Manchester City 3-0 Arsenal: Phil Foden, Kevin De Bruyne, and Raheem Sterling seal comprehensive victory as David Luiz sees red card after blunder.
Luiz, who came on as a first-half substitute, failed to clear the ball before Raheem Sterling fired in City’s opener just before half-time.
The defender was then sent off after pulling back Riyad Mahrez after the break to give away a penalty, which Kevin de Bruyne coolly slotted in for City’s second.
Substitute Phil Foden netted a third for the defending champions, capitalizing on a rebound from Sergio Aguero’s strike.
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There were bursts of energy from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Eddie Nketiah going forward in the first half but it was City who was more dangerous.
De Bruyne, Sterling, and David Silva were all denied by Arsenal keeper Bernd Leno, who produced an impressive display, but it seemed inevitable City would move ahead when Luiz’s mistake gifted Sterling a chance from close range.
On an evening in which thousands tuned in to watch a new-look Premier League on their TV screens, players from both clubs used their platform to support the Black Lives Matter movement for racial equality.
All players and staff took a knee immediately before kick-off, mirroring the actions of those at Villa Park in the earlier match, and the words ‘Black Lives Matter’ replaced players’ names on the back of their shirts.