Manchester City’s last-gasp winner at the Emirates prompted wild celebrations from their players, led by goalscorer Rodri, who tore off his shirt before knee-sliding in front of the Arsenal fans

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Arsenal v Man City: Match in pictures

Arsenal could face FA action after Rodri was pelted with missiles as he celebrated his epic late winner on Saturday.

Bottles, missiles and toilet rolls were hurled at the Manchester City midfielder from a section of the Emirates support in the 93rd minute.

Referee Stuart Attwell is set to include the incident in his report despite stewards quickly moving to push Rodri away from the flashpoint.

TV pictures showed the area where the Spain international had slid to his knees in triumph with so many bottles and match day programmes they were littered around the corner flag.

The images also appear to show at least one City player, Joao Cancelo, struck by one of the bottles with the visitors celebrating in a huddle.

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Missiles were thrown at the Man City players including plastic bottles and toilet roll
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Rodri’s goal proved the winner after Bukayo Saka’s first half opener and Riyad Mahrez had equalised for the Premier League leaders in the second half.

It was a clash filled with controversial talking points, as Arsenal’s Gabriel was sent off for two bookings within the space of a few minutes, which came after Granit Xhaka had given away a penalty.

Arsenal were irate at not being awarded a spot kick of their own when Martin Odegaard was brought down in the box by City keeper Ederson.

Ref Attwell waved away the appeals and was not told to review his pitchside monitor, but he did for Xhaka’s foul on Bernardo Silva, which he had initially let go.

Speaking after the match, Arsenal No.1. Aaron Ramsdale fumed: “Both [were] penalties.

“I don’t know why the ref is told to see one and not the other.

“[VAR] is there for a reason, go and use it. It is the inconsistency.

“The whole point is to help the game out, in real time it didn’t look like one and slow it down on a screen and it is given.”







Rodri celebrated his last-gasp winner directly in front of the Arsenal fans
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It was a view shared by Arsenal’s No.2 Albert Stuivenberg, who was standing in for manager Mikel Arteta who was absent due to Covid.

“I think it is a penalty but I am looking for consistency,” Stuivenberg told BBC’s Match of the Day. “We have VAR in place so why not check yourself as a referee? That did not happen so it is disappointing.”

Mahrez stepped forward to equalise just before the hour mark, after Gabriel received his first booking for scuffing up the penalty spot as City waited to take their kick.

The Gunners’ defender was given his marching orders soon after for a foul, leaving his side a man light for the final third of the match.

City boss Pep Guardiola conceded after the match that the hosts were the better team, but not before his side snatched all three points at the death, courtesy of Rodri.

The midfielder tore off his shirt as he raced away in celebration right in front of the Gunners’ fans, prompting missiles to. be thrown onto the field.

The win extended City’s lead at the top of the table while Arsenal stayed put in fourth position.

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