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ARSENAL (4-2-3-1): Ramsdale 6; Tomiyasu 6, White 6, Gabriel 6.5, Tierney 7; Partey 6, Xhaka 6.5; Saka 7, Odergaard 6 (Smith Rowe 66, 6.5), Martinelli 7 (Nketiah 82); Lacazette 8 (Tavares 89).
SUBS: Okonkwo, Maitland-Niles, Holding, Pepe, Lokonga, Elneny
GOALS: Martinelli 48, Smith Rowe 87
BOOKINGS: Martinelli, Ramsdale,
MANAGER: Mikel Arteta 7
Man City (4-2-3-1): Fabianski 7; Coufal 6, Dawson 7, Diop 6, Masuaku 5; Soucek 6, Rice 7; Bowen 6, Fornals 6.5 (Ashby 84), Lanzini 6 (Benrahma 76, 6); Antonio 6.
SUBS: Areola, Alese, Oko-Flex, Kral, Noble, Vlasic, Yarmolenko
=strange and unfamiliar noise swirled around the Emirates Stadium at full-time. Strewn across the turf in red and white was the human rubble of a crushing injury-time defeat. Takehiro Tomiyasu and Ben White were out cold. Thomas Partey, hand outstretched, helped them up. And as Arsenal’s exhausted players slowly winched themselves to their feet, the four sides of the ground rose to applaud them: a gesture of approval, pride, perhaps even defiance.
Yes, Arsenal had lost to Manchester City again. Yes, it had been largely self-inflicted again. But somehow this did not feel like the other times.
Manchester City's Rodri celebrates scoring their second goal with Riyad Mahrez and Kevin De Bruyne
Rodri’s injury-time strike gives City win as 10-man Arsenal blame VAR
To anyone who lived through the really bad years, who has seen this stadium at its most toxic and disenchanted, who has seen successive generations blanched and brutalised, this in itself was bracingly new. We can argue about how good this Arsenal side actually are, about whether their recent boost in form is any more sustainable than the ones that preceded it. But right now there is a little halo of hope around this club, and it feels like the most fragile and the most important thing at once.
Let’s deal with the game first: Arsenal were brilliant for 45 minutes at the start and resolute for 30 minutes at the end with 10 men. Even so, we cannot ignore the fact that, at the pivotal points of the game, City held their nerve and Arsenal lost theirs. This, as much as anything they do