The Warmdown: Blues breeze past Gunners in Premier League restart
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It was business as usual in the Premier League restart as Manchester City eased past a sorry, 10-man Arsenal 3-0, in a routine victory for Pep Guardiola and his side.

Goals from Raheem Sterling, Kevin De Bruyne and Phil Foden, and a red card for David Luiz resulted in a grim viewing for Mikel Arteta, on his first face-off with his former boss since leaving the Etihad Stadium in December.

Black Lives Matter

After a turbulent few weeks of racial unrest across the globe, the two clubs and the Premier League took it upon themselves to show their support for the Black Lives Matter movement.

In a showing of superb unity, all players, officials and staff took to their knee at kick-off to show their is no room for racism in the Premier League and wider society.

The club's also recognised the movement by printing 'Black Lives Matter' on the back of every player's shirt, a move taken by all Premier League club's in their upcoming fixtures this weekend.

Master Too Good For The Apprentice 

After Arteta left the blue side of Manchester late last year, it was considered a big hole in the blues' backroom staff, especially losing him to a fellow Premier League club.

Being the right-hand man to one of the best manager's in world football set him up perfectly for a number one role however, Wednesday's performance showed a clear difference in experience between the two coaches.

When facing Guardiola's City at the Etihad organisation is key, and for the first 45 minutes Arteta and his side looked to have exactly that.

However, after going a goal down and then losing a man, the Gunners shape seemed to collapse allowing the hosts to do what they do best, keep the ball.

Guardiola's side played the visitors out of the game, making their two-goal lead for the majority of the second half look as comfortable as one of four or five. Despite being taught by one of the greats it seems Arteta is in need of a lot more experience before he can step up into the elite level of his former boss.

 

David Luiz Disaster-class

One man who definitely had an evening to forget was first half substitute, Luiz.

His first calamitous mistake led to the opener. A long ball from De Bruyne was misjudged by Luiz as he failed to intercept, allowing Sterling to creep in behind and finish past Bernd Leno to give City the lead just before half time.

After the break the horror show continued, as a ball over the top from Ederson caught the Arsenal centre-back out giving him no option but to drag down Riyad Mahrez, resulting in a spot kick and a red card for the first half substitute. 

After full time Luiz came out to speak to the Sky cameras and apologise for his 30-minute horror show, whilst also mentioning contract that is set to the expire at the end of the season. With a rundown contract, a suspension and a disastrous performance, that could well be the last time we see Luiz in an Arsenal shirt.

City at Their Best

After three months without Premier League football there was no better way to get it restarted than a vintage Manchester City performance.

Whilst playing against 10 men for the majority of the game helped, even with a 11 on the pitch the Gunners seemed to have no answers for Guardiola's side at both ends of the pitch, and without the heroics of Leno in the Arsenal goal, the scoreline could have read much worse for the Gunners.

Worries For Eric Garcia

One man who may have been a surprise on Guardiola's team sheet was 19-year-old centre back, Eric Garcia. The youngster slotted into the role next to Aymeric Laporte with ease, and showed he seems to fit the bill for a perfect 'Guardiola defender', calm on the ball and good with his feet.

However, the Spaniard's evening was cut short after he was involved with a collision with team mate, Ederson. Garcia's state did seem a worrying one after he quickly received treatment on the pitch, and was eventually stretchered off with oxygen support and taken to hospital.

Speaking after the game Guardiola did express some concern for his Spanish starlet, however did confirm he was conscious and said the club were going to "make sure everything is fine for him".

 

 

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