The Premier League leaders Arsenal drew against Brentford. In contrast, the reigning champions, Manchester City, won a thumping victory over Aston villa, making them just a win away from the table toppers Arsenal. As both sides are set to compete against each other this Wednesday in the Premier League, a box office match is on the cusps for football fans.
Arsenal’s draw came up against the giant killer Brentford, as they shared honours at the Emirates. Arsenal took the lead against the Bees through a well-constructed move. Martin Odegaard found Bukayo Saka with a deft pass. He then whipped a low cross across the box, which was met by the substitute, Leandro Trossard. Emirates erupted as Arsenal found themselves in front. But the joy didn’t last long as Brenford equalised through their starman and topscorer Ivan Toney. A freekick whipped to the Arsenal box created absolute mayhem, and in the end, a Norgaard header found Ivan Toney, and he guided the ball to an empty net. Arsenal tried to get back into the game, but Brentford’s defence put on a show and was rock solid until the final whistle.
At the Etihad, City went on to the field knowing a win against Villa could narrow the gap between Arsenal to only three points. City took the lead from a corner kick thanks to a Rodri header which bamboozled Emiliano Martinez to put City in front. City increased the lead through last season’s hero Ilkay Gundegon after creating chaos in the Villa back. Villa failed to deal with a long ball from Debruyne, which kindly fell for Haaland. He took it in his control, and just when everyone in the Etihad thought the chance had gone, he whipped a low cross through the six-yard box, presenting Gundogan with an easy tap-in. Riyad Mahrez sealed the deal for City in the added minutes of the first half as he buried the penalty past Martinez in the top left corner. Villa’s desperate attempts to return to the match riped fruits for them as they hit one back through Ollie Watkins. The game ended in a 3-1 victory to City, with them dominating Villa with nine shots on target and 68% possession of the ball.
Manchester City and Arsenal will compete at the Emirates this Wednesday. A win for City may hand them the top position in the League table, whilst Arsenal can cruise with a six-point lead if they can beat the reigning champions. Star striker Erling Haaland was injured against Villa, which led Guardiola to replace him at halftime. Asked about this later, Guardiola expressed uncertainty about Haaland’s recovery and said he might look for other options. If that is the case, Julian Alvarez might be in the starting eleven against the gunners.
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