Manchester City made it look easy with a 3-1 victory over Arsenal in their Premier League clash at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
Manchester City 3 Arsenal 1
De Bruyne opens scoring
Aguero doubles City’s lead
Lacazette pulls one back
Jesus nets controversial third
Kevin de Bruyne’s first-half goal set the tone for the game, but City had to wait until the 50th minute before doubling their lead. Sergio Aguero netted from the spot but the visitors were given hope shortly after with a fine finish from Alexandre Lacazette.
However, Gabriel Jesus restored the two-goal advantage nine minutes later with a controversial goal to seal the win, which took Pep Guardiola’s side nine eight points clear of the chasing pack.
With Guardiola enjoying his finest start in his managerial career it puts into perspective what type of team the Gunners were facing at the Etihad.
The Citizens were brimming with confidence after eight consecutive league victories and they didn’t have to be at their fluent best to comfortably dispatch Arsene Wenger’s men.
De Bruyne’s 19th-minute finish was just a slight reward for the hosts’ attacking endeavour in the opening stages, while Arsenal looked well short of the confidence required to compete against the leaders of the division.
The one goal at the break was slightly flattering on the Gunners but they would have been incensed by the officiating in the second half as two big calls went against them.
Nacho Monreal’s challenge on Raheem Sterling that resulted in Aguero’s 50th-minute penalty was questionable and Jesus’ goal to make it 3-1 showed David Silva was clearly offside before setting the Brazilian up.
However, minus Lacazette’s fine finish on 65 minutes, even the most faithful of Gunners supporters would have agreed they deserved nothing from the encounter.