As it happened: Manchester City cruise to 3-0 victory over 10-man Arsenal
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22:1810 months ago

That’s a wrap!

And that just about wraps up our coverage of this Premier League match between Manchester City and Arsenal.

There’s plenty of action to come over the next few weeks so do be sure to keep an eye on the VAVEL site but until then, I’ve been Tom Young, goodnight!

22:1710 months ago

Full-time: Manchester City 3-0 Arsenal

Anthony Taylor blows for full-time as Manchester City return to action with a comprehensive 3-0 victory over a lacklustre Arsenal side.

De Bruynes penalty shortly after half-time all but ended this one as a contest after David Luiz was sent off for his involvement but Phil Foden added the icing on the cake as he added Manchester City’s third in added time.

There is concern for the well-being of Manchester City youngster Eric Garcia who left the pitch in a bad way after a collision with Ederson.

It’s Arsenal’s first defeat of 2020 whilst Manchester City put a delay on Liverpools coronation as they cut the gap to just the 22 points.

22:1110 months ago


Manchester City have two very good chances to make it four in quick succession.

First it’s Bernardo Silva who fires wide before Aguero uncharacteristically slices his effort into the side netting.

22:0710 months ago


Manchester City make it 3-0 courtesy of the Stockport Iniesta! 

Aguero plays a one-two with Sterling before hitting the post but it’s Phil Foden who reacts quickest to fire home on the rebound.

22:0610 months ago

Added time

The fourth officials board goes up and there will be 11 (ELEVEN) minutes of added time here.
22:0410 months ago


Garcia has been taken off the pitch and play is back underway.

City have used all five substitutions so it will be ten against ten for the remainder of this one.

22:0210 months ago


Garcia looks to be in a really bad way here. 

He’s been down for eight minutes with the medics clearly very wary of moving the young Spaniard.

22:0010 months ago

80’ | Substitution

Gabriel Jesus has gone off to make way for Sergio Aguero.

Meanwhile Eric Garcia is still being seen to by the medics on the pitch.

21:5610 months ago


A nasty collision here between Ederson and Eric Garcia and it’s the 19-year-old who comes out worst.

He’s lay motionless on the floor as both sets of players call for the medics.

21:4910 months ago

72’ | Water Break

The first water break of the night takes place as Sky show highlights of David Luiz’ performance tonight.


21:4510 months ago

69’ | Double Subsitution

Another double subsitution for the hosts as Aymeric Laporte and Kevin De Bruyne make way for Fernandinho and Rodri.
21:4210 months ago

66’ | Triple Subsitution

Meanwhile Arsenal will make a triple substitution, their third, fourth and fifth of the night.

Willock, Guendouzi and Nketiah make way for Lacazette, Maitland-Niles and Nelson.

21:4010 months ago

64’ | Double Subsitution

And that they do.

Riyad Mahrez and David Silva go off to be replaced by Bernardo Silva and Phil Foden.

21:3910 months ago


City are camped in Arsenal’s half here, they look happy to settle for the 2-0 win.

Their bench isn’t half bad if they want to give a few players a rest.

21:3410 months ago


It’s become almost a training ground match now as Manchester City knock the ball from side to side as they hold onto a comfortable 2-0 lead.
21:2610 months ago


De Bruyne makes no mistake from the spot, sending Leno the wrong way to double Manchester City’s advantage.

They will have 40 minutes against 10-men, things could get ugly for Arteta’s men.

21:2510 months ago


David Luiz is sent off for that challenge.
21:2510 months ago


David Luiz has had a stinker tonight and it just got even worse.

Mahrez skips past the Brazilian who pulls him back and it’s as straightforward a penalty as Anthony Taylor will have ever given.

21:2310 months ago


It’s a tale of two goalkeepers as Ederson knocks one 80 metres to almost send Mahrez in behind before Leno pings a routine pass straight into touch.

Oh the joys of playing out from the back.

21:2010 months ago

Second half underway!

No changes for either side and we’re back underway at the Etihad.
21:0810 months ago

Half-time: Manchester City 1-0 Arsenal

Half-time here at the Etihad and it’s Manchester City who have the lead courtesy of Raheem Sterling’s goal two minutes from time.

