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  • Writer's pictureBen Nixon

Rodri’s Red: Will City continue to struggle?

Manchester City faced Nottingham Forest in what was a comfortable win for the Citizens. Early goals by Phil Foden and Erling Haaland put the game out of Forest reach and opened the floodgates for a potential goal fest at the Etihad stadium. Just after half time, an altercation in the far corner of the pitch saw Rodri sent off for violent conduct against Morgan Gibbs White in the 47th minute. Guardiola showed his concerns after the game admitting he was ‘angry’ for leaving city with 10 men for 45 minutes.

Following his dismissal, Nottingham Forest got their way back into the game. They created plenty of chances are had been keeping lots of the ball utilising the extra man. Ederson made multiple fantastic saves to keep the blues ahead. Manchester City sacrificed new signing Jeremy Doku in order to bring on Kalvin Phillips. Kalvin has waited a long time to get game time, not playing regular football due to star man Rodri being favoured by Pep in that defensive role. Phillips came on and was for the most part playing well however there were a few mistakes perhaps Rodri would not have made. City won the game 2-0 after what looked like to have been a potential for many goals after the first 15 minutes.

Where does this leave City with there upcoming fixtures? Well, City's just travelled to Molineux to face Wolverhampton Wanderers in what has been historically a difficult fixture for Guardiola’s men. Following their midweek defeat to Newcastle in the Carabao Cup, City needed to find their form again in order to beat Wolves. Wolves themselves have been unfortunate in some games however, and now sit with 4 points from 6 games. It was a shock to everyone, but City once again couldn't get the job done, losing 2-1 to a 66th minute Hee-Chan goal.

Manchester City will now face Arsenal after Wolves in arguably one of the most important games this season. Manchester City are without Kevin De Bruyne and now Rodri with players like John Stones and Bernardo Silva battling with time in order to return to match fitness. This game will be massive if either side can be victorious. A winner of this game will gain the confidence needed to win this years Premier League title. Manchester City can pull away from Arsenal if they beat Wolves and then Arsenal already being 6 wins from 6 games. Arsenal have already drawn 32 games this season winning the other 4 but a win against City is exactly what they need to knock city off top spot.

Will Kalvin Phillips be able to keep up Manchester City’s defensive prowess even after thee midweek lost against Newcastle? Will Man City have enough to beat Arsenal? Will Manchester City drop points elsewhere before Rodri's return?

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