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Leaders Man City outclass Arsenal for ninth league win in a row

Sergio Aguero scores a penalty

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 (kick-off 16:30 GMT).

Arsenal slip to sixth, 12 points behind City, and face a battle to regain a place in the Champions League.

City march on

City have now won 15 consecutive matches in all competitions, including a Carabao Cup victory over Wolverhampton Wanderers on penalties.

Their march to the top of the Premier League has been built on some breathtaking attacking play and this win was no different, even if they were hampered by their lack of ruthlessness in front of goal.

City were particularly dangerous on the counter-attack, their pace, movement and precision passing a constant threat. Just behind the front three of Aguero, Sterling and Leroy Sane, De Bruyne was the orchestrator.

Aguero and Sterling could have both scored before De Bruyne broke the deadlock, the Belgian playing a one-two with Fernandinho and angling the ball inside the far post via Cech's fingertips.

City could have been further ahead by the break, a David Silva ball across goal should have been finished, while Sterling was unable to feed Sane when Arsenal were outnumbered at the back.

Only when Aguero converted a penalty off the post, early in the second half, was the result beyond doubt.

Arsenal complained that Monreal's tangle with Sterling should not have penalised, but the Arsenal defender hauled down the England midfielder without winning the ball.

Some sloppiness crept into City's play - home keeper Ederson almost dropped Alex Iwobi's long-range shot into his own net and they were carved open for Lacazette's goal.

But substitute Jesus' tap-in, from what seemed to be a clear offside position, was no more than Pep Guardiola's side deserved.

Arsenal left lagging behind

It was to Arsenal's credit that they did not capitulate - as they have done so often in the past - but this was a stark reminder of how far they lag behind the Premier League leaders.

Though they started brightly, the Gunners were soon pushed back by wave after wave of City attacks, a central defensive trio that included Francis Coquelin continually stretched.

Going forward, they lacked the incision and creativity of their opponents. Alexis Sanchez, pursued by City in the summer, was tireless in his efforts as a lone striker, but an isolated figure.

Sanchez was preferred up front to Lacazatte, the £46.5m summer arrival, but it was only when the France striker was introduced that Arsenal looked like taking anything from the game.

The visitors came down the inside-right channel, good work from Iwobi and Aaron Ramsey fed Lacazette, whose shot went through the legs of Ederson.

Even then, though, the prospect of Arsenal earning a point seemed unlikely and they needed Cech to deny Jesus and De Bruyne before the third City goal made the scoreline a fair reflection of the game.

What's next?

Manchester City travel to Leicester on Saturday, 18 November, following the international break (15:00 GMT). Earlier that day, Arsenal host biggest rivals Tottenham in the north London derby (12:30).

Line-ups

Man City

  • 31Ederson
  • 2Walker
  • 5Stones
  • 30OtamendiBooked at 73mins
  • 18Delph
  • 17De Bruyne
  • 25Fernandinho
  • 21Silva
  • 7SterlingSubstituted forGündoganat 78'minutes
  • 10AgüeroSubstituted forJesusat 62'minutes
  • 19SanéSubstituted forBernardo Silvaat 87'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Bravo
  • 3Danilo
  • 8Gündogan
  • 15Mangala
  • 20Bernardo Silva
  • 33Jesus
  • 42Y Touré

Arsenal

  • 33Cech
  • 6KoscielnyBooked at 67mins
  • 34CoquelinSubstituted forLacazetteat 56'minutesBooked at 59mins
  • 18MonrealBooked at 49mins
  • 24Bellerín
  • 8Ramsey
  • 29XhakaBooked at 75minsSubstituted forGiroudat 78'minutes
  • 31Kolasinac
  • 11ÖzilBooked at 90mins
  • 17IwobiSubstituted forWilshereat 78'minutes
  • 7SánchezBooked at 77mins

Substitutes

  • 2Debuchy
  • 9Lacazette
  • 10Wilshere
  • 12Giroud
  • 14Walcott
  • 35El Neny
  • 54Macey
Referee:
Michael Oliver

Match Stats

Home TeamMan CityAway TeamArsenal
Possession
Home58%
Away42%
Shots
Home9
Away6
Shots on Target
Home5
Away3
Corners
Home5
Away5
Fouls
Home15
Away15

Live Text

Match ends, Manchester City 3, Arsenal 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Manchester City 3, Arsenal 1.

Foul by Gabriel Jesus (Manchester City).

Mesut Özil (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Fabian Delph (Manchester City) because of an injury.

Offside, Manchester City. Ederson tries a through ball, but Gabriel Jesus is caught offside.

Ilkay Gündogan (Manchester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jack Wilshere (Arsenal).

Booking

Mesut Özil (Arsenal) is shown the yellow card.

David Silva (Manchester City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Mesut Özil (Arsenal).

Fernandinho (Manchester City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Sead Kolasinac (Arsenal).

Substitution

Substitution, Manchester City. Bernardo Silva replaces Leroy Sané.

Foul by Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City).

Nacho Monreal (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City).

Nacho Monreal (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Fabian Delph (Manchester City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Alexandre Lacazette (Arsenal).

Foul by Ilkay Gündogan (Manchester City).

Jack Wilshere (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Hand ball by Gabriel Jesus (Manchester City).

Substitution

Substitution, Arsenal. Olivier Giroud replaces Granit Xhaka.

Substitution

Substitution, Arsenal. Jack Wilshere replaces Alex Iwobi.

Substitution

Substitution, Manchester City. Ilkay Gündogan replaces Raheem Sterling.

Booking

Alexis Sánchez (Arsenal) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

David Silva (Manchester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Alexis Sánchez (Arsenal).

Booking

Granit Xhaka (Arsenal) is shown the yellow card.

Goal!

Goal! Manchester City 3, Arsenal 1. Gabriel Jesus (Manchester City) right footed shot from very close range to the centre of the goal. Assisted by David Silva.

Booking

Nicolás Otamendi (Manchester City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Attempt missed. John Stones (Manchester City) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Kevin De Bruyne with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Petr Cech.

Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Petr Cech.

Attempt saved. Gabriel Jesus (Manchester City) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Héctor Bellerín.

Attempt blocked. Leroy Sané (Manchester City) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Raheem Sterling with a cross.

Booking

Laurent Koscielny (Arsenal) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

goal

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