EPL Wrap: City Salute 11 in a Row, Arsenal Frustrated by Red Card

EPL Wrap: City Salute 11 in a Row, Arsenal Frustrated by Red Card Photo: TT
Rodri (16) celebrates scoring the 2nd Manchester City goal by taking his shirt off Arsenal v Manchester City

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has heaped praise on his side after they secured 11 Premier League wins in a row with a last-gasp 2-1 victory over Arsenal on Saturday.

Rodri scored in second-half stoppage time to clinch the come-from-behind win after Bakayo Saka had put the Gunners ahead in the 31st minute.

Bernardo Silva won a penalty which Riyad Mahrez converted in the 57th minute before Gabriel Magalhaes was sent off two minutes later.

The result means City are 11 points clear of second-placed Chelsea who face Liverpool on Sunday.

“(Winning) 11 games in a row is so great in this period, Guardiola told reporters. “We had many cases from COVID this season and injuries. Phil Foden, Kyle today and Rodri the first day since COVID time.

This period today we were incredibly tired, mentally and physically. Arsenal were better today, but football happens in these situations, sometimes it comes on our side.

“We are not a team to (normally) score goals in extra time. I dont remember the last time we scored a goal after 90 minutes! Were not a team with this characteristic but of course with 10 v 11 they changed with five at the back and tried to win the game.

“Arsenal were better, we faced a team in the last years who struggled to be in the top four and started the season at the bottom, but they are in the top four now and had six or seven days from last game.”

Meanwhile, Arsenal’s stand-in boss Albert Stuivenberg was left frustrated with the result, particularly Gabriel’s sending off after a dubious initial booking.

“Do you know why the first yellow card is given?,” he asked reporters.

“He made a remark to the referee and also other players confirmed that, it was just a normal comment and he gave a yellow card, but it doesnt matter in the end because if you have a yellow card you must control your emotions a little bit better.

“He was in a situation which is not the most dangerous situation and you cannot take the risk.”

Ben somerford
Sports Pundit staff writer @bensomerford
Australian journalist who specialises on all sports, focusing on football, tennis, basketball and racing, having written for global publications including FourFourTwo, AAP, Inside Futbol and many more....

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