Mikel Arteta, the manager of Arsenal, believes that the Premier League is even more competitive this season compared to the previous year. After Arsenal’s victory against Everton, Arteta praised the level of competition in the league and emphasized the challenges that teams face on a weekly basis.
Sean Dyche, the manager of Everton, called for a change in the handball rules in the Premier League following his team’s defeat against Manchester City. Dyche criticized a penalty decision that went against his side and stated that the current handball rule is confusing and needs clarification. He argued that the penalty awarded against Amadou Onana was unjust, as the player was simply trying to block the ball.
Pep Guardiola, the manager of Manchester City, echoed Dyche’s sentiments regarding the handball rule in England. Although he had not seen a replay of the incident, Guardiola agreed that the rules on penalties in the Premier League are unclear. He suggested that the rules differ from those in Europe and called for clarification.
Manchester City faces an anxious wait to find out the seriousness of John Stones’ injury. Guardiola confirmed that the England international had taken a knock on his ankle and that the initial signs were not promising. The extent of Stones’ injury will be assessed in the coming days.
Phil Foden, who was named the Player of the Match, praised Manchester City’s second-half performance against Everton. Foden highlighted the team’s belief in themselves, instilled by manager Pep Guardiola during the half-time break. He commended Everton for their recent form and acknowledged the difficulty of playing against them. Foden expressed his happiness with the result and described Everton as a top side.
With the victory against Everton, Manchester City closed the gap on league leaders Liverpool to five points, with a game in hand. The win also marked City’s second in their last seven league games. The team will be looking to build on this result and continue their pursuit of the title.