Manchester City closed to within two points of
Premier League leaders Liverpool thanks to Sergio
Aguero’s hat-trick in a 3-1 win over Arsenal on
For the second time in a week, Aguero scored
inside the first minute to give City the perfect
However, just like in a shock defeat at Newcastle
on Tuesday, the champions failed to press home
their advantage as Laurent Koscielny profited
from some slack defending to head home an
equaliser just 10 minutes later.
Pep Guardiola’s men were knocked out of their
stride for most of the remainder of the first half,
but retook the lead in style just a minute before
the break when Ilkay Gundogan’s delightful lofted
pass teed up Raheem Sterling to cross for Aguero
to tap home.
The same two players combined for the Argentine
to secure his 10th Premier League hat-trick in
controversial fashion as the ball came back off
Aguero’s arm before rolling over the line just after
the hour mark.
A sixth consecutive away league game without a
win sees Arsenal slip down to sixth behind
Manchester United, who were 1-0 victors at
Leicester earlier on Sunday, and three points
adrift of fourth-placed Chelsea in the battle for
Champions League football next season.