Arsenal came out on tip in a conflict of Premier League pretension favourites as goals from Theo Walcott and Olivier Giroud kick Manchester City 2-1 during a Emirates Stadium.
Leicester City will tip a list during Christmas, though Monday’s strife could be pivotal in a pretension competition as Arsene Wenger’s side leapfrogged City into second.
Walcott’s overwhelming bid – Arsenal’s initial shot on aim – illuminated adult a heedful initial period, and Giroud orderly converted their second on a cadence of half-time to give a hosts a gentle cushion.
Sergio Aguero was resigned on his lapse to lead a City attack, durability 63 mins on his initial tour in 5 games.
Yaya Toure reduced a balance with 10 mins to go with an startling strike, though City’s late assign fell prosaic and they have now unsuccessful to win any of their final 5 divided games in a league.
Arsenal’s Olivier Giroud scores their second idea of a game
Manuel Pellegrini’s side horde Sunderland on Boxing Day before what now looks a daunting outing to Leicester dual days after with their hopes of convalescent a Premier League now flagging.
City ought to have taken a lead in a opening duration and will expected demeanour behind during dual Kevin De Bruyne chances as a diversion slipped from their grasp.
De Bruyne was in a thick of a movement as City customarily threatened on a opposite attack, though Petr Cech got down to his left to repudiate a Belgium international, who ought to have finished improved shortly thereafter as Aguero’s neat pass expelled him in a right channel, though he dismissed far-reaching from an angle, ignoring a unmarked Silva in a middle.
Arsenal immediately done a visitors compensate for De Bruyne’s misses, with Walcott opening a scoring in high fashion. Mesut Ozil fed a winger nearby a left-hand dilemma of a chastisement box and a England male cut onto his right feet before violence Joe Hart with a twisted strike into a distant corner.
Wenger’s group doubled their lead in first-half blocking time after Eliaquim Mangala mislaid possession inside his possess half and Ozil punished tardy imprinting to send Giroud into a chastisement area with his 15th Premier League support of a season, a Frenchman escaped Nicolas Otamendi’s tackle before anticipating a net with a absolute finish by Hart’s legs.
Again considerable on a right side in a deficiency of Alexis Sanchez, Joel Campbell should have done it 3 shortly after a mangle as he detonate into a chastisement area, though Hart kept City’s hopes alive, adhering his right leg out to frustrate a Costa Rica winger.
The Manchester City goalkeeper was again called into movement during a hour symbol after a sharp Arsenal pierce involving Ozil, Campbell and Aaron Ramsey and did a excellent pursuit to repudiate a latter from tighten range.
Toure dismissed City behind in it with a glorious finish into a tip corner, that Cech could usually watch deposit into a top-left corner, though a hosts were frequency uneasy as a visitors’ attempts to deliver a pull fizzled out.
The pivotal stats from Opta:
Arsenal have mislaid usually one of their 19 Premier League home games opposite Manchester City (W12 D6 L1)
Manchester City have mislaid 23 Premier League games opposite Arsenal, some-more than opposite any other side.
Man City have won nothing of their final 5 Premier League divided matches.
Mesut Ozil available his 14th and 15th assists of a deteriorate in this game, reaching a sum in 16 appearances, faster than any actor in a singular Premier League season.
Only Harry Kane (25) has scored some-more Premier League goals in 2015 than Olivier Giroud (Vardy/Aguero also on 19).
Mesut Özil now has 15 idea assists – usually 5 players have ever managed some-more in a singular Premier League season.
Ozil’s sum of 15 Premier League assists this season, is as many as David Silva has ever managed in a singular deteriorate (2011-12).
Ozil now has 29 Premier League assists in his career, as many as Eden Hazard though in 59 games fewer.
Arsenal scored with both of their shots in a initial half.
City had 20 shots in a game, 12 some-more than Arsenal.
Man City have kept usually dual purify sheets in their final 12 PL games, after not surrender in their opening 5 matches of 15-16.
Arsenal racked adult their 100th and 101st goals of 2015 in all competitions.
Five of Arsenal’s final 6 top-flight pretension wins have seen them in second place during Christmas, including dual of their 3 Premier League titles.
Man City have mislaid 5 games this season. The final group to remove 5+ games before Christmas and still win a pretension were Everton in 1986-87.
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