Manchester City thump Arsenal to return to Premier League contention


Arriving at Manchester on Sunday, Arsenal manager Unai Emery was eager to end his 11-game winless streak against Pep Guardiola that stretched back to their days in La Liga. Just 48 seconds after the opening whistle, it was clear Emery’s first win against the Spaniard would have to wait another day.

Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero continued his assault against Arsenal, scoring a hat trick to lift his career goal tally to 11 against the north London side. The opener arrived courtesy of sloppy Arsenal defending, allowing Aymeric Laporte to feed a diving Aguero within the first minute of play.

Arsenal retaliated with a clever header from Laurent Koscielny off a set piece in the 11th minute — the first time City conceded that early in a Premier League match in over a year, according to data providers Opta. Aguero came back, however, scoring an easy tip-in off an assist from Raheem Sterling just before halftime. He was lucky to be awarded a third goal in the 60th minute, as replays showed the ball deflecting off the Argentine’s left arm before inching over the goal line to seal the final score at 3-1.

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