Manchester City 3-1 Arsenal: As it happened, Premier League 2017-18 (MCI vs ARS)

By Sportskeeda Desk | Last ModifiedNov 05, 2017 21:46 IST

FULL TIME: Manchester City 3-1 Arsenal (De Bruyne 19', Aguero 50', Jesus 75' - Lacazette 65')


21:46 (IST)5 NOV 2017

That's all from us here. I'm Rohith Nair, signing off! Hope you had as much fun following this live blog as Man City had in the final third of the Etihad. 

21:39 (IST)5 NOV 2017


Goals from Kevin De Bruyne, Sergio Aguero and Gabriel Jesus give Pep Guardiola's side all three points. City are now eight points ahead of Manchester United (who play Chelsea later today). 

Arsenal's only goal came from Alexandre Lacazette. They drop down to sixth place as Liverpool have the same goal difference but scored one more goal than the Gunners. 

21:36 (IST)5 NOV 2017

90+2' Ozil, who has been booked, has just barged into Delph with his eyes only on the player and not the ball launched by Cech from his own box. The referee doesn't book him again but Ozil is clearly furious and frustrated with this result. 

21:33 (IST)5 NOV 2017


21:33 (IST)5 NOV 2017

90' It's 'Ole' time at the Etihad as each completed pass is cheered on by the fans. They string a dozen passes together before Kolasinac has had enough and concedes a foul to stop the move. 

21:31 (IST)5 NOV 2017

88' Giroud gets involved and attempts to recreate the goal against Norwich City with some fine hold-up play but City are up to the task with a clearance that almost initiates another counter-attack, snuffed out by Arsenal with yet another interception. 

21:29 (IST)5 NOV 2017


Leroy Sane is withdrawn for Bernardo Silva. 

21:28 (IST)5 NOV 2017

85' City fans in full voice now. They truly are seeing a special team that has been coached very well by Guardiola. Every player has done well today and they have played as a unit - a stark contrast to Arsenal's disjointed performance. 

21:26 (IST)5 NOV 2017

82' Koscielny makes another crucial interception before Sane can race through on goal on yet another City counter-attack. City still have the ball though, and they're drawing Arsenal out by keeping possession to help create space for their front three to exploit. 

21:23 (IST)5 NOV 2017

80' City in total control now. They're also able to disrupt Arsenal's rhythm whenever they get the ball, preventing any attacks with some tactical fouling. 

21:21 (IST)5 NOV 2017


Double change for Wenger as Alex Iwobi and Granit Xhaka are withdrawn for Olivier Giroud and Jack Wilshere. 

21:20 (IST)5 NOV 2017


Guardiola wants to protect this lead and he takes off Raheem Sterling for Ilkay Gindogan. 

21:19 (IST)5 NOV 2017

David Silva slips past the Arsenal back-line and manages to stay onside (according to the linesman). As Arsenal wait for the flag to go up, Silva feeds Gabriel Jesus in the six-yard box and it's a simple tap-in for Jesus. 

Replays show Silva may have been offside but it was a very tough call to make. 

21:17 (IST)5 NOV 2017

74' GOOOAAALLL! Man City 3-1 Arsenal

21:16 (IST)5 NOV 2017

73' Stones tries to initiate an attack by accelerating forward but is quickly stripped of the ball. But before Arsenal can counter, Walker steps in from his position on the right and kills the attack with a crucial interception. 

21:14 (IST)5 NOV 2017

71' Lacazette is down after a challenge but the ref allow Arsenal to play on even though the linesman's flag is up. Arsenal manage to put the ball into the box but there's nobody in the box to put it away since Lacazette was down by the touchline. 

21:11 (IST)5 NOV 2017

68' JESUSSSS... SAVED! A City corner sees the ball fall to Jesus at the far post and his shot is fired with power. But Cech gets down quickly to prevent it from going over the line. Fine save! 

21:10 (IST)5 NOV 2017

67' Yet another Arsenal corner leads to a City counter-attack and Koscielny hacks De Bruyne down to prevent any further damage. He's got a yellow card for his cynical foul but that's what we call in football parlance a 'professional foul'. 

21:08 (IST)5 NOV 2017

Aaron Ramsey leads another Arsenal attack through midfield and then feeds Alexandre Lacazette the ball. The French striker fires a shot past the reeling Otamendi and beats Ederson to find the bottom corner. 

21:07 (IST)5 NOV 2017

GOOOAAAALLL! Man City 2-1 Arsenal

21:07 (IST)5 NOV 2017

63' It's end-to-end now, Silva's pass is snuffed out by Monreal and Arsenal counter now. But City respond by recovering quickly and setting up their back-line like recruits at boot camp who have just seen their drill sergeant coming around the corner. 

21:05 (IST)5 NOV 2017


Aguero is withdrawn after scoring his 99th goal at the Etihad and Guardiola has brought on Gabriel Jesus to wreak more havoc on the Arsenal defence. 

21:02 (IST)5 NOV 2017

59' Ozil almost finds Ramsey inside the box with a pass out wide but Ramsey can't get to it as Ederson also comes off his line to prevent a cross or shot on goal. 

21:00 (IST)5 NOV 2017


Coquelin is withdrawn as Alexandre Lacazette takes his place. The midfielder was Arsenal's best player so far. 

20:59 (IST)5 NOV 2017

55' Iwobiiiii... Ederson nearly makes a mess of it! A long range strike sees the ball almost slip past his fingers but as he recovers, Ramsey barges into him and pushes him over the line with the ball in his hands. But the referee has called that a foul. Rightly so. 

