Manchester City made it two 3-0 wins over Arsenal in the space of five days after the runaway league leaders strolled to victory at a half-empty Emirates on a snowy Thursday night.
Despite picking up the Carabao Cup at the weekend and having a 13 points lead at the top of the Premier League table before the game, City were anything but complacent, instead producing a magnificent first-half display, inspired by an outstanding individual performance from Leroy Sané.
Bernardo Silva opened the scoring on 15 minutes, courtesy of a cracking curling effort, but only after Sané has produced a fabulous slaloming run through the Gunners’ backline.
Just before the half-hour mark, the visitors double their advantage, with David Silva putting the finishing touch to a wonderful team move.
Sané then got the goal he deserved just five minutes later, with the German winger prodding home after yet another magical move from City.
The second-half saw the Citizens take their foot off the gas against an Arsenal side who, to be fair to them, produced a somewhat better display than their Wembley flop on Sunday.
Indeed, the Gunners should have netted their 1,000th home Premier League goal, when Henrikh Mkhitaryan was fouled in the box by Nicholas Otamendi, who was lucky not to pick up a second yellow for the challenge.
However, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s weak spot-kick was comfortably saved by Ederson.
City would play out the rest of the game relatively untroubled, with boos ringing out around the now largely empty ground at the final whistle.
The win sees Pep Guardiola’s all-conquering side go a whopping 16 points clear at the top of the table in what was the Spaniard’s 100th game in charge.
As for Arsene Wenger, his side stay 10 points off the top-four, with the Frenchman simply unable to stop the rot and surely set for a painful departure in the summer.