Manchester City extended their record run of wins to 15 in all competitions by beating Arsenal 3-1 on Sunday to open up an eight-point lead at the top of the table. City grabbed the lead in the 19th minute through a low drive from Belgian midfielder Kevin De Bruyne and doubled their advantage soon after the interval when record scorer Sergio Aguero slotted home a penalty. Arsenal threw on striker Alexandre Lacazette in the 56th minute and he fired them back into the game after being set up by Aaron Ramsey. Gabriel Jesus made it 3-1 with a simple tap-in. Here is how it happened: (English Premier League Home | Fixtures | Standings/Table)
Manchester City vs Arsenal:
Manchester City: Ederson; Walker, Otamendi, Stones, Delph; Fernandinho; De Bruyne, Silva (c); Sterling, Sane, Aguero
Subs: Bravo, Mangala, Gundogan, Bernardo, G Jesus, Danilo, Yaya Toure
Arsenal: Cech; Bellerin, Koscielny, Monreal, Kolasinac; Coquelin, Ramsey, Xhaka, Ozil, Iwobi; Sanchez
Subs: Macey, Debuchy, Elneny, Wilshere, Walcott, Lacazette, Giroud
Pep Guardiola: We are in November. They won the FA Cup last season. The prestige of the club, the Emirates Stadium – of course they are a contender. It is nine points. The difference (between us) is nothing, believe me.”People consider we are going to play like the last two months all season. When that has happens I can say, ‘OK we have a big chance to be champions’ but nobody can assure you that. We have to fight.
Arsene Wenger: We will try to play our game – we will not hide, put it that way. You want to defend well but you cannot only be focused on defending. We want to play and have the ball and create dangerous situations. Sometimes the best way to defend is to attack.