Raheem Sterling
Raheem Sterling scored his fourth goal of the season for Man City

Stand-in skipper Raheem Sterling scored the only goal as Manchester City returned to winning ways in their Premier League clash with Arsenal.

Sterling, given the armband by manager Pep Guardiola with Fernandinho on the bench and Kevin de Bruyne injured, finished off the rebound after Phil Foden’s 23rd-minute shot had been saved.

Arsenal had chances to level but City keeper Ederson denied them with three excellent first-half saves and both David Luiz and Pepe were off target with free-kicks in good positions after the break.

The result extended a miserable run of away results against their fellow ‘top six’ members for Arsenal. They have now failed to win in their last 29 such meetings, since a success at City in 2015.

Guardiola is yet to drop a point against the Gunners in five encounters at Etihad Stadium since he succeeded Manuel Pellegrini as City manager in 2016.

More importantly for his side, after picking up a single point from their last two games, they were able to claim maximum points in this one.

The three points came even without De Bruyne and with the returning Sergio Aguero restricted to an hour’s action on his first appearance since June after recovering from a knee injury.

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Line-ups

Man City

  • 31Ederson
  • 2Walker
  • 3Rúben DiasBooked at 68mins
  • 6AkéBooked at 84mins
  • 16RodriBooked at 14mins
  • 26Mahrez
  • 27CanceloBooked at 63mins
  • 20Bernardo Silva
  • 47FodenSubstituted forFernandinhoat 89′minutes
  • 7Sterling
  • 10AgüeroSubstituted forGündoganat 65′minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Stones
  • 8Gündogan
  • 13Steffen
  • 21Torres
  • 25Fernandinho
  • 48Delap
  • 50García

Arsenal

  • 1Leno
  • 2Bellerín
  • 23David Luiz
  • 6dos Santos Magalhães
  • 3Tierney
  • 8Ceballos
  • 34XhakaSubstituted forParteyat 83′minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 7Saka
  • 19PépéSubstituted forNketiahat 83′minutes
  • 12WillianSubstituted forLacazetteat 69′minutes
  • 14Aubameyang

Substitutes

  • 9Lacazette
  • 13Rúnarsson
  • 15Maitland-Niles
  • 18Partey
  • 25Elneny
  • 30Nketiah

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