WATCH: Raheem Sterling goal gives Man City halftime lead

Raheem Sterling goal

Raheem Sterling has the first goal of the Premier League’s restart, thanks in large part to a David Luiz gaffe.

The Man City star scored his 12th goal of the season in stoppage time of the first half at the Etihad Stadium.

Kevin De Bruyne has been credited with an assist, his 17th of the season. The Belgian is now three from tying Thierry Henry’s single season Premier League record.

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Playing after Sheffield United drew Aston Villa 0-0 at Villa Park with a goal controversially not awarded despite clear visual evidence, City and Arsenal rare big chances between them in the first half.

Luiz didn’t start the game and was one of two Arsenal players to enter the match due to first half injuries.

The center back couldn’t handle De Bruyne’s swirling cross and it skittered off his thigh and onto the path of Sterling, who beat a strong Bernd Leno to make it 1-0.

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