Man City vs Arsenal: Pep, Arteta lose ground to Liverpool in title race after Etihad stalemate

Man City vs Arsenal: Pep, Arteta lose ground to Liverpool in title race after Etihad stalemate

Ifeanyi Ufomadu 18:33 - 31.03.2024

Manchester City and Arsenal lost ground to Liverpool in the title race after both sides played out a 0-0 draw at the Etihad.

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Man City and Arsenal cancel each other out in tactical battle

The game began with the home team dominating possession and Arsenal sitting deep soaking up the pressure.

Both sides engaged in a cautious first half, with an obvious emphasis placed on avoiding risks.

Despite City's dominance in possession, clear-cut chances were sparse, as the Gunners put men behind the ball, forcing the home side to recycle possession in non-threatening areas.

Gabriel Jesus and Nathan Aké squandered opportunities for both sides in a tense first half.

The second half saw an increase in pace, but neither side managed to break the deadlock, resulting in a cagey affair with only one shot on target each.

In the end, while City deserved to win on the balance of proceedings, the real winner will be Liverpool, who have a 2-point buffer at the top.

Guardiola's men extended their unbeaten run to 23 games and halted Arsenal's eight-game winning streak in the league.

The Gunners, however, may view the draw as a valuable point, particularly as they prevented City from scoring at home for the first time since 2021.