Raheem Sterling scored an early header to give Manchester City a 1-0 win over Arsenal, thus continuing their extraordinary form.
City went into the game in extremely good form, and their chances of extending their winning streak increased when they took the lead within two minutes.
A long ball from Ruben Dias picked out Riyad Mahrez, who cut in from the right wing, sending a left-footed cross into the box. Sterling rose above Rob Holding to head the ball beyond Bernd Leno.
🎙 | "It's a brutal start from Manchester City!"
Raheem Sterling nods in the opener after less than 2 minutes – what a start! ⏰
— Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) February 21, 2021
Sterling almost instantly had chances to add to his tally. The winger dribbled through towards goal, but took one twist too many and eventually lost possession from a position where he could have been eyeing a shot.
City had dominated the opening exchanges, but Arsenal grew in confidence as the half progressed.
The one-goal difference remained intact at the break, though, leaving the game in the balance for the second half.
No change to score after break
However, there was little intensity in the first portion after the break.
There was a bizarre moment midway through the second half, when Joao Cancelo sent the ball in the air towards his own goal.
Ederson had to clear it with a volley, before Mohamed Elneny tried to catch him out with a shot that ended up going wide.
Cancelo soon had a chance at the other end, outskilling Pablo Mari in the box before shooting narrowly wide with the outside of his boot.
City were unable to add to their lead, but Arsenal could not peg them back either. Hence, the Gunners lost at home for the first time since City’s last visit to the Emirates Stadium in December.
Pep Guardiola’s side have a 10-point lead at the top of the Premier League table.