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Arsenal 0-3 Manchester City

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Manchester City are the second highest scorers in Europe's top five leagues behind Paris St-GermainManchester City produced a scintillating performance to comprehensively beat Arsenal for the second time in five days and extend their lead at the top of the Premier League to 16 points.After beating the Gunners 3-0 in the Carabao Cup final on Sunday, City dominated in a toxic atmosphere at a half-full Emirates Stadium.Bernardo Silva opened the scoring in the 15th minute, beautifully curling in a left-footed strike into the far corner after Leroy Sane's mazy run.
David Silva finished off a fine team move in the 28th minute for City's second before Sane did the same five minutes later.Arsenal had the opportunity to cut the deficit shortly after half-time but Ederson saved Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's penalty.The result sees City pull further away from Manchester United at the top of the table and marks Pep Guardiola's 100th game at the club with a win.Arsenal, meanwhile, stay sixth, 10 points off the top four.
Reaction to Man City's win at the Emirates
Sensational City reaffirm gulf in class
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Leroy Sane has been directly involved in five goals in his last four Premier League gamesCity were clinical on Sunday in securing Guardiola's first trophy at the club, although Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger suggested the game was closer than the 3-0 scoreline suggested.At the Emirates, particularly in the first half, the City were at their free-flowing best and Wenger could have no complaints.Sane dribbled past four defenders for the opening goal before Bernardo Silva's accurate finish and the hosts looked helpless in attempting to prevent the following two goals.For the second, Sane, Sergio Aguero and David Silva combined brilliantly and the Spaniard calmly fired past Petr Cech.The third then came at the end of a flowing move with Kyle Walker squaring to German Sane from in behind the left side of Arsenal's defence.Guardiola's side are now 30 points clear of Arsenal and, with their 16-point lead over Manchester United restored, could now win the title in a little over a month when they face their city rivals on 7 April.If they were to win the title that weekend it would be the earliest the Premier League title has ever been won.
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Manchester City could beat Manchester United's record for clinching the Premier League title at the earliest point in the season
Things only get worse for Wenger
Wenger was prickly in response to questions about his Arsenal future before the game and the result and performance will have done little to silence those questions.The match was played in front of tens of thousands of empty seats in north London, surely not all as a result of the snowy weather.Many of those that did attend booed City's third goal, at half-time, at full-time and when passes went astray, while there were ironic cheers when Cech claimed a catch at one point in the first half.Nicolas Otamendi's foul on Henrikh Mkhitaryan gave the Gunners slim hope of a comeback in the 53rd minute but the miss from the spot by record-signing Aubameyang ended any chance of a contest.Arsenal have now lost seven times in 2018 and their only route back into the Champions League looks to be winning the Europa League.
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Arsenal have lost more matches in all competitions in 2018 than any other Premier League teamThey have have now gone 10 games without keeping a clean sheet in the Premier League, their longest run in the competition since February 2002.Former Arsenal defender Martin Keown described it as a "sad evening" for Wenger on BBC Radio 5 live, adding that the Gunners were "outplayed and outfought".There were chants of "there's only one Arsene Wenger" from the stands in the final stages but, to add to the Frenchman's misery, those appeared to come from the visiting fans.
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Arsenal players low in confidence - Wenger
Classic Pep on landmark night
Guardiola has now won 69 of his 100 games in charge of City and the first-half performance was one of the best he has overseen, although he denied it afterwards.The football was spectacular but they also showcased their clinical finishing and have scored nine goals from just 13 shots on target against Arsenal this season.Guardiola has won one trophy this season, has all-but sealed another and will also be eyeing the club's first Champions League title.Interestingly the Spaniard's record after 100 games in Manchester is actually worse than his starts in previous jobs with Bayern Munich and Barcelona.City have fewer wins, more defeats, have scored fewer goals and have conceded more than Guardiola's sides in Germany and Spain.
Man of the match - Leroy Sane (Manchester City)
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Leroy Sane was unplayable at times and had a hand in all three City goals
'Three outstanding goals' - what they said
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger: "I feel we put a lot of effort in tonight. We played with low confidence, you could see that at the start of the game and we paid for it."We needed the penalty to go in, but that was another negative. We lost to a team that is the best in the country at the moment."
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Guardiola delighted with 'amazing result' at Arsenal
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola: "Mentally we were strong. We were clinical. We scored three outstanding goals. After that it was not easy - the first 15 minutes of the second half we were poor. Still, it's an amazing result for us."We are out of the FA Cup and we won the League Cup. Now it's just two competitions and you fight for one of them for 10 months. These are the last steps to be champions, you keep going until the end."We don't think too much [about winning the title]. Now we play Chelsea. Hopefully we have the desire to win, to be the best team in England. We forget that we are tired."
Home woe for Arsenal - the best stats
Arsenal suffered their joint-heaviest home Premier League defeat, having also lost by three-goal margins to Coventry (1993), Middlesbrough (2001) and Chelsea (twice in 2009).
