Arsenal vs Man City LIVE Score: Bukayo Saka gives the Gunners the lead as Man City miss two great opportunities

BUKAYO SAKA gave Arsenal the lead in a thrilling clash with Manchester City.

Martin Odegaard was denied an early penalty as City missed two great opportunities before Kieran Tierney passed the ball to Saka to score.

Official Wednesday Kevin Friend had to be brought in as assistant referee after Constantine Hatzidakis had to miss the game at the last minute.

City have Joao Cancelo in their starting lineup just days after going through the terrifying ordeal of being attacked by thieves inside his home.

Phil Foden is also out for Man City and is not even on the bench.

Takehiro Tomiyasu starts for Arsenal, but Mikel Arteta is at the Emirates Stadium after testing positive for Covid.

The Arsenal boss is yet to see his side score a goal against his former boss in the league.

  • Start-up time: 12:30pm UK
  • TV channel/live stream: BT Sport 1, BT Sport Ultimate and BT Sport apps
  • Arsenal team: Ramsdale, Tomiyasu, White, Gabriel, Tierney, Partey, Xhaka, Saka, Odegaard, Martinelli, Lacazette.
  • Manchester City Team: Ederson, Cancelo, Dias, Laporte, Ake, Rodri, Silva, De Bruyne, Mahrez, Jesus, Sterling.
  • Phil Foden left out of City squad


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  • Arsenal 1-0 Man City

    53. Bernardo Silva goes under the challenge of Granit Xhaka in the box, and wants a penalty!

    Stuart Atwell immediately told the Spaniard to get up, and several Arsenal players approached Bernardo to accuse him of diving.

    However, VAR officials will have a different view…

  • Arsenal 1-0 Man City

    51. From the corner, Martinelli crosses the ball beautifully to Martinelli, but the Brazilian player shoots completely wrong.

    To be fair, I wouldn’t be able to kick a ball if I had just been launched into orbit.

  • Arsenal 1-0 Man City

    49. Oh my! Rodri moved to deny Gabriel Martinelli a clear attack on goal from 20 yards, and sent the Brazilian flying in the air.

    Angry Arsenal players surrounded Stuart Atwell while the crowd demanded a red card, but the referee resolutely pointed to a corner.

    It was probably the right decision, but the phrase ‘hard but fair’ hardly fits the challenge.

  • Opening – Arsenal 1-0 Man City

    46. ​​The second half is on! No changes have been reported, and much the same is exactly what Arsenal, Mikel Arteta and Albert Stuivenberg would be hoping for.

    If Man City cannot play at their best in the next 45 minutes, the meeting between Chelsea and Liverpool tomorrow will be even bigger.

  • First half facts and figures

    Manchester City have had a 67 per cent possession and 304 passes in the first half, but are yet to score a shot on target.

    Meanwhile, 4 of Arsenal’s 12 tackles were made by Thomas Partey.

  • Half time – Arsenal 1-0 Man City

    Stuart Atwell called time for a brilliant, brilliant first half from Arsenal’s perspective.

    The Gunners took the lead at half-time, thanks to the effort of Bukayo Saka, and that was the least they deserved for a display of desire and confidence.

    City, on the other hand, have been lethargic by their high standards, and Pep Guardiola is sure to have plenty to say in the dressing room.

  • Arsenal 1-0 Man City

    45. City forced a corner at the end of the first half.

    The most dynamic Ramsdale got in Arsenal’s goal was when he celebrated Saka’s strike, but he did well here to push his way above a tight box to land the cross.

  • Arsenal 1-0 Man City – Martinelli’s chance!

    43. An excellent run by Martinelli! Can he score a goal? No, just wide!

    The Brazilian beat Cancelo again from the far side, and bypassed his pass into the box with a combination of speed and skill. All that was missing was Ederson’s finishing touch with a final touch that narrowly missed the post.

  • Arsenal 1-0 Man City

    41. A heavy though fair challenge from Rodri sends Saka into a pile-up.

    The scorer looked annoyed, but nothing a pat on the stomach from his teammates couldn’t fix.

    Saka is now awake and ready to return.

  • Arsenal 1-0 Man City – Martinelli’s chance!

