Man City and Arsenal draw to hand Liverpool advantage

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Manchester City had not been involved in a goalless game since a Champions League group-stage match at Borussia Dortmund in October 2022Manchester City had not been involved in a goalless game since a Champions League group-stage match at Borussia Dortmund in October 2022

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 are now top of the table and two points clear of Arsenal after they came from behind to beat Brighton at Anfield, their delight increased by their two closest rivals cancelling 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.

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Manchester City

  1. Squad number18Player nameOrtega

  2. Squad number25Player nameAkanji

  3. Squad number3Player nameRúben Dias

  4. Squad number6Player nameAké

  5. Squad number24Player nameGvardiol

  6. Squad number16Player nameRodri

  7. Squad number20Player nameBernardo Silva

  8. Squad number17Player nameDe Bruyne

  9. Squad number8Player nameKovacic

  10. Squad number47Player nameFoden

  11. Squad number9Player nameHaaland

  1. Squad number10Player nameGrealish

  2. Squad number11Player nameDoku

  3. Squad number82Player nameLewis

Arsenal

  1. Squad number22Player nameRaya

  2. Squad number4Player nameWhite

  3. Squad number2Player nameSaliba

  4. Squad number6Player nameGabriel Magalhães

  5. Squad number15Player nameKiwior

  6. Squad number8Player nameØdegaard

  7. Squad number20Player nameJorginho

  8. Squad number41Player nameRice

  9. Squad number7Player nameSaka

  10. Squad number29Player nameHavertz

  11. Squad number9Player nameGabriel Jesus

  1. Squad number5Player namePartey

  2. Squad number11Player nameGabriel Martinelli

  3. Squad number18Player nameTomiyasu

  4. Squad number19Player nameTrossard

Line-ups

Man City

Formation 4-1-4-1

  • 18Ortega
  • 25Akanji
  • 3Rúben Dias
  • 6AkéSubstituted forLewisat 27'minutes
  • 24Gvardiol
  • 16Rodri
  • 20Bernardo Silva
  • 17De Bruyne
  • 8KovacicSubstituted forGrealishat 61'minutes
  • 47FodenSubstituted forDokuat 61'minutes
  • 9Haaland

Substitutes

  • 5Stones
  • 10Grealish
  • 11Doku
  • 19Álvarez
  • 21Gómez
  • 27Nunes
  • 33Carson
  • 52Bobb
  • 82Lewis

Arsenal

Formation 4-3-3

  • 22RayaBooked at 79mins
  • 4White
  • 2Saliba
  • 6Gabriel
  • 15KiwiorSubstituted forTomiyasuat 66'minutes
  • 8Ødegaard
  • 20JorginhoSubstituted forParteyat 66'minutes
  • 41Rice
  • 7SakaSubstituted forMartinelliat 78'minutes
  • 29Havertz
  • 9Gabriel JesusBooked at 67minsSubstituted forTrossardat 72'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Ramsdale
  • 5Partey
  • 10Smith Rowe
  • 11Martinelli
  • 14Nketiah
  • 18Tomiyasu
  • 19Trossard
  • 21Fábio Vieira
  • 35Zinchenko

Live Text

  1. Match ends, Manchester City 0, Arsenal 0.

  2. Second Half ends, Manchester City 0, Arsenal 0.

  3. Foul by Manuel Akanji (Manchester City).

  4. Takehiro Tomiyasu (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  5. Bernardo Silva (Manchester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  6. Foul by Martin Ødegaard (Arsenal).

  7. Attempt missed. Erling Haaland (Manchester City) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Kevin De Bruyne with a cross.

  8. Jack Grealish (Manchester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  9. Foul by Ben White (Arsenal).

  10. Attempt blocked. Erling Haaland (Manchester City) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Kevin De Bruyne with a cross.

  11. Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Gabriel Magalhães.

  12. Delay over. They are ready to continue.

  13. Delay in match because of an injury Erling Haaland (Manchester City).

  14. Foul by Rodri (Manchester City).

  15. Martin Ødegaard (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  16. Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Ben White.

  17. Attempt saved. Leandro Trossard (Arsenal) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Martin Ødegaard with a through ball.

  18. Attempt missed. Josko Gvardiol (Manchester City) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Kevin De Bruyne with a cross following a corner.

  19. Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Takehiro Tomiyasu.

  20. Attempt missed. Jérémy Doku (Manchester City) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Jack Grealish with a cross.

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