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Manchester City 3-1 Arsenal: five talking points from Sunday’s league encounter | Jamie Jackson

Ederson Moraes and Fabian Delph impressed, and although Arsenal found a small chink in City’s armour, the visitors’ defensive woes continued apace

“We’ve got Guardiola” sang the delirious home support and here was another key win overseen by the Catalan. Yet despite this, Alexandre Lacazette’s second half consolation highlighted a weak spot that City’s competitors are sure to study. When Liverpool were trounced 5-0 in early September City had been split open along Nicolas Otamendi’s left-hand channel before Sadio Mané’s 37th-minute sending off changed the contest. In this match a similar vulnerability came when Otamendi was given scant support by an awol Fabian Delph, the left-back, and so Lacazette could stroke beyond the excellent Ederson Moraes. City are a formidable force but the job of their fellow championship contenders is to try and pick them apart: the issue, of course, is how the blue wave can be relentless, as Gabriel Jesus’s finish following Lacazette’s proved.

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