Manchester City played hosts to Arsenal at the Etihad Stadium and comfortably won the game 3-1 to keep the pressure on Liverpool. Sergio Aguero scored a hat-trick, and the Gunners did not even have a shot on goal in the second half.
Here are three things we learned from Manchester City’s 3-1 win over Arsenal.
3. Arsenal’s defence
Arsenal manager Unai Emery will continue to rue the fact that he has lost his best defenders to long term injuries, especially after the performances of Shkodran Mustafi and Stephan Lichsteiner.
Mustafi was at fault for the first goal, allowing Aguero to be played onside, whereas Lichsteiner was all over the place on the night.
2. Top four race
Arsenal have fallen out of the race for the top four, with Manchester United now in fifth place. The Gunners are now three points behind Chelsea and a point behind United, and have a lot of work to do if they are to have any hope of getting back into the top four.
With Chelsea playing Manchester City next weekend, Arsenal may get the chance to claw back the deficit.
1. Title race
Manchester City came back from the defeat to Newcastle United in style, comfortably beating Arsenal and cutting the lead to Liverpool to two points. They face Everton in midweek, and if Liverpool fail to beat West Ham United, they have the opportunity to be on top of the league table, even if they would have played a game extra.
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