LONDON: Manchester City moved a step closer to the Premier League title as Raheem Sterling’s early goal gave the runaway leaders a 1-0 win against Arsenal on Sunday. Pep Guardiola’s side made it 18 successive victories in all competitions thanks to Sterling’s second-minute header at the Emirates Stadium.
With 13 games left, City are 10 points clear of second-placed Leicester, who had closed the gap to seven with a 2-1 win at Aston Villa earlier on Sunday.
City have equalled the club record of 11 successive away victories in all competitions, set from May to November 2017.
They are the first top-flight team to win their opening 11 league matches in a calendar year.
Storming towards a third title in four seasons, City have won 13 consecutive league matches and are unbeaten in 25 games in all competitions since a defeat at Tottenham in November.
Incredibly, that was the last time they trailed in any league fixture.
Guardiola’s men weren’t even at their best on their return to north London, but they still had enough in the locker to hand Arsenal a third defeat in their last four league games. Borussia Monchengladbach have the next chance to stop City’s incredible winning streak in the Champions League last-16 first leg on Wednesday.
If anyone would have the secret to stopping City’s march to the title, it might have been Gunners boss Mikel Arteta. The Spaniard served as Guardiola’s City assistant before taking charge of Arsenal last season.
But Arteta had to make changes as several of his players were fatigued after their midweek Europa League draw in Benfica.
City ruthlessly pounced on the uncertainty in Arsenal’s reshuffled line-up as they took the lead after just 80 seconds.