The first game in the Premier league of 2022 and its a big one, a win for Arsenal would keep them in the top 4 meanwhile Man City will want to make the gap bigger.
Arsenal: Ramsdale, Tierney, Gabriel, White, Tomiyasu, Xhaxa, Thomas, Martinelli, Odegaard, Saka, Lacazette
Ederson, Ake, Laporte, Dias, Cancelo, Silva, Rodri, De Bruyne, Sterling, Jesus, Mahrez
Referee: Stuart Attwell
TV Coverage: BT Sport
Live Stream: BT Sport
04′ The corner was played short to De Bruyne who crossed it but no one could get there head on it.
08′ Sterling uses his strength to get past Tomiyasu but Arsenal win it back.
09′ Saka outpaces Ake and the cross is blocked
11′ Odegaard runs on following the pass courtesy of Lacazette and Ederson puts his foot out, Stuart Attwell says no penalty and it goes to VAR they decide to not overrule the ref and its a corner to Arsenal.
13′ Tomiyasu slides in to stop De Bruyne and its a corner for City
14′ From a corner Sterling whips the ball from afar and Ruben Diaz skims it but only wider, it should be 1-0 now.
16′ Martinelli shoots ,and fellow Brazilian, Ederson saves it, diving low.
19′ Sterling wins the ball in the Arsenal box, it falls to De Bruyne and his curling shot sails wide over the bar.
20′ Tomiyasu crosses dangerously to Lacazette and Nathan Ake clears it by giving away a corner.
25′ Ake clears the first attack just when Tomiyasu was about to shoot. Xhaxa passes to Saka and he tries crossing it, this time Cancelo keeps the ball out.
27′ City are hounding around outside the Arsenal but they cant get a shot on.
29′ Ben White stands his ground as Sterling goes to the floor pleading a penalty, eventually the balls cleared.
31′ Saka scores. 1-0. Tierney passes through all the City players and Saka powers it into the bottom corner just too far for Ederson too reach.
35′ Ramsdale picks up a “cross” from Sterling but it went nowhere.
37′ Mahrez whipped a cross aimed for Gabriel Jesus and claims there’s too much contact from Ben White.
38′ De Bruyne runs too early and its offside.
40′ Saka’s taken down by a few City players and Odegaard whips in a free kick that was pretty good but none gets it.
43′ Martinelli gets past Laporte and Joao Cancelo tries to stay on him but he gets the shot on and its inches wide from a tough angle.
45+1′ De Bruyne plays a long corner that Ramsdale catches but he was in danger of fumbling after a small Laporte nudge.
HT’ Its clear to see Arsenal have improved since the 5-0 thrashing against City last August. They have put up a very good fight lead by on at the break thanks to a strike from Saka following Tierney’s cross.
47′ Thomas Partey takes Bernardo Silva out and City win a free kick.
48′ Martinelli tries using a good piece of skill its tackled and Lacazette wins the ball back, he passes to Martinelli again and Rodri goes for a tackle and slips over knocking him to the ground. Its a corner for Arsenal in the end where Martinelli’s header is cleared of the line.
50′ Lacazette takes Joao Cancelo down who’s forced to pass to Ederson.
53′ Xhaxa has pulled Bernardo Silva’s shirt and also may have left his leg out for him, Xhaxa collects a yellow and its a penalty.
56′ Mahrez is to take the penalty and he sends Ramsdale the wrong way, he goes right and Ramsdale dives left of the camera.
58′ Saka, Ake and Laporte all go for the ball and Laporte almost scores an own goal but Ake gets it off the line. Martinelli shoots from an open goal and he misses. Gabriel gets his second yellow and is off first for scuffing the penalty spot then for bumping into Gabriel Jesus on purpose.
62′ Gundogan enters the pitch for Gabriel Jesus and Odegaard leaves the pitch for Holding.
63′ Saka gets a yellow card, it may be for saying offensive language but where not sure following a foul from Rodri o Lacazette.
65′ Ben White makes a superb tackle just in time to stop De Bruyne advancing.
66′ Sterling cuts inside and tries shooting from just outside the box but he misses.
72′ Emile Smith Rowe comes on following high demand from Arsenal fans for Lacazette.
73′ Mahrez overruns an attack and its a goal kick.
74′ De Bruyne’s shot was blocked by Smith Rowe and then Bernardo Silva tried shooting his shot with the outside the box.
76′ Saka is offside and yet they still play on despite him being a metre in front.
77′ Xhaxa physically wins the ball from Mahrez and he through balls it too Saka who tries passing to Martinelli who misses.
80′ Joao Cancelo shoots from just outside the box and its over.
81′ Ake slides it through to De Bruyne and Ben White clears it out.
84′ Elneny comes on for Saka.
87′ Tierney stops Mahrez’s shot and it goes off hitting the side netting.
88′ Ramsdale is fouled after getting the ball cleanly, catching it and De Bruyne catches Ramsdale, he gets treatment and its a free kick.
90+2′ Tierney fouls Mahrez and its a free kick from near the box, De Bruyne passes it too Ruben Diaz who shots blocked.
90+3′ Rodri scores. Bernardo Silva shoots first and Rodri gets the ball, he shoots across the ground and its in. He takes his shirt off and the Arsenal fans throw there stuff at him.
FT’ Game Over. MOTM: Thomas Partey.