City stretch lead at the top

05 November 2017 13:41:21 EST

Manchester City stretched their lead at the top of the Premier League table with a 3-1 home win over Arsenal.

Goals from Kevin de Bruyne, Sergio Aguero and Gabriel Jesus with a reply from Alexandre Lacazette gave City the points at the Etihad Stadium.

We kept our composure well and it is a great win for us.

Kevin de Bruyne

It was Pep Guardiola's side who dominated and they were rewarded with an opening goal on 18 minutes, De Bruyne playing a one-two with Fernandinho and firing past Petr Cech.

They increased their lead five minutes into the second half, Raheem Sterling being brought down in the area by Nacho Monreal and Aguero scored the penalty, in off the post.

Lacazette, on as a substitute reduced the deficit on 65 minutes with a smart finish but they never looked likely to get back into the game and City restored their two-goal advantage 10 minutes later.

It was another excellent City move, though two attackers looked to be in an offside position, David Silva setting up Jesus who fired home.

The win ensures that City will take at least a five-point lead into the international break. However, it could be as many as eight points depending on Manchester United's result at Chelsea.

Afterwards, De Bruyne, scorer of the first goal, said: "We know Arsenal are a quality side but I think we contained them quite well.

"We created more chances and the third goal came at a good time. We should also have scored the second one in the first half. We kept our composure well and it is a great win for us."

Later in the day Manchester United lost at Chelsea and so City now have an eight point lead at the top of the table.

City are next in action on 18th November when they travel to Leicester City in the Premier League.

They are 4/9 for the win with the Foxes 6/1 and the draw priced at 10/3.

City are 9/2 to win the Champions League this season.

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