Live Blog: Manchester City 4-1 Arsenal in top of the table clash
League leaders Arsenal take on title rivals Manchester City in arguably the biggest game of the 2022/23 season. Follow the game live...
Live BLog Wednesday Apr 26th
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Very interesting to hear from Mikel Arteta after this one. Keep an eye on our website for reaction and on the whistle player ratings, and hopefully see you at the Emirates on Monday for Arsenal Women's Champions League semi final second leg against Wolfsburg. The Gunners return to action on Tuesday against Frank Lampard's struggling Chelsea. Goodbye for now.
Full time: Manchester City 4-1 Arsenal. City take their biggest step yet towards winning a third Premier League title in a row- they close the gap on Arsenal to two points with two games in hand on the Gunners, who have been outclassed in every way tonight.
95' Erling Haaland literally and metaphorically lets his hair down and scores City's fourth. Arsenal's defence switches off and Haaland slots the ball bast Ramsdale. 4-1
94' Somehow, a fair few City fans have gone home early to beat the traffic in their biggest game of the season so far. 3-1
93' Alvarez's cross can't find Foden as the clock ticks on toward full time. 3-1
5 minutes of injury time. 3-1
90' Partey, on a yellow card, wrestles Haaland to the floor but escapes any further punishment. 3-1
2 minutes plus added time- could Arsenal get another one back to really put the pressure on? Surely not... 3-1
Holding has more goals than Spurs' £60 million signing Richarlison in the Premier League this season.
86' Poor corner from Trossard but he then picks the ball up out wide before driving into the box. He finds Rob Holding who smashes the ball past Ederson with an excellent finish! 3-1
84' Eddie Nketiah is in the room and City's defence was in trouble for a moment as he flashed the ball across the face of goal. 3-0
The Arsenal fans have been singing their songs and cheering on their team non stop tonight despite the scoreline- they have been a credit to their club tonight. Outstanding.
81' Hale End graduates Nelson and Nketiah on for Saka and Jesus. 3-0
81' De Bruyne's night is done as he is replaced by Alvarez. What a stunning display from the Belgian with two goals and an assist. 3-0
80' Saka's free kick was curling but it's over the crossbar. 3-0
78' Bukayo Saka pays the ball forward and there's a handball from Rodri. Free kick in a good position for Arsenal. 3-0
Grealish had just nudged Partey after he was kicked by Bernardo Silva- Partey almost wasn't sure who to pick a fight with. Back underway. 3-0
75' Grealish and Partey lock horns and Bukayo Saka runs straight in to defend his teammate. Michael Oliver calms down the players and books Grealish and then Partey. 3-0
71' Arsenal continuing to have a bit more of the ball. Trossard's cross is flicked on but cleared by Akanji before Emile Smith Rowe is finally introduced. 3-0
68' The Arsenal fans are still in fine voice and cheering their team on at the Etihad despite the scoreline. 3-0
64' Chelsea are losing again at least- they trail 2-0 to Brentford in an earlier kick off as Frank Lampard heads for a fifth defeat as interim manager. Gundogan's shot is high over the crossbar. 3-0
As Layth said it's remarkable to think of the progress Arsenal have made since they were thrashed by City at the Etihad last season, but the fact that they have come all this way to be outclassed by Pep's side once again speaks volumes about just how dominant this City team are. 3-0
60' Martinelli has barely had a kick. He's replaced by Trossard and Xhaka is replaced by Jorginho. 3-0
57' Arsenal not far away there! Holding's shot is deflected behind. 3-0
56' Could genuinely be a case of simply trying to keep the scoreline down tonight such has been the gulf in class between these two teams. 3-0
54' Game. Set. Title? Kevin De Bruyne makes it City 3-0 Arsenal as easy as you like, curling the ball past Ramsdale and that should be that. Awful pass from Odegaard to give the ball to Haaland who assists De Bruyne once again. 3-0
53' HUGE save from Ramsdale! Haaland goes one on one again but it was not a clinical effort, Ramsdale got down low to deny the Norwegian. 2-0
52' Kyle Walker holds firm and outstrengths Zinchenko to see the ball behind for a City goal kick. 2-0
49' The outswinging City corner is dealt with but Partey can't link up with Martinelli on the counter attack. 2-0
Xhaka's shot there was Arsenal's first on target tonight.
