MADRID, Jan. 21 (SportsFinding) –
Somewhat of the Argentine Sergio 'Kun' Agüero has avoided on Tuesday another stumble of Manchester City at the home of Sheffield United (0-1), in a twenty-fourth day in the Premier League in which Chelsea and Arsenal divided the points in a thrilling duel in which the 'gunners' twice neutralized the 'blue' advantage despite playing with one less from the 26th minute for the expulsion of David Luiz.
Those of Pep Guardiola, who left two points at the Crystal Palace at Etihad Stadium (2-2) over the weekend, could not fail if they wanted to stay alive in the fight for a title that every day passes closer to Liverpool's hands. At 13 units and with one more game, the 'citizen' team has ensured, at least, sleep in second place ahead of Leicester.
After half an hour after the duel, Aymeric Laporte reappeared after his knee injury, Riyad Mahrez fell in the area and Gabriel Jesus carried the responsibility of leaving at 11 meters; however, goalkeeper Dean Henderson guessed his intentions and thwarted the occasion.
It had to be, already in the 73rd minute, a connection between Kevin De Bruyne and Agüero which was able to inaugurate the light, when the Belgian, with his 15th assist of the season, developed the local defense to serve the Argentine forward in the plate .
In the meeting at Stamford Bridge, Arsenal managed to heroically rescue a point against Chelsea who failed to take advantage of his chances, all in a duel marked by the direct red to David Luiz at 26 minutes and which resulted in the first both of Frank Lampard's. After a bad cession of Mustafi, the Brazilian grabbed Tammy Abraham to prevent him from firing at Leno; Jorginho was in charge of successfully transforming the maximum penalty.
Far from being intimidated and inferior, Mikel Arteta's improved performance and found their prize in the second half, when Martinelli came to the back after a corner and took advantage of a slip of Kanté to stand before Kepa and overcome him with a right-handed shot.
The Spanish flavor was felt in a few frantic last minutes. First it was César Azpilicueta who, after Hudson-Odoi hung a ball to the area, put his foot to return to overtake Chelsea in 84, but only two minutes later Héctor Bellerín managed to neutralize both his compatriot with a low shot from the front.
With this, Arsenal signs its third straight draw and remains four points from the continental positions. Chelsea, meanwhile, closes the 'Champions' zone with 40 units after two days without winning.
Meanwhile, Southampton has stayed three points in the continental zone after beating Crystal Palace (0-2), with Nathan Redmond scoring the first goal and serving the second, and Everton and Newcastle split the points (2- 2) to stay in the middle of the table, with 30 units.
For its part, the Bournemouth has ended a run of four consecutive defeats and has approached the salvation zone, which marks West Ham with its same 23 points, after defeating Brighton (3-1), while the Watford, penultimate of the table, has slowed his six-day climb scoring against an Aston Villa coming out of the descent after tracing the initial goal of Troy Deeney (2-1).
– PROGRAM OF THE DAY 24.
Bournemouth – Brighton 3-1.
Aston Villa – Watford 2-1.
Crystal Palace – Southampton 0-2.
Everton – Newcastle 2-2.
Sheffield United – Manchester City 0-1.
Chelsea – Arsenal 2-2.
Leicester City – West Ham.
Tottenham – Norwich City.
Manchester United – Burnley.
Wolverhampton – Liverpool.