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Manchester City 3-1 Arsenal: Three reasons why City won

  • Manchester City are back in the title race after beating Arsenal 3-1. We look at three factors that determined the outcome of the match.
Subhadeep Roy
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Modified 04 Feb 2019, 12:46 IST
Manchester City vs Arsenal
Manchester City vs Arsenal

Manchester City beat Arsenal 3-1 in a Premier League match at the Etihad last night. City now have 59 points from 25 matches and trail Liverpool by 2 points. Liverpool, however, have a game in hand and would be able to extend their lead to 5 points if they are able to beat West Ham tonight.

Arsenal, meanwhile, slipped to sixth with 47 points from 25 matches and would have to fight very hard for a top-4 finish. Manchester United, who have 48 points from as many matches, are already above Arsenal and would fancy their own chances of finishing inside the top 4.

Sergio Aguero scored a hat-trick yesterday against Arsenal, who pulled one-back through Laurent Koscielny. The title race is likely to go down the wire, as City do not seem to be in a mood to surrender their chances. We now take a look at the three reasons why City won the match yesterday:

1.  Aguero’s clinical form:

Sergio Aguero scored a hat-trick against Arsenal
Sergio Aguero scored a hat-trick against Arsenal

Aguero is definitely among the most lethal strikers in the world and again showed his class against the Gunners yesterday. He now has scored 19 goals for City this season and also took his overall tally for them to 219 goals from 320 matches. Aguero opened the scoring in the very first minute of the match with a diving header inside the Arsenal penalty box.

He again scored in the 44th minute through a tap-in, as Raheem Sterling found him with a neat pass inside the box. He has this uncanny ability of being in goal-scoring positions most of the time. Aguero again scored in the second half to complete his hattrick and secure the win against Arsenal

City have a grinding schedule for the next one month or so, as they would vie for top honours in the UEFA Champions League and FA Cup as well. Aguero would have to maintain his wonderful form if City are to have any realistic chance of winning silverware this season. Aguero still has a few years left in him to play at the top level, and might yet help City win a few more trophies in the upcoming seasons.

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Published 04 Feb 2019, 12:46 IST
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