MANCHESTER (Sporting Alert) — Manchester City battered Arsenal 6-3 in an entertaining EPL clash at Etihad Stadium on Saturday. The six goals scored on the day, improved their tally to 35 goals in eight home games this season.
Video Highlights: Manchester City 6, Arsenal 3
A brace from man of the match Fernandinho and a goal each from Sergio Aguero, David Silva and Yaya Toure, secured the comfortable win for Manchester City.
“It was a great game for the fans. At times the tempo was frightening. We looked to be in control of the game for most of it. There were no standout individual performances but collectively we’ve did incredibly well,” Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany told BT Sport.
“I don’t know so much about messages. The biggest message is if we beat Fulham next.
“It is a real fortress here.”
Theo Walcott netted a brace for Arsenal, while defender Per Mertesacker scored the other goal for Arsene Wenger’s side in the defeat.
In the midst of their defensive breakdown, Arsenal also suffered further setbacks as leading defender Laurent Koscielny, who was stretchered off the field in the first half, picked up a bad injury to his right knee and could be out for some time.
Aguero was also taken off with a calf injury.
With the win, Manchester City, which moved to second place, is now three points behind Arsenal in the EPL standings, while the Gunners’ lead could be cut to just two points if Chelsea wins their game later today.
Manchester City: Pantilimon, Zabaleta, Demichelis, Kompany, Clichy, Nasri, Fernandinho, Toure, Silva, Aguero, Negredo. Subs: Hart, Lescott, Milner, Dzeko, Kolarov, Javi Garcia, Jesus Navas.
Arsenal: Szczesny, Sagna, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Monreal, Ramsey, Flamini, Walcott, Ozil, Wilshere, Giroud. Subs: Vermaelen, Rosicky, Arteta, Cazorla, Fabianski, Bendtner, Gnabry.
Referee: Martin Atkinson (W Yorkshire)