After a dominant 3-0 win over Arsenal in the League Cup Final on Sunday, Manchester City got another dominant 3-0 win over Arsenal, this time in the Premier League and at the Emirates Stadium. A sensational first half from the Blues gave them all the goals they needed, and they just cruised to victory in the final period to secure three more points in the league and further establish City’s dominance over the Gunners.
It was clear from the very beginning that Arsenal would not repeat Sunday’s performance. They came out with urgency and intensity, and they made Ederson work hard in the first 15 minutes. But as soon as Leroy Sané made an incredible run and found Bernardo Silva who scored a beautiful goal from the edge of the box, the Cup Final happened all over again.
City absolutely destroyed Arsenal once again, but this time in a different way: with devastating counter attack after devastating counter attack. Every time the Gunners lost the ball, City broke with pace and purpose, and after 30 minutes and goals from David Silva and Sané, they were 3-0 up and the game was over.
As the Emirates crowd tortured the Arsenal players for another terrible performance against the Blues, City continued to put on a show and had chances to score a fourth. But at halftime, we already knew who the winner would be. The only question was how many more goals we’d see.
The second half featured a desperate Arsenal trying to get a consolation goal while City clearly played it safe and reserved energy knowing they had the win secured. Ederson saved a penalty from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang early in the second half to ensure he wouldn’t concede a goal, and Arsenal gave up.
The final minutes were a little bit boring, but that was more than OK for Pep Guardiola and his boys. Over the last five days, City have beaten Arsenal 6-0, they’re also 16 points clear at the top of the Premier League table and are closer and closer to the league title. This team is pretty good.
Man City: Ederson; Walker (Zinchenko), Kompany, Otamendi, Danilo; De Bruyne, Gundogan, Silva (Jesus); Bernardo, Agüero (Touré), Sané
Goals: Bernardo Silva (15’), David Silva (28’), Sané (33’)
Arsenal: Cech; Bellerín, Mustafi, Koscielny, Kolasinac; Ramsey, Xhaka; Mkhitaryan, Özil, Welbeck; Aubameyang