It is not strange that in the Premier the best matches on paper do not end up falling in love. It was again the case of the one who starred this Saturday on Manchester City and the Arsenal at the Etihad Stadium. A duel with more chances and emotion in the first half than in the second and that was decided in favor of the locals thanks to a Sterling goal.
With a very offensive eleven, Guardiola initially achieved its purpose of monopolizing the ball. Opposite, in the process of construction, Arsenal did not renounce to take the ball controlled from behind but could not overcome the pressure citizen. In just 40 seconds, City’s pressure turned into the first dangerous occasion. The turn of Mahrez it went off by a few centimeters.
It was the Algerian forward who starred in the evening in the opening bars thanks to a privileged left-footer. Mahrez is one of those footballers that everyone senses what he is going to do, including his rivals, and many times he ends up succeeding. From his boots came a center that Agüero finished off deflected. The field was blatantly tilted.
Despite their clear initial dominance, City were unable to open the scoring until they caught a counter that Sterling completed very nicely. A pass from Mahrez to Agüero ended with a shot from Foden that Leno was able to deflect. Captain citizen he captured the rejection and sent it to the reda.
The deficit on the scoreboard woke up Arsenal del Arteta, who began to unsettle Ederson quite often. Saka, on the left wing, stole the lead from Mahrez. The skilled English winger began testing Ederson’s medicine just two minutes after Sterling’s goal. The Brazilian denied him the tie.
Later the opportunity would come to Pepe, but his header went wide. The gunners they had awakened and the forces had evened out, even beginning to fall to the points on the visiting side. City retaliated with a couple of times from Mahrez and Foden that Leno was able to save. But before the break came the best chance for Arsenal. After a failure by Cancelo, Saka was left alone before Ederson, who deflected the Englishman’s shot practically with the man when everything pointed to the tie going up to the scoreboard.
Ball possession was much more equalized in a much less vibrant second half. There were hardly any chances after the break and only set pieces seemed to unsettle the goalkeepers. Arteta took the opportunity to debut Thomas Partey, former Atlético de Madrid player, with eight minutes to go but could do little to avoid defeating it. Ederson had frustrated Arsenal.
1 – Manchester City: Ederson; Walker, Dias, Aké, Cancelo; Silva, Rodri, Foden (Fernandinho, m.89); Mahrez, Agüero (Gundogan, m.65) and Sterling.
0 – Arsenal: Leno; Tierney, Gabriel, Holding, Bellerín; Saka, Xhaka (Thomas, m.83), Ceballos; Aubameyang, Pepé (Nketiah, m.83) and Willian (Lacazette, m.69).
Goals: 1-0. Sterling, m.23.
Referee: Chris Kavanagh admonished Rodri (m.14), Cancelo (m.63), Dias (m.68) and Aké (m.84) by the locals.
Incidents: Match corresponding to the sixth day of the Premier League played at the Etihad Stadium (Manchester) behind closed doors