Nottingham Forest 1-1 Manchester City: Guardiola and his men drop points as Arsenal top the table again

Chris Wood’s equaliser six minutes from time for Nottingham Forest punctured Manchester City’s title bid and left Arsenal top after a dizzying day at the Premier League summit.

A blistering Bernardo Silva strike gave Pep Guardiola’s side a 1-0 halftime lead as they looked to build on a superb 3-1 win at Emirates Stadium in midweek.

But Erling Haaland and Phil Foden were among the culprits as City wasted a host of second-half chances, leaving substitute Wood to convert Morgan Gibbs-White’s cross for a first Forest goal since his January move from Newcastle.

Arsenal have a two-point advantage at the top with a game in hand on City, a situation that looked utterly implausible when they entered injury time at 2-2 in the early Saturday kickoff at Aston Villa before running out 4-2 winners.

It was a tale of total statistical domination from Guardiola’s side, apart from in the statistical category that matters most. City had 23 shots overall to Forest’s four and hogged 73.3% of possession.

This was not sterile domination, either. In some of the games where City have dropped points this season, they have been utterly listless. But they played at a pleasing tempo in possession throughout here. 

This felt more like the sort of game where they have erred in previous seasons and the type of situation Haaland was supposed to offer insurance against. He’s human, you know.


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