74 min Alexandre Lacazette and Emile Smith Rowe come on for Pepe and Odegaard, who each had quiet video games.
73 min What an odd incident. Joao Cancelo tried a flowery crossfield cross with the surface of the foot and mistimed it again in the direction of Ederson. He might have picked it up however tried a flashy volley of his personal, which he sliced in the direction of Elneny 25 yards out. He drove the ball just a few yards huge.
72 min After an excellent Arsenal transfer, Bellerin’s deflected cross is poked away by Fernandinho. He’s had a terrific sport, the 94-year-old.
70 min Ederson’s lengthy cross is miscontrolled by Holding, again in the direction of his personal objective, and Leno has to cost from his line to beat Sterling to the free ball. Good goalkeeping.
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69 min Nothing a lot is occurring. Metropolis are in management however have lacked urgency in assault within the final 5 or ten minutes.
66 min Arsenal can’t lay a glove on Metropolis. Aubameyang has been very quiet, though he hasn’t had a lot service.
64 min Joao Cancelo is booked for clattering Tierney as they jumped for a excessive ball.
63 min A change for Metropolis: Gabriel Jesus replaces Kevin De Bruyne, who’s presumably being eased again into motion after harm. He did some superb issues, as he at all times does.
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62 min Arsenal are nonetheless hanging in there, regardless of being emphatically outplayed for many of the sport. Whereas it’s 1-0, something’s doable.
58 min Fernandinho drives an aesthetic cross excessive to Cancelo, whose half-volleyed cross is just too near Leno. This can be a good spell for Metropolis.
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57 min The nook is cleared to the sting of the realm, the place De Bruyne smashes a volley over the bar. As he charged in the direction of the ball I actually thought we have been about to see one other De Bruyne screamer.
57 min: Good save from Leno! Sterling has a shot blocked, with the ball rebounding to Gundogan within the D. He tries to position a shot into the far nook, and Leno springs to his left to push it away.
55 min De Bruyne slices Arsenal aside with a surprising via cross to Gundogan on the left of the realm. He tries to pull the ball again contained in the sliding Holding however mistimes it and it rolls out of play.
52 min The full of life Saka cuts inside and hits a shot that’s blocked by Stones. Metropolis break and Xhaka is booked for a foul on Sterling.
50 min On the different finish, Pepe has a shot from the sting of the realm blocked by Dias.
49 min Sterling tries to run Holding, who makes a wonderful sliding sort out. He needed to get that proper or it might have been a penalty.
48 min Sterling lifts the ball infield to Zinchenko, who heads it into house and hares down the left. He strikes into the realm and lays the ball again to De Bruyne, who curls a left-footed chip simply huge of the far put up. That was virtually a scrumptious objective.
47 min Sterling will get to the byline and lays the ball again to Zinchenko, who blasts over from a decent angle.
47 min “Glorious,” says Charles Antaki. “If Arsenal can preserve it to one thing like this rating, they are going to come away with an ethical victory as resounding as it is going to be ineffective in vulgar league factors.”
Half time: Arsenal 0-1 Manchester Metropolis
Peep peep! Metropolis lead via Raheem Sterling’s second-minute objective. For half an hour they threatened to overwhelm Arsenal, with Sterling and Ilkay Gundogan lacking good probabilities, however the contest was way more whilst half-time approached.
44 min Bellerin wins a header on the suitable and finds Pepe. He tries to slip the ball again infield to Bellerin, who’s lining up a shot when Gundogan nicks the ball of his toes. It runs again to Pepe, who drags a tame shot into the aspect netting. That was one other promising transfer from Arsenal, who’ve been a lot better within the final 10-Quarter-hour.
41 min One other Tierney cross is booted behind by Fernandinho. Odegaard’s nook is headed on on the close to put up by Xhaka and headed away by a Metropolis defender. No, no thought.
39 min Saka performs within the overlapping Tierney, whose cross is cleared on the close to put up by Stones. These two, Saka and Tierney, are such enjoyable to look at.
36 min Tierney’s cross is miscontrolled by the stretching Odegaard past the far put up. Arsenal have had a little bit little bit of pleasure down their left via Tierney and Saka. On the opposite aspect, Pepe has hardly touched the ball.
34 min: Likelihood for Metropolis Holding makes a significant block from Gundogan, who was put via by Fernandinho. Gundogan’s first contact wasn’t the most effective, which allowed Holding to get throughout and block the shot.
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32 min This Metropolis aspect remind me increasingly of Spain in 2012 – not fairly as expansive or entertaining as earlier variations, however with a crushing superiority that breaks the desire of their opponents.
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30 min Xhaka waves a beautiful outside-of-the-foot cross to Tierney, who expenses into house and hits a vicious rising drive that’s saved virtually nonchalantly by Ederson. It was a wonderful strike from Tierney.
29 min Bellerin tries to play the ball down the road, mistimes his foot motion and kicks the ball straight out of play.
