Manchester City earned a 15th straight victory with a 3-1 win against an Arsenal side that had only lost once in 13 games.
City’s high-tempo passing had them 2-0 up by the 50th minute, despite nine starters also being in the line-up for the 4-2 win against Napoli just four days ago.
Arsenal tested the Blues’ resolve after substitute, Alexandre Lacazette, brought Arsenal one goal behind following a lapse of concentration in City’s otherwise solid back line.
This season’s status-quo was regained, however, when Gabriel Jesus came off the bench to put the game out of the Gunners’ reach with City’s third goal, slotted in from 5 yards out.
Here’s what we learned from today’s triumph over the Gunners.
De Bruyne is electric on the counter attack
With Arsenal enjoying more possession than any of City’s Premier League opposition so far this season, 42%, the Blues repeatedly turned defence into attack within seconds.
De Bruyne spearheaded those charges almost every time, breaking away from a high pressing Arsenal midfield and surging forward in the hope to find either Leroy Sané or Raheem Sterling.
Not every ball reached its desired target, and none that did actually resulted in a goal, but it was the sheer pace at which City Watch’s Man of the Match raced forward that was particularly impressive.
We all know the Belgian can hit a 30-yard pass, but to see him repeatedly sprint that distance to create chances just proves, once again, what a quality player we have.
Who needs golden boots?
City’s all-time top goalscorer, Sergio Aguero, celebrated the feat on his return to the Etihad Stadium by wearing gold coloured boots – only for the first half though.
Sergio chose to warm-up in his black boots and then change to play the match in the less modest pair, although, apart from an early chance which soared over the bar, Aguero didn’t trouble Petr Cech.
He returned for the second half back in his black boots and scored a penalty off the left hand post five minutes later to put City 2-0 up.
Aguero was taken off after 62 minutes following one of his quieter games in a City shirt, but he proved today that classic black boots do the job just as well as, and if not better than, golden ones.
Keep putting pressure on our rivals and they will crumble!
Not a bad Super Sunday for the Blues. City’s 31 points from a possible 33 has piled the pressure on Manchester United to keep up, and today they couldn’t.
Beating Arsenal before Chelsea hosted second place United at 4.30pm will have weighed heavily on minds inside the Red’s dressing room.
With City now eight points clear at the top of the table, further slip-ups from United, Chelsea or Tottenham will risk putting the title out of reach before the turn of the year.
Earning points against our biggest rivals will be vital, but ramping up the pressure by stretching that lead before they even kick-off elsewhere will affect their team moral massively.