Manchester City moved 16 points clear at the top of the Premier League table after a sensational 3-0 win at Arsenal that heaped more misery and pressure on Arsene Wenger.
After the 3-0 humbling at City’s hands in the Carabao Cup final on Sunday, they needed a performance to restore a measure of pride. Instead they got another one of those 90 minutes when their fragility – especially at the back – was exposed glaringly.
The champions-elect raced into a three-goal lead during a devastating first-half performance as goals from Bernardo Silva, David Silva and Leroy Sane ensured that the visitors wrapped things up early in Pep Guardiola’s 100th game in charge
The Citizens followed up their League Cup triumph over the Gunners at the weekend by running riot once again as first-half goals from Bernardo Silva, David Silva and Leroy Sane led to loud booing from some sections of the home support.
The hosts had their moments after the interval, but looked bereft of confidence in the attacking third as they struggled to rise above the sombre mood in what seemed like a half-full Emirates Stadium.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang had a chance to reduce the arrears in the second half but saw his penalty well saved by Ederson.
The victory ensured Manchester City claimed a first league double over the Gunners since the 1975-76 season and means they have now lost just once in their last 36 league matches.
Arsenal remain sixth and are now 10 points adrift of the top four with just 10 games to play.
There were a lot of empty seats inside the Emirates Stadium, but those who had braved the sub-zero temperatures greeted the third goal with boos and things almost got worse six minutes before half time when Aguero’s close-range strike was thwarted by Cech.
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