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Manchester City vs Arsenal at Etihad Stadium

Etihad Stadium Referee : Chris Kavanagh
17th October 2020 5:30 PM (BST)
  • 1 Manchester City

    • ‘23' Raheem Sterling
  • 0 Arsenal




It's a wrap

Thanks for tuning in this evening. We are nothing without you guys and hope you enjoyed our coverage.

We'll have Pep's press conference thoughts, a CityTV interview with Raheem and we'll have the highlights later on.

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Arteta: 'I am disappointed'

"I think we deserved more but when you have chances against a top, top side - you have to take them. We had three and didn't score.

"I was in that dressing room for four years and I know how hard it is to do what we did here tonight.

"If we are going to lose games, I want to do it playing like this."


Pep reaction

"It was as we expected but this victory is so important.

"It was an incredible effort. Ederson made great saves against Leeds and was outstanding again today.

"The international break is over, the transfer window is closed so we can start from here.

"Everyone has the same problems but we started so late.

"We are away from our best condition but this will help by getting results

"The effort was incredible - how we fought and how we played

"What we have seen today, I am really happy.

"We need more time to grow as a team and this game will help us make a step forward.

"So many players were at a top level against a very good side.

"We have to be so proud this evening."


Vital win

Raheem Sterling: "That will give us confidence for the games to come.

"We had a couple of chances to score a second but they're good side and we are happy with the win."


After Leicester, we desperately needed a solid defensive performance tonight. Thought Dias, Ake and Ederson were very good. Bernardo was superb.


Penalty shout?

TV replays showing Gabriel's barge on Bernardo as he chased down Leno. I'm no expert but he made no attempt to play the ball, just the man but VAR weren't interested



Early drama as Pepe heads straight at Ederson from five yards out - Pepe landed awkwardly and is being treated. Dangerous start by the visitors


Testing 45 to come I think - very good game and both sides playing well, Could have been 2-2 on chances created  but we have the advantage as it stands


City 1-0 Arsenal

Close call again at the end of the half as Walker's raised boot almost connects with an Arsenal player, but the resulting shot is wide and City go in at the break a goal to the good



Brilliant from Ederson again as Aubameyang burst into the box and is denied by the City stopper - the flag went up but VAR would have overturned it as there was no offside. Few nervy moments here as half-time approaches


Aguero burst forward, fed Foden who cut inside and saw his shot pushed out by Leno - but only as far as the skipper who buries a low shot into the net from 12 yards


As we thought, it's very tactical with both managers trying to outthink the other with little tweaks here and there and very fluid positional play 


Bernardo playing centrally and dropping quite deep at times, collecting the ball from the defence and getting things moving - he'll have specific duties but he's up and down the pitch at present and looking fit and sharp


Key battles

We're up against a confident Arsenal today. They'll fancy their chances, especially with De Bruyne and Laporte missing. But City are keen to get up and running this season - it should be fascinating with Pep v Arteta head-to-heads currently standing at 1-1.

Key battles?

Dias v Aubameyang

Aguero v Gabriel

Cancelo v Pepe

Sterling v Bellerin 


January 2015  was the last time Arsenal won at the Etihad - and it was their last away win against the established top six. Since then, 10 draws, 18 defeats and no victories... 


So, sounds like Laporte will be back quickly which is great news, but we'll have to wait for more news on Mendy and keep our fingers crossed his injury jinx hasn't struck again. 


Pep on Sergio return and injuries

"It's good for us - for a long time he didn't play for us. I'm not sure about his condition. but the situation we are in I thought it better to start him rather than bringing him off the bench."

On Laporte and Mendy's absence:

"Laporte, not too long, but Mendy will be out for longer."


We've had goals galore and some crazy results so far this season - including our 5-2 loss to Leicester. Will today see something a bit more 'normal'?  Both today's game have produced plenty of goals with Everton and Liverpool drawing 2-2 and Chelsea and Southampton currently tied at 3-3. It's been entertaining, that's for sure


Very early days of course but Liverpool dropped another two points earlier on this afternoon so a good chance for City to make up more ground if we can take all three points today. 


Will be interesting to see the starting XI Pep goes for. Will he adjust the system from the last time we met Arsenal at Wembley which ended in a disappointing defeat?


As ever, we'll try and keep you entertained with a mixture of features, updates and, from 5.30pm this afternoon/early evening, we'll bring you live text commentary here on the Matchday Centre

Other games that day

  • Newcastle United1
    Manchester United4
  • Chelsea3
  • Everton2
  • Leicester City0
    Aston Villa0
  • Crystal Palace0
    Brighton and Hove Albion0
  • Sheffield United0
  • Tottenham Hotspur0
    West Ham United0

As it stood

P GD Pts
1 Everton 5 +7 13
2 Liverpool 5 0 10
3 Aston Villa 3 +9 9
4 Leicester City 4 +5 9
5 Arsenal 5 +2 9
6 Chelsea 5 +4 8
7 Tottenham Hotspur 4 +7 7
8 Leeds United 4 +1 7
10 Southampton 5 -1 7
11 Newcastle United 5 -2 7
12 West Ham United 4 +4 6
13 Crystal Palace 4 -2 6
14 Manchester United 4 -3 6
15 Wolverhampton Wanderers 4 -3 6
16 Brighton and Hove Albion 4 -2 3
17 West Bromwich Albion 4 -8 1
18 Burnley 3 -5 0
19 Sheffield United 4 -5 0
20 Fulham 4 -8 0
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