Man City outclass Arsenal again
LONDON, England (AP):
Manchester City outclassed Arsenal by 3-0 for the second time in less than a week, this time humiliating the Gunners in front of their home fans in the English Premier League yesterday.
City had three goals well before halftime, as Bernardo Silva, David Silva, and Leroy Sane capitalised on Arsenal's ever-present defensive frailties.
"Mentally, we were strong," City manager Pep Guardiola said. "We were clinical. We scored three outstanding goals."
Arsenal squandered an early chance to get back into the match in the second half when Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's penalty was easily saved.
The result gave City a 16-point lead at the league summit ahead of Manchester United, and it left Arsenal in sixth place and 10 points off the Champions League places, and manager Arsene Wenger facing further scorn from the team's fans and more questions about his future.
The embarrassment was a double dose of disgrace for Arsenal, who lost to City 3-0 in the League Cup final on Sunday at Wembley Stadium.
"They took advantage of defence weaknesses," Wenger said. "At the end of the day, we lost against a top quality team. It's a combination of their quality and they're high in confidence."