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Man City Reduce Arsenal’s Lead in Premier League After Defeating Aston Villa

13 February 2023, Monday
Manchester City edged closer to Arsenal at the summit of the Premier League courtesy of an emphatic 3-1 victory over Aston Villa at the Etihad on Sunday.
Rodri, the defensive midfielder, broke the deadlock just four minutes in, powering a header past the goalkeeper after being picked out by a cross from Riyad Mahrez from a corner.

Manchester City maintained the pressure and eventually struck gold as Erling Haaland released a pass to Ilkay Gundogan who put it into an unguarded net. This was shortly followed by a penalty for Jack Grealish as he was fouled in the box, with Riyad Mahrez converting it. Ollie Watkins provided some hope for the away side when he netted a goal in the 61st minute, though it was too little too late as City finished with a 3-1 win.

The match between Manchester City and Aston Villa saw the former come out as victors in spite of the buzz surrounding the club due to charges for breaching financial fair play. The 3-2 win puts City in second place, just three points behind Arsenal. 

The teams lined up amidst boos from the City fans with regard to the Premier League introduction song. However, this did not deter the players from registering a win. The match was not especially outstanding, but was enough to get the job done and give City an opportunity to bridge the gap between them and the league leaders. Villa, on the other hand, remain in 11th.

Gundogan's early header set up Wednesday's all-important clash at Arsenal perfectly for Manchester City following their 3-0 win over Aston Villa on Saturday. The German midfielder's strike ensured the Citizens went into the break with an impressive lead at the Etihad Stadium.

Villa could not find a way back into the game, having earlier allowed Rodri to beat Martinez with a header after just four minutes. Despite this, they could feel hard done by as Ramsey's foul on Grealish looked a touch soft, leaving them 3-0 down at the interval.

Gundogan seemed excited for the challenge ahead: "It's going to be a tough game. We are looking forward to it and know how tough it will be."

After the break, Liverpool saw an improvement in their performance, however, it wasn't enough to stop them from losing to Manchester City and recording two successive defeats for the first time since Unai Emery took over from Steven Gerrard as manager. This left them in 11th place in the standings with 28 points.

Despite the result, Emery praised the team's mentality in the second half and urged them to use the experience as a learning opportunity. He said: "We have to be positive when we are winning, and we have to learn how to respond and although the result was bad we tried to show our mentality in the second half. It was a bad result, but we have to learn and use it in the next matches."
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