No Kevin De Bruyne at Manchester City – the Red Devil watched the entire game from the bench. “A personal issue” kept him from the training field for a while and now also from the base team against Tottenham. From his seat, De Bruyne saw City take a double uppercut just before half-time. Kulusevski punished a blunder by Ederson, Emerson added a little more a minute later.
City halfway in nests, leader Arsenal wanted it to happen. But the Citizens showed a different face after the break. Alvarez and Haaland cleared the backlog in no time. Mahrez knocked Lloris into his short corner a few minutes later – although Perisic could just as well have made it 2-3 just before. The Etihad Stadium exploded. In the end Mahrez did all the books: 4-2.
City breathes a sigh of relief after two defeats. It reduces the gap to Arsenal to five points, although the Gunners still have a match in credit.