[Video] Manchester City 2-1 Arsenal [HighLights]
Theo Walcott gave the visitors an early lead, but Pep Guardiola’s men fought back in the second half to leapfrog them and Liverpool into second place in the table
Manchester City were able to recover from an early goal to beat Arsenal 2-1 in Sunday’s Premier League clash at the Etihad Stadium.
Theo Walcott opened the scoring just five minutes into the game, taking a through ball from Alexis Sanchez on and beating Claudio Bravo.
City were able to pull level early in the second half, though, as Leroy Sane beat Petr Cech after a ball over the top from David Silva.
Raheem Sterling gave City the lead in the 74th minute when he took down a pass from Kevin De Bruyne and cut inside before burying it past Cech.
The win puts City second in the league ahead of Arsenal and Liverpool, who can take the spot back if they beat Everton on Monday.
Arsenal take the lead in the early stages of the contest as they cut through the City defence with ease. A simple throughball from Sanchez releases Walcott, who takes one touch before slotting his effort past Bravo.
Sterling misses a golden opportunity to draw City level as he bursts into the box to latch on to De Bruyne’s sublime cross from the left, but with the goal gaping he can only direct his header past the post.
A slick attacking move from the visitors is brought to an end by the offside flag. Replays show that Monreal was just a fraction off when Walcott played him behind the City backline.
Out of nothing City are level as Silva lifts a ball over the top of the Arsenal defence and Sane turns before poking an effort past Cech from close range. There may have been a hint of offside about that goal.
City battle to win possession in the middle of the park and De Bruyne releases Sane in the left inside channel. The winger goes for goal, but Cech comes off his line to close down the angle and make the stop.
De Bruyne produces a brilliant cross-field pass to release Sterling’s run on the right flank, allowing the winger to do the rest with his finish. He cuts inside on his left foot before burying his effort past Cech at the near post.
De Bruyne has the chance to seal the game as he latches on to Navas’ deflected cross at the near post, but he can only turn his effort on to the post.
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