Manchester City completely outplayed ten-man Arsenal as they fell to the bottom of the Premier League. The Gunners have now lost their first three league games for the first time since 1954, and this match was effectively over by half-time.
City captain Ilkay Gundogan and striker Ferran Torres scored in the first 12 minutes, and Arsenal’s slim hopes of a comeback were dashed when midfielder Granit Xhaka was sent off for lunging into a challenge on Joao Cancelo.
A trademark teasing run from the £100 million man Just before the break, Jack Grealish set up Gabriel Jesus for an easy third, and Rodri then guided home a fourth from 20 yards.
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola used all three substitutes within 16 minutes of the second half starting, demonstrating his side’s complete dominance. The hosts turned it into an extended keep-ball session, finishing off the rout with Torres’ second six minutes from time.
Guardiola’s counterpart and former assistant Mikel Arteta appeared stunned in the other technical area as Raheem Sterling – twice – Aymeric Laporte and Riyad Mahrez squandered chances to extend the lead even further.
Arsenal finished with a single shot, which was off target, and 19 percent possession. They have yet to score in the Premier League this season and face Norwich City, the team they replaced at the bottom of the table, immediately after the international break.