Premier League: Manchester City thrash Arsenal 5-0 as Arsenal slips to the bottom of the table

Premier League LIVE: Manchester City vs Arsenal live, City want 2nd win of season, Gunners yet to secure a point, follow for live updates
Premier League LIVE: Manchester City vs Arsenal live, City want 2nd win of season, Gunners yet to secure a point, follow for live updates

Premier League: Manchester City thrash Arsenal 5-0 as Arsenal slips to the bottom of the table- Manchester City made light work of thrashing a hapless 10-man Arsenal 5-0 in the Premier League on Saturday, a result that means the Gunners have lost their opening three league games of a season for the first time since 1954-55.

Arsenal coach Mikel Arteta, back at the Etihad Stadium where he worked as an assistant between 2016 and 2019, watched in horror as his team fell apart early on, with Ilkay Gundogan and Ferran Torres giving City a 2-0 lead inside 12 minutes.

The visitors remained masters of their own chaotic downfall as Granit Xhaka inexplicably got himself sent off for a two-footed lunge in the 35th minute, making an already difficult task that bit more challenging for Arteta’s men.

City could then afford to take their foot off the gas but the goals still flowed as British recording signing Jack Grealish set up Gabriel Jesus for City’s third just before halftime.

Rodri added a fourth early in the second half, before Torres scored his second late on to complete a miserable afternoon for Arteta and his side.

Another loss means Arsenal are without a point, or even a goal, from their three games so far this season, while City, temporarily at least with rivals in action later in the weekend, are back on top of the standings.

City boss Pep Guardiola was adamant on Friday that the club did not need Cristiano Ronaldo as reports circulated that the champions were about to bring in the Portugal forward, before he eventually sealed a return to City’s rivals Manchester United.

Right from the off in the Etihad sunshine, the Spaniard’s confidence in his current forward options was understandable as the hosts blew Arsenal away, even if the visitors gave them more than a helping hand.

Jesus was allowed far too much time get a seventh-minute cross into the middle, Calum Chambers then got his angles all wrong as he let the ball float over his head and Gundogan stole in to head home.

Things went from bad to worse for Arsenal as a Bernardo Silva cross was then allowed to drift past several defenders before Torres, who could not believe his luck, stroked the ball home.

Arteta cut a frustrated figure on the touchline. Already under pressure after Arsenal finished eighth for the second successive season last term, the Spaniard watched them concede two goals inside 12 minutes for the first time since 2017.

Xhaka’s recklessness must have made Arteta consider making an early exit himself. Since the start of the 2016-17 season, no player has been sent off more often in the Premier League than the Swiss midfielder.

Grealish then had an impact as he easily squared for Jesus to make it three, before Rodri drilled a well-placed strike into the net from distance to put City on course for a big score.

Substitute Raheem Sterling should have made it five late on, before Torres arrived right on cue to put the icing on the cake as City made it back-to-back 5-0 wins at home.

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Premier League live: Manchester City vs Arsenal live updates

@6:53 PM: 90+3 mins’ FULL TIME! Man City demolish the Gunners netting 5 past them at the Etihad. The GUnenr are still looking for their first Premier League goal and point as they head into the international break

@6:50 PM: 90 mins’: THREE minutes have been headed as injury time before the final whistle

@6:48 PM: 88 mins’: Niles wins a free kick for Arsenal, as they push all their players up into the CIty half

@6:44 PM: 84 mins’: GOAL !!!! Torres scores! The Spaniard this a glancing header after making a solid run between two Arsenal Centerbacks

@6:40 PM: 80 mins’: Sterling has been enjoying his time since coming on. The English international misses to get a feather touch and score the fifth goal for Man City

@6:35 PM: 75 mins’: All the 9 Arsenal outfield players are forced to position themselves in their own half as City looks to make inroads and the fifth.

@6:31 PM: 71 mins’: Odgaard is subbed off with Niles coming on for Arsenal in their final change of the game

@6:30 PM: 70 mins’: Man Cty is strolling around in the Arsenal box. Pep Guardiola’s side is finding it too easy being a man up. Gunners struggling to defend and get hold of the ball

@6:26 PM: 66 mins’: Rodri receives a yellow card for a poor challenge. Free kick to Arsenal

@6:25 PM: 65 mins’: Sterling and Grealish combine well to break into the Arsenal box. Unfortunately, the ball goes out for a goal kick

@6:20 PM: 60 mins’: Mahrez come on for Jesus who walks of to a standing ovation at the Etihad for a fantastic outing

@6:18 PM: 58 mins: Lacazette replaces Gunners skipper Aubameyang. Second sub but Arteta

@6:17 PM: 57 mins’: Raheem Sterling comes on for Bernardo Silva.

