Manchester City moved to the top of the Premier League for the first time since August as they beat Arsenal 3-1 at the Emirates Stadium. There was a huge amount of anticipation leading into the match, as the two best sides in the country went head-to-head in the first of two League games that will go a long way to deciding where the title ends up this season.

Kevin De Bruyne put the visitors in front with a sensational finish after an error from Takehiro Tomiyasu, but Arsenal came roaring back and found a deserved equaliser before the break as Bukayo Saka scored from the spot.

City showed their class after the break though, landing a huge blow in the title race. Jack Grealish restored their lead before Erling Haaland scored his 26th League goal of the season to put the result beyond doubt.

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Haaland’s post-match thoughts

“The boys and the whole club are the champions. We are good quality players and we had to get it out. I’m so proud of everyone, I’m so happy to be here

“Arsenal has been the best team this season, so to come here and play against them is not easy.

“It is almost 20 minutes since I last scored a goal so I will keep on working! I will do my best and will make sure everyone else will do their best.”


Player ratings

Takehiro Tomiyasu 4

Made the mistake for the City’s opening goal, under-hitting a back pass to Ramsdale and struggled against Grealish all game. Missed a fine chance to make amends minutes by volleying over in the first half.

Gabriel 4

Conceded a blatant penalty for dragging down Haaland but lucky the decision was overruled for a fractional offside. Gave away the ball in the build up to City’s second goal and static for their third.

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Simon Collings at the Emirates

A painful night for Arsenal as Manchester City go top of the Premier League. The Gunners undone by two individual errors, which gave City two of their goals.

First-half was impressive, but Arsenal failed to kick on after the break.


The goal that sealed it…


FT: Arsenal 1-3 Manchester City

Manchester City are top of the Premier League!

On goal difference, and having played a game more than Arsenal, but that’s a big blow to the Gunners.

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90+2 mins: Five minutes added on.

Trossard looks to put a ball into the box, almost turns into a perfect shot. Just flies over the bar though.


89 mins: Plenty of the ball for the Gunners, but not doing anything with it.

Saka cuts inside and fires a ball into the box, Nketiah with a big chance but he heads wide. That really should have gone at target at least.


88 mins: De Bruyne off, Phillips on. City seeing this out.

For the first time the Arsenal fans are pretty flat now. They know this one is out, City going back to the top of the table for the first time since August.


85 mins: Jorginho slides the ball throught to Odegaard, who cuts it back into the box.

Nketiah lurking, but Rodri is there to boot it away. Haaland holds the ball up, he’s come alive in the second-half. Right up for the fight.


84 mins: White and Vieira are on for Arsenal, Tomiyasu and Xhaka making way.

Still ten minutes at least to go, but Arsenal need two goals from somewhere. They’ve found it much more difficult since the break.

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