18 and counting now. Just give them the trophy already. It’s over.
Manchester City can’t be stopped – and if you’re winning games with Raheem Sterling headers, what hope is there?
City weren’t even at their best here. But they really didn’t need to be to win their 18th game in a row.
Maybe they scored too early, because the rest of the game was a grind.
And the runaway Premier League leaders did not have all three points in the bag until the final whistle blew after failing to kill the game off.
But let’s be honest. No-one else is in England is in the same league right now.
City haven’t lost since November. They haven’t even trailed in a league game in that time. They haven’t dropped a point since December 15.
Manchester City’s Raheem Sterling scored the only goal at the Emirates against Arsenal
With this win they equalled a club record of 11 successive away victories in all competitions.
And they have now kept 23 clean sheets this season – more than any other team in the top five European leagues, let alone England.
You can almost hear their rivals whimpering: “Make it stop!”
City are so comfortable at the top of the table they can now turn their full attention to the Champions League.
At this rate they may never have a better opportunity to win it. You certainly don’t give Borussia Monchengladbach much chance of stopping them on Wednesday.
Mikel Arteta’s team just could not find a way to break Manchester City down
It only took City 78 seconds to take the lead. Kieran Tierney offered no tackle as the cross came in from Riyad Mahrez.
But how Arsenal allowed Sterling, one of the smallest men on the pitch, a free header in your own six-yard box was anybody’s guess.
The England man made no mistake, and should have scored shortly afterwards as well as City completely dominated.
At times after that Arsenal looked like a beaten team…