Manchester City moved up to second in the Premier League table as Arsenal squandered a lead to lose 2-1 for the second successive game.
Theo Walcott’s cool fifth-minute finish from Alexis Sanchez’s pass put the Gunners in control just five mintues after the match began.
But as they had been at Everton on Tuesday, they were overpowered again in the second half. As Leroy Sane equalized with a run on to David Silva’s pass to beat Petr Cech not two minutes after the break, Arsenal was left appealing in vain for offside.
The Gunners could only lament their fate as City’s winner came 19 minutes from time, as Raheem Sterling took hold of Kevin de Bruyne’s brilliant over-the-shoulder pass to arrow a low finish past Cech at his near post.
The victory could finally bolster City’s title ambitions once more following a poor run of results. Although they are still seven points behind league leaders Chelsea, they completed a damaging double for Arsenal as the Gunners now lies nine points behind Antonio Conte’s side.
Against Tony Pulis’s West Bromwich Albion, Chelsea needed just a single strike by Diego Costa in the second half to maintain the Blues’ winning run. It was Costa’s 13th goal this season – one ahead of his finally tally in the last – and also the 11th win in succession for Chelsea – a club record.
On the other hand, third-placed Liverpool could also leapfrog City should they win the Merseyside derby against Everton at Goodison Park tonight.