Pep gets the better of Wenger to maintain lead at the top
Man City 3-1 Arsenal by James Nalton at Eastlands
MANCHESTER CITY saw off Arsenal yesterday to register two important wins in one week. Sergio Aguero added a further goal to his tally to cap off a celebration of his record-breaking strike against Napoli in the Champions League which saw him become City’s all-time top goalscorer.
The Argentinian was introduced before kick-off after his teammates had entered the pitch, receiving a memento for passing Erik Brook’s record on Wednesday.
His side’s celebrations were in stark contrast to the misery which engulfed Arsenal, as the performance of their opponents indicated to them how far they’ve fallen since their own time as Premier League pacemakers.
Arsene Wenger’s side made a decent enough start to the game, enjoying some possession in the defensive 5-4-1 formation the Frenchman had sent them out in. Alex Iwobi looked lively and rifled an effort over the bar in the early stages, with Hector Bellerin also showing flashes of danger from right wing-back.
Their time in the game was short-lived, however, as City gained a foothold before going on to take complete control. Kevin de Bruyne was at the heart of everything as he has been for much of the season, and it was from his unerring feet that the opening goal came.
He had just seen a snapshot saved by Petr Cech, but was straight back to work, building another attack. A one-two with Fernandinho created the space and his left foot did the rest, finding the bottom corner and giving the Arsenal keeper no chance second time around.
Aguero joined in his own party with a goal from the penalty spot.
The kick was awarded by Michael Oliver after Nacho Monreal felled Raheem Sterling, and this looked to have secured the points but substitute Alexandre Lacazette gave his side a glimmer of hope when he fired home through Ederson’s legs after good work from Iwobi and Aaron Ramsey.
City’s substitutes underlined their strength compared to their opponents and one of these, Gabriel Jesus, did make sure of the win when he slotted home David Silva’s square pass.
Arsenal appealed for offside to no avail, and spent much of the game fighting a losing battle, one they didn’t appear to believe they could win.
City manager Pep Guardiola believed his side could have scored more, but for now three points are enough for them to keep their clear lead at the top of the table.