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Manchester City v Arsenal Live Commentary, 03/02/2019

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S. Agüero (1)
S. Agüero (44)
S. Agüero (61)
L. Koscielny (11)
Etihad Stadium


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City can close the ground on their rivals, using their game against Everton during the week at Goodison Park to their potential advantage. The Gunners are next in action against Huddersfield on the road.
Manchester City bounce back from their defeat to Newcastle to reclaim second place in the table with a comfortable 3-1 victory over Arsenal. Sergio Aguero was the key man in the victory, notching his 10th hat-trick in the Premier League. The Argentine opened the scoring after 48 seconds, although the Gunners were able to respond through Laurent Koscielny. However, City regained the lead before the break thanks to a tap-in from Aguero following excellent work by Raheem Sterling. Pep Guardiola's men dominated the second half and got the third goal in slightly fortuitous circumstances as it appeared the ball hit Aguero's arm last before rolling into the net. The visitors were not happy, but their display in the second half was lacklustre to say the least, failing to register an effort on goal. City move back within two points of Liverpool, although the Merseysiders are in action tomorrow against West Ham.
90' + 2' City are going to see this result out with ease. They're keeping the ball away from the Gunners like they have throughout the second half.
90' There will be three minutes of added time.
90' David Silva collects and sprays a pass out wide to Mahrez on the right flank. He cuts inside before letting fly with his left boot, but his effort sails harmlessly past the post.
R. Mahrez
K. De Bruyne
Manchester City
88' De Bruyne is withdrawn for Mahrez in the dying stages.
87' City again break with pace as Bernardo Silva releases Sterling, but he sees his strike blocked by Koscielny.
85' Jesus tries to add to the scoreline as he latches on to Sterling's pass, but he is denied by Leno.
83' Frustration from Lacazette as he attempts to register an effort at goal, but David Silva is there with him every step of the way. The Frenchman fouls the City midfielder as he tries to break the shackles.
82' SAVE! City work the ball around the edge of the box before David Silva takes on the strike, only to be denied by a sharp stop from Leno.
Gabriel Jesus
S. Agüero
Manchester City
81' Aguero is withdrawn for the final 10 minutes to be replaced by Jesus.
81' Bernardo Silva and De Bruyne combine down the right flank and the Belgian sends a low cross towards the back post, but Lichtsteiner is well placed to clear ahead of Sterling.
K. Mavropanos
S. Mustafi
79' Mustafi is forced off and replaced by Mavropanos at the back.
77' Mustafi is struggling with an injury and requires treatment on the pitch. It's the last thing that the visitors need at the moment.
76' SAVE! De Bruyne's free-kick is blocked but the ball rebounds into the path of Aguero. The Argentine stabs an effort towards the net, only to be denied by Leno before the ball is hacked away by the Gunners.
75' Ramsey brings down Aguero in the final third and it hands City another chance to threaten down the left flank.
72' City attempt to break Arsenal open at the back, but De Bruyne cannot force his strike through a crowd of bodies in the box.
70' Aguero's hat-trick is his 10th in the Premier League for Manchester City; only Alan Shearer (11) has more in the competition's history.
68' City break with speed down the right flank as Walker looks to squeeze his way between two defenders. His path to goal is blocked but Bernardo Silva takes on the strike, though he fires his effort straight at Leno.
Denis Suárez
S. Kolašinac
66' Suarez makes his Arsenal bow, replacing Kolasinac.
A. Ramsey
A. Iwobi
66' Iwobi makes way for Ramsey for the visitors.
İ. Gündoğan
Yellow Card
Manchester City
65' Gundogan goes into the book for simulation for falling in the box under after running into Mustafi. A harsh one on the German.
64' Leno sums up the half thus far for the visitors as he chips the ball out of play under pressure from Aguero.
63' It has been all too easy for City in the second half. The Gunners have been too deep in their play and they've been picked apart.
S. Agüero
Manchester City
61' GOALLLLLLLLLLLLL!!!!!! AGUERO HAS HIS HAT-TRICK!!!! 3-1 CITY!!! The Argentine notches his third goal and it comes in fortuitous circumstances as the ball appears to bounce off his arm before rolling over the line, but the referee awards the goal. Sterling is the architect again with a run down the left flank before he hammers a cross into the box. Leno gets a hand to the ball, but he can only help it into the path of Aguero on the slide. The ball hits his chest and then his arm before it crosses the line. Arsenal are not happy with the decision, but it still counts.
R. Sterling
Manchester City
61' Assist Raheem Shaquille Sterling
58' Arsenal have a rare foray forward down the left flank, but Kolasinac fails to pick out a team-mate in the final third with his low cross that Ederson gathers.
56' SAVE! Another quick switch down the left allows Sterling to raid into space and he offloads towards De Bruyne in the inside channel. The Belgian connects with a strike, although it's tame and straight at Leno.
55' Manchester City have gone on to win in 27 of their last 28 home PL games when they've led at half time (L1).
53' SAVE! City pile the pressure on. Walker and Bernardo Silva combine to tee up De Bruyne on his right foot. He curls his effort low towards the bottom corner, but Leno gets down to make a fine stop.
