Arsenal were looking to bonce back after losing their first Premier League game since August. They traveled to face a Manchester City side who put two league defeats behind them to get all three points in the week.
A win for either side would take them into second place, but a defeat would leave the chasing pack right on their heels and in a perfect position to steal the crucial fourth spot.
The home side started the better but it was the visitors who struck first. With four minutes on the clock Alexis Sanchez picked up the ball in the Manchester City half and played a wonderful reverse pass through to Theo Walcott who took advantage of a disorganised defense and slotted the ball past Bravo to give his side the lead.
Arsenal were looking dangerous everytime they attacked and Ozil provided a lovely volleyed pass to Walcott who’s own volley was blasted over the bar from a threatening position.
The away side had a rare attack and again come close. This time it was Granit Xhaka who turned provider, whipping in a cross which a lively Walcott headed just wide.
The home team improved in the latter stages of the first half, but at the interval it was Walcott’s early goal that proved the difference, giving Guardiola much to ponder in the dressing room.
Manchester City had the perfect start to the second half, scoring one minute after the restart. There was a suspicion of offside as David Silva played the ball in behind for Leroy Sane, but he finished calmly to score his first goal for the club and equalise for City.
City were attacking relentlessly and after Silva won the ball back in midfield, he found De Bruyne who played in Sane. The German was bearing down on goal but the angle was slightly against him and Cech just managed to tip his shot behind.
Pep Guardiola’s team were dominant and their resilience finally paid off in the 71st minute. De Bruyne switched the play to Sterling wonderfully and the Englishman came inside, putting Bellerin on his heels, and struck a left footed shot which beat Cech at his near post.
Arsenal’s midfield were crumbling at the Etihad and Navas was able to stroll through and play the ball out wide. Sagna then crossed the ball to De Bruyne whose touch rattled the post.
This win sees Manchester City climb to second in the Premier League, while Arsenal drop to fourth, one point ahead of city rivals Spurs.