Manchester City moved closer to the Premier League title as the runaway leaders won 2-0 at Leicester, while lowly West Bromwich Albion handed Thomas Tuchel the first defeat of his Chelsea reign with a stunning 5-2 victory on Saturday.
On the other end, Liverpool humiliated Arsenal at the Emirates stadium by 3-0. As a matter of fact, Arsenal were like a crab that were reduced to hiding in their shell, containing the attacks from ruthless Liverpool. They did so effectively, limiting the flow of genuine opportunities but did so at the expense of any attacking ambition of their own. Arsenal was woeful and awful at the same time.
But Pep Guardiola’s side are 17 points clear of second placed Manchester United after a remarkable 15th successive away win in all competitions. United can close the gap with a win against Brighton on Sunday, but it is only a matter of time before City celebrate their third title in four seasons.
Goals from Benjamin Mendy and Gabriel Jesus killed off third placed Leicester in the second half at the King Power Stadium.
City, chasing an unprecedented quadruple, will go into their Champions League quarter-final first leg against Borussia Dortmund on Tuesday in confident mood after avenging the 5-2 thrashing they suffered against Leicester in September.
Sergio Aguero made just his sixth start of an injury-ravaged season just days after City announced their record goalscorer will leave at the end of the season. Aguero was largely anonymous, as he often has been this term, but City controlled possession and their dominance was rewarded in the 58th minute. Mendy cleverly eluded Marc Albrighton in the Leicester penalty area before curling a fine finish into the far corner with his weaker right foot.
The French left-back’s second goal of the season was followed by Jesus’s fifth in his last seven games in the 74th minute. Kevin De Bruyne’s pass opened up the Leicester defence and Raheem Sterling poked the ball towards Jesus, who stretched to tap into the net as he marked his 24th birthday in style.