English Professional Football Premier League (EPL) Manchester City (Man City) defeated Arsenal to recapture the top spot. It has been 103 days since they gave up the top spot to Arsenal. As Arsenal’s solo system collapsed, the competition to lead the EPL became more intense.안전놀이터
Man City won 3-1 in the EPL match against Arsenal in the 2022-2023 season held at Emirates Stadium in London, England on the 15th (local time).
This match drew great attention because it was a head-to-head confrontation between the teams ranked first and second in the EPL, and there was a possibility that the leading position would change depending on whether or not they won or lost. Man City, which is trying to win the EPL three times in a row, and Arsenal, which is aiming to win the championship for the first time in 19 years since the 2003-2004 season, have activated their best members in the ‘battle for first place’.
At the beginning of the game, the flow was tight. It was Arsenal that opened the door. In the 2nd minute of the first half, Granit Xaka fired a mid-range shot from outside the penalty box, but it went high. In the 16th minute of the first half, Man City connected Riyad Mahrez’s cross with Elling Hollan’s cross, but no player penetrated.
The tense flow broke with a single mistake. Manchester City took the lead in the 24th minute when Arsenal defender Takehiro Tomiyasu intercepted an inaccurate back pass and Kevin Debrawiner connected it with a sensational shot that crossed the goalkeeper’s key.
Arsenal, who conceded the opening goal, took the offensive. However, in the 28th minute of the first half, Tomiyasu fired a shot from inside the penalty box, and a minute later, Bukayo Saka’s shot was caught in the opponent’s defensive wall. Arsenal balanced the game in the 42nd minute of the first half. In the 42nd minute of the first half, Eddy Nketia scored a penalty kick that Saka scored.
The two teams faced off fiercely in the second half. They exchanged attacks several times, threatening each other’s goal. The balance was broken in the 26th minute of the second half. Jack Grealish, who received a pass from Ilkay Gundogan, connected it with a sharp shot. Grealish reported his third goal of the season.
Man City, who was in the mood, even scored a key goal by ‘monster striker’ Hollan. Haalan finished De Bruyne’s cutback pass with a right-footed shot. Arsenal tried to chase but failed to score and lost.
With this victory, Manchester City climbed to first place in the league with 16 wins, 3 draws, 4 losses and 51 points. Arsenal were tied with 51 points, but fell behind in goal difference and fell to second place. Arsenal, who took the lead on November 5 last year, gave up after 103 days.
Although Arsenal have given up the lead, they have yet to play one game less than Manchester City, so they can rise to the top at any time. “I still think Arsenal are number one,” said manager Pep Guardiola, referring to this. “There are still many games left in the league,” he added, “and it will be a tough time for the players.”
Arsenal manager Miguel Arteta expressed regret, saying, “We had three chances to score, but we couldn’t make it.” “But I am still confident that I can win. I am feeling it,” he said.