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I am disappointed – Arteta speaks after Arsenal’s defeat.

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Speaking after the match, Arteta discussed an array of matters having now seen his side gain nine points from their opening five league matches of the 2020/21 season.

There were chances for Bukayo Saka and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in a tight affair, but the contest was settled by Raheem Sterling’s first half strike.

While the 1-0 scoreline demonstrates a vast improvement from the club’s most recent trip to face City, the end result was nevertheless the same. Having had chances in the match, Arteta claimed he was proud of the performance, but was disappointed to see his side play so deep.

“Upset obviously not to get anything from the game the way the game went because I felt that we kept growing and growing and having more belief that we could actually get something from it,” he said.

“At the same time I’m extremely proud about the way we played individually and collectively to put the performance that we put in tonight in this stadium. It’s not an easy thing to do. I think we had a real go.

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“It’s upsetting to see your team so deep. In the second half we were really aggressive, we played in the opponents’ half, they had a lot of issues to get out of our pressure. We could have created more, I think, in the final third.

Much of the talk pre-match centered around whether deadline day signing Thomas Partey would jump straight into Arteta’s starting lineup, but the Spaniard opted to keep the £45m addition on the bench for the Etihad showdown. On the topic, Arteta insisted it was too soon to thrust the Ghanaian into action.

“We will see how quickly we can make it with him but as well we have to respect that process and that time for him because he only trained a day really with us,” he said.

“It’s a lot of new information, it’s a completely different game model for him to understand. We have to respect a little bit that. When he came on he looked good.”

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It looked as if the Gunners would be handed a lifeline late in the first half, as Kyle Walker’s high foot came within inches of connecting with Gabriel Magalhaes’ head in the penalty box.

Hoping for a VAR review, referee Chris Kavanagh opted to blow the whistle for half time seconds late, indicating no second look had taken place.

“You need everything to go your way to get a win here and obviously when you have the three or four big chances we had you have to put them away because you know that in your box that’s going to be the case,” Arteta concluded.

“It’s that situation, I’ve seen it back, I just ask for the refs to watch it back and I don’t think they checked it because it took two seconds for the whistle to go.

“I am disappointed with that.”


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‘Different Year, Same Shit!’ – De Bruyne lament amid City’s UCL exit

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Manchester City midfielder Kevin De Bruyne has revealed his frustration about his side’s continuing struggles in the Champions League.

Despite being overwhelming favourites, City fell to a shock 3-1 loss to Lyon in Saturday’s quarter-final, leaving 2015/16’s run to the semi-final as the only time City have ever reached the last four of the competition.

After a slow start which saw City trail 1-0 at half time, De Bruyne snatched a goal back after the break to give City some hope, but a poor end to the game saw Moussa Dembélé net twice either side of a horror miss from Raheem Sterling to gift Lyon the win.

Man City fell 3-1 to Lyon in the Champions League quarter-final | Alex Livesey – Danehouse/Getty Images

“It’s a different year, but the same stuff. I think the first half wasn’t good enough. I think we know that,” De Bruyne told BT Sport after the game. “We started slowly and we didn’t have many options. I think second half we played really well.

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“We had them under pressure, we played more offensively, like we normally do, and I think we had them. We created enough second half to score enough goals but we need to learn, it’s not good enough.

“This team is great but we made too many mistakes. It’s what we’ve done all year.”

Despite De Bruyne’s admission of City’s shortcoming, the defeat will still be shrouded in controversy as Lyon’s second goal was awarded despite an inadvertent trip from goalscorer Dembélé on Aymeric Laporte, who was left on the turf and unable to chase back.

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The defender took to Twitter after the game to condemn the decision, writing: “Just to be clear: I will not hide, I’m a football player but a man foremost, we all made mistakes in this game, and I also take my responsibility for the bad team performance tonight. But this decision is hard to accept, especially in a crucial qualifier AND with the help of VAR.”

