Manchester City Loss, Arsenal’s Delight—A Premier League Weekend
A Premier League weekend without a shocker is always a dull weekend, and in the chase for Premier League title glory, a dropped point for Manchester City will forever be Arsenal’s delight at the top of the table.
What started as a fairy tale story for Arsenal to maintain top spot in the Premier League table has ultimately become a reality heading into the New Year with the Gunners commanding a 7 point lead against Manchester City following the Etihad team’s draw against Frank Lampard’s Everton.
It was a game that started like the routine win for a Pep Guardiola side, with Norwegian star, Erling Haaland doing the necessary by slotting his side into an early lead within the first 24 minutes of play.
It was usually a question of when not if Haaland scored but the question that ended up being asked was if his goal would end up guaranteeing a win.
As the score-line proved in its eventuality, Erling Haaland’s strike was to be Manchester City’s last, and whatever goal came next went to Frank Lampard’s Everton side via Demarai Gray who canceled Haaland’s 24th-minute strike in the 64th minute to ensure Manchester City’s story continued, but not with the routine victory.
Everton for one, has always been a torn for any side competing for the Premier League title as they have proved consistently with Liverpool, but the draw against Manchester City will see the result be the club’s first in a while against a Pep Guardiola side.
For Manchester City and Pep Guardiola, the eve of the New Year will smell like a sting in their ears seeing Arsenal trump Brighton and Hove Albion on the same to further their hold of the top spot.
However, considering Manchester City has consistently come from behind not once or twice to win their proverbial Premier League title, Pep Guardiola will continue to hang on to the belief that impossibility has no charms against the Cityzens.
At the moment of publication, Arsenal leads Brighton and Hove Albion by 4-2, with goals from Bukayo Saka, Martin Odegaard, Eddie Nketiah, and Gabriel Martinelli, with Brighton scoring via Kaoru Mitoma and Ewan Ferguson.