Ben White aggressively approached City star Phil Foden after Manchester City’s win over Arsenal, putting him at the center of an incident.
Pep Guardiola sprung a tactical surprise on Arsenal’s Premier League title rivals in the huge game at the Etihad Stadium, making it a not so good night for Arsenal.
Mikel Arteta’s team really needed to take something from the game with City, having drawn with Liverpool, West Ham United, and Southampton in successive games.
However, they never looked likely to do so, with the visitors rarely testing their opponents outside of Rob Holding’s late consolation, before Erling Haaland scored even later.
At full-time, White didn’t look too happy, perhaps frustrated with seeing his side’s lead at the top of the table cut to just two points, with the reigning champions having two games in hand.
He appeared to chase Foden down after the final whistle, grab him and hold him close, before getting pushed away, inciting most of the other players to get involved, as you can see in the video below.
What is Ben White doing??? pic.twitter.com/I7mTMTfq9t
— george (@StokeyyG2) April 26, 2023
Tempers FLARED between Ben White and Phil Foden after the full time whistle 🥊 pic.twitter.com/fvVxnwFVPR
— Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) April 27, 2023
At the end of the match, Foden approached Gunners’ left back Oleksandr Zinchenko to share a handshake, who happened to be his former City teammate.
Following the draw with Southampton, Zinchenko was one of the players from Arteta’s team to have been harshly criticised, but unfortunately for him and his team, there wasn’t much they could do about the form of Kevin de Bruyne, Haaland and their ever-strengthening partnership.
Holding had the job of looking after the big Norwegian, with William Saliba still out injured, but he was dominated for the opening goal.
He attempted to stick close to the striker, but the latter shrugged him off before setting up De Bruyne for the opening goal, which ultimately led to Arsenal’s defeat.
Despite conceding plenty of chances, it looked like the league leaders would somehow only be one goal behind at the break, only for John Stones to score on the stroke of halftime.
At first glance, the defender certainly looked offside, with the offside flag going up. However, VAR proved that he was actually just onside, and the goal was given.
De Bruyne added the third 10 minutes into the second half, making it game over for Arsenal.
Holding managed to pull one back with four minutes to go, but Haaland sealed the victory with his beautiful blonde locks flowing, putting the finishing touches to a night that will likely see Manchester City crowned champions for a third year in a row.