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Man City vs Arsenal LIVE score: Result from FA Cup clash as Nathan Ake nets winner

Manchester City 1-0 Arsenal: Nathan Ake slotted home in the second half to book City’s place in the fifth round

Michael Jones
Friday 27 January 2023 22:34 GMT
Arteta: "Pep and I want to win and defend our clubs the best possible way"

Nathan Ake proved the unlikely match-winner as Manchester City edged out title rivals Arsenal 1-0 in a tense FA Cup fourth-round tie on Friday.

The Netherlands defender steered home a low shot in the 64th minute at the Etihad Stadium as City landed the first blow in their trilogy of clashes with the Gunners over the coming months.

Arsenal, the Premier League leaders, had enjoyed the better of the first half, with Takehiro Tomiyasu and Leandro Trossard both forcing good saves from Stefan Ortega.

Yet, while much had been made of the growing touchline rivalry between City manager Pep Guardiola and his former assistant Mikel Arteta, for a seventh time in eight meetings it was ultimately the old master who prevailed.

Relive all the action from the Etihad Stadium as Man City beat Arsenal in the FA Cup:


Master beats apprentice in tantalising appetiser as Man City end Arsenal FA Cup hopes

Now the rivalry between Pep Guardiola and Mikel Arteta is only one-sided in one respect. Even as the Manchester City manager took his record against his former sidekick to seven wins in eight games, he was offered evidence his old assistant is becoming a formidable adversary.

The current Premier League champions eliminated the league leaders from the FA Cup, inflicting just Arsenal’s fourth defeat of the season, but their duel is shaping up as the defining contest of the second half of the season. Nathan Ake’s goal made City the first team to reach the FA Cup fifth round but the performance of Arteta’s mix-and-match side indicated Arsenal could have staying power in the title race.

The teamsheets suggested City took this more seriously, the league table that they have a greater need to win the FA Cup to secure silverware this season. They were rewarded for an improved second-half performance after Arsenal were the more accomplished team before the break. If Arteta, whose lone triumph against Guardiola came in the FA Cup, can benefit from a little inside knowledge, the decisive gambit came when the older man turned to his bench.

Master beats apprentice in tantalising appetiser as Man City end Arsenal FA Cup hopes

Manchester City 1-0 Arsenal: Nathan Ake scored the only goal of the game as Pep Guardiola edged Mikel Arteta in the battle of the bosses

Michael Jones27 January 2023 22:25

FT Man City 1-0 Arsenal

Arsenal have lost 13 of their last 14 games against Manchester City in all competition, including each of the last six.

Michael Jones27 January 2023 22:31

Reaction from Mikel Arteta

Mikel Arteta spoke to ITV following the game and expressed his disappointment at the result saying: “Really disappointed. I think we could have got much more out of the game. The action decided the game but it was a tight game and that one action changed it all. I think we could have dealt with it much better in terms of our discipline when the ball was in the box.

“We had big situations in the game and we didn’t put them away. We can take a lot of positives, I think the way we approached the game and competed. It is really difficult to win against this team but we went head to head with them.

“In the big moments, in big matches you have the make the difference. That is how you win these games.”

Michael Jones27 January 2023 22:28

FT Man City 1-0 Arsenal

Pep Guardiola now has 18 wins over Arsenal. That is more than against any other team in his managerial career. He’ll want to add another couple to that tally before the end of the season as well.

Michael Jones27 January 2023 22:21

FT Man City 1-0 Arsenal

How’s this for a stat?

Manchester City have beaten Arsenal in the FA Cup for the first time since their first meeting in this competition back in February 1904.


Michael Jones27 January 2023 22:18

FT Man City 1-0 Arsenal

Michael Jones27 January 2023 22:13

Reaction from Man City winner Nathan Ake

Nathan Ake was rightly on media duties after the match and spoke to ITV saying: “In the second half we were a little better and played more our game. It was tough, they pressured us high. We had to use Erling more than usual.”

Speaking about his goal he added: “A pass from Jack. It was the first one [goal] I ever scored with my right foot so pleased with that.

“Especially after a tough period, two good games before this one. It’s good to carry on this one. It gives us confidence for the next game.

“There’s still more to come. They are a very tough team. We stayed strong and didn’t concede.”

Michael Jones27 January 2023 22:10

‘Pep should smile a bit more!’: Roy Keane mocks Guardiola after frosty interview

Roy Keane has mocked Pep Guardiola after the Manchester City manager’s frosty interview ahead of his side’s FA Cup fourth-round clash against Arsenal - chiding the Spaniard to “smile more.”

Working as a pundit on the ITV coverage of the contest on Friday evening, Keane smirked as he made the jibe after Guardiola appeared to take exception to the line of questioning from ITV reporter Gabriel Clarke.

Clarke’s questions were largely about the below full-strength side the Gunners had selected, as well as Guardiola’s relationship with opposition boss Mikel Arteta, who used to be his assistant at City.

‘Pep should smile a bit more!’: Roy Keane mocks Guardiola after frosty interview

The Manchester City manager gave an awkward interview to ITV reporter Gabriel Clarke ahead of the FA Cup clash with Arsenal

Michael Jones27 January 2023 22:07

FT Man City 1-0 Arsenal

Arsenal won’t feel too disheartened by this result. They can now focus on winning the Premier League and progressing through Europe.

The Gunners showed that they can give Man City a game which will give them confidence going into those crucial league matches.

Michael Jones27 January 2023 22:03

FT Man City 1-0 Arsenal

Nathan Ake is the hero for Man City tonight. His goal sends them through to the FA Cup fifth round.

(Action Images via Reuters)
Michael Jones27 January 2023 21:59

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