His frustration was shared by manager Pep Guardiola, although the Spaniard used his post-match interview to focus on City’s mistakes instead of any refereeing decisions.

“It happened many times in this competition. It is what it is, the referee and VAR decided,” he said. “I don’t want to talk about the circumstances. It looks like I am complaining or finding causes. We are out.

“I had the feeling we were ready but we make mistakes. That’s why we are out.”

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Transfer Market live: Messi and Chilwell to Mancity

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11:20. According to NobleSports, Chelsea have stepped up negotiations with Leicester City over Ben Chilwell. However, NS are reporting that Manchester City are also interested in the left-back.

10:42. NobleSports are reporting that Andrea Pirlo will give youth a chance at Juventus, specifically Luca Zanimacchia, Gianluca Frabotta, Daouda Peeters, Nicolo Fagioli and Hans Nicolussi Caviglia.

10:00. Gonzalo Higuain’s father has told Planeta 947 that it’s not true that Juventus don’t want the striker. He could, therefore, continue in Turin, where he is due to earn 18m euros this season.

09:40. Atletico Madrid are planning for next season and Napoli’s Allan Loureiro is a potential target. Atleti would be willing to offer around 40m euros for the midfielder.

08:42. Manchester United failed to meet Borussia Dortmund’s Jadon Sancho deadline, but English pundit Danny Murphy has said that the transfer could still happen if the player wants it. NobleSports are also reporting that United are still hopeful of signing the player this summer.

08:24. Eric Garcia was asked about his contract situation after Manchester City’s Champions League elimination on Saturday night, but said that it wasn’t the right time to discuss it. He has been linked with a return to Barcelona.

08:00. Manchester City believe they’re in pole position to sign Lionel Messi, but it will all depend on whether or not the Argentine does want to leave Barcelona. According to NS, City will do whatever is necessary to sign him. Even though his release clause is 700m euros, the British media are reporting that Barcelona may need money to fund their squad overhaul and may be willing to negotiate a fee.

07:45. Good morning and welcome along to this Sunday’s transfer blog. Here, we’ll have news of the latest completed deals and the most intriguing rumours.

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Mancity demands £31m from Barcelona for Eric Garcia

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Manchester City have named their price for wantaway defender Eric Garcia after he refused to sign a new contract at the club, according to reports in Spain.

On Thursday, City boss Pep Guardiola revealed the 19-year-old did not want to stay at the club beyond the expiration of his contract next summer.

The Premier League club will therefore cash in on the teenage defender, who was deemed to be a future first-team star at the Etihad Stadium.

And several reports in Spain claim that City have set a £31million price tag over Garcia’s head, with one report saying that Barcelona are close to landing the defender.

The deal would be an initial £20million fee, with the remaining £11million to be paid in add-ons.

A move to Barcelona would see him return to the club that nurtured him throughhis developing years, with Garcia a product of the famous La Masia academy that has produced the likes of Lionel Messi, Gerard Pique and Cesc Fabregas.

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The 6ft defender, who was born in Barcelona, joined Manchester City as a 16-year-old in 2017 during Guardiola’s second season in charge of the Premier League club.

Garcia made his first-team breakthrough in Guardiola’s side this season, featuring 22 times in all competitions during the 2019-20 season due to an injury to first-choice centre-back Ayermic Laporte.

The Citizens lost just twice out of the 13 matches in which Garcia featured in defence.

Guardiola revealed in his news conference ahead of Friday’s Champions League clash with Real Madrid that the club tried to get Garcia to extend his deal, but the teenage defender has his heart set on a move away.

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The City boss said on Thursday: ‘He announced to us that he doesn’t want to extend his contract with Manchester City.

‘He has one more year and after that, he doesn’t want to extend. We want it but he doesn’t want to, so I imagine he wants to play in another place.’

