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Arsenal and Manchester City keep Climbing Up the Premier League Table

Arsenal City, Football Express

Arsenal and Manchester City keep climbing up with win after win in the Premier League.

Manchester City thrashed West Bromwich Albion by smashing 5 goals against them. Goals from IIkay Gundogan, Joao Cancelo, Riyad Mahrez, and Raheem Sterling were enough to send the citizens on top of the Premier League.

City carried on their red hot form and made it 13 consecutive victories in the top flight league.

Meanwhile, Arsenal edged past Southampton 3-1. Goals from Nicolas Pepe, Bukayo Saka, and from Alexandre Lacazette were enough to cancel out the opening goal scored by Stuart Armstrong.

Arsenal’ win meant that they moved up to 8th place and they are eying a top-four finish.

MANCHESTER CITY AND ARSENAL TEAM NEWS

Arsenal skipper Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang had to attend to a personal matter over the weekend. And the striker will not line up on Tuesday either.

Dani Ceballos and Pablo Mari had both been ruled out with calf problems. But Arteta will no doubt revert to his strongest XI. Thomas Partey, Emile Smith Rowe, Bukayo Saka, and Alexandre Lacazette returned to the field.

Manchester City made nine changes from the side that beat Cheltenham Town in the FA Cup on Saturday.

Only Phil Foden and Riyad Mahrez remain from the side that started at the Jonny-Rocks Stadium, as Pep Guardiola shuffles his pack for the trip to West Brom.

Ruben Dias and John Stones resumed their central defensive partnership with Zinchenko and Joao Cancelo the preferred full-backs. Rodrigo will anchor a midfield that includes Bernardo Silva and Ilkay Gundogan. While Raheem Sterling, Riyad Mahrez, and Foden were the front three.

POST-MATCH ANALYSIS:

Manchester City dominated proceedings throughout the game against West Brom. Ilkay Gundogan netted twice to make it seven goals in the last eight league games. Riyad Mahrez and Raheem Sterling set each other up for the final two goals.

In a comical exhibit for VAR’s ever-lengthening highlights reel, West Bromwich Albion’s defenders virtually stopped in their tracks and looked on as Joao Cancelo curled a shot into the top corner for the second of City’s goals in a 5-0 rout on Tuesday.

On the other hand Arsenal edged past Southampton with two goals to spare.

Stuart Armstrong’s finish from a clever James Ward-Prowse corner put Saints ahead. But Pepe answered some critics with a low finish inside the box from Granit Xhaka’s through ball.

Saka got Arsenal’s second just before the break, rounding Alex McCarthy after Lacazette’s threaded ball. Saka then turned provider for Lacazette in the second half for a well-constructed third.

Arsenal will take on Manchester United at home on the 30th of January. While City will face Sheffield United at home on the 30th of January.

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