Arsenal Wenger’s side beat Manchester City, but it was a controversial game. Rodri won for the Premier League leader. With Arsenal manager Arteta alone after a positive Covid-19 test, the home side did a good job of bothering Manchester City on Saturday. Gabriel was sent off in the second half, and City went on to win 11th straight league game.
Referee Stuart Attwell didn’t make an obvious mistake in the first half, so play went on. Martin degaard went down in the box after being tackled by City goalkeeper Ederson.
This led to an impressive goal by Saka, who put the home team in front after a well-worked move. Three minutes before the hour, Manchester City scored, Arsenal missed a great chance to take the lead again, and Gabriel was sent off.
VAR asked Attwell to review his decision not to give a penalty when Granit Xhaka grabbed hold of Bernardo Silva’s shirt. City’s goal came from a penalty.
A penalty was given this time and Riyad Mahrez scored. Before the penalty, Gabriel was sent off for trying to mess up the spot.
Gabriel Martinelli somehow missed with the goal open after Nathan Aké cleared the ball off the line. Then, Arsenal’s Brazilian defender was sent off for a second time for a foul on Gabriel Jesus.
On penalties, Arsenal assistant manager Albert Stuivenberg used the word “confusing,” he said on BT Sport. “We want to be consistent.”
“For me, the penalty for degaard is clear,” says the referee. “But if there is any consistency in that, the referee also comes to check.”
Rodri scored from close range in stoppage time for Manchester City, which had more people than the other team.
“Eleven games in a row is great right now,” City manager Pep Guardiola said on BT Sport. See our bench. We have four players who are in their first year of college. This season, we had a lot of Covid and people got hurt.
It was the first time Kyle Walker had been on the bench since Covid tests. None of us were very tired. But football has been played. Sometimes, it comes to us.
Jurgen Klopp, the manager of Liverpool, will not be able to take his team to play Chelsea on Sunday because of a possible positive coronavirus test.
Liverpool said in a statement on Saturday that “Jurgen Klopp will not be able to play for Liverpool against Chelsea on Sunday because of a suspected positive COVID-19 test.”
“Testing of the entire first-team set-up has found no more positive cases in the playing squad than the three that Klopp said on Friday.”
“Three backroom staff members have, however, come back with what they think are positive results.”