It’s a deserved lead for the hosts who grew into the game as the half went on, with Bernard Leno denying them on a number of occasions before David Luiz’s error handed Sterling the opportunity to take the lead.

It’s still all to play for in the second half, how will the Gunners respond?

21:0510 months ago


You have to say that on the balance of play, Manchester City deserve the lead heading into half-time.

It’ll be a bitter pill to swallow for Mikel Arteta and his side though.

21:0410 months ago


Raheem Sterling breaks his drought and he has David Luiz to thank for it!

The Brazilian centre half makes an absolute hash of a routine clearance to allow Sterling to get on the end of De Bruyne’s deep cross and he smashes the ball past a helpless Leno to give the hosts the lead.

20:5510 months ago


How many more chances can City miss?

De Bruyne again at the heart of it, finding Sterling in behind but the English forward - without a goal in 2020 - can’t find the target as his chipped effort flies over the bar.

20:5410 months ago


Manchester City are really starting to get going now.

De Bruyne delays his pass to find Mahrez in behind but once again Leno was equal to it, this time using his legs to deny City an opener.

20:5110 months ago


Two saves in quick succession from Leno. First denying Raheem Sterling before keeping out David Silva’s low effort moments later.


20:4710 months ago


Half an hour gone here and there’s been little to report in terms of chances.

That first goal of the restart still eludes us...

20:4210 months ago


De Bruyne uncharacteristically gives the ball away on the edge of his own box but he gets away with it as Aubameyang skies his effort from the edge of the box.
20:3910 months ago

23’ | Arsenal Subsitution

Arsenal are indeed forced into their second change of the night. 

Mari hobbles off to be replaced by David Luiz.

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More injury problems for Arsenal as Mari stays down after pulling up whilst trying to keep up with Walker.

David Luiz is warming up for the Gunners.

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Kyle Walker flies down the right flank and breezes past Mari - who looks to reach for his hamstring - but his cutback is awful and the chance goes begging for City yet again.
20:3410 months ago


50/50 possession through the opening 17 minutes.

I wonder where Arsenal have learnt that from...?

20:2910 months ago


Just over ten minutes gone here and there’s been little in the way of chances other than that early KDB free-kick.

City are attacking primarily down that left hand flank with Sterling having been found in behind on a couple of occasions early on.

20:2310 months ago

6’ | Arsenal Subsitution

Xhaka won’t be able to continue. He’s stretchered off and will be replaced by Dani Ceballos.
20:2210 months ago


Early injury worry for Arsenal here as Xhaka looks to have picked up an ankle injury.

Each side are permitted five changes under the new regulations, but Arteta won’t have been wanting to look to the bench so soon.

20:2010 months ago


De Bruyne was the man who took the free kick but it’s a routine stop for Leno who tips it behind for a corner.

It comes to nothing as the change goes begging.

20:1910 months ago

2’ | Dangerous Free Kick

An early opportunity here for Manchester City as Mari absolutely cleans out Raheem Sterling on the edge of the box.

He’s lucky to escape without a yellow there.

20:1810 months ago


Nketiah shows his pace in the first minute as he gets on the end of a long ball from Leno.

The flag was up for offside - and rightly so - but it’s an early warning for that Manchester City back line nonetheless.

20:1710 months ago

The players take a knee

We’re underway here and, as we saw in the Villa game earlier, all 22 players on the pitch take a knee prior to kick-off in tribute to the Black Lives Matter movement of recent times.
20:1310 months ago

The teams are out!

The teams are out here at the Etihad.

No pre-match handshake as per the COVID-19 guidelines, but football is back!

20:0810 months ago

And it’s live!

Martin Tyler with his now infamous one liner as we approach kick-off here at a sodden Etihad Stadium.

It wouldn’t be a Manchester City home game without a little bit - or a lot - of rain, would it? 

20:0010 months ago

Attentions switch to East Manchester

Aston Villa and Sheffield United has ended all square which means we await that elusive first goal since the restart.

Will we see it at the Etihad tonight, and if so, who’s going to get it?