The 2019-20 season is not over for Manchester City yet due to their Champions League commitments, with Guardiola’s side holding a 2-1 aggregate advantage ahead of their second-leg tie at the Etihad Stadium on Friday night.

If the Citizens progress to the quarter-finals, they will face the winner of Lyon vs Juventus, who also play their second-leg on Friday night. The French side lead the Italian champions 1-0 ahead of their showdown in Turin.

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Marcelo to face Mancity

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Following a week of holiday time, Real Madrid returned to training at Valdebebas on Tuesday ahead of their upcoming Champions League clash with Manchester City.

While Mariano Diaz was missing after testing positive for COVID-19, there weren’t any other absences.

Marcelo, who had been injured just before the end of the league campaign, was back with the group and trained as normal.

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Sane has no regrets leaving Mancity

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Leroy Sane insists he has no regrets about potentially sacrificing a Champions League medal as the moment was right for him to leave Manchester City.

The Germany international joined Bayern Munich three weeks ago after City accepted their £54.8million offer. He was formally presented to the media on Thursday, via a global Zoom press conference, having been given Bayern’s historic No 10 shirt for next season.

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Bayern’s interest in Sane goes back more than a year but the timing of his move caused a surprise, given that City still have an opportunity to win club football’s biggest prize – the 23-year-old, having recovered from cruciate ligament damage, would have been a potent weapon for Pep Guardiola.

It has not escaped Sane’s attention that his old and new clubs could possibly meet in the Champions League semi-final but even if City – who must first defend a 2-1 lead against Real Madrid in the last 16 – go all the way, he will not rue the one that got away.

‘I thought about it,’ said Sane. ‘City have the option to win the Champions League. But I made this decision and I’m totally fine with it. If they win it, then I’m happy for the club and for all my friends there, but this was the way that I went.

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‘If it really happens, I don’t think I will suffer with it a lot, because I made the decision and nobody else. I just had a feeling I needed something new and that is why I came at the end to this decision. I told them I wanted to move and this was the right one.’

Sane had entered the final 12 months of his City contract, so they made the prudent decision to cash in rather risk losing him for nothing. Pep Guardiola wanted the 24-year-old to remain in Manchester but the deeper the clubs got into negotiations, there was little chance of that happening.

‘I was talking with Bayern about it and we all came to the decision that it was better for me to come as soon as it was possible,’ Sane explained. ‘I said that it was fine because we all know that if you go really far in the Champions League, you will be done at the end of August.

‘If I would have moved then, it’s quite a short time until the new season to prepare well and settle in; it would be difficult, as you are coming to a new team in a different country. That’s why I wanted it happen as soon as possible. It was never an option to leave after the Champions League.’

City may be desperate to conquer Europe but Sane has moved to a club that’s pursuit of the Champions League is almost like a crusade; they have not won that trophy since 2013, when Arjen Robben’s late goal broke Borussia Dortmund’s hearts, and he has big shoes to fill.

The prospect, though, of following Robben is not something that has flustered Sane. He says he has returned to the Bundesliga with his appetite for medals huge and wants to show everyone the impact four years of working with Guardiola had on him.

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‘Robben is a legend for this club, he achieved a lot and did a lot for this club,’ said Sane. ‘Obviously there is pressure but I have my own targets and I want to achieve my own goals and I think I just take it as a good opportunity to improve. I take it more with joy to keep going and try my best.

‘Playing for Pep and working with him and playing for the team that I was playing with, I mean, they were amazing people. Everyone knows how Pep works, how he is improving players and I think I played with fantastic players from whom I also learnt a lot from.

‘We won a lot in four years. I just had a personal feeling for myself. It was not anything about Man City or anything else – if because we’d now won everything or I’d now lost the hunger or anything [like that]. It was just me personally. I just had a feeling and that’s why I came to this decision.’

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Mancity European ban lift is not good news for EPL – Klopp

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Liverpool boss Juergen Klopp described as “not a good day for football” Manchester City’s successful appeal against a two-year Uefa ban for allegedly breaking Financial Fair Play (FFP) rules.

