- Man City vs Arsenal saw the home side secure a 3-0 win, with Raheem Sterling and Kevin De Bruyne all scoring
- The Gunners would have David Luiz to blame for the defeat, with the Brazilian, who was sent off playing a part in both goals
- Man City had to also contend playing a man less in the closing stages of the match after Eric Garcia picked a serious injury following a clash with Ederson
- The fixture marked the grand return of the Premier League after 100 days following the outbreak of coronavirus pandemic
- The result leaves Arsenal sitting ninth on the league charts with 40 points from 29 matches
Arsenal's hopes of sealing a top four finish have been dealt a massive blow following a 3-0 defeat to Man City at Etihad Stadium.
The Wednesday night, June 17, match was only the second of the day as the Premiee League made a return after weeks of inaction.
With Man City already out of the title race, it was Arsenal who had nearly everything to play for as they push to earn a slot in the Champions League.
However, this was not the case, with the Gunners suffering a double injury blow just minutes into the clash.
Granit Xhaka was the first to bow out and had to be substituted five minutes into play after he twisted his ankle.
His place was taken by Dani Ceballos who would be joined by David Luiz from the bench in the 22nd minute after Pablo Mari's injury.
But Luiz's introduction marked the beginning of Arsenal's problems, with the Brazilian defender's defensive gaffe allowing Raheem Sterling to score the opener minutes before half time.
City doubled the advantage just four minutes into the second half through Kevin de Bruyne who scored from the spot after Luiz conceded a penalty.
The incident saw the former Chelsea defender red-carded having been adjudged to have fouled Riyadh Mahrez.
The 67th minute of the clash saw Mikel Arteta make his last block of substitution, with Alexander Lacazette, Ainsley Maitland-Niles and Reiss Nelson being introduced.
Unfortunately, the tactical move did not pay off as the home side went on to add a third through Phil Foden to claim maximum points.
The defeat now leaves Arsenal sitting in ninth with 40 points, eight off a Champions League place.
Earlier, Legit.ng had reported how Hector Bellerin has been known for his kind gesture in giving, now the Arsenal star has promised to plant trees for every win until the end of the season.
The 25-year-old right-back took to his social media handle and vowed to plant 3,000 tree on every win his team records to help carbon emissions issues.
Arsenal have a big task at hand in taking on Man City in their first Premier League fixture in three months after the pandemic.
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