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Manuel Akanji admits frustration at Arsenal’s tactical fouling in Man Metropolis draw


Manchester Metropolis defender Manuel Akanji has criticised title rivals Arsenal for alleged tactical fouling after Sunday’s goalless draw and insisted extra yellow playing cards ought to have been handed out by referee Anthony Taylor.

The Cityzens have been left annoyed after taking only one level from Sunday’s assembly with the Gunners, leaving them down in third and trailing leaders Liverpool by three factors.

Supervisor Pep Guardiola was fast to talk on his opponents’ techniques, claiming their need to dig deep made for an uninteresting check.

Akanji additionally shared his opinion on the sport, referencing the necessity for sterner motion from the referee and extra bookings.

Kai Havertz, Manuel Akanji

Akanji claimed Havertz ought to have seen a yellow card / Visionhaus/GettyImages

He mentioned: “I do not perceive. One [foul] within the first half [from Kai Havertz] was a really late deal with on Stefan [Ortega]. For me it’s clearly a yellow card. There are some guidelines, and I believe there are clear yellow playing cards the place it must be.

“I keep in mind the motion with Jorginho when he’d already carried out a deal with foul, and did the second, and he did not even give a yellow card for one foul.

“I did not perceive some selections. They performed quite a lot of lengthy balls and defended with six gamers within the again, so it was troublesome to get by means of. After we bought by means of, generally they stopped us with the fouls – and if there is not any actions to it, it is onerous.”

Arsenal ended the sport having made 20 fouls compared to Man Metropolis‘s 9 however solely two visiting gamers obtained yellow playing cards. Gabriel Jesus was booked within the 67th minute for kicking the ball away earlier than David Raya was cautioned simply 12 minutes later for time-wasting.

The Gunners’ techniques did see them keep away from defeat on the Etihad, serving to them snap a run of eight straight defeats on the residence of the English champions. They proceed their bid to win the Premier League trophy after they host Luton on Wednesday night time.