We defeated Manchester City, the defending champions, at Emirates Stadium thanks to a late deflection goal from Gabriel Martinelli.
It was left to substitute Martinelli, making his first appearance since the middle of September, to score the game’s solitary goal and lift our team above Pep Guardiola’s team in the standings in a contest that had minimal goalmouth action throughout.
It was a victory that could still be crucial at the end of the season as it put a stop to a skid of 12 straight losses against City.
Early scares :
- As usual, the energy in Emirates Stadium was high when the game began. The top rank in the Premier League was a prize that both teams were aware of.
- The initial sight of goal was made by the guests. Josko Gvardiol poked the ball goalward from their team’s first corner of the game, but Declan Rice was there to head it off the line. When the ball dropped to Nathan Ake inside the area, he blazed over, but the threat was not yet gone.
- Early on, there was a significant letoff, and there was another one every quarter hour. We were passing the ball around at the back, but David Raya held onto it for much too long. Julian Alvarez then shut him down, and the goalkeeper’s attempt to clear clattered off the Argentine and narrowly missed his own post.
- Eddie Nketiah did a good job of creating a shooting opportunity inside the area, but his effort was wide. We had to reenter the contest.
Kovacic Continues :
- As the game became more intense and we started to regain control, Mateo Kovacic’s late dive on Martin Odegaard caused a flashpoint. Despite a VAR review, just a yellow card was given to him.
- Within minutes, the Croatian fouled Declan Rice with a similar lunge, but the referee kept his cards in his pocket, much to the surprise of the Emirates supporters.
- Alex Zinchenko had two speculative efforts from the edge of the box blocked as we were in the midst of our finest stretch of the half.
Martinelli Started By Saying :
- After being sidelined for the previous five games due to injury, Gabriel Martinelli was reintroduced by Mikel Arteta for the second half.
- Leandro Trossard was moved to the right, and he assumed his normal position there. Gabriel Jesus occupied the other flank. Bukayo Saka did not participate in any way following a streak of 87 straight Premier League appearances.
- Five minutes after coming on, Martinelli hit our first goal with a shot. The angle was always against him despite the fact that Declan Rice set him up.
- Opportunities were sparse for either side as the game’s pace slowed. Thomas Partey, Kai Havertz, and Takehiro Tomiyasu were all substituted in as the game neared its last 15 minutes by Arteta.
Martinelli Is The Winner.
- The goal was a joint effort by all four substitutes.
- Tomiyasu nodded down a long ball from Partey that was heading directly for Havertz inside the zone. Martinelli was given the assignment by him. Despite being on target, the Brazilian’s first-time strike completely caught Ederson off guard as it deflected off Nathan Ake’s face and into the goal.
- Emirates burst into flames. All evening, we hadn’t had much trouble at the back, but now we had a lead that we could hold onto for the last few seconds.
- We extended our eight-game streak of Premier League wins without a loss and ultimately defeated the treble-winners from the previous season. This was accomplished without much cause for fear.
What Comes Next :
- In order to participate in the upcoming round of qualifying and friendlies, the international players will now reunite with their respective national teams. Following a trip to Sevilla in the Champions League on Tuesday, October 24, we return to action on Saturday, October 21 at Chelsea in the Premier League.
Figures and data
- We have defeated Manchester City in the Premier League for the first time since December 2015 after a record of 15 games without a victory in this matchup (D2 L13), losing each of the last 12 straight.
- Manchester City has dropped two straight Premier League games (against Crystal Palace and Leicester City) for the first time since December 2018.
- For the first time since April 2017 against Leicester, we have triumphed in a Premier League game against the current champions of the league.
- The last time a Pep Guardiola team had fewer than four shots in a Premier League game was in April 2010 when Barcelona played Espanyol. Manchester City had four shots in this encounter.
- We have won six games and lost two in the Premier League this season (W6 D2). The last time we started a season with a longer unbeaten streak was in 2007–08 (15 games).
- After going nine games without a goal since scoring against Southampton in April, Gabriel Martinelli finally scored his first Premier League goal of the year.