Manchester City overtook league leaders Arsenal at Emirates Stadium with a decisive victory, moving back to the top of the Premier League for the first time since November.
In the biggest match of the domestic season, the defending champions ramped up the intensity in the second half as Arsenal suffered dearly for individual mistakes.
After 24 minutes, Takehiro Tomiyasu’s sloppy backpass allowed City’s Kevin de Bruyne to score over Arsenal goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale, but Arsenal rightly equalized three minutes before halftime thanks to Bukayo Saka’s penalty kick after City’s Ederson fouled Eddie Nketiah.
City, who were lackluster in the first half, picked up their play after the break and had a penalty ruled out for offside against Erling Haaland’s.
Gabriel mishandled the ball, allowing Jack Grealish to be set up by Bernardo Silva and Haaland for a deflected goal after 72 minutes, and then they crushed Arsenal’s chances with 10 minutes remaining.
Haaland scored inevitably off of a De Bruyne feed to put City ahead of Arsenal on goal differential despite having played one more game.