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Arsenal’s improvement obvious despite four minutes of madness in devastating Man City defeat

Arsenal's improvement obvious despite four minutes of madness in devastating Man City defeat

Arsenal 1-2 Manchester City

Spare a thought for Mikel Arteta’s neighbours. 

Arsenal’s manager admitted before Saturday’s game against Manchester City that he would not be able to sit down while having to watch from home due to a positive test for Covid-19.

And given how things turned out at the Emirates, you can only imagine what noises were coming from his front room as he watched events unfold during the second half in north London.

This was football at its dramatic, absorbing best.

For 57 minutes, Arsenal were electric.

Arteta’s side were all over the Premier League leaders and were thoroughly deserving of their 1-0 lead, given to them by Bukayo Saka’s superb first-half goal.

But then the game changed completely during four remarkable minutes around the hour mark. 

There was a Manchester City penalty after a foul by Granit Xhaka, a goal-line clearance from Nathan Ake, an open-goal miss by Gabriel Martinelli and a red card for Gabriel Magalhaes – the kind of incredible the drama that only the Premier League can produce – and it paved the way for a last-minute winner from Rodri that has likely secured the visitors a fourth title in five years.