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Gunners put to sword by ruthless Pep.


RUTHLESS, relentless and rapidly closing in on a first title under Pep.

They'd already carved up their rivals in the League Cup last Sunday. Here Manchester City were returning to take the last bits of meat off the bone.

At times you felt for Arsenal as their fragile confidence was smashed to bits in front of their own fans. You certainly felt for Arsene Wenger, who like an ageing boxer embarrassingly insisted he could still cope with one last fight.

City's performance, however, is the new standard in the Premier League. The bar has been raised and, right now, Wenger's Arsenal are nowhere near it.

This was City's response to the suggestions that Guardiola's men could hand the Gunners a chance by dining out on their League Cup success.

These performances continue to be the riposte to all of those detractors who, last season, scoffed at the idea that Guardiola's all-stars could pass their way to the title. After Wembley, Guardiola and his men rubber-stamped their superiority at the Emirates.

Kevin De Bruyne (above), Leroy Sane and David Silva led from the front, running rings around their hosts.

Even at the back City were superior yet again, proof of where a commitment to coaching your players to sense danger gets you.

Because while Wenger was nudged even closer towards stark reality and the history books, Guardiola continues to write his name into City legend.

This wasn't just a victory to leave Arsenal having to face up to the inevitable. It was yet another statement that a new order has been formed in the Premier League.

It leaves City with the opportunity to continue building from a position of frightening strength. Now there is only the Champions League to conquer, the quality in that competition far more of a test of their abilities than the Premier League has provided.

Arsenal here were a warm-up. Chelsea have already been seen off this season. Surely they will put up more of a fight on Sunday than the white flag run up by the Gunners here yet again.

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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Mar 2, 2018
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