48' Ederson is drawn into a comfortable save before some excellent defending by Gabriel. 2-0
47' Akanji brings down Jesus just in front of Arteta's technical area. 2-0
Back underway for the second half. Arsenal simply have to score next. 2-0
Arsenal are unsurprisingly the first team back out of the tunnel after half time. Here come City shortly after...
Could Emile Smith Rowe finally see some minutes tonight? He's on the bench alongside the likes of Nelson, Trossard and Nketiah. The second half is fast approaching.
If this result stands City will be two points behind Arsenal with two games in hand. They have a Champions League semi final coming up next month as well as the FA Cup final in June against rivals United with treble hopes very much alive.
City been almost perfect in that first half and Arsenal nowhere near at the races- surely 45 minutes for the Gunners to keep their title hopes alive. 2-0
Half time: Manchester City 2-0 Arsenal (De Bruyne 7', Stones 45+1')
45+4' A few players have lost their temper over by the corner flag after Dias was pushed over by White before kicking out at the Arsenal right back. No need for Dias to do that at all. 2-0
Goal and an assist for De Bruyne who is quite simply playing on another level.
Goal! The goal stands! John Stones is played onside by the outstretched leg of the Arsenal defender and City are in firm control of the game now on the stroke of half time. 2-0 to City.
VAR is checking the goal...
45+1 Great delivery from De Bruyne and Stones heads home but the flag goes up to Arsenal's relief! Stones just made the run a fraction too early. 1-0
45' Foul from Partey on Haaland and a fantastic angry look from Michael Oliver to subdue Partey's protests. Free kick for City as we enter two minutes of added time. 1-0
43' First corner for Arsenal- a number of players run from the back post into the middle of the box but Ederson punches away and the resulting cross from Saka is overhit. 1-0
41' Another great save from Ramsdale this time to deny Ilkay Gundogan! 1-0
39' Grealish bursts into the box and Holding makes a super slide tackle and wins a goal kick in the process. 0-0
38' Coming together between Haaland and Partey and Michael Oliver stops play. 1-0
36' Haaland driving into the box and his left footed effort is not far wide at all. Again Gabriel is turning his back and going one way and then the other, struggling one on one. 1-0
35' Partey's long range effort curls comfortably wide of the post. 1-0
33' An Arsenal attack goes begging as Jesus falls over in the box and the ball rolls behind for a goal kick. 1-0
32' Half volley from Haaland but it's a narrow angle and Ramsdale makes a strong save at his near post. 1-0
It seems like a matter of if, not when, City score their second. Haaland and De Bruyne are carving apart Arsenal's defence. 1-0
28' Partey is back to head away Silva's dangerous cross. Great defending by Grealish up the other end to stop Arsenal's attack before a crucial save from Ramsdale to deny Haaland. 1-0
26' Fantastic block from White! Haaland plays KDB through again and once again he makes Gabriel look silly but White throws himself in front of the shot from De Bruyne to keep the score to 1-0.
25' Nice spell of possession for Arsenal before Martinelli fouls Rodri on the edge of the City penalty area. 0-0
22' Poor header from Zinchenko and Bernardo Silva runs in behind but his shot is tame and saved by Ramsdale. 1-0
20' De Bruyne nutmegs Holding and doesn't get round the other side of him to pick up the ball as the former Bolton man bodychecks the Belgian. 0-0
17' Arsenal's defeat to City in February came after a defeat to Everton and draw with Brentford (yes, we were robbed). The Gunners come into this game off the back of dropping points in three consecutive games, so for neither match against the Champions they have been at the peak of their Premier League form, and you can tell in the way that they have started this game.
Zinchenko stepping into the base of midfield at times.