19:5410 months ago

Almost over at Villa Park

The first game of the Premier League’s return is almost over at Villa Park as Aston Villa and Sheffield United are currently goalless with two minutes of stoppage time to go.
19:3410 months ago

Big opportunity for Eric Garcia

Ayemeric Laporte’s injury problems have caused City all sorts of problems this season but the one bright spark has been the emergence of Spanish youngster Eric Garcia.

The 19-year-old starts alongside Laporte for the hosts tonight, could this be the beginning of a long-term defensive partnership for Guardiola’s men?

19:2110 months ago

Arsenal: Bench

For the Gunners, there are the following options on the bench:

Martinez, Luiz, Kolasinac, Maitland-Niles, Ceballos, Nelson, Pepe, Martinelli, Lacazette.


19:2110 months ago

Manchester City: Bench

A reminder that both sides will be permitted to make up to five substitutions tonight.

Manchester City will have the following players to choose from: 

Carson, Aguero, Zinchenko, Rodri, Sane, Bernardo, Fernandinho, Otamendi, Foden.

19:1910 months ago

Arsenal: Starting XI

Leno; Bellerin, Mari, Mustafi, Tierney; Xhaka, Guendouzi, Willock; Aubameyang (C), Nketiah, Saka.
19:1510 months ago

Manchester City: Starting XI

Ederson; Walker, E Garcia, Laporte, Mendy; De Bruyne, Gundogan, D Silva (C); Mahrez, Sterling, Jesus.
19:1010 months ago

Team news imminent!

There’s little over an hour to go until kick-off in this highly anticipated match.

The team news will be out in the next five minutes, we’ll bring it to you as soon as we have it!

11:5610 months ago

How to watch Manchester City vs Arsenal Live TV and Stream

If you want to watch the game on your TV, your options are: Sky Sports Main Event / Sky Sports Premier League

If you want to stream it: Sky Go

If you want to follow it on the internet, VAVEL UK is your best option!

11:5310 months ago

Arsenal: Predicted XI

Leno; Bellerin, Luiz, Mustafi, Tierney; Torreira, Xhaka, Ozil; Pepe, Aubameyang, Lacazette 
11:5210 months ago

Manchester City: Predicted XI

Ederson; Walker, Otamendi, Laporte, Mendy; Rodri, De Bruyne, Gundogan; Mahrez, Sterling, Aguero.
11:5010 months ago

Arsenal: Team news

Arsenal themselves have a number of players returning from injury who are in contention to play in tonight’s fixture.

Lucas Torreira and Kieran Tierney are both available for the visitors after an extended period on the sidelines.

Mesut Ozil has re-established himself as a key player since Arteta’s arrival so expect to see the German maestro play a key role for the Gunners tonight.

11:4610 months ago

Manchester City: Team news

It’s good news for Pep Guardiola, who has a fully fit squad to choose from for the first time this season.

Leroy Sane could be in line for his first appearance of the season after suffering an ACL injury in the Community Shield win over Liverpool in August.

Meanwhile Aymeric Laporte has overcome a knee injury picked up in the UCL win over Real Madrid back in February.

11:4210 months ago

Arteta to haunt former employers?

This will be the first time that Mikel Arteta comes up against Manchester City since leaving the club to take up the manager role at Arsenal.

As Peps former assistant manager, Arteta knows the club better than anyone, will that be pivotal for his side as they look to pick up a first win at the Etihad since 2015?

11:4010 months ago

City to hit the ground running?

It’s been a mixed season for the reigning PL Champions. Their two-year reign as Champions of England is all but over, as they trial Liverpool by 25 points coming into this one.

It hasn’t been a disastrous season though, they have already picked up the Carabao Cup and they are still in with a shout of the FA Cup and the UEFA Champions League, so they will be keen to hit the ground running tonight.

11:3810 months ago

The Premier League is back!

It has been over three months since a Premier League match was last played but it’s finally back!

This will be Manchester City and Arsenal’s first game back since the break as they begin a busy couple of months of action!

11:3610 months ago

Kick-off time

The Manchester City vs Arsenal match will be played at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester, England. The kick-off is scheduled at 8:15pm BST
11:3410 months ago
Welcome to’s LIVE coverage of this 2019/20 Premier League match between Manchester City and Arsenal!

My name is Tom Young and I’ll be your host for this game. We will provide you with pre-game analysis, roster updates, and news as it happens live here on VAVEL.