51' Leno spills a drive from De Bruyne in the six-yard box and Bernardo Silva almost capitalises, but the German recovers to smother at the feet of the City midfielder.
50' Arsenal clear the initial cross from De Bruyne, but then are caught out on the left flank from the second ball. Gundogan releases David Silva over the top, but the Spaniard fails to connect with his cross.
49' Koscielny tangles with Aguero in the final third and gives away a free-kick in a dangerous position.
48' OVER! Sterling is played into acres of space down the left flank, but he opts to cut the ball back to Bernardo Silva. The Portuguese goes for goal, only to slice his effort well over the top.
46' A cross from David Silva almost falls for De Bruyne then Sterling in the box before Monreal is able to clear the danger for the visitors.
46' We're back underway at the Etihad Stadium.
Unai Emery will be furious that his team switched off before the break. They seemingly had City frustrated and at times on the back foot. However, they made a defensive lapse down the right flank to allow Sterling space and time to pick out Aguero. The Gunners have it all to do in the second half.
Manchester City hold a 2-1 lead over Arsenal at the break at the Etihad Stadium. For the second time in a week Sergio Aguero handed Pep Guardiola's men the lead inside the first minute. Only 48 seconds had passed when the Argentine converted Aymeric Laporte's cross into the box from close range. City had the Gunners on the ropes, but the visitors were able to break back into the game as Laurent Koscielny headed home from a corner. The home side appeared to be struggling for rhythm before they regained the lead out of nowhere when Raheem Sterling played a one-two with Ilkay Gundogan to tee up Aguero for his second of the contest. The game remains well and truly in the balance at the break.
45' + 1' CLOSE! De Bruyne almost finds the net before the interval. A quick switch of play finds Bernardo Silva in space and he plays an inside pass for De Bruyne. The Belgian goes for the hammer across the face of goal, but he just misses the target, while it's too quick for Sterling to connect on the slide.
45' There will be two minutes of added time.
R. Sterling
Manchester City
44' Sterling starts the move down the left flank and plays a neat one-two with Gundogan before teeing up Aguero.
S. Agüero
Manchester City
44' GOALLLLLLLLLLLL!!!! CITY REGAIN THE LEAD OUT OF NOWHERE!! 2-1 AGUERO!! The home side are back in front with a flowing move. Sterling starts it on the left flank with a pass back to Gundogan, with the two players combining with a one-two that sees the German release his team-mate into the left inside channel. Sterling fires a low ball across the face of goal that Aguero, unmarked at the back post, converts with ease.
42' BLOCK! Torreira finds space to run into in the final third before he slides a pass towards Aubameyang. The forward strikes his effort with power, only to be denied by Otamendi's block on the slide.
L. Torreira
Yellow Card
40' Torreira is booked for clipping the heels of De Bruyne on a counter.
39' CHANCE! Arsenal move the ball around in tight quarters on the edge of the City box. Kolasinac sends a stinging drive towards the net, but the ball is beaten away by Ederson. Lacazette tees up Torreira for a strike, but his effort is blocked by a wall of defenders.
37' Laporte and David Silva combine down the left and the Spaniard hammers the ball into the box. Leno tries to punch it away but doesn't connect well enough. Fortunately for the German it falls for Monreal to clear the danger.
35' Brilliant work between Iwobi and Lacazette almost releases Aubameyang behind the City defence. Iwobi robs Bernardo Silva before finding Lacazette. He fends off a challenge before sending a throughball for his strike partner. However, Ederson is alert and scampers off his line to clear just ahead of the forward.
32' Iwobi sends Lichtsteiner on his way down the right flank and the full-back lifts a cross into the box. Aubameyang rises in the middle, but Otamendi is there to clear ahead of the forward.
30' Arsenal are continuing to frustate the home side and are beginning to work the ball around the pitch themselves into attacking positions.
28' Referee Atkinson almost causes problems for Arsenal unintentionally blocking a clearance that falls kindly for David Silva. He tees up De Bruyne to fire at goal from distance, but the Belgian dispatches his effort over the bar.
27' Kolasinac is played into acres of space down the left flank and has time to supply a cross, only to slam his attempt into the side-netting.
25' Sterling has space on the left flank and he looks for the run of Aguero through the middle, but the Argentine is in an offside position from his cross.
24' Fernandinho fouls Koscielny from the resulting corner and it alleviates the pressure on the Arsenal backline.
23' De Bruyne works the ball around the right flank for Bernardo Silva's run. The Portuguese fires a low ball into the middle that is well cleared by Koscielny at the near post.
21' The Gunners are trying to frustrate City with their rearguard action. Guardiola's men are dominating possession, but are lacking their usual rhythm.
19' Manchester City have conceded 50 per cent of their goals this season in the Premier League from set-pieces; the highest ratio in the division (10/20).
18' CHANCES! City win a corner thanks to pressing by Laporte. From the resulting cross, Sterling has a chance to wrap his boot round a strike but fails to connect. The home side recycle possession and Otamendi has space to fire at goal, only to fire a tame effort straight at Leno.
