Man City ral­lies for 2-1 win over Ar­se­nal in EPL

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Ra­heem Ster­ling capped a rous­ing sec­ond-half come­back by Manch­ester City with the win­ning goal as Ar­se­nal squan­dered a lead to lose 2-1 for the sec­ond time in five days in the English Premier League yes­ter­day. The Eng­land winger col­lected Kevin De Bruyne’s sen­sa­tional cross-field pass be­fore cut­ting inside and driv­ing home a low fin­ish in the 71st minute at Eti­had Sta­dium.

Ar­se­nal led through Theo Wal­cott’s fifth-minute strike - an­other goal that raised ques­tions about City’s de­fen­sive weak­nesses - be­fore Leroy Sane equal­ized in the 47th with his first goal for City.

While City moved back to within seven points of Chelsea, Ar­se­nal dropped nine points off the lead­ers. It has been a poor week for Arsene Wenger’s wide, which lost from 1-0 up at Ever­ton on Tues­day in an­other poor dis­play that raised ques­tions about its ti­tle cre­den­tials.

The de­fense has been City’s ma­jor weak­ness un­der Pep Guardi­ola, and the way it was opened by Ar­se­nal for Wal­cott’s goal was alarm­ing.

Hec­tor Bel­lerin was al­lowed to power up the field un­chal­lenged from right back and pass the ball to Sanchez, who had dropped deep to also find space be­tween City de­fense and mid­field. Sanchez’s re­verse pass lo­cated Wal­cott be­tween two de­fend­ers and the winger com­posed him­self be­fore slip­ping a low shot past goal­keeper Clau­dio Bravo.

City was of­ten open at the back while its buildup play was slow from the cen­tral mid­field, where Yaya Toure and Fer­nando were dep­u­tiz­ing for the sus­pended Fer­nand­inho and the in­jured Ilkay Gun­do­gan. Ster­ling, a winger play­ing as a lone striker as a re­place­ment for Ser­gio Aguero, headed wide mo­ments af­ter Wal­cott’s goal but Ar­se­nal’s de­fense held out com­fort­ably un­til the equal­izer, which was also no­table for poor de­fend­ing.

Silva clipped a first-time pass over the top for Sane - who may have been slightly offside - to race clear and side­foot home for a first goal in his 13th ap­pear­ance for City.

Sud­denly it was all City, whose tempo and ur­gency no­tice­ably in­creased in the sec­ond half.

Sane was de­nied in a one-on-one op­por­tu­nity by Cech, who tipped aside De Bruyne’s de­flected shot. De Bruyne was grow­ing in in­flu­ence and it was his stun­ning pass that set up the win­ner.

— AP

MANCH­ESTER: Manch­ester City’s David Silva is sur­rounded by Ar­se­nal play­ers dur­ing the English Premier League soc­cer match be­tween Manch­ester City and Ar­se­nal at the Eti­had Sta­dium in Manch­ester, Eng­land, yes­ter­day.

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