City stumbles in Nottingham, Arsenal regains Premier lead

Manchester City stumbled on their visit to Nottingham after dropping two points against Forest (13th), which Arsenal took advantage of to regain leadership of the Premier after winning 4-2 at Aston Villa (11th).

The Gunners, who also have one game less than their rival, have 54 points after 24 games, while City remains with 52.

Three days after their defeat (3-1) at home in the clash against their rival for the title, City, the reaction of an Arsenal that had lost steam in recent weeks was expected, and it came at the end of the game .

"We have come back with more confidence than before because we have turned performances into results"stated the coach Gunner Mikel Arteta, who admitted that the team’s objective is "win in any context".

with the comeback "the team demonstrated many emotional qualities that are needed"highlighted the Spanish.

Against Aston Villa, where their former coach, Unai Emery, seems to have managed to establish his game, Arsenal sometimes lacked defensive and offensive efficiency, but made up for it with the desire to win.

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Aston Villa took the lead early through Ollie Watkins (1-0, minute 5), but Arsenal reacted quickly with a goal from Bukayo Saka (1-1, 16).

A quarter of an hour later, after a beautiful combination and a ball that the Argentine Emiliano Buendía let pass between his legs, the Brazilian Philippe Coutinho put the villains back in front (2-1, 31).

The Gunners were able to tie again after a corner taken by the Norwegian Martin Odegaard and recovered by the Ukrainian Oleksandr Zinchenko, in his first goal with his new club (2-2, 61).

The final stretch of the game was very indecisive, with Odegaard shooting wide when he was alone on the penalty spot (77), before Villa had their chance through Jamaican Leon Bailey, whose attempt was deflected by the Arsenal goalkeeper, Aaron Ramsdale (82).

The release for the Gunners finally came in added time with a stroke of luck: a shot from around 22 meters from the Italian-Brazilian Jorginho hit the crossbar before hitting the head of the Argentine Emiliano Martínez and entering the goal (2-3 , 90+3).

The Brazilian Gabriel Martinelli would add a fourth goal for Arsenal at an empty goal (90+8), after Emiliano Martínez went up to finish off a corner, in which it seemed Villa’s last chance to tie, but after which the Gunners would increase the check.

With Arsenal’s victory, Pep Guardiola’s City was forced to win in Nottingham to regain command of the championship, but a Forest on the rise in recent weeks took a point from the ‘Citizens’.

Keylor Navas stops Guardiola’s team
After a first half of sky-blue dominance, the visitors opened the scoring with a left-footed shot from Portuguese Bernardo Silva (41) to beat a Keylor Navas who was once again the best on his team.

The Costa Rican goalkeeper, who reached the Premier League in January, prevented City’s second goal, which had at least half a dozen clear chances, until New Zealand’s Chris Wood scored the equalizer with almost no time for Guardiola’s men to react ( 84).

"We’ve had incredible chances, but that’s football. We should have marked"lamented Guardiola after the game.

"We have played one of our best games, but we have missed two points. We have to be more aggressive. There are many parties"he added.

In the other matches on Saturday, Chelsea (10th) lost again at home against bottom team Southampton (1-0) and Everton (16th) defeated Leeds (19th) by the same result in a direct duel for permanence.

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