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Manchester City and Arsenal play out stalemate in Premier League showdown

Manchester City and Arsenal play out stalemate in Premier League showdown

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Manchester City and Arsenal played out a tense 0-0 draw at the Etihad Stadium, failing to live up to the anticipation of a high-stakes clash in the Premier League on Sunday, Soccernet.ng reports.

While the match ended goalless, Liverpool emerged as the day’s biggest winners in the title race by securing a hard-fought 2-1 victory over Brighton.

This result propels them to the top of the table, two points ahead of Arsenal and three clear of City with nine games remaining in the season.

Despite the deadlock, City maintained their unbeaten home record, which dates back to November 2022. Conversely, Arsenal’s eight-match winning streak in the Premier League ended, but they will likely be content with a point, having thwarted City’s goal-scoring efforts at the Etihad for the first time in two years.

City dominated possession throughout the match but struggled to break down Arsenal’s resilient defense, which boasts the fewest goals conceded in the Premier League this season. Arsenal, on the other hand, opted for a counter-attacking strategy, mindful of their poor record at the Etihad in recent years.

Gabriel Jesus, returning to face his former club, had Arsenal’s best chance in a quiet first half, while Nathan Ake squandered City’s clearest opportunity when he failed to capitalize on a Kevin De Bruyne corner.

City’s defensive woes worsened when Ake was forced off with an injury in the first half, compounding the absence of Kyle Walker and John Stones.

Despite an uptick in tempo after the break, neither side could find the breakthrough. Arsenal’s resolute defense effectively neutralised Erling Haaland, and City’s attempts were repeatedly thwarted.

Late in the game, substitute Leandro Trossard had a golden opportunity to snatch victory for Arsenal, but City goalkeeper Stefan Ortega saved his effort.

The draw means City are still without a win against any of the top five teams in the Premier League this season. To maintain their title aspirations, they now rely on favorable results from both Liverpool and Arsenal in the coming matches.

Ayomide Oguntimehin

Ayomide Oguntimehin

Ayomide Oguntimehin is a CAF-accredited sports journalist and an Editor at Soccernet.ng, with a proven track record in conducting interviews with Super Eagles stars such as William Troost-Ekong, Taiwo Awoniyi, Bright Osayi-Samuel, Ademola Lookman, and many others. He has also made a significant impact in breaking transfer news stories.

Grounded in video editing, video journalism, social media management, and content strategy, Ayomide brings a wealth of expertise to his work.

With a Bachelor’s degree in English Language from Adeyemi College of Education and a Master’s Degree in School Library and Media Technology from the University of Ibadan, Ayomide is well-prepared to excel in the field.

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