“I don’t think it was a good day for football yesterday, to be honest,” Klopp told a virtual news conference on Tuesday.

“FFP is a good idea. It is there for protecting teams and the competition, so that nobody overspends and have to make sure the money they want to spend is based on the right sources.”

City won their appeal at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) on Monday, meaning they will now be allowed to compete in next season’s Champions League.

CAS ruled that City did not breach FFP rules by disguising equity funding as sponsorship.

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“It’s not up to me to judge this and I don’t but I think this FFP framework we should stick to. I hope FFP stays just because it gives kind of borders that you can go to, but not over it, and that’s good for football,” Klopp said.

“If you start doing that nobody has to care any more and the richest people or countries can do what they want.

“It will make the competition really difficult and I think that would lead automatically to a kind of world super league with like 10 clubs and it would depend on who owns the clubs and not the names of the clubs. It makes sense to have these rules.”

Klopp did say, however, that City’s place in the Champions League next season might at least benefit Liverpool as they try to retain their Premier League title.

“They won’t have 10 or 12 games less now – no other team would have had a chance in the (Premier) league,” he said.

Liverpool face Arsenal on Wednesday knowing defeat would end their chances of equalling Manchester City’s record 100-point haul in the Premier League set two years ago.

With three games remaining they have 93 points with City a distant second on 72

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As Man City craves to sign Lionel Messi

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The forward is a rumored target who Pep would love to have. City have no real competition and if Pep can and wants to woo him this move is possible.

Likely? Of course not, but new reports of unhappiness in Spain can be the catalyst for the move. The move would come as a free transfer given Messi can essentially opt out this summer. Will Messi leave?

Spanish and Argentine press have claimed he is close to a final straw amid disorganization the clubs board level and straight up failure in the transfer window.

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One wrinkle to monitor is that Messi can opt out both this summer and next in 2021.

That makes a reunion with Pep difficult unless he does it in the next couple of weeks because this is all likely Pep’s final season at the Etihad. Could a Messi arrival next year keep Pep longer? Of course, will have to wait and find out.


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Mancity’s guard of honour not necessary – Klopp

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Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp does not feel the need for Manchester City to line up for a guard of honour for his players.

Jürgen Klopp says it will not be necessary for Manchester City to give Liverpool a guard of honour ahead of their Premier League clash on Thursday.

City guard of honour unnecessary, says Klopp
Pep Guardiola stated that City will line up to welcome the newly-crowned champions onto the pitch at the Etihad Stadium for their first match since winning the title last week.

Liverpool celebrated being champions of England for the first time in 30 years when City were beaten at Chelsea last Thursday.

Klopp does not feel the need for Guardiola’s men to make such a gesture to the side that has dethroned them, but thinks it is a nice touch.

The Reds boss said during a virtual press conference on Wednesday: “I am not sure if I’ve ever had one [a guard of honour], long ago in Germany maybe.

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“An English tradition and it is a nice gesture. I wouldn’t need it as we want to play football and don’t celebrate but again it’s nice. That is it.”

Liverpool lead second-placed City by a mammoth 23 points with seven games remaining this season, but Klopp says there is no chance they will be winding down.

He added: “I saw City play three times now [since the restart]. You cannot defend City if you don’t play an intense game.

“I can’t see a game where two teams are waiting for final whistle. This will be a proper football game.”

Klopp revealed that he has no new injuries to contend with.

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Koulibaly wants to join Mancity for any Better amount

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Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly is reportedly joining Manchester City this summer in a £72m (€80m) deal, after turning down interest from Newcastle United.

Kouliably is one of Europe’s most sought-after centre backs, after six impressive years in Naples and despite interest from PSG, Barcelona and Real Madrid too, the 29-year-old looks set to join the Premier League.

