Manchester City makes a big splash in the Premier League
Manchester City thrashed Arsenal 4-1 on Wednesday in the 33rd Premier League matchday of the season, the most direct and important duel in an English league that is looking very promising for Pep Guardiola’s side, led by the best performances of Kevin De Bruyne and Erling Haaland.
Seeking fifth title in the last six years
The reigning champions, in search of their fifth title in the last six years, took a direct hit to the chin of an increasingly weaker leader. Mikel Arteta’s side, who were coming off the back of three straight draws, conceded in both form and substance and remain top on 75 points, but with City two points behind and two games in hand on the Gunners.
Arsenal are no longer dependent on themselves
The London team no longer depends on itself after almost the entire campaign in command in the Premier League, in search of a title that they have not won for 19 years with the famous ‘invincibles’. On another remarkable day, as they all are in this final stretch, Arsenal fell apart in a first half forced to defend at the Etihad.
Haaland and De Bruyne too much for Arsenal
Haaland, with an incredible control, provided the first to De Bruyne, who was not short of quality, with a powerful ride and a low shot to the post. Again Ramsdale saved Arteta’s team, stopping the Norwegian’s chances, but before the break, with the suspense of the VAR, Stones doubled the lead from a set piece. The Englishman finished off the free kick taken by Haaland and set up by De Bruyne.
Haaland scores his 33rd goal
Arsenal went into the locker room without a shot on target, equally subdued at the restart, outplayed in midfield and in the pressure that led to the 3-0 lead, between De Bruyne and Haaland, who was looking for his own for the Belgian’s brace. Holding pulled one back for the visitors, but the Norwegian kept trying for his 33rd goal, the record in a 38-team Premier League, and scored in stoppage time (4-1) for a City side that wants the treble.
Chelsea remain winless with Lampard on the bench
In addition, the matchday saw another poor performance from a Chelsea side that has yet to taste victory under Frank Lampard, defeated (0-2) by Brentford. Meanwhile, Liverpool came back from Lucas Paqueta’s goal for West Ham with goals from Gakpo and Matip (1-2). The ‘red’ team, in its climb towards Europe, is six points away from the ‘Champions’ zone but with two games more than United.