Arsenal 0-3 Manchester City: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang MISSES penalty as Pep Guardiola’s men heap more misery on Arsene Wenger

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Arsene Wenger saw his Arsenal empire crumbling after yet another sensational display from Manchester City.
Fed-up Gunners supporters finally deserted the Frenchman while a half-empty stadium saw their struggling side go 3-0 down after just 33 minutes.
City’s 3,000 travelling fans, meanwhile, braved the snow to enjoy outstanding goals from Bernardo Silva, David Silva and Leroy Sane. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang missed a second-half penalty.
Wenger sat impassively in his dug-out, fearful that the home fans could turn on him, as Pep Guardiola’s Carabao Cup champions ran riot.
The win means City need just five more wins to clinch the Premier League title.
They host Chelsea at the Etihad on Sunday while Arsenal head to Brighton hours before.
Starting line-ups:
Arsenal: Cech, Bellerin, Mustafi, Koscielny, Kolasinac, Ramsey, Xhaka, Mkhitaryan, Ozil, Welbeck, Aubameyang
Manchester City: Ederson, Walker, Kompany, Otamendi, Danilo, David Silva, Gundogan, De Bruyne, Bernardo, Aguero, Sane
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A typically ruthless display from Premier League leaders Manchester City as they beat Arsenal 3-0 for the second time in five days, this in Pep Guardiola’s 100th match as manager. Bernardo Silva opened the scoring, with David Silva and Leroy Sane also getting in on the act, as the Citizens move 16 points clear at the summit, while Arsenal’s Champions League hopes are left hanging by a thread.
FULL-TIME: ARSENAL 0-3 MANCHESTER CITY.
There will be two minutes added on at the end of this match.
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Arsenal will have to pick themselves up here for an important week ahead. They’ll travel to Brighton on Sunday for a must-win game in the Premier League, before making the trip south to Milan on Thursday for the first leg of their Europa League last-16 tie. These next seven days could prove decisive for Wenger.
City’s final change sees Gabriel Jesus replace David Silva.
STAT: Aguero had previously scored in each of his last five appearances against Arsenal in all competitions – he’s never scored in six games in a row against a single opponent for Man City.
A second change for City sees Yaya Toure come on to replace Aguero. There will be no 200th goal celebrations for the Argentine tonight.
We’ve got into the tedious stages of this match, with possession largely being contained in midfield. Both teams have accepted the result at face value and are keen to get out of here and move on to the next task at hand.
Almost a huge moment for Aguero! A chance out of nothing for City as he’s played in by a long throughball, and lashes a strike towards the far corner, but Cech makes the save! That would have been goal number 200 with the club for the Argentine striker…
Not a whole lot of note to discuss here, with the match out of reach. City are looking to milk the final 15 minutes off the clock, and while Arsenal do still have a desire to grab a consolation goal, chances are starting to prove hard to come by.
STAT: Arsenal have recorded just two victories in their last 16 Premier League matches against fellow ‘big six’ teams (D6 L8). They beat Spurs in November 2017 and Man Utd in May 2017.
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City are going to look to shut things down here, surely. They’ve been more patent in possession, in no rush to push forward. With just over 20 minutes to play, it would make sense for them to slow things down and shift their focus to Sunday’s clash with Chelsea at the Etihad.
The first change of the night is made by City as Oleksandr Zinchenko replaces Kyle Walker.
The tempo has been surprisingly high considering the scoreline. City work their way forward, but a strong challenge breaks up the attack, before Arsenal break the other way. A ball over the top sends Aubameyang through down the right, but the striker is unable to get his cross through with Welbeck lurking in the centre.
A nice height for the keeper?
Here’s how Ederson saved Aubameyang’s penalty.
(Image: Mike Hewitt)
STAT: Manchester City have saved 11 of the last 19 penalties they have faced in all competitions (excludes penalty shootouts).
Changes likely to be forthcoming for both sides. Pep Guardiola may want to rest a couple of his guys for the final 25 minutes amidst a busy batch of fixtures, while Arsene Wenger could try and go for broke and add some artillery on the front lines.
Arsenal continue to apply the pressure here, but this has to be getting frustrating for them. They’ve orchestrated chances with relative frequency, but have simply been unable to take them. Their Champions League hopes are dwindling.
NOT FAR AWAY! A lovely little dink over the top tees up Aubameyang, who tries to guide a volley in at the near post, but can’t hit the target! That was a good chance for Arsenal, another one wasted.
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Everything has gone perfectly according to plan for City, this in Pep Guardiola’s 100th match in charge of the club. It’s hard to envision a better way to cap the momentous occasion for the Spaniard.
Aubameyang sees tame penalty SAVED by Ederson
Arsenal really can’t catch a break as Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s penalty is saved by Ederson.
In truth, it was a tame effort from the Gunners’ £56million signing from Borussia Dortmund.
The spotkick was given after Nicolas Otamendi brought down Henrikh Mkhitaryan in the box.
STAT: Manchester City have won only one of their 20 Premier League away games against Arsenal (D7 L12) – winning 2-0 under Roberto Mancini in January 2013.
PENALTY TO ARSENAL! Mkhitaryan is clipped down from behind by Otamendi and Andre Marriner points straight to the spot! Otamendi was already on a yellow, so he’s a bit lucky not to be sent off there.
STILL NO DICE FOR ARSENAL! Another wasted opportunity as Aubameyang sees his penalty saved! The Gunners just can’t catch a break.
Ederson, so as not to be overshadowed by this vaunted City attack, has his say on the match with a sharp effort to keep out Aubameyang’s penalty!
Ozil shows great energy to press high up and try to win the ball back off Bernardo Silva. He winds up fouling the winger and then, after the pair lose their balance, Ozil winds up taking an inadvertent boot to the face. If that doesn’t sum up the match for Arsenal, I don’t know what does.