Mikel Arteta‘s Gunners won three out of four in the Premier League but now face a testing run, with the start of their Europa League campaign sandwiched between games against City, Leicester and Manchester United.
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Speaking to Sky Sports, the matchwinner said: “We dropped points early on in the season so it was important to keep on winning.
“Coming back from the international break we knew we needed a good performance and to pick up points to kick-start the season. Today’s result definitely gives us confidence.”
We will have all the post-match reaction from Arteta, Guardiola and the players coming right up…
FULL TIME: City win 1-0 in what Guardiola may consider a tactical masterclass. Arsenal struggled to get to grips with an incredibly fluid formation and rarely looked like getting back into it once Sterling had opened the scoring.
A disappointing return to the Etihad for Arteta.
88 mins: SUBSTITUTION Fernandinho comes on for Foden.
83 mins: SUBSTITUTION Double change for Arsenal. Nketiah for Pepe and Partey for Xhaka.
82 mins: Pepe’s 20-yard free kick goes wide.
77 mins: Some brilliant work from Cancelo on the right so nearly see Luiz put through his own net, but it goes out for a corner instead.
69 mins: SUBSTITUTION Lacazette on for Willian.
69 mins: That was a disappointing free kick from Luiz. High and never in danger of troubling Ederson.
68 mins: Booking for Dias for a rather cynical challenge on Saka.
66 mins: Lacazette is getting ready to come on for Arsenal.
65 mins: SUBSTITUTION Gundogan on for Aguero.
63 mins: That’s a yellow for Cancelo for a bad challenge on Tierney.
55 mins: This game is still in the balance. If City get a second then you can’t see a way back for Arsenal. But Arteta’s side have proved that they can get through this City defence.
Saka has had joy, so they need to get him involved as much as possible. Aubeyang, meanwhile, just needs to get involved.
48 mins: Pep looks like he will be okay. He’s back on.
SECOND HALF Pepe immediately forces a save from Ederson and looks in trouble after landing awkwardly. He’s holding his groin and Lacazette is instructed to warm up.
42 mins: Ederson denied Aubameyang with another impressive save, which saw the flag go up for offside. But replays show the Arsenal forward was onside. It would have stood if he’d found the back of the net.
Man City XI: Ederson, Walker, Dias, Ake, Joao Cancelo, Bernardo Silva, Rodri, Foden, Mahrez, Aguero, Sterling
Subs: Stones, Gundogan, Steffen, Torres, Fernandinho, Delap, Garcia
Arsenal XI: Leno, Bellerin, Holding, Gabriel, Tierney, Ceballos, Xhaka, Saka, Willian, Pepe, Aubameyang
Subs: Thomas Partey, Lacazette, Runarsson, Maitland-Niles, Luiz, Elneny, Nketiah
Referee: Chris Kavanagh
Head to head (h2h) history and results
Arsenal have not beaten Man City in the league since 2015, though they have come out on top in two FA Cup semi-finals in the same period.
In all, the clubs have met on 201 occasions, with Arsenal winning 98, City 58 and the other 45 ending in draws.
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