Man City 5-0 Arsenal: Ferran Torres double sends Premier League champions top

Match report as Man City beat Arsenal 5-0 at the Etihad; Ilkay Gundogan, a Ferran Torres double, Gabriel Jesus and Rodri all on target for the hosts; the Gunners have Granit Xhaka sent off before half-time; City go top, while the visitors drop to the bottom of the Premier League

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Saturday 28 August 2021 14:27, UK

Arsenal’s difficult start to the season continued as they lost 5-0 at Manchester City on Saturday, with Granit Xhaka’s first-half red card only compounding the pressure on under-fire manager Mikel Arteta.

The Gunners, who arrived at the Etihad having lost their previous eight Premier League fixtures against City, made a terrible start after falling behind to Ilkay Gundogan’s seventh-minute header.

City doubled their lead just five minutes later through Ferran Torres’s close-range finish after yet more woeful Arsenal defending, then Xhaka saw red for a two-footed lunge on Joao Cancelo ten minutes before half-time.

Gabriel Jesus added a third two minutes before the interval after fine approach play from Jack Grealish to end the game as a contest, with Torres heading in his second to complete the scoring six minutes from time.

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Arsenal – who failed to have a shot on target in the match – drop to the bottom of the table after losing their opening three league fixtures of a season for the first time since 1954, while the champions go top ahead of Saturday afternoon’s contests.

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City take on Leicester City at the King Power, while Arsenal face newly promoted Norwich City at the Emirates, with both Premier League games kicking off at 3pm next Saturday.

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