Man City thrash Arsenal 4-1 in Premier League title showdown

Guardiola’s Manchester City take the lead in the Premier League title race after a dominant victory over Arteta’s Arsenal.

Kevin de Bruyne scored twice as Manchester City beat league leaders Arsenal 4-1 to take control of the Premier League title race.

With the defending champions remaining second in the standings, Arsenal’s lead was cut to two points after Wednesday night’s game as City had two games to go.

A third league title in as many years is now in sight for manager Pep Guardiola, whose team is vying for a treble of trophies, including the Champions League and FA Cup.

Arsenal proved no match for City in a match that always looked to have a big say in deciding who would be crowned champions.

Mikel Arteta’s side have led the way for much of the season, but have never recovered from De Bruyne’s opening game at the Etihad Stadium in the seventh minute.

Aaron Ramsdale produced a series of fine saves to keep Arsenal in the game until John Stones headed City a second into first half stoppage time.

All hopes of an unlikely comeback were ended nine minutes into the second half when De Bruyne scored his second of the match.

Rob Holding pulled one back for Arsenal in the 86th, but it was too late to change the outcome.

Erling Haaland completed the defeat and made it 4-1 in stoppage time.

Haaland’s goal set a new record of 33 Premier League goals in a 38-game season and took his tally in all competitions for the season to 49.

It is City’s third time this season to beat Arsenal, including an FA Cup win, and extends their streak of wins against the Londoners to eight games.