The much-anticipated clash of Arsenal vs Manchester City in Premier League unfolded at the Emirates Stadium on October 8, 2023. Arsenal, against the odds, took victory with a scoreline of 1-0 in a thrilling encounter that saw some unexpected results and twists. Gabriel Martinelli, who stepped in as a substitute, made his mark by scoring the deciding goal, assisted by K. Havertz.
Unexpected turn of events
Arsenal’s tactics underwent significant change post-interval when Gabriel Martinelli replaced Leandro Trossard in the 46th minute. Later, a series of substitutions saw O. Zinchenko, E. Nketiah, and Jorginho heading out for T. Tomiyasu, K. Havertz and T. Partey respectively. Manchester City initiated their reshuffles in the 68th minute with Stones, Doku, and Matheus Nunes taking over for Lewis, Alvarez, and Kovačić. Arsenal’s substitutions turned out to be game changing as Martinelli, 40 minutes into his play, found the back of the net.
Intensity throughout the game
Chances for dominance fluttered between both sides with Manchester City leading the ball possession by a slim 51% while Arsenal took 49%. The game was not devoid of caution as both sides saw their players being cautioned by the referee. Arsenal had Jorginho and Gabriel Jesus with yellow cards, while Manchester City noted yellow cards for Silva, Kovačić, and Ederson. Notably, the keeper Ederson’s yellow card added to Manchester City’s problems.
Underdogs seizes the day
Arsenal left the field amid loud cheers continuing their no-losing streak for the last 8 games and a 5 match home advantage run. The sole goal by Gabriel Martinelli didn’t just secure the win for Arsenal, but it was his first of the season, adding further to the match’s importance. Despite the pre-game prediction favoring Manchester City, the gunners proved themselves by taking away all three points.