Manchester City defeated Arsenal yesterday 3-1. This was an important win for Manchester City, as they are now to points under the league leaders, Liverpool. The defending champions have had their ups and downs this season, but the City players knew how vital those three points are if they want to win the title again. This was the second time these two teams have met this season, they faced each other in early August, with City defeating Arsenal 2-0. Arsenal’s coach Unai Emery has had a rocky start to the season, with this loss losing them 5th place to Manchester United. Many of Arsenal’s players in their back line have been injured, players like Sokratis, Rob Holding, and Hector Bellerin. These players are vital to Arsenal’s defense, as we’ve seen the Gunners struggling to defend against powerhouse teams like Manchester City.
City came out of the gates strong and was able to score in the first minute. After a poor clearance from Arsenal’s defense, Aymeric Laporte was able to get possession of the ball and cross it into an unmarked Aguero. He headed the ball past Leno and City yet again had a dream start. Arsenal was able to tie the game 10 minutes later through Koscielny. Monreal flicked a cross sent in by Torreira and Koscielny was able to lose his marker and head the ball in to tie the game. City were able to take the lead again right before halftime. After a good combination play between Sterling and Gundogan, Sterling was able to ping a low cross into the box to the back bar. Aguero was unmarked and pounced on the cross to take the lead again.
Manchester City doubled their lead in the 61 minute. Sterling yet again made a run down the left flank and fired a cross into the box. Leno got a hand to the cross, but only for it to be redirected into the path of the arriving Aguero. Aguero slide and chested the ball into the goal to complete his hat-trick. This is Aguero’s 10 Premier League hat-trick and puts him behind the record Premier League holder, Alan Shearer with 11 hat-tricks.
Manchester City looked totally dominant against Arsenal, especially Aguero. Aguero has scored 22 times in Cities last 15 home matches while in Guardiola’s starting eleven. Aguero now has 14 goals in the Premier League and 2 in the Champions League, being an absolute threat to any team he plays against. Manchester City’s next two games are vital ones, they play Everton this Wednesday and then they play Chelsea this Sunday. If Manchester City want’s to close the game with Liverpool, they will need to take home all 6 points.