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Five things we learned from Arsenal 0-3 Man City

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Manchester City moved 16 points clear at the top of the Premier League with a straight-forward 3-0 win over Arsenal on Thursday.

Arsenal had started promisingly but it took just 15 minutes for City to take control with the opening goal.

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A brilliant run from Leroy Sane from the wing saw him beat four players before playing the ball out to Bernardo Silva, with the Portuguese winger curling the ball past a helpless Petr Cech.

And just 13 minutes later, David Silva doubled City’s lead, capping off a great team move which involved Sane and Sergio Aguero teasing Arsenal’s defenders.

Sane got the goal he deserved to kill the game off before half-time, finishing off a devastating counter-attack that had Arsenal scrambling.

The Gunners had a chance to get back into the game after Nicolas Otamendi fouled Henrikh Mkhitaryan in the box but Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s penalty was saved by Ederson.

As Arsenal were torn apart by City for the second time in four days, here are five things we learned.

Arsenal fans are starting to vote with their feet

Following the humiliating defeat at the hands of their opponents on Sunday in the Carabao Cup final, many Arsenal fans had voiced their displeasure with the way the club was run.

Some, on YouTube channel ArsenalFanTV, called for the head of Arsene Wenger who has led the side to mediocrity – but a problem highlighted was that those same supporters still travel up and down the country based on their love of the club.

But they weren’t at the Emirates on Thursday night.

Despite the poor weather and snowy conditions before the game, Manchester City’s fans had made the trip in droves from the north of England that somewhat resembles the North in Westeros, hinting there was a more substantial reason for the Arsenal supporters absence.

Such was the poor attendance that the cannon image made out of seats was practically unobscured by fans. Meanwhile the atmosphere suffered as the travelling City support had no rivals for noise.

Though this did not stop the “official” attendance being announced as 58,420, much to the bemusement of everyone involved – albeit Arsenal are known to give their seats sold rather than attendance on the night.

Sane takes Guardiola criticism on board

Just last week Sane was on the receiving end of the hairdryer treatment from City manager Pep Guardiola for not pulling his weight in the Premier League leaders’ defeat to Wigan Athletic in the FA Cup.

The Telegraph reported the rest of City team were left stunned by the dressing down of Sane, who was subsequently substituted at half-time.

But fast forward 10 days, including a Carabao Cup trophy win, and Sane was almost faultless as City tore apart Arsenal at the Emirates.

Setting up the first with a beautiful run through Arsenal’s struggling defenders, Sane was also involved in the second, holding off his marker before laying the ball to Aguero who continued the attack.

And his performance was capped off with his eighth Premier League goal of the season, tapping home following a good break from Kyle Walker.

At the start of the season there were doubts as to whether Sane was at the level to start consistently for City, but now the German looks almost undroppable and must be favourite to win the Young Player of the Year award.

Petr Cech’s hunt for 200 goes on

Petr Cech was always going to have a tough task in keeping a clean sheet against the free-scoring Manchester City on Thursday night.

Only three goalkeepers (Christian Walton of Wigan, Wayne Hennessey of Crystal Palace and Wolverhampton Wanderers’ Harry Burgoyne) have managed to stop City from scoring in all competitions this season.

And it took just 15 minutes for City to score their first goal on the night as Bernardo Silva brilliantly curled the ball in, keeping Cech on 199 Premier League clean sheets for another game.

Having reached number 199 on 16 December, 2017 when Arsenal beat Newcastle United 1-0, Cech has gone 10 consecutive games without a clean sheet – the club’s longest run since February 2002 (11).

But Cech may reach the elusive milestone on Sunday as the Gunners travel to Brighton and Hove Albion.

Sergio Aguero’s goalscoring run comes to an end

Like Cech, Aguero is stuck on 199 waiting for a huge milestone in his City career. Having scored against Arsenal on Sunday, Aguero reached 199 City goals – also scoring in his fifth consecutive game against the Gunners.

Arsenal became just the third team Aguero has managed to score five goals in a row against for City, joining Tottenham Hotspur with a run ending in May 2015 and Sunderland in a run ending in March 2017.

But like Spurs and Sunderland, Aguero’s run against Arsenal ended at five with the Argentine unable to find the net at the Emirates despite the home defence looking like conceding with every City attack.

The Argentine had four shots on goal on Thursday night, hitting the target twice, including when his effort was saved well by Cech in the second-half before being replaced by Yaya Toure late on.

Arsenal will be sick of the sight of City

With the 3-0 win over Arsenal on Thursday, Manchester City became the first side to beat Arsenal three times in the same season since Chelsea in 2005/06, with all three wins coming in different stadiums.

Having won 3-1 at the Etihad on 5 November thanks to goals from Aguero, Kevin De Bruyne and Gabriel Jesus, City scored three again at Wembley on Sunday to win the Carabao Cup.

And the aggregate score of the three games finished 9-1, thanks to the win at a half-empty Emirates, five better than the 5-1 Chelsea managed in 2005/06.

Thankfully for the Gunners, Thursday night’s defeat will be the last time the two sides meet this season, with both out of the FA Cup and in separate European competitions.

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