Nathan Ake strike arms Manchester Metropolis slender FA Cup win over Arsenal

Manchester City’s Nathan Ake (right) and Jack Grealish celebrate (Mike Egerton/PA). (PA Wire)

Manchester Metropolis’s Nathan Ake (proper) and Jack Grealish have fun (Mike Egerton/PA). (PA Wire)

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 dwelling a low shot within the sixty fourth minute on the Etihad Stadium as Metropolis landed the primary blow of their trilogy of clashes with the Gunners over the approaching months.

Arsenal, the Premier League leaders, had loved the higher of the primary half, with Takehiro Tomiyasu and Leandro Trossard each forcing good saves from Stefan Ortega.

But, whereas a lot had been fabricated from the rising touchline rivalry between Metropolis supervisor Pep Guardiola and his former assistant Mikel Arteta, for a seventh time in eight conferences it was finally the outdated grasp who prevailed.

Guardiola, maybe conscious {that a} victory may even have a psychological impression heading into subsequent month’s league encounter between the edges, went with a powerful aspect and made simply two modifications to Arteta’s six.

The Gunners, nonetheless, retained all their typical vitality and, in a frantic begin, appeared decided to not enable Metropolis to determine their customary early rhythm.

Consequently the hosts performed extra direct than regular and the outcomes had been combined. There have been some promising assaults, however Erling Haaland appeared uncomfortable with the altered plan and, regardless of loads of touches, the Norwegian’s impression was minimal.

The Gunners initially regarded the brighter workforce and Tomiyasu stung the palms of Metropolis’s quantity two goalkeeper Ortega with a ferocious shot within the fifth minute.

Trossard, making his first begin for his new membership, additionally pressured save from the German after breaking into the world on the left.

Metropolis had a half-chance when Haaland broke clear after a Rob Holding miskick, however Gunners keeper Matt Turner met him outdoors the world. The ball looped into the air and Haaland adjusted to aim an bold overhead kick, however Tomiyasu comfortably cleared.

Metropolis’s greatest likelihood of the primary half got here when Kevin De Bruyne minimize inside and curled a left-foot effort narrowly large, however Arsenal went shut once more when Eddie Nketiah poked large from a Trossard cross.

Metropolis suffered a blow simply earlier than the interval when defender John Stones was pressured off with an obvious hamstring damage, however they returned for the second half extra decided to take management.

De Bruyne started to run by way of the center extra and passes grew to become slicker. The assault was enlivened additional when Julian Alvarez got here off the bench within the 58th minute.

The change paid off six minutes later when the World Cup winner thumped the bottom of the put up with a robust long-range drive and Jack Grealish laid off to Ake from the rebound. The Dutchman had time and house and calmly positioned a shot past the attain of Turner.

It proved a decisive strike and Metropolis comfortably and effectively closed out the sport with Arsenal failing to threaten once more.

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