Manchester City beat Arsenal 1-0 on their Premier League return to action after the international break as Raheem Sterling scored the only goal in the game.
Arsenal’s embarrassing away record at their “top six” rivals went on Saturday evening as they remained without a win in this type of match since 2015.
Ironically, the successive away record was at the Etihad Stadium but there was to be no repeat of the result from five years ago nor the FA Cup semi-final win in July.
Raheem Sterling quickly reacted to Bernd Leno spilling Phil Foden’s effort and scored the only goal of the game.
Arsenal on the other hand had their chances to equalize although Ederson denied Bukayo Saka and Aubameyang before the interval.
Furthermore, the visitors were denied a penalty on the half-time stroke as Kyle Walker wasn’t penalized for a high boot as he challenged Gabriel Magalhaes in the area.
In the second half, chances were few and far between for Arsenal. The North London club lacked penetration according to former defender Sol Campbell who admitted he wanted to see more risks taken.
He said, “It was a little bit of a chess game. There are moments where you have to go for it. Yes you’ve got your game plan. I get that. But there are moments especially in the final third”.
“Second half, they should have been a little more potent, stretching the team and disturbing their backline. That was not really happening”.
“There were crosses from right to left, but not really stretching them and causing them a problem. Controlling the play, lovely, easy on the eye. I think they played really good football. But I think second half the last third, a little more penetration should have happened and who knows”.