Manchester City continues strident form on top of Premier League

Manchester City continued their brilliant form to stay above the Premier League with an easy 3-1 victory over Arsenal.

Sergio Aguero and Raheem Sterling could have both scored but it was the influential Kevin De Bruyne who broke the deadlock, after the Belgian playing a one-two with Fernandinho and angled the ball inside the far post via Cech’s fingertips.

Aguero then converted a penalty off the post five minutes after half-time, before Arsenal mustered a reply through substitute Alexandre Lacazette — whose shot went through the legs of Ederson.

City did not waver, and merely struck for their third goal through their own substitute Gabriel Jesus at close range.

The blue side of Manchester has now gathered a total of 38 goals from only their opening 11 games, even though the scoreline in this encounter against Arsenal slightly trims their rate of average goal per game.

This was a markedly different performance for the Gunners, who lost four of their first six away games since 1981. Their defeat also leaves them sixth, 12 points from the top, with coach Arsene Wenger left fuming, saying that Raheem Sterling “dives well” and criticising the referee, Michael Oliver.

City were only leading by 1-0 when Oliver awarded a penalty for Nacho Monreal’s challenge on Sterling after 50 minutes, which Aguero converted.

“I believe it was no penalty. We know that Raheem Sterling dives well, he does that very well,” Wenger said. “And the third goal was offside. I am very upset because at 2-1 we were in the game. The third goal was the killer and it is not by coincidence that mistakes always go for the home team, as we know.

“It is unfortunate that the game finished the way it finished. I am disappointed. You can accept it if City win in a normal way, they are a good side, but this is unacceptable. Last season we lost two offside goals and it has happened again.”

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