Arsenal vs Manchester Metropolis
Saturday’s early Premier League kick-off would see Arsenal and Manchester Metropolis face off.
Arsenal headed into sport on a nice run of kind. Nevertheless, the Gunners’ report in opposition to the highest golf equipment this time period has been significantly poor, while their total report in opposition to the Sky Blues lately is horrific.
Arsenal misplaced 5-0 to Pep Guardiola and co. earlier this season, while Arsenal have crushed Manchester Metropolis simply as soon as of their final 12 conferences throughout all competitions.
So, regardless of Arsenal trying to be on the up, a Metropolis win did appear very doubtless this weekend.
Nevertheless, Arsenal dominated for big durations throughout the open half-hour and have been finally rewarded half-hour in when Bukayo Saka slotted house from a Kierney Tierney ball.
Bukayo Saka with a superbly positioned first-time shot 👌
Arsenal made an ideal begin in opposition to Metropolis and it’s their quantity seven who will get the purpose! pic.twitter.com/OHWbeUBOOY
— Soccer on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) January 1, 2022
Metropolis, although, have been handed a approach again into the tie largely all the way down to silly errors on the a part of Arsenal’s gamers.
Firstly, Xhaka pulled down Bernardo Silva at hand Metropolis a penalty, which Riyad Mahrez scored.
Gabriel was then despatched off only a few minutes later, leaving Arsenal with 10 males for over half an hour of the sport.
And, regardless of a valiant effort from Arsenal, Metropolis finally scored the winner 92 minutes in. An enormous intestine punch for the Gunners who, barring some particular person errors, placed on certainly one of their finest shows of the season.
Listed here are 101’s Arsenal participant scores from the match.
Arsenal participant scores
Aaron Ramsdale: 6.5/10
Distribution from Ramsdale was wonderful throughout the conflict, together with early within the tie when his lengthy ball led to an Arsenal penalty shout.
He had little else to do all through the sport. Dived the incorrect approach for Mahrez’s penalty.
Takehiro Tomiyasu: 7/10
Again at right-back as we speak, Tomiyasu did a stable job of neutralising the specter of Raheem Sterling, who had been in nice kind earlier than Saturday.
Ben White: 6/10
A reasonably quiet sport for White. He didn’t do rather a lot incorrect and was capable of hold Gabriel Jesus – Metropolis’s centre-forward on the day – from having an excessive amount of pleasure in entrance of purpose. The ball did bounce off White within the build-up to Rodri’s purpose however there was not that a lot he might have finished.
Gabriel had first rate first 45, however he was proven a second yellow card 59 minutes in after blocking Gabriel Jesus.
It was a problem he actually didn’t have to make, and it has price his facet massively.
Kieran Tierney: 7/10
There was some debate in current weeks over whether or not Nuno Tavares might turn out to be Arsenal’s no.1 left-back.
Nevertheless, Kieran Tierney’s exhibiting in opposition to Metropolis proved why Arteta is correct to stay with him. The defender was a relentless risk down Metropolis’s proper flank and it was his intelligent ball that arrange Saka for the opener.
Thomas Partey: 8/10
Partey’s show vs Man Metropolis was certainly one of his finest in an Arsenal shirt. The midfielder was stuffed with depth, received numerous duels and was urgent very effectively.
It’s unlucky for Arsenal that they now need to lose Partey for the AFCON.
Granit Xhaka: 4/10
Demise, taxes and Granit Xhaka doing silly to price Arsenal. The Swiss midfielder had a really stable opening 50 minutes vs Manchester Metropolis, however then gave away a penalty, bringing down Bernardo Silva.
The Metropolis man clearly went down very simply, however Xhaka shouldn’t have pulled on Silva’s shirt anyway.
Bukayo Saka: 7.5/10
Saka had a reasonably fairly begin to the sport, however he got here up large with a stunning end half-hour in.
Martin Odegaard: 7/10
Odegaard did an excellent job of neutralising Man Metropolis’s means to play out from the again within the first 45, sticking on Rodri and never permitting Metropolis to construct out from the again by way of the Spaniard.
Was taken off after 63 minutes following the pink card.
Gabriel Martinelli: 7/10
Gabriel Martinelli continued his nice run of kind in opposition to Man Metropolis. The Brazilian was unable to get himself on the scoresheet within the opening 45.
Nevertheless, Martinelli nonetheless prompted Metropolis all kinds of issues down their proper flank and compelled a number of good saves out of Ederson.
