Manchester City 2-1 Arsenal: Stunning goal sees Guardiola earn signature win

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An unbelievable pass and fine finish saw Manchester City complete its comeback and give Pep Guardiola his biggest win of the season as City took down Arsenal 2-1 at the Etihad Stadium.

Kevin De Bruyne delivered one of the assists¬†of the season and Raheem Sterling finished it off in style as Manchester City moved to third in the Premier League table. Theo Walcott had put Arsenal in front early, but they had little else to offer and allowed City to slowly build their way back in. Leroy Sane was the one to equalize just minutes after halftime before Sterling’s winner.

Arsenal was content to sit back and see City come at them, and when they got on the ball, they were immediately incisive. Unpressured, Alexis Sanchez was able to dribble forward and feed through Theo Walcott, who had snuck behind Nicolas Otamendi, and the English international struck home clinically for the opener just five minutes gone by.

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Right down the other end, it should have been 1-1, but the home side missed a huge chance. De Bruyne ripped a perfect cross into the box, and Sterling was there to meet it, but he blasted his header just wide right with the goal gaping.

The game slowed down following that chance, with few chances past the half-hour mark, but Arsenal held much of the meaningful possession. Walcott headed just wide from a Gabriel cross on 35 minutes, and David Silva earned the game’s first yellow card minutes later as he brought down Francis Coquelin on a break.

Pablo Zabaleta appeared to be slowing by halftime, and out of the break Guardiola replaced him with Bacary Sagna. Hardly even out of the break, Manchester City was level. A chipped ball from David Silva caught the Arsenal back line napping, and it slipped Sane through to charge into the box and tap home jus two minutes after the restart. Replay showed Sane was just a hair offside, but the margin was very slight.

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Petr Cech saved the game for the Gunners on the hour mark, as Sane nearly put City in front. Fernando won the ball in midfield, allowing de Bruyne to feed Sane again as he stayed clearly onside this time, but Petr Cech came off his line to smother the chance and Sane subsequently shot right into the chest of the Arsenal goalkeeper.

Then, the moment of the match and maybe a moment of the season. One of the most incredible passes you’ll ever see, Kevin de Bruyne got the ball on a throw-in and somehow contorted his body to clip the ball 40 yards across the pitch while facing his own goal. The ball fell right into the lap of Sterling, and still with work to do, he cut inside and beat Cech to his near post to put Manchester City in front. A stunning goal from start to finish, fitting to win this match.

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The win for Manchester City sees them jump the Gunners into third place on 36 points, relief for Pep Guardiola now on two straight wins after the rare pair of losses. For Arsenal, they fall to fourth and now sit just a point above rival Spurs after Tottenham downed Burnley.