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Newcastle, who could soon be under fresh ownership involving the Saudi Arabia Public Investment Fund, are also courting the Senegal international but the lure of working with Pep Guardiola at the Etihad has made Koulibaly’s mind up, according to Italian outlet Il Mattino.

The report details that the Napoli defender will be sold by chairman Auerlio De Laurentiis in order to keep the club’s finances in check and fund new signings.

The price is around €80m (£72m) for Koulibaly, who starred as Napoli won the Coppa Italia last week after beating Juventus on penalties, and he will reportedly sign a five-year deal at the Etihad.

A separate report in Spanish outlet Mundo Deportivo explains that the defender has also rejected interest from Ligue 1 in Paris Saint-Germain, and LaLiga in Spanish heavyweights Barcelona and Real Madrid.

Guardiola is the lure for the Senegalese, over other English options which reportedly include Liverpool and Manchester United, as well as the Magpies.

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This season, the Napoli vice-captain has made 24 appearances in all competitions, after missing action in January due to a bicep injury.

He has been at the Stadio San Paolo for six years, after joining from Metz in 2014 for just £6.5m.

Koulibaly will face competition at City for a centre back spot, alongside Aymeric Laporte, Fernandinho, Nicolas Otamendi and John Stones.

City, meanwhile, relinquished their Premier League crown on Thursday night, after a 2-1 defeat at Chelsea means Liverpool have an unassailable lead at the top of the table with seven games to go.

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Chelsea 2-1 Mancity : Liverpool graps the trophy 🏆

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Christian Pulisic and Willian gave Chelsea a 2-1 win over Manchester City, crowning Liverpool Premier League champions.

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Liverpool are Premier League champions after Manchester City were beaten 2-1 by Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Thursday.

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Pep Guardiola’s side had the chance to prolong the Reds’ 30-year wait at least until the two sides meet at the Etihad Stadium next week, but the title was within touching distance when Christian Pulisic gave Frank Lampard’s side a 36th-minute lead.

Kevin De Bruyne’s spectacular free-kick brought City level and Raheem Sterling hit the post, but their vulnerability on the break was eventually punished when Fernandinho handled in a desperate 75th-minute goalmouth scramble.

Match Events
27′ Barkley’s powerful shot blocked by Fernandinho

The ball falls to Barkley after a poor clearance from Laporte following a low cross into the box by Alonso from the left. Barkley smashes it towards goal, but Fernandinho gets across and makes a vital block just in time to turn it out of play for a corner.

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36′ GOAL! Chelsea 1-0 Man City (Pulisic)

A fantastic counter-attack by Chelsea but it comes after an awful mistake on the halfway line, with Mendy and Gundogan both leaving the ball to each other and Pulisic nicks it off them, races through on goal and then slides it into the bottom right-hand corner of the net.

55′ GOAL! Chelsea 1-1 Man City (De Bruyne)

De Bruyne gets the ball over the wall and it dips straight into the top left-hand corner of the net, giving Kepa no chance of saving it. We have a very interesting game on our hands now.

57′ OFF THE POST! Sterling nearly scores

Sterling strikes the woodwork after a superb counter-attack by City. Ederson plays the ball out quickly and within three passes, City are in the penalty area. Sterling only had Kepa to beat, but he sees his shot strike the post and then Chelsea clear the danger.

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71′ Walker makes goal-line clearance to deny Pulisic

Pulisic goes incredibly close to putting Chelsea ahead again! The winger breaks through on goal once again, this time he rounds Ederson, he takes a little knock from the keeper, then slides the ball towards goal and it seems to be a certain goal. However Walker does brilliantly to slide in on the line and block the shot, clearing the danger. The referee looked at his goal line technology watch, but nothing happens, no goal.

77′ Red Card! Fernandinho sent off after VAR check

Fernandinho is sent off after blocking the shot on the goal line, denying Chelsea a goal. The defender has no complaints about the decision and now Chelsea have the opportunity to take the lead once again.