11' Grealish bursts past Gabriel down the left touchline as City counter attack. Gabriel does enough to stop Haaland from making his way into the box. 1-0
9' Arsenal break at pace but Zinchenko is flagged offside. 1-0
Haaland won the long ball against Holding before a nice bit of skill from De Bruyne to send Gabriel one way and then the other. Ramsdale was at full stretch but will be disappointed- it wasn't the most powerful effort. 1-0
7' 1-0 to Manchester City. Kevin De Bruyne gave his side the lead at the Emirates and he's done it again with a pinpoint finish into the bottom corner. 1-0
6' The City fans were in great voice in the early exchanges but Arsenal fans now serenade their former defender Zinchenko in the away end. 0-0
5' White slips through Martinelli who looked offside, but Saka's cutback finds a City man. 0-0
3' Ramsdale gets to the ball after a cross from Grealish- Partey gets his body in front of KDB who is adjudged to have fouled the Ghanain. Nervy start for Arsenal. 0-0
2' Space for De Bruyne to cross- straight into the arms of Ramsdale and VAR swiftly concludes that there was no handball. 0-0
It was The Angel at the Emirates, and now it's Blue Moon at the Etihad, and we are UNDERWAY.
I think I used up most of my ability to be nervous covering Arsenal Women's Champions League semi final against Wolfsburg in Germany on Sunday, but the nerves have set in now. It really does feel like anything but a win for Arsenal tonight could see their title hopes come to an end against such an imperious City side.
The teams are in the tunnel at the Etihad with Rob Holding's hair continuing to look fantastic. Perhaps he's aiming for the Grealish look as the two teams eye each other up before kickoff...
How are the nerves, Gooners? Both Guardiola and his former apprentice Mikel Arteta have tried to reinforce the notion that this game won't decide the title, but most of the footballing world seems certain that it will. Whatever happens, it's been a memorable season for Arsenal that has seen them already secure Champions League football after missing out on it in heartbreaking fashion last year.
Three other Premier League games are underway and all goalless.
Manchester City have won their last 9 Premier League games against Arsenal, including a 5-0 victory at the Etihad last season. Arsenal last won away to City in January 2015, when Cazorla and Giroud were on the scoresheet in a 2-0 win.
Tonight's game will be shown live on BT Sport 1 in the UK, with kick-off in 35 minutes at 8pm.
Martin Odegaard makes his 100th Arsenal appearance tonight. What an impact he has made since initially joining on loan from Real Madrid in 2021.
Gooner editor @laythy29 on Twitter: "Someone sent me a shot of a picture I took from the press box during the last Premier League match Arsenal played against Manchester City here at the Etihad back in August 2022. Incredible to think of the progress Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal have made during those 20 months".
City's squad hasn't changed much from the one that won last season's Premier League title, making them strong enough as it is, but the signing of a certain Norwegian striker has taken their game to different levels. Erling Haaland has 32 Premier League goals coming into this game, and Arsenal are without arguably their strongest defender in William Saliba.
The current Premier League table has Arsenal five points clear of Manchester City, who have two games in hand. Defeat for the Gunners tonight could be something of a nail in the coffin of their remarkable title charge.
Man City: Ederson, Walker, Dias, Akanji, Stones, Rodri, De Bruyne, Gundogan, B. Silva, Grealish, Haaland. Arsenal: Ramsdale, White, Holding, Gabriel, Zinchenko, Partey, Xhaka, Odegaard, Saka, Martinelli, Jesus.
Arsenal make one change from the dramatic draw with Southampton, as Granit Xhaka comes in for Fabio Vieira.
Manchester City come into the game on a 9 game League unbeaten run, including their 3-1 win at the Emirates back in February. Kevin De Bruyne's lob gave City the lead midway through the first half before Nketiah was brought down by Ederson, with Saka scoring the penalty. However, second half goals from Jack Grealish and Erling Haaland won it for City as Pep Guardiola's side showed their dominance.
Good evening and welcome to our live blog for the biggest game of Arsenal's season so far. The Gunners have drawn their last three games to put the Premier League title back in Manchester City's hands, but Arsenal travel to the Etihad at 8pm with a huge opportunity to regain control of the title race. Team news is just around the corner...