Manchester City have now scored more Premier League goals this season (82) than they scored in the entirety of last season (80).
This was Manchester City's biggest away win at Arsenal in any competition since a 4-0 triumph in November 1912.
David Silva is only the third David to score on St. David's Day in the Premier League, after David Dunn (Blackburn v Man City in 2003) and David Luiz (Chelsea v Man Utd in 2011).
This was the first time Arsenal conceded three goals in the first half of a home Premier League game and the first time they'd done so in a home league game since March 1989 against Nottingham Forest.
Sergio Aguero has had a hand in 14 goals in his last nine Premier League starts (11 goals, 3 assists).
Man City have saved 11 of the last 19 penalties they have faced in all competitions (excluding penalty shootouts), with Ederson saving three of the five he has faced this season, including both in the Premier League (also against Crystal Palace).
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Line-ups
Match Stats
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Line-ups
Arsenal
33Cech
24Bellerin
20Mustafi
6Koscielny
31KolasinacBooked at 32mins[/i]
8Ramsey
29Xhaka
7Mkhitaryan
11Ozil
23Welbeck
14Aubameyang
Substitutes
13Ospina
16Holding
17Iwobi
21Chambers
30Maitland-Niles
35El Neny
62Nketiah
Man City
31Ederson
2WalkerSubstituted forZinchenkoat 72'minutes
4Kompany
30OtamendiBooked at 19mins[/i]
3Danilo
17De Bruyne
8Gundogan
21SilvaSubstituted forJesusat 87'minutes
20Bernardo Silva
10AgueroSubstituted forY Toureat 82'minutes
19Sane
Substitutes
1Bravo
5Stones
14Laporte
33Jesus
35Zinchenko
42Y Toure
47Foden
Referee:Andre MarrinerAttendance:58,420
Match Stats
Home TeamArsenalAway TeamMan CityPossessionHome46%Away54%ShotsHome10Away9Shots on TargetHome5Away5CornersHome6Away1FoulsHome11Away11
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Match ends, Arsenal 0, Manchester City 3.
Full Time
Posted at 90'+3' Second Half ends, Arsenal 0, Manchester City 3.Posted at 90'+2' Foul by Leroy Sane (Manchester City).Posted at 90'+2' Henrikh Mkhitaryan (Arsenal) wins a free kick on the right wing.Posted at 90'+1' Corner, Arsenal. Conceded by Bernardo Silva.Posted at 89' Foul by Oleksandr Zinchenko (Manchester City).Posted at 89' Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.Posted at 89' Attempt blocked. Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.Posted at 89' Attempt blocked. Gabriel Jesus (Manchester City) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.Posted at 88' Foul by Gabriel Jesus (Manchester City).Posted at 88' Granit Xhaka (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Substitution
Posted at 87' Substitution, Manchester City. Gabriel Jesus replaces David Silva.Posted at 83' Foul by Oleksandr Zinchenko (Manchester City).Posted at 83' Mesut Ozil (Arsenal) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Substitution
Posted at 82' Substitution, Manchester City. Yaya Toure replaces Sergio Aguero.Posted at 78' Attempt saved. Sergio Aguero (Manchester City) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Ilkay Gundogan.Posted at 75' Oleksandr Zinchenko (Manchester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.Posted at 75' Foul by Henrikh Mkhitaryan (Arsenal).Posted at 73' Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.Posted at 73' Foul by Laurent Koscielny (Arsenal).
Substitution
Posted at 72' Substitution, Manchester City. Oleksandr Zinchenko replaces Kyle Walker because of an injury.Posted at 70' Bernardo Silva (Manchester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.Posted at 70' Foul by Sead Kolasinac (Arsenal).Posted at 66' Bernardo Silva (Manchester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.Posted at 66' Foul by Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal).Posted at 60' Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the attacking half.Posted at 60' Foul by Vincent Kompany (Manchester City).Posted at 58' Attempt missed. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Arsenal) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Aaron Ramsey following a corner.Posted at 58' Corner, Arsenal. Conceded by Ilkay Gundogan.Posted at 58' Foul by Ilkay Gundogan (Manchester City).Posted at 58' Danny Welbeck (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.Posted at 54' David Silva (Manchester City) wins a free kick on the left wing.Posted at 54' Foul by Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal).Posted at 53' Penalty saved! Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Arsenal) fails to capitalise on this great opportunity, right footed shot saved in the bottom right corner.Posted at 52' Penalty conceded by Nicolas Otamendi (Manchester City) after a foul in the penalty area.Posted at 52' Penalty Arsenal. Henrikh Mkhitaryan draws a foul in the penalty area.Posted at 50' Bernardo Silva (Manchester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.Posted at 50' Foul by Mesut Ozil (Arsenal).Posted at 46' Kyle Walker (Manchester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.Posted at 46' Foul by Sead Kolasinac (Arsenal).
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