Having endured an upsetting 2-1 loss to Newcastle on Tuesday, Manchester City came into Sunday’s clash against Arsenal a tad short on confidence. But the champions, as expected, didn’t take much time to find their feet. 

Sergio Aguero put the reigning champions ahead inside the opening minute, diving in heroically to convert from close range. The visitors, rattled by Aguero’s opener, were finding it difficult to get a foothold. However, they still somehow managed to restore parity, just 10 minutes later. A perfectly executed Lucas Torreira corner located Nacho Monreal inside the area, who expertly flicked it on for Laurent Koscielny to convert from point-blank range.

The goal against the run of play took the wind out of Manchester City’s sails. Pep Guardiola’s side took a bit of time to settle their nerves, but eventually, their quality eclipsed Arsenal’s doggedness. The Blues restored their one-goal cushion just before the half time whistle, once again through Aguero, who applied the decisive touch after an unstoppable Manchester City passage of play left the Gunners’ backline for dead.

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The Argentinian and his side started the second half on the front foot. Arsenal were once again on the ropes and had no answers to Manchester City’s relentless pressing. Unai Emery’s men weren’t too bad, to be honest, but they just didn’t seem prepared to contain City’s artistic destruction. On the hour mark, Aguero, landed the killer blow, as he bundled the ball across to register his 10th Premier League hat-trick and bag the match ball.

After the game Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola admitted he was scared after the midweek defeat to Newcastle, as he thought he had gifted the league title to Liverpool. But thanks to Liverpool’s draw with Leicester, last week, and Manchester City’s emphatic win over Arsenal, the reigning champions are back in business and are now sitting just two points behind Jurgen Klopp’s leaders.

“So after the Newcastle game, we already lose the Premier League,” Guardiola told talkSPORT’s Dom McGuinness after the game.

“Everybody says seven points, but today we are at two – that’s why it was big. After the Newcastle game, everybody was convinced – myself too – that Liverpool were going to win against Leicester to move to seven points and it would be almost over.”

“Now we are only two points so that’s why we have to be calm. We can’t look too much at the table or how the distance is. It’s what we have to do.”

“What we have done in the Newcastle game or what we have done today. That is what we want to try to do every single game,” he concluded.

The first centurions in the history of the league, Manchester City, probably haven’t been at their best this season, but they, most certainly, have been just as determined. They still are the most explosive team in the division — 66 goals in 25 appearances — and they are just as fond of clean sheets as they were last season. Liverpool, who take on West Ham United on Monday, have been really impressive this campaign, but City’s insatiable hunger for success still makes them the team to beat in the English top-flight.


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