@6:15 PM: 55 mins’: Gundogan with the corner kick, The German this straight into LEno’s hands

 @6:12 PM: 52 mins’: RODRIIII! The City number 16 hits a sweet strike scoring from 25 yards out with a sublime finish

@6:10 PM: 50 mins’ Arsenal is struggling to get out of their own box.Bernardo Silva almost gets the fourth for CIty.

@6: 05 PM: Start of Second Half! Both teams make a single change. Elneny comes in for Saka. Zinchenko for Walker

@5: 50 PM: HALF TIME! The Premier League champions have completely destroyed the visitors in the first 45 minutes of the match. A dominant performance from the hosts

@5: 47 PM: 45 mins’ Three Minutes added to the first half

@5: 45 PM: 43 mins’ JESUS gets goal number 3!! Grealish latches on to the ball and builds the attack as the Brazilian forward tucks it in

Premier League live: Manchester City vs Arsenal live updates

@5: 41 PM 39 mins’ Man City taking completing advantage of being a man up. Gunners struggling to stop the Premier League champions attack and concede yet another corner.

@5: 37 PM 35 mins’ RED Card for Xhaka, Arsenal are now down to 10 men. Many Gunners fans are seen leaving the stadium already

@5: 36 PM 34 mins’ Arteta’s men living on the line as Cancelo gets on the ball in the opponent half. Lucky to not concede the third

Premier League live: Manchester City vs Arsenal live updates

@5: 32 PM Check out Man City’s second goal below

@5:30 PM: 28 mins’ Arsenal concedes free kick in a dangerous area as Kolasinac fouls Jesus. Gundogan step over the deal ball once again to take Man City’s first corner

@5:26 PM: 24 mins’ Ceric fouls Grealish, First yellow card of the match given

@5:22 PM: 21 mins’ Ederson makes a huge blunder, hits Smit Rowe as the ball goes just past the wide post. This could have been embarrassing for the Brazilian shot-stopper

@5:19 PM: 18 mins’ -City are comfortable with possession as Ederson launches the ball long to no avail

@5:13 PM: 12 mins’- GOALLLL! What a start for Man City! A quickfire double for the Premier League champions as Ferran Torres slots the ball into the net with great ease.

@5:09PM: 7 mins-  GOALLLL! Gundogan arrives late at the far post and heads the ball past Leno. The Gunners looked to be the brighter side early on, but now find themselves trailing the champions

@5:01 PM: KICK OFF!! Arsenal gets the ball attacking from right to left

@4:50 PM: Man City has won their previous two Premier League home matches by a 5-0 scoreline. They will be hoping to make it three consecutive home wins with 5 more goals and build on their performances against Norwich City.

@4:45 PM: The Gunners have their joint-longest run of consecutive defeats against a specific opponent in their league history against Manchester City. The other opponent is been was Leeds United ( 8 straight losses between 1973 and 1976).

@4: 35 PM: Raheem Sterling has recorded five goals and two assists in his last six Premier League appearances against Arsenal. The Englishman will play a major factor coming off the bench for Pep Guardiola’s team against the Gunners

@4:25 PM: Arsenal has failed to win their last six matches against Man City while three goals in the last five. It remains interesting to see how Artea’s men will defend against the Premier League champions.

@4:15 PM: Match officials for the game are- Referee: Martin Atkinson. Assistants: Lee Betts, Richard West. Fourth official: Andy Madley. VAR: Darren England. Assistant VAR: Peter Kirkup.

@4: 05 PM– Lineups are out!

Manchester City playing 11 vs Arsenal

Manchester City-  Ederson, Walker, Cancelo, Laporte, Dias, Silva, Rodri, Gundogan, Torres, Jesus, Grealish

Arsenal playing 11 vs Manchester City

Arsenal – Leno, Soares, Chambers, Holding, Kolasinac, Tierney, Saka, Odegaard, Xhaka, Smith-Rowe, Aubameyang