsdale for the first time.
The two-time defending champions put an exclamation mark on their champion’s performance as De Bruyne found Haaland in the penalty area and skilfully finished at the far post to make it 3-1.
Arsenal reaction against Manchester City
Pep Guardiola on adjusting his tactics at half-time…
Erling Haaland on his return to the top spot in the title race…
Jack Grealish, scoring the winning goal…
Mikel Arteta on Arsenal’s game…
How to watch Arsenal vs Manchester City live, stream link and start time
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Key storylines and star players
Arsenal’s midfield was exceptional when Thomas Partey and Martin Odegaard were healthy and usually Granit Xhaka tied the Ghanaian defensive midfielder and their Norwegian teammate. Look for them to get through Rodri & Co.
Ilkay Gundogan remains one of the league’s most underrated players, thanks in large part to his love for Kevin De Bruyne, Erling Haaland and Phil Foden. If he’s not underestimated, it’s because Riyad Mahrez… The Algerian had a goal and an assist in the victory over Villa and is higher than you would think in City’s all-time rankings.
Arsenal news, injuries, squad options
NOT RELIED: Gabriel Jesus (knee), Mohamed Elneni (knee), Emile Smith-Roe (thigh), Thomas Partey (unknown)
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💫 Tomiyasu from behind
💪 Xhaka in Midfield
🌶 Saka on the wing
⚡️ Ready for a BIG night at N5! pic.twitter.com/xRDFfH8AKv
— Arsenal (@Arsenal) February 15, 2023
Manchester City team news, injuries, squad options
OUTSIDE: John Stones (thigh).
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XI | Ederson, Walker, Diaz, Ake, Rodrigo, De Bruyne, Gundogan (C), Bernardo, Mahrez, Grealish, Haaland
SUBS | Ortega Moreno, Phillips, Laporte, Alvarez, Gomez, Akanji, Foden, Palmer, Lewis#mancity | @haysworldwide pic.twitter.com/OXcHAYKOeE
— Manchester City (@ManCity) February 15, 2023
Kevin De Bruyne’s insipid passing numbers raise a lot of considerations and we have to wonder if the Manchester City star ever wondered if the Premier League record would be his in a world where José Mourinho put him to the best use at Chelsea “.
De Bruyne’s 12 assists this season in the Premier League – four more than his closest rivals Arsenal’s Bukayo Saka and Manchester United’s Christian Eriksen – give him 97 career assists. This is fifth place in history, two more than Dennis Bergkamp, and 65 (?!) behind record holder Ryan Giggs.
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The 31-year-old Belgian star moved to Chelsea from Werder Bremen at the age of 22 and scored just 425 goals in half a season before being transferred to Wolfsburg. Back in the Bundesliga, De Bruyne provided six assists the rest of the way before scoring 21 goals the following season to prepare for a move to Manchester City.
Since then, he has been Premier League Playmaker of the Season twice, including in 2019/20 with 20 assists, and is close to doing so three out of six. Harry Kane, Mohamed Salah and Eden Hazard also received the award, which is only five years old.
De Bruyne also led the Premier League in assists in 2016/17, a year before the championship, but the name is on the line.
His stats hint that there’s more to come, as “KDB” creates a tasteless 3.59 chances per 90 minutes. After a season in which he scored 15 times and had eight assists, De Bruyne is once again taunting anyone who dares harass him in terms of goal setting (some guy named Erling Haaland helps…).
Take a look at De Bruyne’s brilliant stats and read on to find out who’s chasing him on the Premier League assists leaderboard for the 2022-23 season.
Premier League 2022-23 helps leaders
- Kevin De Bruyne, Manchester City – 12
- Bukayo Saka, Arsenal – 8
- Christian Eriksen, Manchester United – 7
- Andreas Pereira, Fulham – 6
- Bernardo Silva, Manchester City – 5
- Dejan Kulusevski, Tottenham Hotspur – 5
- Alex Iwobi, Everton – 5
- Andy Robertson, Liverpool – 5
- Gabriel Jesus, Arsenal – 5
- Martin Odegaard, Arsenal – 5
- Ivan Perisic, Tottenham Hotspur – 5
- Granite Xhaka, Arsenal – 5
- James Maddison, Leicester City – 5
- Jamie Vardy, Leicester City – 4
- Marcus Tavernier, Bournemouth – 4
- Kieran Trippier, Newcastle – 4
- Mohamed Salah, Liverpool – 4
- Michael Olize, Crystal Palace – 4
- Kenny Tete, Fulham – 4
- Ollie Watkins, Aston Villa – 4
- Matthias Jensen, Brentford – 4
- Jack Harrison, Leeds – 4
- Morgan Gibbs-White, Nottingham Forest – 4
- Solly March, Brighton & Hove Albion – 4
- Rodri, Manchester City – 4
- Douglas Louis, Aston Villa – 4
- Bruno Fernandes, Manchester United – 4
- Kelechi Iheanacho, Leicester City – 4
- Riyad Mahrez, Manchester City – 4
- Erling Haaland, Manchester City – 4
For those tempted to write off Erling Haaland’s historically hot start to life as a Premier League striker, it’s safe to say that your temptation is now officially unhealthy.
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There is something somewhat dull about knowing the identity of the 2022 Golden Boot winner, the only curiosity is the final number of his final tally, we understand that, but most of what Haaland is doing this season is simply amazing and deserves to be admired without much fear.
Haaland’s Premier League-leading 26 goals put him nine goals clear of his nearest rival: Tottenham’s Harry Kane.
The Norwegian star has scored 20 goals in a single Premier League season faster than any player in history…