Manchester City and Liverpool will be participating in next season’s Champions League. Most notably, Arsenal will not be in the competition for the first time since the 1997-98 season. Man City pummelled Watford 5-0, while Liverpool coasted past Middlesbrough 3-0 to secure third and fourth place in the Premier League table, respectively. Ten-man Arsenal defeated Everton 3-1, but came up one point short of the top four. It’s the first time Arsenal has missed out on the top four in 21 seasons.
It was a game that Arsenal and Manchester City both needed to win and one that, in the end, both seemed content to draw. The two played to a 2-2 draw at the Emirates on Sunday. Arsenal ended its run of four straight losses. “When you come out of a few disappointing results play a big game the first priority of course is not to lose,” Arsène Wenger told Sky Sports after the game.
Pep Guardiola refused to admit that Manchester City “played badly” in their 4-2 defeat at Leicester City but does admit he needs to stop them conceding so many goals. City found themselves 2-0 down to the defending champions, who had been languishing near the bottom of the table before kick-off, within the opening five minutes.
Real Madrid are not a frequent opponent for Man City, but the club are facing the most important game in their history. Until the next one.
With Manchester City sat top of the Premier League table after 10 games, it’s clear Manuel Pellegrini has revived his squad of players after a disappointing 2014/15 season.
Argentina have named a 25-man squad without the striker, who had targeted the 2018 World Cup qualifier vs. Brazil on Nov. 13 for his return.
Morgan Schneiderlin makes a difference, Raheem Sterling has work to do, and Manchester derby seems quiet
Manchester United vs Manchester City, Premier League - a point takes City back to the top of the table