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Luiz sent off as Man City cruise past 10-man Arsenal

A very controlled and dominant display from Man City, but still they had help from Arsenal mistakes which were mainly down to David Luiz. 

As millions tuned into to watch the start of the new-look Premier League on their screens, all players and staff took a knee to support the Black Lives Matter movement for racial equality. 

Arsenal started positively even though losing their captain Granit Xhaka early with an ankle injury. City started to pile on the pressure making Bernd Leno the busiest keeper of the half. 

As soon as you thought Arsenal would hold on until half-time, a simple defensive clearance didn’t happen from the first half substitute David Luiz and Kevin De Bruyne’s pass landed at the feet of Raheem Sterling and he gladly tucked the ball into the back of the net. A big mistake from one of Arsenal’s most experienced player. 

Not even five minutes into the second half David Luiz was giving lessons on how not to defend when he clumsily and unnecessarily pulls back Riyad Mahrez in the penalty area – gives away a clear penalty and receives a red card for his troubles. 

De Bruyne confidently converted the penalty to give City a 2-0 lead at the start of the second half. Substitute Phil Foden added a late goal after collecting a rebound from a Sergio Aguero which was initially saved by leno.

There was a worry for Pep Guardiola when Eric Garcia had a nasty collision with goalkeeper Ederson and took several minutes of treatment to his head and was stretchered off. 

Mikael Arteta would have wanted to of made an impression going back to his old place of work, but Arsenal looked second place all evening. Arteta kept Lacazette cold on the bench and Mesut Ozil was not in the (extended) 20-man squad. The only promising sign was Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Eddie Nketiah looked promising in the first half. 

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