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Manchester City inflicted more misery on former assistant Mikel Arteta and his 10-man Arsenal team with a resounding 5-0 win in Saturday’s Premier League clash at the Etihad Stadium.
The Gunners were two goals down inside the first 12 minutes through an Ilkay Gundogan header and Ferran Torres’ attack before losing Granit Xhaka to an even red card for a ruthless challenge.
Gabriel Jesus and Rodri added City’s goals to both sides of the half, and Torres rounded out the scoring in the final stages with his second in the competition.
Arsenal have now lost their first three league games without scoring and remain in the relegation zone, while City have recovered from their defeat at Tottenham with back-to-back victories without conceding.
After putting five unanswered goals past Norwich City last weekend, the hosts designated an unchanged starting line-up in the league for the first time since October 2017 and quickly picked up where they left off.
Bernardo Silva and Jesus combined on the right side, and the latter sent a post to the back post for Gundogan to get past Bernd Leno before the Arsenal goalkeeper could react properly.
It was the 10th time in a row that City had opened the scoring against Arsenal in the league and they quickly had another goal thanks to Torre’s simple finish after Silva’s post somehow got through to the unmarked Spaniard.
The goal was allowed to stand after a VAR check for a possible foul on Calum Chambers and Arteta, after also seeing Kieran Tierney deny a penalty, had further reason to get annoyed when Xhaka was sent off to throw himself into Joao Cancelo.
Jesus knocked on a third goal for City shortly before half-time after being tapped by Jack Grealish at the end of a floating move, and Rodri sided with a fourth past Leno from further out eight minutes after restart.
Substitute Raheem Sterling was twice denied by Leno after being introduced from the bench, but Torres – who had set up Rodris’ attack – converted a Riyad Mahrez post with a header in the post to record a third consecutive 5-0 home win to City and Premier League.