He additionally ought to have scored when he was offered with an open purpose after Nathan Ake cleared off the road.
One other shiny exhibiting from the teenager, who now seems to have 100 per cent taken Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s beginning function on the left-wing.
Alexandre Lacazette: 6.5/10
Lacazette didn’t trigger Man Metropolis too many issues in entrance of purpose.
Nevertheless, his urgent sport was as soon as once more on level for the Gunners. He was introduced off after 71 minutes for Emile Smith Rowe – a transfer that doubtless wouldn’t have been made if Arsenal nonetheless had 11 males on the pitch.
Emile Smith Rowe: 5/10
Got here on for the ultimate 19 minutes rather than Lacazette, however couldn’t have an effect on the sport an excessive amount of. This, although, was to be anticipated on account of Arsenal being a person gentle.
Rob Holding: 3/10
Performed simply over half an hour rather than the sent-off Gabriel. Maybe might have finished higher with the cross that got here in for Rodri’s purpose.
Mohamed Eleny: N/A
Was solely on the pitch for round 10 minutes, didn’t do something egregious.
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|5||West Ham United||19||9||31|
|10||Brighton & Hove Albion||18||-1||24|
|Salah, Mohamed||Liverpool FC||15|
|Jota, Diogo||Liverpool FC||10|
|Vardy, Jamie||Leicester Metropolis||9|
|Dennis, Emmanuel||Watford FC||8|
|Ronaldo, Cristiano||Manchester United||8|
|Son, Heung Min||Tottenham Hotspur||8|
|Smith-Rowe, Emile||Arsenal FC||8|
|Mount, Mason||Chelsea FC||7|
|Antonio, Michail||West Ham United||7|
|Sterling, Raheem||Manchester Metropolis||7|
|Mane, Sadio||Liverpool FC||7|
|Silva, Bernardo||Manchester Metropolis||7|
|Maupay, Neal||Brighton & Hove Albion||7|
|Gallagher, Conor||Crystal Palace||6|
|Wilson, Callum||Newcastle United||6|
|Mahrez, Riyad||Manchester Metropolis||5|
|Saka, Bukayo||Arsenal FC||5|
|King, Joshua||Watford FC||5|
|Participant||Staff||Pink Playing cards||Yellow Playing cards|
|Salisu, Mohammed||Southampton FC||0||6|
|Dennis, Emmanuel||Watford FC||0||6|
|Laporte, Aymeric||Manchester Metropolis||1||5|
|Neves, Ruben||Wolverhampton Wanderers||0||6|
|Bissouma, Yves||Brighton & Hove Albion||0||6|
|James, Reece||Chelsea FC||1||4|
|Fernandes, Bruno||Manchester United||0||5|
|Pogba, Paul||Manchester United||1||4|
|Cancelo, Joao||Manchester Metropolis||0||5|
|Robertson, Andy||Liverpool FC||1||4|
|Canos, Sergi||Brentford FC||0||5|
|Rice, Declan||West Ham United||0||5|
|Ritchie, Matt||Newcastle United||0||5|
|Westwood, Ashley||Burnley FC||0||5|
|Tarkowski, James||Burnley FC||0||5|
|Manquillo, Javi||Newcastle United||0||5|
|Norgaard, Christian||Brentford FC||0||5|
|Mings, Tyrone||Aston Villa||0||5|
|Duffy, Shane||Brighton & Hove Albion||0||5|
|Salah, Mohamed||Liverpool FC||8|
|Alexander-Arnold, Trent||Liverpool FC||8|
|Bowen, Jarrod||West Ham United||7|
|Jesus, Gabriel||Manchester Metropolis||7|
|Pogba, Paul||Manchester United||7|
|Dennis, Emmanuel||Watford FC||5|
|Mount, Mason||Chelsea FC||5|
|James, Reece||Chelsea FC||5|
|Kovacic, Mateo||Chelsea FC||5|
|Cancelo, Joao||Manchester Metropolis||5|
|Robertson, Andy||Liverpool FC||5|
|Antonio, Michail||West Ham United||4|
|Mahrez, Riyad||Manchester Metropolis||4|
|Saka, Bukayo||Arsenal FC||4|
|Doucoure, Abdoulaye||Everton FC||4|
|Redmond, Nathan||Southampton FC||4|
|Ronaldo, Cristiano||Manchester United||3|
|Gallagher, Conor||Crystal Palace||3|
|King, Joshua||Watford FC||3|
|Fernandes, Bruno||Manchester United||3|