27 min Mahrez expenses menacingly at Tierney, cuts inside and slides a low shot that’s blocked by Pablo Mari.
27 min Tierney curls a wonderful cross down the left to Saka. He strikes infield and tries to seek out Pepe on the suitable of the realm, however Fernandinho makes an excellent interception.
26 min Metropolis have had 70 per cent of the possession. It really appears like they’ve had extra.
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23 min Cancelo will get around the again and rolls the ball invitingly throughout the six-yard field. There have been no Metropolis gamers in there.
23 min The match remains to be painfully one-sided, however Arsenal will take some consolation from the truth that Metropolis are not creating a transparent probability each two or three minutes.
19 min “Hello Rob,” says Ian Copestake. “Is Bellerin something apart from a handsome man?”
Are any of us?
18 min Saka performs a one-two with Tierney and hits a crisp right-footed shot that’s blocked by Aubameyang within the six-yard field. I’m fairly certain it was going huge.
11 min Arsenal have to preserve this at 1-0 for so long as doable and hope the temper ofthe match begins to alter. If Metropolis get a second objective quickly they may run riot.
9 min Metropolis’s formation is fascinating. De Bruyne and Bernardo Silva are going the place they like, so the 2 Arsenal centre-backs have no one to mark. It’s a bit like a diamond midfield with two wingers.
8 min Arsenal are being overwhelmed. Mahrez turns Pablo Mari inside out and hits a shot that deflects huge off Tierney. Metropolis might already be 4-0 up.
6 min: Leno saves from Sterling! De Bruyne’s cross from the suitable finds its method via to Sterling on the sting of the realm. He strikes in on objective, twists again contained in the sliding Bellerin however is then tackled by Holding. The ball runs free and Sterling’s poked shot is smothered by Leno. The primary probability was the most effective one; Sterling might have shot when he turned away from Bellerin.
3 min Metropolis have began with Bernardo Silva as a false 9 and De Bruyne in midfield.
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That was really easy. Mahrez killed an extended cross from Dias with that lovely first contact of his. Then he teased Tierney and floated a easy cross to the far put up, the place Sterling obtained between Bellerin and Holding and headed in from six yards.
GOAL! Arsenal 0-1 Man Metropolis (Sterling 2)
Raheem Sterling scores inside 90 seconds!
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1 min Mahrez’s cross skims off the pinnacle of Holding and reaches Sterling, who muffs an tried volley along with his left foot. That was half an opportunity.
“Arduous to know the place this one charges on the Arsenal Dangerous-Feeling-About-This-One-ometer,” says Charles Antaki. “Often this final 12 months or so it hovers round 50 per cent for video games towards mid-table sides, drops to single figures within the early Europa League phases, and climbs up once more when confronted with any half-decent opposition. So for Man. Metropolis it’s, what, 95%, or Man Utd 8-2 territory?”
Leicester have received 2-1 at Aston Villa to place a little bit little bit of strain on Manchester Metropolis. They’re now seven factors clear with at present’s sport in hand.
Some attention-grabbing choices from each managers. Mikel Arteta has chosen Rob Holding and Pablo Mari at centre-back, with Gabriel and David Luiz on the bench. Nicolas Pepe can be in for Emile Smith Rowe.
Pep Guardiola prefers Fernandinho to Rodri, and it seems like Kevin De Bruyne will play as a false 9. Aim machine Ilkay Gundogan can be again from harm.
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Arsenal (4-2-3-1) Leno; Bellerin, Holding, Pablo Mari, Tierney; Elneny, Xhaka; Saka, Odegaard, Pepe; Aubameyang.
Substitutes: Ryan, Gabriel, Cedric, David Luiz, Ceballos, Smith Rowe, Lacazette, Willian, Martinelli.
Manchester Metropolis (4-3-3) Ederson; Cancelo, Stones, Dias, Zinchenko; Silva, Fernandinho, Gundogan; Mahrez, De Bruyne, Sterling.
Substitutes: Steffen, Walker, Laporte, Mendy, Rodri, Foden, Jesus, Aguero, Torres.
Referee Jon Moss.
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Southampton, Arsenal, Newcastle, Chelsea, Manchester United, Birmingham, Brighton, Crystal Palace, Aston Villa, Cheltenham, West Brom, Sheffield United, Burnley, Liverpool, Swansea, Spurs, Everton. Seventeen groups have failed to withstand the drive of Manchester Metropolis, who’re on an unprecedented profitable run. Now Arsenal, who have been tonked 4-1 within the Carabao Cup earlier than Christmas, have a second probability.
Mikel Arteta’s aspect have been at all-time low after that Metropolis defeat, however a joyously sudden 3-1 win over Chelsea 4 days later kickstarted their season. An identical consequence at Stamford Bridge per week later was the primary huge signal that, after a sluggish begin to the season, Manchester Metropolis is likely to be again to their finest. Subsequent outcomes haven’t disabused us of this notion. They’ll win the league; the one query is what number of cups they’ll win to go along with it.
Kick off 4.30pm.
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