20:56 (IST)5 NOV 2017

53' Coquelin thwarts yet another counter-attack with a superb tackle on De Bruyne. City were on their way with Sterling and Sane switching on their afterburners. 

20:55 (IST)5 NOV 2017

52' Wenger stands on the touchline wondering how he can unlock City's defence. He has a number of attacking players on the bench - Giroud and Lacazette are both warming up. 

20:53 (IST)5 NOV 2017

Sergio Aguero steps up and with his new golden boots he fires it past Cech and the ball comes off the inside of the post to find the back of the net. 2-0 to City. 

20:52 (IST)5 NOV 2017

GOOOAAALLL! Man City 2-0 Arsenal

20:52 (IST)5 NOV 2017

49' PENALTY! Monreal brings down Sterling in the box.

Sterling timed his run well while Kolasinac stepped up too late. Monreal tries to cover for him and brings him down in the process. 

20:49 (IST)5 NOV 2017

47' It looks like Wenger has fired up his players to press higher and harder. It's not just Alexis pressing City's defence in the final third. They're pressing as a team. 

20:48 (IST)5 NOV 2017

PEEP! The second half is underway at the Etihad. 

20:37 (IST)5 NOV 2017

Kevin De Bruyne scores the opening goal that sees City lead 1-0 at half-time

20:34 (IST)5 NOV 2017

HALF-TIME: Man City 1-0 Arsenal

Kevin De Bruyne's goal is what separates these two sides on the socreboard but it has been all City in the first half with Arsenal rarely creating decent opportunities to get a shot on target, let alone score. 

20:33 (IST)5 NOV 2017

45+1' Ramseyyyy... SAVE! A rare Arsenal counter-attack sees Alexis find the Welshman inside the box. The midfielder sets himself up for a shot but Ederson goes low to make a fine block to deny the visitors. 

20:31 (IST)5 NOV 2017

44' Alexis is guilty of yet another wayward pass that allows City to counter. This has become a major talking point in the first half. Arsenal have rarely got an opportunity in the final third and the Chilean's passes have been counter-productive. 

20:28 (IST)5 NOV 2017

42' Brilliant tackle from Coquelin to stop Sane in his tracks after he'd skipped past three players. But it all started from a poor Alexis corner that allowed City to counter while Arsenal's centre-backs were in City's box. 

20:26 (IST)5 NOV 2017

40' City are running circles around Arsenal now. And the Gunners are making it too easy for them with their lack of anticipation in midfield. 

20:24 (IST)5 NOV 2017

38' City get another chance as Walker puts in a lethal cross. Koscielny is on hand to prevent Aguero from getting to it while Cech's block prevents the defender form scoring an own goal. Arsenal survive yet again! 

20:22 (IST)5 NOV 2017

35' Oh dear, Sterling! A City counter-attack sees Sterling and Sane two-on-one with Koscielny abut Sterling's pass across the box is so wide off target that Guardiola is screaming on the touchline! The Catalan manager then throws himself on to the vacant seat, cursing that missed chance to double the lead. 

20:19 (IST)5 NOV 2017

33' Another let off for Arsenal! David Silva gets to the goal line and puts in a lethal cross but nobody was in the six-yard box to put it away. Sterling was in the box but he was in two minds, which cost him a chance to put away the easiest of tap-ins. 

20:18 (IST)5 NOV 2017

32' City press up and force Coquelin into an error. The French defensive midfielder was in trouble there and he quickly clears the ball, conceding a throw-in, much to the home crowd's delight. 

20:16 (IST)5 NOV 2017

30' City are dominating possession here. Arsenal have tried to win the ball back but City's players are well-positioned to win it back. Alexis being the lone player up front isn't helping while Granit Xhaka is urging his full-backs to push up a bit to aid in circulating the ball and keep possession. 

20:14 (IST)5 NOV 2017

28' Corner for City. Sterling's cross takes a big deflection from Monreal and it gives Cech problems as it goes close to the bar. But City's corner comes to nothing. 

20:13 (IST)5 NOV 2017

26' Kevin De Bruyne uses his bag of tricks to skip past Monreal's tackle but his cross into the box is headed away for a throw-in. What is Monreal doing so far up the pitch when Kolasinac is already ahead of him? 

20:11 (IST)5 NOV 2017

25' Sane gets another chance as Arsenal scramble to get back but Laurent Koscielny bullies him off the ball with ease. 

At the other end, Alexis tries to play through Ozil but his touch is a bit heavy, allowing Ederson to come out and collect before the German can get to the ball.

20:09 (IST)5 NOV 2017

23' Francis Coquelin loses the ball to Leroy Sane in a dangerous are outside the box but he makes up for it immediately with a finely-timed tackle to stop the ball dead. 

20:08 (IST)5 NOV 2017

22' The Gunners are rattled and City are making good use of space all over the pitch. Fabien Delph makes a run through midfield for City and they've won a corner. But nothing comes of it as Arsenal clear. 

20:06 (IST)5 NOV 2017

Kevin De Bruyne initially tests Cech with a long range effort that is saved but he gets another chance when he plays a one-two with Fernandinho. His low shot is to Cech's left and he finds the bottom corner to give City the lead. 

20:04 (IST)5 NOV 2017

GOOOAAALLL! Man City 1-0 Arsenal
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