First half goals by Leroy Sane, Bernardo Silva and David Silva condemned Arsenal to a second successive 3-0 defeat inside a week at the hands of Manchester City during their Premier League match at the Emirates Stadium, North London on Thursday night.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger needed to change tactics to avoid another horror performance against the Citizens and he reinstated Petr Cech in goal for David Ospina. Danny Welbeck also started the match because of injury to Jack Wilshere while Henrikh Mkhitaryan was brought in place of Calum Chambers who dropped to the bench.
Sergio Aguero, who had scored five goals in his last five matches against Arsenal fired the first warning shot in the ninth minute as his effort hit the side netting after a City offensive build up. City took the lead in the 15th minute after brilliant work from Leroy Sane. The German dribbled his way past three Arsenal defenders from the left wing and set up Bernardo Silva who in turn curled his effort past Cech.
City doubled the lead in the 28th minute after lovely interplay between Sane and Aguero with the Argentine setting up David Silva for the finish. This goal sparked hostile boos and chants from the home faithful as batches of empty seats was witnessed. It was 3-0 barely five minutes later from a City onslaught in Arsenal’s territory. Aguero’s classy first touch from the right side of the field triggered the offensive move that saw Arsenal’s defence exposed and that allowed Sane to get on the end of a low cross for the finish.
Arsenal were awarded a lifeline to get back into the match in the 51st minute after City defender Nicholas Otamendi fouled Mkhitaryan in the box. New signing Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang stepped up to take the penalty but saw his effort to the right saved by goalkeeper Ederson Moraes.
This summed up Arsenal’s night and despite an improved performance in the second half, they simply could not score against a well disciplined City defence.
Pep Guardiola had his say after the match. “It is so difficult to win two games in a row in four days against a team like Arsenal. The weather conditions were so tough, the pitch as well. Three, four chances we scored three goals. We did our job, that is important. We have tough fixtures ahead,” he told Telegraph.
Manchester City, on 75 points, only have to win five out of their remaining ten fixtures to be crowned champions. They have a commanding 16-point lead over neighbours Manchester United.