Arsenal and Man City’s regrets, Liverpool’s title advantage and the answers to two crucial questions

The title race turned again on Sunday, with Liverpool now in pole position to win this season’s title. premier league crown.

Jurgen Klopp’s men beat Brighton at Anfield, coming from behind to win a frenetic battle, Mohamed Salah’s second-half winner puts them two points clear at the top of the table with nine matches remaining. Their fate, in Klopp’s final months as manager, is now in their hands.

It’s because Manchester City and Arsenal neutralized each other in their fight at the Etihad, a goalless draw which does no service. It was a heavy encounter, largely lackluster, with the Gunners sitting back and countering – to the great dismay of the suffocated City players – with Erling Haaland chained and little capable of attacking the shard from both sides.

This is not to say that there weren’t those who didn’t claim to benefit from it. Social media is full of those who fetishize confrontation, tactics and so on, whether because it’s something they think they should say or because it’s what they actually believe .

But it was not an exciting encounter. Sometimes you just have to call a spade a spade.

Or maybe this assessment is wrong? This is why we asked our Mirror Soccer their thoughts on the Etihad affair, namely: Will Manchester City and Arsenal ultimately regret their goalless draw? Did you find the match to be an exciting tactical battle, or just plain boring?

Here’s what they found…

William Saliba holds off Erling Haaland, who didn’t have a single shot on target against Arsenal(Getty)

Felix Keith

Call me old-fashioned, but I prefer my football games to feature goals and excitement.

However, after conceding 10 goals in his last three trips to the Etihad, Mikel Arteta made the right choice not to leave his team vulnerable again. William Saliba and Gabriel easily stopped Erling Haaland – leaving the Premier League’s top scorer without even a shot on target. In fact, Arsenal were the first team to prevent Pep Guardiola’s side from scoring at home in 57 games. The north London side will have few regrets over a hard-won point.

The Man City boss won’t be as happy with his argument – and a worrying trend has emerged. Among the Premier League’s “big six”, they only managed to defeat Manchester United this season.

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