Manchester City 3 – 1 Arsenal – De Bruyne’s left-foot finish opens the scoring, Aguero’s penalty kick doubled City’s lead but Lacazette pulls back one and brought it back to 2-1 then Jesus restores the two goal lead with a tap-in.
Man City extend unbeaten run with win over Arsenal. Guardiola’s men underpin favourites status as Gunners run ragged. Manchester City were a class above Arsenal as the Premier League leaders ran out 3-1 victors at the Etihad Stadium. Kevin De Bruyne, Sergio Aguero and Gabriel Jesus were on target as Manchester City underpinned their status as Premier League title favourites with a dominant 3-1 beating of an outclassed Arsenal.
City, who had beaten Arsenal just once in nine competitive matches prior to this fixture, have now stretched their unbeaten run to 23 matches and lead the Premier League by eight points from Manchester United, albeit that gap will be cut back down if the Red Devils beat champions Chelsea.
From Arsenal’s perspective, the season may only be in November but a 12-point deficit to City appears insurmountable on this evidence for Arsene Wenger’s men.
Sergio Aguero broke Manchester City’s goalscoring record in the midweek win over Napoli. Manchester City outclassed Arsenal to open up an eight-point lead at the top of the Premier League for a few hours at least.
Kevin de Bruyne’s driven finish and a Sergio Aguero penalty put City on the way to a ninth successive league win, equalling a club record for a single season.
Though substitute Alexandre Lacazette pulled one back for Arsenal, Gabriel Jesus sealed victory for the home side from close range.
Arsenal were aggrieved at the penalty awarded for Nacho Monreal’s challenge on Raheem Sterling and Jesus also appeared to be offside for the third goal, but they did not deserve to take anything from the game.
Indeed, the Gunners would have been beaten by more had it not been for the saves of goalkeeper Petr Cech and the wastefulness of the hosts.
City’s advantage over second-placed Manchester United going into the two-week international break will be determined by United’s result at Chelsea later on Sunday. Arsenal slip to sixth, 12 points behind City, and face a battle to regain a place in the Champions League.
Manchester City 3 – 1 Arsenal | English Premier League – Match Highlights
- 19′ 1 – 0 Kevin De Bruyne opens the scoring and City have taken the lead! Just moments after a great shot from De Bruyne is saved by Petr Cech, the hosts come forward once again. The Belgian plays a quick one-two with Fernandinho before shooting from 20 yards out, and this time his low strike beats theoutstretched limbs of Cech at the far post.
50′ 2 – 0 [Penalty] Sergio Agüero scores from the spot, Lucky or perfect? Sergio Aguero side-foots his penalty against the inside of the post and in. Another one to add to the record books. Aguero steps up and fires in City’s second goal of the game. He sends Cech the wrong way and side-foots a shot into the back of the net via the inside of the post.
65′ 2 – 1 Alexandre Lacazette scores and that’s why you play your £50m striker! Alexander Lacazette comes off the bench to drag Arsenal back into this game. A good goal too, Alex Iwobi into Aaron Ramsey, he picks out Lacazette on the blind side of Nicolas Otamendi, one touch to steady and one to smash through Ederson’s legs.
74′ 3 – 1 Gabriel Jesus scores from something more than a suspicion of offside but even more of a suspicion of Arsenal switching off. It all starts with Alexis Sanchez losing the ball in his own left-back position. City surround him in numbers and work it well into the run of David Silva, who looks a mile off. Arsenal all stop, Silva lays it on a plate for Gabriel Jesus, who buries it. Replays show it was a lot closer than it looked. But I think Silva was still off.
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