Aki helps City with a wonderful goal against Arsenal in the FA Cup

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Nathan Ake gave Manchester City a place in the fifth round of the FA Cup at the expense of Arsenal. The defender scored the only goal in the match: 1-0. He did it not with a powerful header or his favored left leg kick, but with the ball, which was marked with the right flank.

The fourth round of the FA Cup opened with a match between the Premier League leaders and the runners-up. In the league, the two top teams have yet to meet this season. The match is scheduled for February 15 in London and April 26 in Manchester.

So the spectators sat down at the Etihad Stadium for the sake of it. Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta seemed to have sent a signal with several squad changes that the competition is a little more important. This is how Martin Odegaard, Gabriel Martinelli and Oleksandr Zinchenko started on the bench.

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Erling Haaland (left) and Thomas Partey (right)

However, Arsenal had the better of the game in the first half. Germany’s City goalkeeper Stefan Ortega converted shots from Takehiro Tomiyasu and Leandro Trossard. City came out better in the second half.

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Pep Guardiola had sent Aki in the left-back position. Erling Haaland was in the center of the front and the Norwegian had sinister plans. He couldn’t score like Zlatan Ibrahimovic with a bicycle kick from far outside the penalty area. Moreover, he had a strong opponent in Rob Holding. He couldn’t score at all.

For example, Aki became the winner of the match and the six-time cup winner Manchester City went on. Arsenal remain favorites to win the league title, but the duo is no longer in the cards for the record holder with fourteen FA Cup trophies in his trophy cabinet.

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