Raheem Sterling, Kevin De Bruyne and Phil Foden have been on track as Manchester City impressed on their Premier League restart with a convincing 3-0 win over 10-man Arsenal at a moist Etihad Stadium.
It was an sad return for former City assistant and now Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta, whose constructive check for Coronavirus led to the postponement of this fixture and decisively moved the Premier League in direction of suspension in March.
Perhaps it was the three-month hiatus that accounted for David Luiz’s forgettable night, his woeful misjudgement permitting Sterling to attain his first aim simply earlier than the break.
The Brazil defender then noticed purple for fouling Riyad Mahrez after poor defending, with De Bruyne changing the 51st-minute penalty.
City’s solely fear was when Eric Garcia was taken away on a stretcher after an unpleasant collision with team-mate Ederson, earlier than Foden rounded out the win within the first of 11 extra minutes.
After a minute’s silence was noticed, gamers from each side took a knee in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter motion shortly earlier than kick-off.
Bernd Leno tipped a 20-yard De Bruyne free-kick excessive in a pedestrian opening through which Arsenal misplaced Granit Xhaka and Pablo Mari to damage, with the hapless David Luiz changing the latter.
City discovered their groove, although, and Sterling lower in from the left to check Leno, who brilliantly denied David Silva after one other slick transfer by the hosts.
But it was third time fortunate for Sterling on the stroke of half-time. David Luiz made an entire hash of De Bruyne’s through-ball and the England ahead rifled throughout Leno on the half-volley.
David Luiz’s nightmare continued within the second half when he dragged down Riyad Mahrez and was proven a straight purple.
De Bruyne emphatically discovered the bottom-right nook to finish City’s run of 4 missed Premier League penalties.