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Arsenal and Manchester City Play to Disappointing Stalemate as Liverpool Gains Advantage in Premier League Title Race

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Arsenal And Manchester City Play To Disappointing Stalemate As Liverpool Gains Advantage In Premier League Title Race

Manchester City and Arsenal handed Liverpool the advantage in the Premier League title race as they played out a bitterly disappointing goalless stalemate at Etihad Stadium.

Liverpool is now the top of the table, two points clear of Arsenal and three ahead of City, after they came from behind at Anfield, their delight increased by their two closest rivals canceling each other out.

This was a game that made a nonsense of its billing as a potential classic, as Arsenal’s containing tactics snuffed out City while the Gunners had only limited chances of their own in a desperately poor affair.

Nathan Ake had an early close-range header saved by Arsenal keeper David Raya before going off injured while former City striker Gabriel Jesus posed an occasional threat, just failing to connect with Bukayo Saka‘s cross inches from goal after the break. Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta will be happier than City counterpart Pep Guardiola with this outcome – but the real winners were Jurgen Klopp and Liverpool.

Guardiola’s side was under greater pressure to win this match but their usual fluent passing game was rarely in evidence, stifled by the visitors’ organization and infuriated by referee Anthony Taylor’s reluctance to punish the Gunners for a succession of infringements.

It led to a scrappy, disjointed game in which City was never allowed to gather their usual momentum and rhythm, with even the best efforts of master creators Kevin de Bruyne and Bernardo Silva unable to carve out meaningful opportunities for Erling Haaland, who was kept on the margins throughout.

Rachel Adams

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