16' Sterling finds space on the left flank and drifts across the edge of the box. He looks for De Bruyne, but it's cut out by Monreal.
14' Torreira is brought down by a loose challenge from David Silva. However, the Uruguayan fails to find a team-mate with his delivery into the box from the free-kick.
13' Arsenal were on the ropes for the opening 10 minutes of the contest, but they've managed to find a counterpunch out of nowhere to get themselves back into the contest.
Nacho Monreal
11' Monreal beats his man with his near post run and his flick finds Koscielny to head home.
L. Koscielny
11' GOALLLLLLLLLL!!!! KOSCIELNY EQUALISES!!! 1-1!!! The Gunners are back in the game from the resulting corner. City fall asleep as Torreira's corner is flicked on by Monreal with a run to the near post. Koscielny is in the right place at the right time in the six-yard area. The Frenchman cannot miss from close range and does not disappoint, finding the net to level the scores.
10' Walker has to make a vital interception at the back to stop Kolasinac latching on to a loose ball at the back. Iwobi and Aubameyang caused problems for the home side, but Walker was there to deny the full-back.
9' DISALLOWED GOAL! De Bruyne puts in a perfect cross from a free-kick and Laporte heads home with conviction from close range. However, his celebrations are cut short by the offside flag.
8' De Bruyne tries to thread the needle on the edge of the Arsenal box with a precise offload to Aguero, but Guendouzi makes the interception.
6' SAVE! Leno makes a good stop to deny Sterling from distance. The England man latched on a loose ball on the edge of the Arsenal box and lined up his strike. Leno spread himself and was able to beat the ball away from danger.
5' Bernardo Silva weaves his way down the right flank and into the box. The Portuguese goes for the low cross, but Koscielny is there to make the block.
3' PENALTY SHOUT! Mustafi makes a risky decision to pull back Aguero in the box, but the referee waves play on, much to the dismay of the Argentine. It looked a decent shout as the forward attempted to latch on to De Bruyne's throughball.
Aymeric Laporte
Manchester City
1' Arsenal lose possession inside their own box and Laporte steals the ball before finding Aguero.
S. Agüero
Manchester City
1' GOALLLLLLLLLLL!!!! AGUERO DOES IT AGAIN!!! 1-0 CITY!! City have a made a dream start for the second time this week. Aguero scored within 24 seconds agains Newcastle, but on this occasion it's after 48 seconds. Arsenal attempt to clear their lines from a City attack, but lose possession in their own box. Laporte punishes them with an accurate cross into the middle. Aguero is unmarked and heads home from close range.
1' We're underway at the Etihad Stadium.
Manchester City have won their last three Premier League games against Arsenal – they’ve haven’t won four consecutive top-flight games against the Gunners since April 1937.
Arsenal have made two changes from their win over Cardiff during the week. Ozil is dropped to the bench by Unai Emery, while Elneny also makes way. Iwobi gets the start in the final third, while Koscielny returns to form a back three alongside Mustafi and Monreal.
City have made three changes from their defeat to Newcastle. Danilo, Sane and Stones drop out of the team, with Bernardo Silva, Gundogan and Otamendi come into the fold. Guardiola may alter system for the contest, although Fernandinho could be deployed in a back four.
SUBS: Petr Cech, Mohamed Elneny, Aaron Ramsey, Mesut Ozil, Denis Suarez, Konstantinos Mavropanos, Eddie Nketiah.
ARSENAL (3-4-3): Bernd Leno, Shkodran Mustafi, Laurent Koscielny, Nacho Monreal; Stephan Lichtsteiner, Lucas Torreira, Matteo Guendouzi, Sead Kolasinac; Alex Iwobi, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Alexandre Lacazette.
SUBS: Danilo, John Stones, Fabian Delph, Leroy Sane, Riyad Mahrez, Gabriel Jesus, Arijanet Muric.
MANCHESTER CITY (3-2-4-1): Ederson; Kyle Walker, Nicolas Otamendi, Aymeric Laporte; Fernandinho, Ilkay Gundogan; Bernardo Silva, Kevin De Bruyne, David Silva, Raheem Sterling; Sergio Aguero.
Arsenal were able to edge their way past Cardiff City during the week to keep themselves among the throng of teams in contention for a place in the top four. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored from the spot before Alexandre Lacazette notched the decisive second goal seven minutes from time. A win for the Gunners this afternoon would put their rivals under all sorts of pressure, but it will take a special performance on the road.
Manchester City are in need of a response this afternoon after suffering a 2-1 defeat to Newcastle United during the week at St James' Park. City took the lead after 24 seconds through Sergio Aguero, but Salomon Rondon equalised in the second half before Matt Ritchie scored from the penalty spot. Pep Guardiola's men are five points behind Liverpool at the top of the table and even slipped behind Spurs following their win over Newcastle. They cannot afford another slip-up this afternoon.
Good afternoon and welcome to the live commentary of the Premier League clash between Manchester City and Arsenal at the Etihad Stadium.