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Arsenal news: Gunners’ ‘dirty tricks’ slammed amid Bukayo Saka injury update

Mikel Arteta and Arsenal will still be dreaming of a first Premier League title in 20 years after keeping Manchester City at bay on Sunday. The Gunners kept City from scoring at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday, something which almost never happens to Pep Guardiola’s team. Arteta’s men couldn’t get a goal of their own, though, and the dropped points mean Liverpool ended the weekend in top spot. All three title contenders find themselves back in action in a full midweek programme in the league. Arsenal host Luton Town, with Liverpool at home to Sheffield United and City welcoming Aston Villa to the Etihad Stadium. There’s been plenty of fallout from the weekend’s action, though, and that’s where our focus lies today. Here are the latest lines from around North London. Akanji hits out at Arsenal Manchester City defender Manuel Akanji was unhappy with Arsenal’s fouls going unpunished in Sunday’s draw at the Etihad Stadium. Referee Anthony Taylor kept his cards in his pocket until the 67th minute, and Swiss international Akanji admitted he didn’t understand why bookings weren’t dished out earlier. “One (foul) in the first half (from Kai Havertz) was a very late tackle on Stefan (Ortega),” Akanji said.‌ “For me it is clearly a yellow card. There are some rules, and I think there are clear yellow cards where it should be. ‌”I remember the action with Jorginho when he’d already done a tackle foul, and did the second one, and he (Taylor) didn’t even give a yellow card for one foul. I didn’t understand some decisions. “They played a lot of long balls and defended with six players in the back, so it was difficult to get through. When we got through, sometimes they stopped us with the fouls – and if there’s no actions to it, it’s hard.” Keane makes new title prediction Sky Sports pundit Roy Keane has changed his mind on the title race after Sunday’s matches. While Manchester City have a strong recent history of coming out on top in title races, the ex-Manchester United captain has them finishing third. “Liverpool, as of today’s results I’d have them favourites, then I’d have Arsenal second favourites,” Keane said after the Reds ended the weekend top of the table. “With their goal difference. City have got injuries, Champions League coming up. Same for Arsenal, so I think Liverpool. I see them as favourites.” Who will win the Premier League this season? Have your say in the comments section Liverpool sit two points clear of closest challengers Arsenal with nine games to go, with reigning champions City a further point back. However, Jurgen Klopp’s side have Europa League football rather than Champions League responsibilities to distract them between now and May. Latest on Saka injury concern Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta revealed “fatigue” played a part in his decision to substitute Bukayo Saka against Manchester City. Saka missed the reverse fixture through injury, and has been struggling of late. Saka dropped out of the England squad as a precuation amid his latest concerns. The winger was declared fit to start at the Etihad Stadium, but made way for Gabriel Martinelli 12 minutes from time. “Well, as you know he has been out for a few weeks now with a little problem and he was feeling that fatigue,” Arteta explained after the goalless draw. “Right now, he hasn’t trained. He trained one day before the match – he had a big contribution, but 90 minutes were too much for him today.” Join our new WhatsApp communityand receive your daily dose of Mirror Football content. We also treat our community members to special offers, promotions, and adverts from us and our partners. If you don’t like our community, you can check out any time you like. If you’re curious, you can read ourPrivacy Notice.

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