The teams still have half an hour to make it through to the next round. If the draw remains, there is no overtime or penalty shoot-out, but a new game date. Both clubs should want to avoid that, given their busy schedules.
Substitution at Manchester City: Kyle Walker
Rico Lewis comes off the bench at Manchester City
Julian Álvarez comes on at Manchester City
Riyad Mahrez comes off the bench at Manchester City
Almost the lead for City! With a strong combination, Riyad Mahrez and Kevin De Bruyne play their way into the penalty area. The Belgian comes into a promising shooting position from the right half, but Matt Turner defuses the shot from ten meters with an excellent reflex.
There is a brief interruption. Arsenal keeper Matt Turner requires medical attention. However, it does not appear that there was a serious injury.
In the first few minutes after the change of sides, the match action from the first half continues. It’s still quiet in front of the gates, but the ball is contested between the penalty areas.
Substitution at Arsenal FC: Albert Lokonga
Arsenal FC make their substitution with Thomas Partey
Substitution at Arsenal FC: William Saliba
Arsenal FC make their substitution with Rob Holding
Next up is Etihad Stadium. City have made no further changes after replacing John Stones through injury. Arsenal FC, on the other hand, makes a double change.
Kick-off 2nd half
Manchester City and Arsenal are goalless at half-time. All in all, it is an encounter at eye level, which takes place mainly in midfield. In front of the gates it was rarely dangerous. The guests’ best opportunity came from Leandro Trossard, whose shot on goal from twelve meters out was saved by Stefan Ortega Stefan Ortega in the 22nd minute. A short time later, Kevin De Bruyne shot just wide of the goal at the other end. So in the second round everything remains open.
Aymeric Laporte comes on at Manchester City
Substitution at Manchester City: John Stones
John Stones leaves the lawn. It won’t go any further for him. A change is being prepared.
Shortly before the half-time whistle, the encounter is interrupted again. John Stones sits on the floor and holds his thigh. The medical attendants come to him on the lawn.
Official injury time (minutes): 2
Rob Holding (Arsenal FC) is shown a yellow card.
Five minutes are still on the clock in the first round. In front of which goal does it become dangerous again before the break tea?
Erling Haaland stages an accidental ball acceptance in midfield. Fer idz faster than all defenders. His lob from 20 meters over Matt Turner rushing out, but goes a bit to the right of the goal.
Leandro Trossard runs over the defense on the left wing. He crosses the ball halfway up to the first post. Eddie Nketiah runs in there and keeps his foot in. He narrowly misses the case.
Referee Paul Tierney gives the game back on. Erling Haaland has left the pitch but will be right back.
The encounter is interrupted because Erling Haaland has to be treated. In an aerial duel with Rob Holding, he was hit by an opponent’s elbow in the head.
There wasn’t much missing! Kevin De Bruyne gets the ball in a half-right position. He twirls the ball just wide of the left post with a nice left-footed shot from 20 yards out.
Big chance! Leandro Trossard moves into the penalty area from the left. He wins the running duel and tries to finish from twelve meters on the left. Stefan Ortega raises his left fist in time and prevents the goal. Best opportunity of the game so far.
The game didn’t offer any noteworthy scoring chances in this phase. The two strong teams neutralize each other in midfield.
After a quarter of an hour, a balanced game develops. Possession is almost equal. The hosts have a slight advantage. It got dangerous at one point in front of both goals.
In these minutes, the encounter takes place mainly in midfield. Many duels are fought. The teams rarely reach the last third of the game.
Dangerous situation for Arsenal. Matt Turner saves a long ball in front of Erling Haaland in front of the penalty area. However, the ball flies straight up. The Norwegian starts from 25 meters to the overhead kick on the empty goal. However, a defender is there in time to regain control of the play equipment in front of the goal line.
Both teams start the match at a good pace. It goes back and forth between the two penalty areas. Ball possession phases are directly stopped by an advancing opponent.
On the other side, Takehiro Tomiyasu fires the first shot on goal. He holds onto it powerfully from the sixteen line. With a flight, Stefan Ortega manages to parry the ball.
City attacked the guests early on the edge of the penalty area. This leads to a bad pass from Matt Turner. After preparatory work by Erling Haaland, Rodri is looking for a degree from a central position. His shot from 18 meters flies two meters over the crossbar.
The ball rolls! Which team gets the better start to the cup evening?
Arsenal FC continued their unbeaten run in the league into the new year. A 0-0 draw with Newcastle United was followed by victories against Tottenham Hotspur (2-0) and Manchester United (3-2). It was only in the 90th minute that Eddie Nketiah scored the decisive goal last Sunday. Compared to the game against the Red Devils, Mikel Arteta changes his staff to six positions. Matt Turner in goal, Kieran Tierney, Rob Holding, Takehiro Tomiyasu, Fábio Vieira and Leandro Trossard need Aaron Ramsdale, Ben White,William Saliba, Oleksandr Zinchenko,Martin Ødegaard and Gabriel Martinelli.
Pep Guardiola will not be really satisfied with his team’s start to the year. In the league there was a derby defeat against Manchester United in addition to two wins against Tottenham Hotspur and Wolverhampton Wanderers. In addition, the Citizens flew out in the League Cup against Southampton FC. Last Sunday there was a sovereign 3-0 win over the Wolves. Former Dortmund player Erling Haaland scored all three goals. Pep Guardiola only changed his starting XI to two positions. Between the posts, Stefan Ortega starts for Ederson and Nathan Aké replaces Aymeric Laporte.
The best teams in English football at the moment meet each other. Arsenal are still top of the table. Mikel Arteta’s side are five points ahead of Manchester City – the Gunners have played one game less. In the FA Cup, the hosts defeated Chelsea 4-0 in the third round. Arsenal progressed to the next round with a 3-0 win over Oxford United.
Hello and welcome to Round 4 of the FA Cup. Manchester City and Arsenal FC are playing for the round of 16 ticket at the Etihad Stadium. Have fun!