Raheem Sterling scores the opener for Manchester City at Arsenal
Raheem Sterling scored his ninth Premier League goal of the season

Manchester City extended their winning run to 18 games as they continued their impressive march towards the Premier League title with victory at Arsenal.

The visitors have not dropped a point since 15 December and looked confident right from the outset, taking the lead with just two minutes on the clock as Raheem Sterling somehow managed to outjump Rob Holding to head in Riyad Mahrez’s cross.

City had four shots to Arsenal’s none in the opening quarter of an hour and it looked like the Gunners were in danger of being on the end of a heavy defeat as Pep Guardiola’s side poured forward at every opportunity.

To Arsenal’s credit they weathered that early storm and grew into the game as Kieran Tierney tested Ederson with a strong effort from distance, while there were glimpses of a threat on the break through the pace of Bukayo Saka.

City failed to kick on after the break although still looked the most likely to add to their lead as Kevin de Bruyne – making his first start in over a month – lifted an effort just wide while Ilkay Gundogan saw a shot saved by Bernd Leno before Joao Cancelo clipped a lovely strike inches past the post late on.

In the end, a second goal was not needed as City took the three points that means they remain 10 points clear at the top of the table with 13 games remaining.

Arsenal, meanwhile, are 10th and six points off the top six.

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Arsenal

Starting XI

  1. Squad number1Player nameLeno
    Average rating

    4.81

  2. Squad number2Player nameBellerín
    Average rating

    4.40

  3. Squad number16Player nameHolding
    Average rating

    4.74

  4. Squad number22Player nameMarí
    Average rating

    4.68

  5. Squad number3Player nameTierney
    Average rating

    5.49

  6. Squad number25Player nameMohamed Elneny
    Average rating

    4.88

  7. Squad number34Player nameXhaka
    Average rating

    4.66

  8. Squad number19Player namePépé
    Average rating

    4.46

  9. Squad number11Player nameØdegaard
    Average rating

    4.72

  10. Squad number7Player nameSaka
    Average rating

    5.95

  11. Squad number14Player nameAubameyang
    Average rating

    4.91

Substitutes

  1. Squad number8Player nameDani Ceballos
    Average rating

    4.75

  2. Squad number9Player nameLacazette
    Average rating

    5.09

  3. Squad number23Player nameDavid Luiz
    Average rating

    4.69

  4. Squad number32Player nameSmith Rowe
    Average rating

    5.42

Manchester City

Starting XI

  1. Squad number31Player nameEderson
    Average rating

    6.63

  2. Squad number27Player nameJoão Cancelo
    Average rating

    6.64

  3. Squad number5Player nameStones
    Average rating

    7.00

  4. Squad number3Player nameRúben Dias
    Average rating

    7.13

  5. Squad number11Player nameZinchenko
    Average rating

    6.48

  6. Squad number17Player nameDe Bruyne
    Average rating

    6.54

  7. Squad number25Player nameFernandinho
    Average rating

    6.62

  8. Squad number8Player nameGündogan
    Average rating

    6.74

  9. Squad number26Player nameMahrez
    Average rating

    6.70

  10. Squad number20Player nameBernardo Silva
    Average rating

    6.51

  11. Squad number7Player nameSterling
    Average rating

    6.80

Substitutes

  1. Squad number9Player nameGabriel Jesus
    Average rating

    6.50

Line-ups

Arsenal

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Leno
  • 2BellerínBooked at 87mins
  • 16HoldingSubstituted forDavid Luizat 82′minutes
  • 22Marí
  • 3Tierney
  • 25ElnenySubstituted forCeballosat 86′minutes
  • 34XhakaBooked at 53mins
  • 19PépéSubstituted forSmith Roweat 73′minutes
  • 11ØdegaardSubstituted forLacazetteat 73′minutes
  • 7Saka
  • 14Aubameyang

Substitutes

  • 6Gabriel
  • 8Ceballos
  • 9Lacazette
  • 12Willian
  • 17Cédric Soares
  • 23David Luiz
  • 32Smith Rowe
  • 33Ryan
  • 35Martinelli

Man City

Formation 4-3-3

  • 31Ederson
  • 27CanceloBooked at 64mins
  • 5Stones
  • 3Rúben Dias
  • 11Zinchenko
  • 17De BruyneSubstituted forGabriel Jesusat 63′minutes
  • 25Fernandinho
  • 8Gündogan
  • 26Mahrez
  • 20Bernardo SilvaBooked at 51mins
  • 7Sterling

Substitutes

  • 2Walker
  • 9Gabriel Jesus
  • 10Agüero
  • 13Steffen
  • 14Laporte
  • 16Rodri
  • 21Torres
  • 22Mendy
  • 47Foden

Referee:
Jonathan Moss

Match Stats

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  1. Match ends, Arsenal 0, Manchester City 1.

  2. Second Half ends, Arsenal 0, Manchester City 1.

  3. Gabriel Jesus (Manchester City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  4. Foul by Dani Ceballos (Arsenal).

  5. Ilkay Gündogan (Manchester City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  6. Foul by Emile Smith Rowe (Arsenal).

  7. Rúben Dias (Manchester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  8. Foul by David Luiz (Arsenal).

  9. Foul by Gabriel Jesus (Manchester City).

  10. Dani Ceballos (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  11. Riyad Mahrez (Manchester City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  12. Foul by David Luiz (Arsenal).

  13. Attempt missed. Gabriel Jesus (Manchester City) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Oleksandr Zinchenko following a fast break.

  14. Foul by Fernandinho (Manchester City).

  15. Alexandre Lacazette (Arsenal) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  16. Foul by Raheem Sterling (Manchester City).

  17. Alexandre Lacazette (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  18. Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by David Luiz.

  19. Héctor Bellerín (Arsenal) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  20. Gabriel Jesus (Manchester City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.