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Arsenal vs Manchester City at Emirates Stadium

Emirates Stadium Referee : Stuart Attwell
22nd December 2020 8:00 PM (GMT)
  • 1 Arsenal

    • ‘31' Alexandre Lacazette
  • 4 Manchester City

    • ‘3' Gabriel Jesus
    • ‘54' Riyad Mahrez
    • ‘59' Phil Foden
    • ‘73' Aymeric Laporte


Commentary By


Good night all...

Thank you for being with us and hope you enjoyed it as much as I did. We'll be back on Boxing Day but stick around for all the post-match reaction coming up on - plus the highlights and full match replay at midnight. Until then....


More from the boss


"Both teams need to scored goals, we score four. We changed the set-up, they score a good goal, after the second half we had more fluidity. The second goal was helped, the third maybe offside, so that makes a difference. After 3-1 it is a completely different game.

"We put another player in the position we can make it dangerous. We score a goal, we had a good moment, didn't suffer and they could not make passes in a row, but they changed, pressed better. The second half we adjusted and were a little bit more comfortable.

"The last two or three years we have scored a lot of goals and this year we struggle, but of course goals are important.

"It is good for the rhythm for the players that haven't played. For four years in a row we are in the semi-finals which is a good achievement in this competition."


Pep reaction....

Are City back to scoring goals?

"It’s like in Manchester, everyday it rains and then the sun shines for one day, it doesn’t mean the weather is going to change. It is just one game. We started well, they changed their system and after we struggled a little. In the second half we were much better."


Michael Brown thoughts...

"That's what we needed, some opportunities and a bit of fortune but ultimately it was a really strong second half performance, convincing, controlling. 

"We’ve seen a bit of flair, some great passes, some great movement. I think it was needed, that second half, get some goals, get some confidence again again go through."


Dickov post-match thoughts

"The performance tonight has been no different from a lot of others recently. Sometimes you need a little bit of luck and we got that with the free-kick. If you don't shoot, you don’t score is the old adage and from then on there was only going to be one winner."


Lescott reaction

"You’ve got to give all the credit to Manchester City, it was dominant, it was a professional performance in the second half and obviously Arsenal scored in the first half, but there was no real chance for them except for Steffen’s save late on. "


Mahrez reaction

"I think it was a good performance; we started good and in second half we had a lucky free-kick and after the third it as easier for us

"For my goal, I was surprised the position of the keeper because he was so close to the post, so I hit it and luckily he didn’t catch it properly.

"We cannot always dominate every game. I think we’re gonna come back (scoring), but it's not easy to always get 4 or 5 goals every game."


City in the semis where Brentford plus two of either Stoke, Spurs, Everton and United. The draw is live on Sky Sports after United's game at Goodison Park and will be played in early January


Can we get another? I seem to recall some wise writer suggesting someone was going to get a bit of a thrashing by City earlier in the evening. Oh, that'd be me....


It's too early to say game over but Arsenal look crestfallen. I said no VAR and I think it's fair to say that Phil was a fraction offside - but there's no comeback and the goal stands. What was Ferna doing on the left flank? Legend.


Feel for the keeper there - he had the ball in his sights but it sort of slipped through and over his head into the top corner. Just what we needed


We've lost our rhythm here - that fast flowing football is patchy though Arsenal are playing with more energy and belief. Free-kick though on the edge of the box as Mahrez is fouled...


He will continue... which is good to see as he was out for five months and is a talented player. Ferna was booked for a separate incident


Martinelli down as he just loses the race to a through-ball and Steffen's follow-through clips the Arsenal striker who is receiving treatment and looks in a bit of pain


Zack Steffen gives the ball straight to an Arsenal player on the edge of the box but the City defence snuff out the danger - tricky last five minutes for the lads


Martinelli gets to the bye-line and his cross is headed home by Lacazette . Out of nothing and against the run of play, but it's all square at 1-1 here now


Ceballos and Ferna clash - the Gunners man was buzzing around the skipper like a wasp and Ferna's attempted swat floors the Arsenal man. Handbags at best and the ref - who has been excellent so far - awards nothing. Ceballos is fine


Mustafi booked as Jesus spins away from him with ease - two bookings in the space of a few minutes from the hosts. Gab J looking razor-sharp


First unnerving moment as the ball is played back to Steffen and Martinelli almost closes him down - but the American deals with it and the danger is cleared


Great move, Foden feeding Zinchenko whose cross into the middle is superb and Jesus gets there first to end his eight-match run without a goal. One shot, 1-0!