78′ Penalty Goal! Chelsea 2-1 Man City (Willian)

Willian converts from the penalty spot to send the hosts back into the lead, he sends Ederson the wrong way, placing the ball high into the net.

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Liverpool seek City’s favor as World of Football gets ‘Ugly’

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Liverpool will need favours from Manchester City to clinch a first Premier League title in 30 years this week after being held to a 0-0 draw by Everton in a Merseyside derby without the usual fervour behind closed doors on Sunday.

Everton came the closest to breaking the deadlock as Tom Davies struck the post and Alisson Becker saved from Dominic Calvert-Lewin to deny the Blues a first derby win in 10 years.

Liverpool remain well on course to win the league with a 23-point lead over Pep Guardiola’s men at the top of the table.

The Reds could clinch the historic feat on home soil against Crystal Palace on Wednesday should City drop points at home to Burnley on Monday.

However, if City beat the Clarets and Chelsea on Thursday, Liverpool’s next chance to will come when they travel to their closest challengers on July 2.

Liverpool began a Merseyside derby like no other in the unfamiliar surroundings of a Portakabin in the Goodison Park car park before making their entrance from the opposite end of the ground to their hosts as Everton’s tight tunnel leaves little room for social distancing.

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In keeping with all matches since the Premier League’s restart, players and officials took a knee prior to kick-off, but Liverpool’s Sadio Mane was caught unaware as he made a brief dash down the wing before realising and joining his teammates to kneel.

Another consistent feature with the Premier League’s first full weekend of action since March was a slow start as both sides adjusted to the new surroundings of empty stands.

Of the 23 goals scored in 11 games, 18 have come in the second half.

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp left Mohamed Salah on the bench for the full 90 minutes due to a minor injury problem.

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Without the Egyptian and Andy Robertson’s positive runs from left-back Liverpool lacked their usual dynamism as they struggled to break the hosts down.

Roberto Firmino dragged the best chance of the opening 45 minutes wide, while Trent Alexander-Arnold’s long range free-kick was the only shot on target either side managed before the break.

The visitors upped the tempo and their intensity in the second half as Klopp introduced Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Georginio Wijnaldum and Divock Origi in the search for a winner.

But the longer the game went on, it was Everton who looked the more likely side to score on the counter-attack.

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Richarlison fired a warning shot as he blazed over after getting in behind.

Calvert-Lewin’s improvised flick then forced Allison into a fine save and Davies’s follow-up effort came back off the post.

Calvert-Lewin then headed just wide from the resulting corner and Allison stood tall to deny Richarlison again as Everton scented a first derby in 22 attempts.

But they had to settle for a point as Liverpool failed to win in the Premier League for only the third time this season.


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Mancity trashes Arsenal as scoreline ends at 3 nil

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It was a night to forget for David Luiz as Arsenal returned to Premier League with a limp 3-0 defeat at Manchester City.

Raheem Sterling, Kevin De Bruyne and Phil Foden were on target as Manchester City impressed on their Premier League restart with a convincing 3-0 win over 10-man Arsenal at a wet Etihad Stadium.

It was an unhappy return for former City assistant and now Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta, whose positive test for coronavirus led to the postponement of this fixture and decisively moved the Premier League towards suspension in March.

Perhaps it was the three-month hiatus that accounted for David Luiz’s forgettable evening, his woeful misjudgement allowing Sterling to score his first goal of 2020 just before the break.

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Match Events

4′ De Bruyne’s free kick stopped by Leno

De Bruyne whips the free-kick around the wall. Leno watches it all the way and palms the ball over the crossbar.

6′ Injured Xhaka replaced by Ceballos

It does not look good for Xhaka. The stretcher is now on the field, so it is fair to say his match – and possibly even his season – is over just seven minutes into the restart.

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23′ Injured Mari replaced by Luiz

David Luiz is brought on for Mari with a little over a quarter of the contest played. Arsenal have already lost two players to injury.

