Man City clinch 18th straight win

English Premier League

Manchester City registered their 18th straight win all competitions after defeating Arsenal 1-0 on Sunday evening.

City manager Pep Guardiola raised eyebrows when he handed llkay Gundogan and Kevin De Bruyne a start from the away victory at Everton during the week.

Arsenal made the worst possible start when Raheem Sterling rose freely in the centre of the area a minute in to head Riyad Mahrez’s pin-point cross from the right-side into the bottom-corner.

However, trailing from the onset did not unsettle the Gunners instead fired them up with a surging run from the far side of the area by Bukayo Saka nearly resulting in the equaliser but City cleared.

Mahrez provided the host a more promising scare through a darting run followed by a cutback in the area soon thereafter, but Kieran Tierney’s defensive displays denied the Algerian.

Arsenal finished the first half on a positive note after Nicolas Pepe flashed a loose ball from Hector Bellerin’s aerial duel with Oleksandr Zinchenko into the side-netting.

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Gundogan came close to double City’s lead with a low strike from the centre of the area ten minutes in the second half, but goalkeeper Bernd Leno palmed for a corner-kick.

A change on the side of the league leaders on 63 minutes followed, with De Bruyne removed for Gabriel Jesus.

The Gunners regained momentum towards full-time and pushed the Citizens into their own half through a teasing attempt from a loose ball by Mohamed Elneny, with Saka volleying wide later on.

City still finished the match in control with a curling strike from the shoulder of the area by Joao Cancelo narrowly missing the bottom-corner and Jesus blazing a one-on-one, as it finished 1-0.