Manchester City showcased their Premier League dominance with a commanding 4-1 win over table leaders Arsenal at Etihad Stadium on Wednesday.
Kevin De Bruyne netted two goals, while Erling Haaland contributed two assists, bringing Manchester City closer to securing their status as English champions. Arsenal’s hope of winning the league for the first time in 19 years has faltered, failing to secure victories in their last four matches. City, on the other hand, can afford to lose one of their remaining seven games and still clinch their fifth title in six seasons under Pep Guardiola’s leadership.
Arsenal found themselves outmatched by a City team that has been the driving force in English football. Winter transfer addition Haaland has made a significant impact, breaking the record for most Premier League goals in a 38-game season with 33, raising his total for the season to 49 across all competitions.
Arsenal’s poor start was exemplified by De Bruyne’s opening goal just seven minutes into the match. A series of saves by Aaron Ramsdale and a crucial block by Ben White kept Arsenal in contention until John Stones scored from De Bruyne’s free-kick just before halftime. A VAR review confirmed Stones was onside.
De Bruyne struck again in the 54th minute, with Haaland assisting once more. Arsenal managed to score with just four minutes remaining, thanks to a goal by Rob Holding. However, City appeared unstoppable as they pursued not only their third consecutive Premier League title but also a treble. They face Real Madrid in the Champions League semi-finals next month, followed by the FA Cup final against Manchester United on June 3. Haaland scored the final goal of the match, surpassing Mohamed Salah’s previous record of 32 Premier League goals set in the 2017/18 season.