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Arsenal vs Man City

With the field pulsating with intense energy and the crowd buzzing with electrifying exhilaration, you could only wish for such an atmosphere at the Emirate stadium. On October 9th, Arsenal faced Man City in their home stadium. In the 85th minute of the match, Gabriel Martinelli shot the ball from outside of the 18 and took Arsenal to gain the lead and go on to shut down Man City for good.

Additionally, at the start of the match, both teams wasted no time to escalate the game up quickly nevertheless, it was evident that Man City had the upper hand physically with how they played and mentally with the history of never losing to Arsenal since 2015. Just in the 4th minute of the match, Man City crossed the ball, and Joško Gvardiol had a beautiful shot with his left foot. The shot is on target but blocked by Arsenal’s left back, Oleksandr Zinchenko. Just moments later, Man City gets another dangerously close chance to score with Nathan Ake with the ball inside of the 18; he sees the keeper running towards him, realizing he only has a second to decide what he is going to do, he goes for a chip over the goalie’s head. Still, he puts too much power on the ball and hits it over the goal.

Due to Man City’s superstar Erling Haaland not forcing Arsenal defenders into dangerous places and creating space as he usually would, he’s putting them at a significant disadvantage as he is their number 1 top sorcerer. With the game still being tied In the 25th minute, Arsenal finally gets control of the match. Declan Rice sends a marvelous through ball to Eddie Nketiah that gets behind two of Man City’s defenders; being so close to the goal with such a small amount of defenders, Man City gets Nervous and starts rushing back. Nketiah realizes one of his wingers is running around him, so he delays his next move until his winger is close; once he is close enough for a pass, he turns his hips, acting like he is about to pass but instead moves the ball wide confusing the defender which allows him to create enough space, Nketiah takes advantage of this and shoots but it curves wide and misses.

Both teams are desperate to slot one in early before the second half, around the 30-35th minute, they both get greedy and attempt to shoot the ball from around 10-15 feet outside of the 18 box, which is almost near impossible to score. Only 5 minutes later, Gvardiol gives a perfect ball down the line straight to Phil Foden’s feet; the second Foden receives the ball, he looks up, and gives a perfectly placed cross to Haaland; the keeper comes out, jumps up to grab the ball as well as to block Haaland’s view of the ball, just by a few inches it gets right past the goalie’s hands. With Haaland’s view blocked, he attempts to predict where the ball will be and puts his head in and devastatingly misses as well with the audience in awe.

Forty minutes later in the second half, the Arsenal defender has control of the ball with no pressure; he scans for potential passes, notices Nketiah outside the 18 and onside, and launches the ball to him, and instead of Nketiah controlling the ball, he passes straight away to Gabriel Jesus only a few feet away due to the amount of pressure he has. Jesus settles it down, looks back, and see’s substitute Gabriel Martinelli; he gives a direct but slow pass to him; Martinelli runs full on and tries it, one touch shot straight to the back of the net; Arsenal is up 1-0 in the 86th minute of the match.

The crowd erupts into mass chaos, trembling with excitement, screaming as long as possible. With such little time left, Man City is desperate to get back into the game and trying to tie it up. Arsenal, knowing this, tightens up their defense and becomes 11 defenders before 11 offenders. With Arsenal immediately shutting down any chance Man City had, City’s performance rate dramatically decreased, and the morale of the team has fallen because they lost and have no chance of even making the game 1-1. Arsenal stays strong, the final whistle blows, and that’s it. Arsenal finally claims their victory against Man City after 15 long years. The losing streak is finally over.

With the field pulsating with intense energy and the crowd buzzing with electrifying exhilaration, you could only wish for such an atmosphere at the Emirate stadium. On October 9th, Arsenal faced Man City in their home stadium. In the 85th minute of the match, Gabriel Martinelli shot the ball from outside of the 18, took Arsenal to gain the lead, and shut down Man City for good.

Additionally, at the start of the match, both teams wasted no time to escalate the game quickly. Nevertheless, it was evident that Man City had the upper hand physically with how they played and mentally with the history of never losing to Arsenal since 2015. Just in the 4th minute of the match, Man City crossed the ball, and Joško Gvardiol had a beautiful shot with his left foot. The shot is on target but blocked by Arsenal’s left back, Oleksandr Zinchenko. Just moments later, Man City gets another dangerously close chance to score with Nathan Ake with the ball inside of the 18; he sees the keeper running towards him, realizing he only has a second to decide what he is going to do, he goes for a chip over the goalie’s head. However, he puts too much power on the ball and hits it over the goal.

Due to Man City’s superstar Erling Haaland not forcing Arsenal defenders into dangerous places and creating space as he usually would, he’s putting them at a significant disadvantage as he is their number 1 top sorcerer. With the game still tied in the 25th minute, Arsenal finally gets control of the match. Declan Rice sends a marvelous through ball to Eddie Nketiah that gets behind two of Man City’s defenders; being so close to the goal with such a small amount of defenders, Man City gets Nervous and starts rushing back. Nketiah realizes one of his wingers is running around him, so he delays his next move until his winger is close; once he is close enough for a pass, he turns his hips, acting like he is about to pass but instead moves the ball wide confusing the defender which allows him to create enough space, Nketiah takes advantage of this and shoots, but it curves wide and misses.

Both teams are desperate to slot one in early before the second half; around the 30-35th minute, they both get greedy and attempt to shoot the ball from around 10-15 feet outside of the 18 box, which is almost near impossible to score. Only 5 minutes later, Gvardiol gives a perfect ball down the line straight to Phil Foden’s feet; the second Foden receives the ball, he looks up and gives a perfectly placed cross to Haaland; the keeper comes out, jumps up to grab the ball as well as to block Haaland’s view of the ball, just by a few inches it gets right past the goalie’s hands. With Haaland’s view blocked, he attempts to predict where the ball will be, puts his head in, and devastatingly misses as well, with the audience in awe.

Forty minutes later in the second half, Arsenal defender has control of the ball with no pressure; he scans for potential passes; he notices Nketiah outside the 18 and onside, so he launches the ball to him, and instead of Nketiah controlling the ball, he passes straight away to Gabriel Jesus only a few feet away due to the amount of pressure he has. Jesus settles it down, looks back, and sees substitute Gabriel Martinelli; he gives a direct but slow pass to him. Martinelli runs full-on and tries it, one one-touch shot straight to the back of the net; Arsenal is up 1-0 in the 86th minute of the match.

The crowd erupts into chaos, trembling with excitement and screaming as long as possible. With such little time left, Man City is desperate to get back into the game, trying to tie it up at least. Arsenal, knowing this, tightens up their defense and becomes 11 defenders before 11 offenders. With Arsenal immediately shutting down any chance Man City had, City’s performance rate dramatically decreased, and the team’s morale fell since they lost and had no chance of even making the game 1-1. Arsenal stays strong, the final whistle blows, and that’s it. Arsenal finally claims their victory against Man City after 15 long years. The losing streak is finally over.

 

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Silas Contreras, Staff Writer
Hello, my name is Silas Contreras. This is my first year in journalism, although I'm a junior. Writing has piqued my interest since my freshman year, so I'm grateful to finally be in journalism. I’m a student-athlete here, I played for the QHHS soccer team both years and I plan on doing so for my junior and senior year. When I'm not playing for the school I play club soccer most of the time. I've been playing soccer since I was very young. Whenever I was eligible to play for a real team, soccer is my true passion I wish I can pursue in the future.