Manchester City enjoyed a comfortable return to action against Arsenal as they further delayed Liverpool’s wait for a first Premier League title.
Pep Guardiola came up against his former assistant Mikel Arteta as the latter was back at the Etihad for the first time since taking the Arsenal job in December.
But the Gunners boss endured a miserable evening largely due to the performance from substitute David Luiz.
Things hardly went to plan for Arsenal as they failed to take any advantage of having a game in hand on their rivals in the race for European qualification.
City’s 3-0 win moves them to within 22 points of leaders Liverpool and seven points clear of third-placed Leicester City.
Arsenal, meanwhile, stay ninth, and Daily Star Sport has assessed the big talking points from the contest in Manchester.
Manchester City cruised to victory
Despite appearing to have won Mike Arteta over prior to the season being suspended, Mesut Ozil was mysteriously axed from Arsenal’s matchday 20 at the Etihad.
The £350,000-a-week playmaker failed to even make the bench among the nine substitutes for Arsenal’s return to action.
In an ominous update from Arteta before the game, he indicated he would address the situation with Ozil post-match.
Take a knee
All players, just like in the Aston Villa game with Sheffield United earlier on, took a knee when the whistle was blown for kick off at the start of the match.
The gesture was made in reference to the Black Lives Matter movement as footballers continued to show their support for the fight against racial injustice.
They also wore shirts with their names replaced by Black Lives Matter above their respective numbers.
Manchester City and Arsenal players took a knee before the match
Sky Sports pundit and Manchester United legend Gary Neville was left alarmed on commentary when he heard how Arsenal had flown to Manchester from London…