Man City win; Arsenal power past Chelsea 2-0

Man City win; Arsenal power past Chelsea 2-0
Leroy Sane stroked the ball under Huddersfield goalkeeper Jonas Lossl to put Manchester City three goals up during their EPL match on Sunday.
London, Jan 20 (Agencies) | Publish Date: 1/20/2019 11:54:14 AM IST

Manchester City again closed the gap to four points on league leaders Liverpool with a commanding win at the John Smith’s stadium.

There was pressure on Pep Guardiola’s side after Liverpool extended their lead to seven points on Saturday.

But City dealt with the task at hand, running out 3-0 winners over Huddersfield who remain rooted to the bottom of the table.

Danilo opened the scoring in the first half when his shot from outside the box deflected off Terriers’ Christopher Schindler and in.

The visitors continued to dominate, and wrapped the points up with two goals in three minutes in the second half.

Leroy Sane got down the left flank before crossing in for Raheem Sterling to finish with a diving header.

Sane then got one of his own, when Sergio Aguero headed Sane through on goal, before he slotted it past Jonas Lossl.

The win leaves Manchester City hot on the tails of Jurgen Klopp’s side, whilst Huddersfield are 10 points from safety.

Meanwhile, Arsenal came out with an aggressive game plan and executed it to perfection in a 2-0 victory here over bitter London rival Chelsea.

The Gunners’ head coach, Unai Emery put teeth into his team’s attack by switching from five defenders to a four-man back line, inserting Aaron Ramsey into a false-nine role and trusting in the potent up-front combination of Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

Arsenal dominated the latest edition of this London derby in the early going and were rewarded in the 14th minute when Lacazette received a pass from Hector Bellerin in the area and slotted a right-footed shot into the upper-right corner.

The Gunners continued to press forward and netted a second goal in the 37th minute when French defender Laurent Koscielny got just enough of his head on a pass from Greek centre back Sokratis to score past Chelsea net minder Kepa Arrizabalaga.

Arsenal locked down defensively after the intermission and focused on mounting counter-attacks, managing to hold down their opponent but producing less in the way of offence.

The win in this heated rivalry game thrilled the home crowd, although the celebration was marred by a knee injury suffered by Bellerin just after the midway point of the second half.

With their victory, Arsenal now have 44 points and have climbed back into fifth place in the Premier League past Manchester United.

They also boosted their bid to secure one of the top four spots in the Premier League at year’s end and a berth in the 2019-20 Champions League. Chelsea remain in fourth place with 47 points.

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