Manchester City easily defeated Arsenal 3-0 at an empty Etihad on Wednesday, meaning that Liverpool cannot win their first ever Premier League title in the Merseyside Derby this weekend.
If Pep Guardiola’s men had lost in their return fixture, Liverpool would have been crowned champions with a win against Everton. But, Jurgen Klopp and his charges will now have to wait until Crystal Palace next week, if of course, they defeat the Toffees.
City have known for a while that they were out of the title race, but had to negotiate nine more fixtures before the end of the season, with them looking behind them towards Leicester City rather than forward.
However, they were professional in their first game back, and dominated Arsenal pretty much from the get-go, enjoying 70% possession and firing 20 shots on goal.
They eventually took the lead a few moments after the break when Raheem Sterling sent an emphatic half-volley into the left corner from a tight angle, with the Gunners’ defence left static.
Things were already going badly for Arsenal as they were a goal down and had to make two changes in the first half to injured players. One of the subs coming on, David Luiz, was subsequently sent off for a professional foul on Riyad Mahrez inside the box, Kevin De Bruyne scoring the resulting penalty.
After a long disruption due to an injury to Eric Garcia, who collided with his goalkeeper Ederson, play recommenced which allowed City to score a third via Phil Foden.
He owes David Luiz one for gifting him the opportunity, but Sterling was leaving nothing to chance with that strike! pic.twitter.com/bRGCQhsilA— 90min (@90min_Football) June 17, 2020