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Man City Equal Impressive Record With Arsenal Scalp

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Result: Arsenal 0-1 Manchester City

Date: 21 February 2021

Venue: Emirates Stadium

Manchester City claimed a record-equalling 11th straight away win with a 1-0 victory over Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday.

City manager Pep Guardiola made five changes as Kyle Walker, Aymeric Laporte, Phil Foden, Rodrigo and Gabriel Jesus were omitted with Kevin de Bruyne returning to the starting line-up after a month on the sidelines with injury.

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta made four alterations to his starting line-up with David Luiz, Gabriel, Dani Ceballos and Emile Smith Rowe all dropping out.

City began with ruthless intent and took the lead with just two minutes on the clock. A great switch of play from Ruben Dias found Riyad Mahrez and he whipped in a cracking ball for Raheem Sterling to head home.

A phenomenal ball from De Bruyne then found Sterling who went one-on-one with Bernd Leno but slightly overplayed it into the keeper's hands.

With 18 minutes played in North London, Arsenal countered as Saka got a well-struck shot away but Aubameyang was in the way and penalised for offside.

Mahrez came close to doubling the lead in the 28th minute when he drove into the box, before cutting inside Kieran Tierney and firing a low shot that Rob Holding desperately blocked to safety.

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Holding made another good block soon afterwards to deny Gundogan before Nicolas Pepe had a chance at the other end but curled his effort into the far-post side netting.

City continued to dominate in the second, with Ilkay Gundogan firing a low shot to Leno's Left and his German counterpart was equal to his effort 10 minutes into the second half.

Bukayo Saka had a decent chance in the 78th minute when Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang raced in behind and delivered a cross to the teenager, who looked like he was about to unleash from 12 yards, until he slipped at the crucial moment.

And City had the last clear-cut opportunity of the match after brilliant play between Joao Cancelo and Jesus saw the latter sending his shot just wide of the post from a perfect position, as Sterling's goal was enough to seal the win.

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