Manchester City’s Nathan Ake played a special role against Arsenal.
Man City won 1-0 against Arsenal in the 4th round of the English FA Cup in the 2022-23 season held at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester, England at 5 am (Korean time) on the 28th. With this, the ticket to the 5th round was occupied by Man City.
Both teams knew that this match did not simply end in a cup competition. Since the two teams competing to win the English Premier League (EPL) this season met in a cup competition, it was possible to conduct a search match to some extent.
Still, it was a cup competition, so I didn’t put 100% of my energy into it. Arsenal excluded Martin Odegard, Gabriel Martinelli and Ben White from the starting lineup, while Manchester City also had Huben Dias, Joao Cancelo and Kyle Walker on the bench.온라인바카라
The match ended with Man City’s victory. In the midst of a tight first half, Ake’s exquisite shot in the 19th minute of the second half led to the winning goal, and Arsenal could not overturn the score by 1 point.
Man City showed off their ability to record a clean sheet against Arsenal, which boasts powerful attack power. Among them, Akeda is the first contributor. On this day, Ake played as a left fullback and tied up Arsenal winger Bukayo Saka. Since Saka’s form is at its peak this season, he has scored 7 goals and 7 assists in 19 league games, so it can be acknowledged that blocking him has been a big contribution.
Even in terms of stats, Saka’s performance was very low. On this day, Saka only attempted 10 passes in 74 minutes. 25 touches, 0 successful dribbles (1 attempt), 0 accurate crosses (2 attempts). He recorded 3 ball losses, 2 offsides and 1 successful in 7 ground ball duels.
On the other hand, Ake not only scored the winning goal, but also recorded 2 successful tackles, 1 interception, 2 kicks, 6 recoveries, 5 successful ground ball contests, and 2 header clears. Most of the figures were obtained against Saka.
After the game, manager Pep Guardiola also praised him. “Ake played a good game. He never complained. Even though he didn’t play much last season, he has a big smile when training. Saka is a great one-on-one player. Ake stopped the most dangerous player in the EPL right now,” he praised. .
On this day, by tying up Saka and taking victory, I was able to find some solution in the upcoming EPL match against Arsenal. From Arsenal’s point of view, it was a game that could threaten the championship competition because the ace was blocked.