Pep pre-match...

"Our aim and the team I have selected is to win the game, Maybe Sergio will get some minutes - he's not ready for 90 minutes yet.

"We have a good record in this cup, but every season is a new one - we travel to London and it so sad to see this marvellous city in lockdown but we will try to win and then go home to Manchester."


City waited 36 years years to beat Arsenal away from 1975 to 2011 - since then we've lost just two of 10 visits to the Emirates, winning five and all of our last four trips - those four games aggregate? Arsenal 0-11 City. Impressive


Arteta preview:

"The changes are due to rotation and players selected deserve a chance. Martinelli has only gad a few minutes, let's see how he copes with it. I want to see a competitive edge and we need to win this game - everything has to work collectively well for us to go through."


Anyone else feel that City will dish out a thrashing sooner or later?

Maybe not tonight, but sooner or later, all these chances we are creating will start going in.


Arsenal's journey has arguably been tougher, with a 2-0 win at Leicester followed by a 0-0 draw with Liverpool and a 5-4 penalty shoot-out success against the Reds


Brentford in the semis so congrats to the Bees - they'll give any side left in the competition a game... Newcastle's long wait for silverware goes on


Eight changes for the Gunners from the side beaten at Goodison Park at the weekend.  Here's the team again: 

Rúnarsson, Cédric Soares, Gabriel, Mustafi, Kolasinac, Ceballos, Elneny, Maitland-Niles, Willock, Martinelli, Lacazette


Leno, Tierney, Pépé, Marí, Nketiah, Smith Rowe, Balogun 


City are looking for a fourth straight Carabao Cup success, or a fifth in six years or...(takes a deep breath), a sixth in eight years. Basically, we've owned this competition over the past decade.


There's no Aubameyang - and of course his two goals knocked us out of last season's FA Cup at the semi-final stage - but the Gunners will be free of their league pressures and whatever Arteta has been doing for cup matches, it's been pretty flawless so far


They landed the FA Cup and Community Shield this summer, have reached the Carabao Cup last eight and have breezed through their Europa League qualifying group


So, what can we expect tonight?  I reckon we can forget the Gunners' poor Premier League form of five defeats and two draws in their last seven - since Mikel Arteta took over, Arsenal are very much a cup side


Team news will land at 7pm which also the time We're Not Really Here begins with tonight's guests Joleon Lescott, Paul Dickov and Michael Brown - in fact...


Join us later

Can we win the Carabao Cup for the fourth year in a row? 

Join us from 6pm for minute-by-minute text updates. 

And then from 7pm, our live We're Not Really Here show kicks off, with Joleon Lescott, Paul Dickov and Michael Brown all joining us. 

All of it is available right here!

See ya then!


Pep [on Ruben Dias]

“Ruben has helped us a lot to be solid, and he has settled perfect with John Stones. 

“It’s incredible - that is how we can still be there. Knocking on the door of teams above us. We need it to be stable and maybe one day players will be fresh to score the goals.

“Ruben doesn’t make a single mistake and he is always focused.

“He is able to lead the line, the same with John. Our club bought an exceptional defender - especially for the personality.”



We have won our last three away matches against Arsenal, all in the Premier League. 

City are the only team to win three consecutive away games against the Gunners at the Emirates, while the last team to win four consecutive away matches against Arsenal were Chelsea between 1960 and 1965 (six in a row). 


Pep was asked whether he will buy a striker in January...

"No I don't think so because the economic situation around the world is what it is.

"All the clubs struggle - we are not an exception."


More from Mikel Arteta

"This is what we want to use it for because it's a competition we want to try to win.

"We had two difficult opponents, with Leicester and Liverpool. We managed to beat them both and now we are playing at home and we are one step closer to Wembley."


Arteta confirms Aubameyang is out injured

"Auba is not fit for [Tuesday]. 

"He will have another scan in the next few days and we will see how quickly we can get him back in the team."


Zaba [on Fernandinho]

"Fernandinho is like a fine wine. 

“He gets better as he gets older.

“He’s always been really physically strong, but when he’s on the field he brings that leadership and experience to the team.

“His positioning is always good; he can tackle and his distribution of the ball is always excellent."

Other games that day

  • Brentford1
    Newcastle United0