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Man City fight back to see off Arsenal

Manchester City recovered from an early Arsenal goal to produce a dominant second-half display and record a 2-1 win that moves them up to second place in the Premier League table.

Pep Guardiola’s side began tentatively at the Etihad Stadium and found themselves behind after only five minutes.

The home defence was carved apart as Hector Bellerin played a ball through to Alexis Sanchez on the edge of the area and Arsenal’s man in form found Theo Walcott, who held off a defender and shot low beyond Claudio Bravo from inside the area.

City — enjoying plenty of early possession but doing little with it — almost hit back within three minutes when Kevin De Bruyne whipped in a dangerous cross and Raheem Sterling, playing through the middle in the early stages, headed wide.

Arsenal threatened again as Ozil played Sanchez into a crossing position, but his final ball in was just too high for Walcott.

As the game approached the half-hour mark, City were struggling to create clear-cut danger and had yet to muster an attempt on target in front of a subdued crowd.

David Silva was booked for a cynical trip on Francis Coquelin as the Gunners looked to set up another breakaway before Sanchez and Alex Iwobi linked only for Hector Bellerin to blaze over the bar from outside the box.

City flickered into life in the closing stages of the first half, with a low cross by Leroy Sane creating havoc inside the Arsenal area before the ball was put behind and Petr Cech dealt with the corner.

Guardiola made a change at the break, bringing on Bacary Sagna for Pablo Zabaleta — and within two minutes his side were back on level terms.

David Silva lofted a pass over the top for Sane, who looked as though he could just have just been offside but ran through to place a deft finish beyond Cech.

The goal rocked Arsenal, who were unable to find the same sort of rhythm to their passing as they had in the first half, and as Sterling shifted back out to the right they had to block two crosses in quick succession.
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