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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- 16RodriBooked at 14mins
- 27CanceloBooked at 63mins
- 20Bernardo Silva
- 47FodenSubstituted forFernandinhoat 89′minutes
- 10AgüeroSubstituted forGündoganat 65′minutes
- 23David Luiz
- 6dos Santos Magalhães
- 34XhakaSubstituted forParteyat 83′minutesBooked at 90mins
- 19PépéSubstituted forNketiahat 83′minutes
- 12WillianSubstituted forLacazetteat 69′minutes
Match ends, Manchester City 1, Arsenal 0.
Second Half ends, Manchester City 1, Arsenal 0.
Thomas Partey (Arsenal) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Riyad Mahrez (Manchester City) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Foul by Thomas Partey (Arsenal).
Foul by Bernardo Silva (Manchester City).
Gabriel Magalhães (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Fernandinho (Manchester City).
Dani Ceballos (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Substitution, Manchester City. Fernandinho replaces Phil Foden.
Offside, Arsenal. Bukayo Saka tries a through ball, but Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is caught offside.
Nathan Aké (Manchester City) is shown the yellow card.
Rodrigo (Manchester City) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Foul by Alexandre Lacazette (Arsenal).
Substitution, Arsenal. Thomas Partey replaces Granit Xhaka.
Substitution, Arsenal. Eddie Nketiah replaces Nicolas Pépé.
Attempt missed. Nicolas Pépé (Arsenal) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left from a direct free kick.
Foul by Kyle Walker (Manchester City).
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Attempt blocked. Phil Foden (Manchester City) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by João Cancelo.