34′ CLOSE! Sterling’s shot stopped by Leno

Sterling cuts inside Bellerin and bends a shot towards the bottom-right corner. Leno does well to get down and push the ball behind for a corner – that is as close as City have come today.

35′ SAVE! Leno parries David Silva’s shot

City are definitely growing more and more into this game. Silva gets in behind the Arsenal defence and fires a low shot across goal, which Leno is again equal to. Ceballos is first to the loose ball.

47′ GOAL! Man City 1-0 Arsenal (Sterling)

Raheem Sterling has been directly involved in six goals in his last seven Premier League appearances for Manchester City against Arsenal (four goals and two assists).

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49′ Red Card! Luiz sent off

David Luiz, at fault for City’s first goal, is also showed a red card for that challenge.

51′ Penalty Goal! Man City 2-0 Arsenal (De Bruyne)

De Bruyne sends the penalty towards the bottom-right corner and Leno dives the opposite way. City have a two-goal lead and a one-man advantage.

84′ Injured! Garcia is stretchered off

Garcia may well have been knocked out by Ederson. The physios will take all the time they need to ensure the young defender is safely placed on the stretcher.

91′ GOAL! Man City 3-0 Arsenal (Foden)

Aguero clips the ball over Leno at the end of a counter. The ball hits the post and Foden is first to the rebound, the young midfielder making no mistake with his finish into an unguarded net.

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‘End Of Stay’ David Silva Confirms Mancity Exit


David Silva has confirmed he still plans to leave Manchester City at the end of this season.

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The veteran playmaker was expected to call it a day this summer after a decade of service but the disruption to football caused by the coronavirus pandemic has made for an unprecedented end to this campaign.

However, Silva’s comments suggest that he will not be at the club when the 2020/21 season kicks off.

“When I say one thing, I move forward. I am sorry, I have been here ten years and I have fulfilled what I wanted,” he told AS.

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“The cycle closes here, but I will always keep this club in mind for everything I have lived. From the first moment people have treated me incredible. Here they have a great respect for you, people give admiration towards you. Now my family and I need another challenge.”

Phil Foden is in line to take over Silva’s role in the squad as his progression continues, while City are still planning to give the club great a fitting send-off when possible.

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David Silva Extends Mancity Stay


City are confident David Silva will agree to a short-term contract extension to allow the midfielder to see out the remainder of the season, sources have told ESPN.

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Silva was due to leave the Etihad Stadium on June 30 and had held talks with former club Valencia about a return.

However, with games set to continue through the summer to make up for time lost because of the coronavirus pandemic, City have moved to secure the 34-year-old until the end of the campaign.

An official agreement will not be put in place until the plan for completing the season is made a official but sources have told ESPN that Silva is willing to stay, particularly given he still has the chance to win the Champions League — the one major trophy missing from his collection.

FIFA have issued guidance that contracts due to end on June 30 should be extended until the season can be completed but both the club and the player must agree before it can he ratified.

City have 10 Premier League games remaining, plus outstanding fixtures in the FA Cup and Champions League. Pep Guardiola’s side are 2-1 up in their Champions League round-of-16 tie against Real Madrid with the second leg at the Etihad still to play.

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Silva has won 11 major honours during 10 years at the club, including four Premier League titles. He has made more than 400 appearances for City since his move from Valencia in 2010.


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See 3 European Top Teams That Targets Bayern’s Coman

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Real Madrid, Barcelona and Manchester City are interested in signing Bayern Munich attacker Kingsley Coman, according to Sky Germany.

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The Bundesliga club want to keep hold of the France international however, should Leroy Sané join Bayern, Coman will rethink his situation at the club should Sané take his place in the starting XI.

Bayern Munich remain hopeful of signing Sané in the summer, with a preference to sign the Germany international over compatriot Timo Werner (RB Leipzig).


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