Manchester City rubbed salt into Arsenal wounds with a 5-0 thrashing on Saturday to inflict the Gunners’ worst begin to a league season since 1954.
Mikel Arteta’s males have misplaced their first three league video games and are but to even rating a aim with the strain rising on the previous City assistant supervisor’s job.
Arteta’s experimental choice and swap to a again three did not halt a slick City assault that prompt they’re greater than able to defending their Premier League title this season regardless of lacking out on Harry Kane and Cristiano Ronaldo.
Ilkay Gundogan opened the floodgates earlier than Ferran Torres pounced on stunning Arsenal defending to double City’s lead inside 12 minutes.
Arsenal’s job was made even more durable when Granit Xhaka needlessly lunged at Joao Cancelo and was proven a straight purple card.
Gabriel Jesus made it 3-0 earlier than half-time earlier than Rodrigo and Torres together with his second of the afternoon rounded off the scoring.
City’s week had been dominated by switch hypothesis as Kane confirmed he will probably be remaining at Tottenham this season with Spurs unwilling to sale the England captain.
Ronaldo was then rumoured to be making a sensational transfer to the Etihad however opted as a substitute to return to Manchester United.
Yet, even with out the injured Kevin De Bruyne and with Raheem Sterling and Riyad Mahrez on the bench, City confirmed the wealth of attacking choices on provide to Pep Guardiola.
Arteta left the consolation of working alongside Guardiola for his first managerial job just below two years in the past, however is more and more within the firing line with Arsenal falling additional behind the Premier League elite.
The Spaniard has reportedly been given till the October worldwide break, in simply over a month, to revive Arsenal’s fortunes after spending over £130 million within the switch window.
Martin Odegaard was the one new signing named in Arteta’s beginning line-up with Aaron Ramsdale, Nuno Tavares and Albert Sambi Lokonga on the bench and £50 million centre-back Ben White sidelined by coronavirus.
The number of Sead Kolasinac, Rob Holding and Callum Chambers shortly backfired because the diminutive Gundogan outjumped Holding to go house the opener on seven minutes.
More shambolic defending allowed Torres to faucet house the second from Cedric Soares’s sliced clearance.
An enormous mistake from Ederson practically gave Arsenal a lifeline when his clearance was charged down by Emile Smith Rowe and rolled inches broad.
Xhaka’s ill-discipline then left his aspect with no hope 10 minutes earlier than half-time.
The Swiss midfielder lately signed a brand new contract to finish hypothesis over his future, however purple playing cards have been a recurring characteristic of his six years in north London and his wild two-footed lung on Cancelo introduced the twelfth sending off in his membership profession.
Against the ten males, Jack Grealish had the house to point out why City spent £100 million on making him the costliest participant in Premier League historical past.
Grealish’s trickery left Chambers and Holding on the ground earlier than squaring for Jesus to faucet into an empty web.
City loved a glorified coaching session after the break as Arsenal may barely get a contact.
Rodrigo’s inch-perfect curling end from lengthy vary made it 4-0.
Guardiola launched Sterling and Mahrez for the ultimate half hour and it was from Mahrez’s good cross that Torres headed in off the publish.