Hat-trick hero Sergio Aguero was quick off the mark again as Manchester City closed the gap to Premier League leaders Liverpool to two points with a 3-1 victory over Arsenal at Etihad.
Pep Guardiola’s side had faced the prospect of falling seven points behind league leaders after a shock 2-1 loss at Newcastle United, but the champions were let off the hook by Liverpool’s 1-1 draw with Leicester
This time, City take advantage of Jurgen Klopp’s team playing one day before traveling to West Ham on Monday to put pressure and jump in front of Tottenham, who had overtaken City on Saturday in second place.
Defending Champions take advantage with Argentine again scoring inside the first minute with a stooping header from Aymeric Laporte’s cross.
In fact, Guardiola, who had never lost a match against Arsenal boss Unai Emery in all competitions, saw a nasty start to his team, and Aguero had a criminal complaint about contact from Shkodran Mustafi before Raheem Sterling stung the palms of Bernd Leno. An offside flag interrupted short celebrations when Laporte nodded in free-kick by Kevin De Bruyne, Gunners side struck back to head home an equalizer when Nacho Monreal flicked Torreira’s corner and Koscielny headed in.
Ederson needed to be alert to deal with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang when he was about to drop by Alexandre Lacazette’s pass, with the visitors evidently growing into the contest. But their hard work was crashed a minute before the interval as Aguero tapped home from Sterling’s low cross. It took less than an hour for City to end Arsenal’s hopes. Aguero scored the worst goals after the ball hit his arm as he slid in when Leno could not get Sterling’s cross.
A late cameo debut by Denis Suarez has done little to lift the Gunners’ gloom, and City will now watch Liverpool’s trip to West Ham with interest.