    39. Almost a second!

    Lacazette was the assist again, passing the ball behind to Martinelli on the left. The Brazilian penetrated from the right, only to have a shot wide open on goal.

    It must have been a rare feeling for him, but Pep Guardiola will be hoping the first half whistle is swift.

  • Arsenal 1-0 Man City

    37. Having said that, this was a really impressive performance by Arsenal, and a far cry from the performance in the opposite game where they were beaten 5-0.

    Mikel Arteta deserves a lot of credit for the way he has turned the performances around. It is almost as if managers do better with time and support.

  • Arsenal 1-0 Man City

    35. Kevin De Bruyne is nothing like Kevin.

    The Belgian made a cross from the left, but made mistakes in height, power and accuracy. It flowed into Aaron Ramsdale’s hand.

  • Arsenal 1-0 Man City

    33. How will City react when falling behind?

    It’s been almost a month since they last conceded a goal, and this is only the second time in their last 23 games that they’ve conceded a goal in the first half.

  • Arsenal 1-0 Man City

    31. Bukayo Saka’s rich form continues!

    Kieran Tierney broke through from the left, and fired a pass into the center of the box.

    It could have been for Alexandre Lacazette, but Saka was so alert that he lunged ahead of both his captain and Nathan Ake to sweep a lovely low left foot past Ederson from 15 yards.

    Emirates explodes, the players celebrate, and somewhere, Mikel Arteta dances around his living room.

  • Goals – Saka scores for Arsenal!

    Arsenal have a great first half bonus!

    It’s Bukayo Saka with his seventh goal of the season!

  • Arsenal 0-0 Man City

    29. Better from the City.

    Sterling gathers possession with his back to goal, turns and moves forward. Xhaka charged in with a challenge – fortunately for all involved – he missed, and then White blocked it with a tackle he was absolutely right.

  • Arsenal 0-0 Man City

    27. It took three Man City players to block Lacazette’s shot from more than 20 yards.

    It has been a long time since Pep’s army has been withdrawn from a position like this.

  • Arsenal 0-0 Man City

    25. Arsenal have had more than 70% of possession in the last five minutes, and if the City players didn’t know they were in a game before, they have now.

    They’re holding up their form for now, but the back four look as frantic and confused as Pep Guardiola does on the touchline.

  • Arsenal 0-0 Man City

    23. The home team is definitely targeting the left wing of Man City, where midfielder Nathan Ake is operating as a reserve full-back.

    Saka and Tomiyasu are doubling the gap with the former Bournemouth man, and it is working. Gunners are starting to master.

  • Arsenal 0-0 Man City

    21. Fresh from describing Bernardo Silva’s feat with a hoover, Martin Keown now compares Kevin De Bruyne’s foot to a paintbrush.


  • Arsenal 0-0 Man City

    20. It’s a bit hot out there.

    This all-new revamped Arsenal is delivering as good as it gets, and that includes responding to some big challenges facing their opponents.

  • Arsenal 0-0 Man City

    18. De Bruyne scored with a cut from outside the box.

    It moves very wide the target. The Belgian player has yet to be watched this afternoon.

  • Arsenal 0-0 Man City – Martinelli’s chance!

    16. At the other end, Gabriel Martinelli comes close to break the deadlock!

    The Brazilian entered from the left, but could not finish Ederson in the near corner. Once again, the Man City goalkeeper saved with his foot.

  • Arsenal 0-0 Man City – Deadly chance!

    14. How did Ruben Dias fail to score?!

    Arsenal successfully defended Man City’s corner, but their mark fell to pieces in the second. Sterling again hangs the ball from deep inside, straight into the head of goalkeeper Ruben Dias.

    The centre-back needed only a light touch to beat Ramsdale and find the net, but his touch was little more than a broom but instead a long shot.

  • Arsenal 0-0 Man City

    12. Arsenal players were not satisfied and continued to curse at the referee.

    At home, Mikel Arteta may have stepped foot across the television screen – and not just because of Steve McManaman’s commentary. Arsenal vs Man City LIVE Score: Bukayo Saka gives the Gunners the lead as Man City miss two great opportunities

Huynh Nguyen

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