Corrected text: Arsenal defeated Manchester City 1-0 in Sunday’s match thanks to a goal by Gabriel Martinelli.
Martinelli, who came off the bench, scored a late winning goal for Arsenal, helping them secure their first victory over Premier League rivals Man City since 2015.
The winger had missed five matches due to injury but made a crucial return at the Emirates Stadium.
He was brought into the game at halftime and scored the dramatic winning goal with just four minutes left in regular time.
This goal is also Martinelli’s first league goal of the season, reigniting Arsenal’s hopes for the Premier League title.
The pivotal moment came when Kai Havertz set up Martinelli, who unleashed a shot that deflected off Nathan Ake, ultimately beating Ederson.
This win was significant for the Gunners, breaking a 12-match losing streak against City in the league dating back to December 2015.
At the start of the game, the Gunners were shaky, especially without the injured Bukayo Saka, but found a hero in Martinelli.
Mikel Arteta described the outcome, which brought his side level on points with table-topping Tottenham, as a “big win.”
For City, the defeat marked their second consecutive league loss, a rare occurrence in five years.
The Citizens have struggled to find their usual fluidity since Rodri was shown a red card, losing 2-1 to Wolves and now to Arsenal.
City is also missing Kevin De Bruyne due to injury.
Mateo Kovacic’s two contentious fouls went unpunished, adding to the tension in the match.
Despite both teams being known for their attacking prowess, they collectively produced only three shots on target in the entire match, making it a tense and closely contested encounter.
Goalkeeper David Raya had some nervy moments early on, but the match’s key talking points revolved around Kovacic’s challenges.
In his post-match interview, Mikel Arteta praised the courage and performance of his players, while Pep Guardiola acknowledged the tight game and vowed that his side would bounce back after two consecutive defeats
Arteta said: “”So proud. It was the moment with the right people and the right players. We knew we would have to suffer and we did that. You need a big performance and the crowd too. It feels like a big win.
“I think the way we started we conceded the corner and then we gained some control and in the second half we started really good. We were there and really aggressive. The changes helped as well. The quality they produced in the goal was top.
“City give you a lot of problems and we gave them a lot of issues as well. It is not easy to get out. You need the right timing, the right movement, the right moments. I like the courage.
“You are going to have these hard moments against this team. You have to be direct and manage the emotions and make sure you don’t get caught against this team.”
City boss told reporters, “We started really well with two or three chances. They started the second half really well with the rhythm. Then it was tight and they got a deflection goal. They won, congratulations to them.
“We tried. We did it. I think from both sides there was not a lot of chances. I think both teams did good high pressing. It was tight and in the end, one action, we lost the game. Ten minutes was like that [Arsenal on top] and after it was equal. We had also our moments but in general it was a tight game. Unfortunately they did it.
“We can lose in Wolves as well. Now we have two defeats in a row and then we have the internationals. Hopefully they come back fit and then we go again. Maybe it is a little bit better to be there and see what we have to do to catch them and then [we will] when we come back. We will come back and continue. We will move forward.”
Chelsea are arsenals next game, the Blues have won their last two games, and would want to make statement against the Gunner, having loss to them at home and away last season.
But the Blues are not looking like a team ready to take on the Gunners despite trashing Burnley 4-1 on Saturday.