Manuel Akanji accuses Arsenal of tactical fouling in Manchester City draw

Champions drew 0-0 with Gunners at Etihad Stadium on Sunday‘They stopped us with fouls … If there’s no action it’s hard’

Manuel Akanji has accused Arsenal of using fouls to stop Manchester City in Sunday’s goalless draw and questioned why the referee, Anthony Taylor, did not penalise them more often.

The result at the Etihad leaves Liverpool two points ahead of Arsenal at the top of the league and third-placed City a further point back with nine matches remaining. Mikel Arteta’s side defended in a low block and with aggression. Asked if he felt they had often done so illegally, Akanji said: “Definitely. When we got through sometimes they stopped us with the fouls. If there’s no action to it [from the referee], it’s hard.”

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