Josep Guardiola and Manchester City regained inertia in the Premier League after beating Arsenal of Mikel Arteta, his disciple, in a match that was decided with both Raheem Sterling (1-0).
The English target was enough for a City without much fanfare to finally show defensive solidity and beat a somewhat thick Arsenal three-quarters of the pitch up.
The celestial they gave the surprise in the lineup because Sergio Agüero started as a starter four months after the knee injury that forced him to undergo surgery.
Before the loss of Gabriel Jesús, Guardiola pulled Agüero and the Argentine did not take long to respond, since he was the player who led the counterattack of the first goal.
The ‘9’ opened for Phil Foden, who opened a gap with a touch and took a quick shot that did not surprise Bernd Leno. The German rejected the ball, but it fell to Sterling.
The Englishman controlled and with his left leg defined the empty door before Leno’s useless gaze.
The goal ended the offensive production of a Manchester City that was lucky to go ahead at half-time. Bukayo Saka had two very good chances to equalize, but his two heads-up came from Ederson, City’s best in the first half.
In addition, fortunately for Guardiola’s men, neither the referee nor the VAR saw a possible penalty action by Kyle Walker, who raised his leg excessively in a corner, but Kavanagh rushed to whistle the end of the first half and there was no review.
Although Manchester City lacked Kevin De Bruyne, they had no problems controlling possession with some comfort and frequently reaching Leno’s goal, of course, with practically no danger. The best news for the celestial ones was that Ruben Dias and Nathan Aké, both signed this summer, worked behind, leaving the door to zero and avoiding the attacks of Pierre-Emeric Aubameyang, Willian and Alexandre Lacazette, who came out in the second half.
So much so that Arsenal had to resort to set pieces to stalk Ederson. The clearest to level the score came in a foul by Nicolás Pepé that brushed the post.
Arteta’s Arsenal lacked ideas to cross Manchester City’s defensive line and Guardiola’s 1-0 was enough to improve the dynamics in the league.
The triumph allows City to recover from the draw against Leeds United and take advantage of Liverpool’s puncture, which did not go beyond the draw against Everton in a match marked by arbitration decisions.
The hopefuls to regain the crown in the Premier League are placed with seven points in tenth position, although they have one game less.