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Arsenal Secures Late Victory Against Manchester City

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Arsenal secured a late victory against Manchester City, with Gabriel Martinelli’s goal in the 86th minute ending their winless streak against the title rivals that dated back to 2015. This victory marked Mikel Arteta’s first win over his mentor, Pep Guardiola, as a manager in the Premier League.

Both teams made three changes to their lineups, with notable news of Bukayo Saka missing out due to injury. This absence ended Saka’s impressive streak of 87 consecutive Premier League appearances, which was the longest active run in the competition.

In the early stages of the match, Nathan Ake of Manchester City had a prime opportunity to score but fired over the bar from close range. Man City came close again when David Raya’s clearance rebounded off Julian Alvarez but missed the target.

Arsenal made a pivotal change at halftime, bringing in Gabriel Martinelli, who returned from injury, for Leandro Trossard. Martinelli’s presence on the field would prove to be decisive.

The match’s turning point arrived in the 86th minute when Takehiro Tomiyasu and Kai Havertz combined to set up Martinelli. His shot from the edge of the box took a deflection off Nathan Ake, wrongfooting Ederson and securing the victory for Arsenal.

This win meant that Arsenal maintained their unbeaten record in the Premier League this season, making them one of only two teams without a loss. However, they trailed Tottenham Hotspur in the table solely based on goals scored.

Manchester City, on the other hand, suffered back-to-back Premier League losses for the first time since 2018, currently standing in third place, two points behind the leaders.

Key Stats:

  • Arsenal ended a 15-match winless streak against Man City in the Premier League, securing their first victory since December 2015.
  • This victory marked Arsenal’s first Premier League win against the reigning champions since April 2017.
  • Manchester City had their lowest shot count in a top-flight match managed by Pep Guardiola since April 2010.
  • Arsenal maintained their unbeaten streak in the Premier League this season, a feat they had last achieved in the 2007/08 campaign.
  • Gabriel Martinelli scored his first Premier League goal of the season, breaking a nine-match goal drought.
  • Mikel Arteta achieved his first Premier League victory against Man City, having previously lost all seven meetings with them.