Arsenal were dealt a heavy loss in consecutive games against Manchester City, as the Premier League leaders moved to defeat the Gunners 3-0 at the Emirates Stadium.
In a repeat of last Sunday’s Carabao Cup final, three first-half goals from Bernardo Silva, David Silva and Leroy Sané seemed to wrap the North Londoners up relatively early, with the hosts unable to offer a reply before half-time.
Arsenal were given the chance to potentially fight their way back into the contest via the spot in the second period, but Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s penalty miss would crown another disappointing display come full-time.
In hope of a response from his side, Arsène Wenger opted to field Danny Welbeck from the left flank, with Sead Kolasinac also joining in to cover for the injured Nacho Monreal.
Despite a somewhat positive start from Arsenal, their woes resumed in the 15th minute through Bernardo Silva, curling an effort from the edge of the box to put Man City ahead.
That lead was soon doubled in the 28th minute, as neat combinations through the Citizens’ attack gave David Silva the room to finish off his chance inside the area.
Pep Guardiola’s men accelerated further to the undertone of boos ringing around the Emirates Stadium, with Leroy Sané next in line to make it 3-0 with a deflected tap-in.
Arsenal’s reaction came in the second half, as Henrikh Mkhitaryan earned his side the chance to pull a goal back in the 59th minute from the spot, courtesy of a Nicolas Otamendi foul.
The responsibility from the 12-yard-mark fell to Mkhitaryan’s former Borussia Dortmund teammate, Aubameyang, but the striker wouldn’t convert past the second-guessing Ederson between the sticks.
With the score untouched throughout the second period, defeat for 6th-placed Arsenal sees them plunge further behind those chasing a top four spot, trailing Tottenham Hotspur, in 4th, by ten points.
By Patrick Ribeiro
Player Ratings: Petr Čech (4) – Héctor Bellerín (4), Shkodran Mustafi (4), Laurent Koscielny (4), Sead Kolasinac (4) – Aaron Ramsey (5), Granit Xhaka (4) – Henrikh Mkhitaryan (5), Mesut Özil (4), Danny Welbeck (4) – Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (4)