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Manchester City 3-0 Arsenal: Reaction & Tweets

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Calm, cool and collected, Man City win.

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Manchester City eased in to a return of Premier League action with a comfortable 3-0 victory over 10-man Arsenal at the Etihad Stadium.

Raheem Sterlingpounced on a David Luiz error to give City the lead on the death of half-time with his first goal of 2020 and in 13 matches. Luiz would later feature again as he was dismissed for turning down Riyad Mahrez early in the second half, Kevin De Bruyne converted the resulting penalty.

Phil Foden came off the bench to solidify the points during 11 minutes of added time, after Eric Garcia was stretchered off following a nasty collision with Ederson. A scary situation and we hope he is ok.

On a landmark day for English football, the game began with a powerful message, as players and staff from both teams took a knee immediately before kick-off to show their support for the Black Lives Matter movement.

All in all a great game on the pitch.

On to the reaction-

Pep Guardiola Reaction

“In general, I cannot be anything but happy with the performance and the team. We had good shape. It’s a good thing for the next games.”

Raheem Sterling Reaction

“It’s something I beat myself up about but I knew at some point, I’d get an opportunity,”

“You have to take it and that’s what I did today.

“It’s been a confusing couple of weeks - we didn’t know where we were at.

“We were buzzing to be back at the Stadium - on home turf - and we put in a good performance.

“We expected it to be weird. The message when we came back from the break was to ‘find something within ourselves - to dig deep.’

“The first ten minutes, we were getting used to the atmosphere, getting the cobwebs off.

“We controlled the game and took our chances. The boys kept their composure and fought to the end.

“In the last couple of days, the boys tested negative so we celebrated in the right manner.

“We weren’t too close - little fist bumps won’t hurt anyone.”

“Eric had a fantastic game. He fitted in really well and was composed,” he said.

“We were sad to see him go off like that.

“It looked quite bad but after, he looked a bit more like himself.”

“I see it as a massive step for the Premier League - to allow something like that to happen,” he continued.

“It showed we’re going in the right direction – little by little, we’re seeing change.

“That’s what everyone’s hoping for - not just black players; the majority of the country.

“(Taking the knee) was natural, organic. That’s the most important thing.

“We’d seen the other teams do it in the earlier kick-off (Aston Villa v Sheffield United) and we thought: we have to do it as well.”

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