By Rhonda Richards | In Match Reports - Home Games
Manchester City demolished Arsenal and closed the gap at the top of the Premier League as Manuel Pellegrini’s side secured a 6-3 win in a thrilling clash at the Etihad Stadium.
Much had been made of the fixture as the latest test of Arsenal’s resolve after their impressive start to the campaign, but in City they faced one of the most imperious sides at home so far this term.
The hosts drew first blood, Sergio Aguero continuing his own fine spell of form with a sweetly hit volley to make it 1-0.
The lead wasn’t to last for long, however, as Theo Walcott pulled the Gunners level, Mesut Ozil picking out the England international who tapped home, wrong-footing Costel Pantmillon in the process to make it 1-1.
It was already clear there were going to be plenty of goals in the game as both sides went on the front foot, and Alvaro Negredo restored City’s lead minutes later. Pablo Zabaleta charged forward and neatly cut the ball back to ‘The Beast’ who fired home to make it 2-1.
The lead was to widen soon after the interval as Fernandinho took advantage of sloppy play in Arsenal’s defence to control and curl beyond Wojciech Szczesny to make it 3-1, though Walcott again reduced the gap for Arsene Wenger’s men with a thundering curling shot.
David Silva made it 4-2 with 66 minutes on the clock, ghosting into the area and firing home before Fernandinho grabbed his second of the game with a rather fortuitous flick to make it 5-2.
Even when the game entered its final minutes, both sides were still hunting for more goals. Per Mertesacker grabbed one for himself with a well-aimed header, but when James Milner was brought down by Arsenal’s stopper in the dying seconds, Yaya Toure stepped up to convert the spot-kick and make it 6-3.
Man City: Pantilimon, Zabaleta, Kompany, Demichelis, Clichy, Fernandinho, Yaya Toure, Nasri, Aguero, Silva, Negredo.
Subs: Hart, Lescott, Kolarov, Garcia, Navas, Milner, Dzeko.
Arsenal: Szczesny, Sagna, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Monreal, Flamini, Wilshere, Ramsey, Ozil, Walcott, Giroud.
Subs: Fabianski, Vermaelen, Arteta, Rosicky, Cazorla, Gnabry, Bendtner