Manchester City extended Liverpool’s wait to win a first league title in 30 years as Pep Guardiola‘s men beat 10-man Arsenal 3-0 at an empty Etihad to secure the first win of the Premier League’s restart on Wednesday.
Both sets of players came together before kick-off to take a knee in protest of racial injustice, as had Aston Villa and Sheffield United players in the first match of the Premier League’s ‘Project Restart’ after a 100-day stoppage due to coroanvirus.
But the difference in quality between the two sides showed once City found their groove as a nightmare evening for Arsenal defender David Luiz condemned his side to defeat.
The Brazilian turned Kevin De Bruyne‘s cross into the path of Raheem Sterling to fire home the opener in first-half stoppage time and was then sent off for pulling down Riyad Mahrez early in the second-half.
De Bruyne converted the resulting penalty before Phil Foden who came on as a substitute added a third in stoppage time.
There was concern for City late on as Eric Garcia needed several minutes of treatment on the pitch after a nasty collision with goalkeeper Ederson, and was carried off on a stretcher.
City’s victory closes the gap on Liverpool at the top to 22 points and means the Reds cannot secure the title when they face Everton in the Merseyside derby on Sunday