Having fallen to a shock 2-1 loss at Newcastle United last time out, Manchester City bounced back in style at home to Arsenal.
Hat-trick hero Sergio Aguero was quick off the mark again as Manchester City closed the gap at the top of the Premier League to two points with a 3-1 victory over Arsenal at the Etihad Stadium.
Pep Guardiola’s side had faced the prospect of falling seven points behind Liverpool after Tuesday’s shock 2-1 loss at Newcastle United, but the league leaders could only manage a home draw with Leicester City the following day.
And with Jurgen Klopp’s charges not in action again until Monday’s trip to West Ham, City got to within touching distance of the summit as Aguero broke the deadlock after just 46 seconds.
Laurent Koscielny’s leveller against the run of play reminded City of their opponents’ quality, but unlike at St James’ Park – when Aguero’s goal after just 24 seconds came in a losing effort – the reigning champions bounced back to wrap up the points.
Aguero took the match ball with two close-range finishes, the latter having hit his arm, to ramp up the pressure on the Merseysiders and keep Arsenal in sixth, three points adrift of the Champions League spots.
Man City XI: David Silva, S. Agüero, Fernandinho, N. Otamendi, K. Walker, İ. Gündoğan, K. De Bruyne, R. Sterling, A.Laporte, Ederson Moraes, Bernardo Silva.
Subs: F. Delph, Danilo, Mahrez, J. Stones, Sané, Gabriel Jesus, A. Murić
Arsenal XI: S. Lichtsteiner, Nacho Monreal, Aubameyang, Koscielny, Lacazette, Mustafi, Bernd Leno, Kolasinac, A. Iwobi, L. Torreira, M. Guendouzi
Subs: P. Čech, M. Özil, Ramsey, D.Suárez, M.Elneny, K. Mavropanos, Nketiah.