Saturday 01 January 2022
The VAR problem and last minute bankruptcy
Arsenal fans celebrate after losing to City
He persuaded Arsenal for a long time in the first match of 2022. Arsenal dominated the first half against Manchester City, and in the second half the match turned over in a few minutes. In injury time, Pep Guardiola’s team scored the winning goal. Fans react angrily.
Manchester City scored its eleventh success in a row with a late goal against Arsenal at the start of the English Premier League. Spaniard Rodri succeeded in the third minute of stoppage time on New Year’s Day for the English football champions 2-1 (0-1) over Arsenal. With 53 points, Pep Guardiola’s team confidently leads the league with 11 points, ahead of Chelsea. Arsenal remained in fourth place with 35 points. Chelsea host Liverpool III in the derby on Sunday.
Pep Guardiola said after the match: “You have two or three games like this every season. Arsenal have shown why they are there. They also had six days to prepare for the match. We played three games a week and we still have to travel. The body is missing. The former Bayern coach was also enthusiastic about the mentality of his team.
The referee reverses the match
Arsenal fans reacted angrily to the late goal and threw plastic bottles and rolls of tissue at the celebrating City players. Without coach Mikel Arteta, who has tested positive for the coronavirus, and who has been Guardiola’s assistant in the Citizens for many years, Arsenal also showed his good form against the title favorites after four consecutive victories. The bonus came about half an hour later: a pass from Kieran Tierney closed 20-year-old Bukayo Saka with the first goal in 2022.
After the break, referee Stuart Atwell has been the center of attention at one time or another. And after the intervention of the video assistant, he indicated a penalty after former Gladbacher Granit Xhaka broke the shirt of city professional Bernardo Silva. Riyad Mahrez converted the penalty kick (57). Almost in turn, Nathan Ake saved City’s away from his streak, Gabriel Martinelli put the sideline at the post. Just two minutes later, Arsenal’s Gabriel saw the yellow and red card. He had received an unnecessary yellow card just a few minutes earlier, after the controversial penalty decision.
Guardiola then moved to Ilkay Gundogan, but the leaders remained without ideas for a long time despite the majority and significantly greater possession in front of Arsenal’s goal. In injury time, Rodri was there and pushed the ball over the line to make it 2-1.