Revealed: What actually sparked post-match melee between Manchester City, Arsenal players

April 27th, 2023 by Olasunkanmi Ibikunle

An eagle-eyed fan appears to have spotted the moment Man City and Arsenal’s post-match melee erupted.

It seems a confrontation between Ben White and Phil Foden sparked the chaotic scenes and it left left fans asking of the Arsenal defender “‘why is he picking on him?”

Manchester City’s 4-1 win over Arsenal turned ugly at the final whistle as both sets of players came to blows.

A brace from Kevin de Bruyne and strikes from John Stones and Erling Haaland delivered a hammer blow to the Gunners’ title chances at the Etihad.

But despite the hefty victory and Arsenal barely being able to lay a glove on the reigning champions, it remained a fiery encounter throughout.

According to The Sun, Arsenal fans called for Ruben Dias to be sent off at the end of the first half when he kicked out at White – with Michael Oliver showing him a yellow card.

Jack Grealish and Thomas Partey came to blows in the second period when the Man City man nudged over the Arsenal midfielder.

The Ghanaian responded by storming into Grealish and pushing his hand into his face.

And those aggressive vibes continued at the final whistle when Haaland and White appeared to get involved in a confrontation.

Haaland was caught by the BT Sport cameras marching towards White.

As he approached the Arsenal man, he was kept a safe distance away by a host of red and blue shirts.

More players began to get involved in the melee as referee Oliver was forced to diffuse the situation.

Now a clip has emerged of what started that trouble, and it shows White approaching Foden, who appeared as a late sub, before grabbing hold of his fellow England World Cup squad member’s collar while appearing to say something to him.

Photo Credit: ManCity/Twitter

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