Manchester City produced another brilliant performance to beat Arsenal by 3-0 for the second time in five days and extend their lead at the top of the Premier League to 16 points.
City, who won their first title under Pep Guardiola by dominating Arsenal in the League Cup final last Sunday met a more challenging Gunners team as Aaron Ramsey cut back a cross that hit Vincent Kompany and forced Ederson into a smart save while Henrikh Mkhitaryan also worked the City goalkeeper.
However, Arsenal’s confidence in the game was short lift as Leroy Sane sped past three Arsenal players before finding Bernardo Silva on the right, who finished with a beautiful curling effort into the far corner.
Sane then contributed again for City in the buildup of the Blues’ second as he ran down the left before squaring to Sergio Aguero, who touched through for David Silva to fire high inside Petr Cech’s near post.
The German international then got his goal, which came at the end of a flowing move with Kyle Walker squaring to him from in behind the left side of Arsenal’s defence.
With a 16 point-gap against closest challengers Manchester United, City now need just five wins from ten 10 games to secure a third Premier League title in seven years, and their first title under Guardiola.
“Mentally we were strong. We were clinical. We scored three outstanding goals,” the former Barcelona and Bayern Munich coach said. “It is never easy if you are not focused against teams like Arsenal. We were (focused) and so far we make an amazing Premier League season.”
“We are out of the FA Cup and we have won the League Cup. Now it’s just two competitions, and you fight for one of them for 10 months. These are the last steps to be champions; you keep going until the end. We have to win five games. We don’t think too much — now we play Chelsea.”
“Hopefully we have the desire to win, to be the best team in England.”
City could win the title in a little over a month when they face their city rivals on 7 April, and if they were to win the title that weekend it would be the earliest the Premier League title has ever been won.