David Luiz nightmare gifts Manchester City comfortable victory over Arsenal as Eric Garcia suffers horror – talkSPORT.com

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Little has changed in the Premier League’s three-month break, which was clear as Manchester City cruised to a 3-0 victory over Arsenal.

Wednesday night’s action at the Etihad showed Kevin De Bruyne remains totally magical and David Luiz still makes mistakes far too often.

Raheem Sterling set Man City on their way with his first goal of 2020

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Raheem Sterling set Man City on their way with his first goal of 2020

De Bruyne ran the game and added City’s second from the penalty spot

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De Bruyne ran the game and added City’s second from the penalty spot

It was De Bruyne who was City’s inspiration as the top-flight finally returned, slotting away a penalty in between goals from Raheem Sterling and Phil Foden.

But Luiz was Arsenal’s Achilles heel yet again.

Having been introduced as a substitute for the injured Pablo Mari midway through the first half, the Brazilian gifted City their first goal with a dreadful blunder before giving away the penalty for a foul on Riyad Mahrez and getting sent off in the process.

However, both the performances of De Bruyne and Luiz were largely forgotten at the end of Wednesday night as City defender Eric Garcia was stretchered off with a seriously concerning injury.

Having been at fault for Citu’s first goal, Luiz brought down Mahrez to gift the hosts a penalty

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Having been at fault for Citu’s first goal, Luiz brought down Mahrez to gift the hosts a penalty

It was a lonely walk back to the dressing room for the defender – although he was at least survived abuse from fans

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It was a lonely walk back to the dressing room for the defender – although he was at least survived abuse from fans

After Arsenal lost Granit Xhaka and Pablo Mari to injury in the first-half, Garcia received lengthy treatment and players looked on in distress after the Spaniard was knocked out cold by a sickening collision with his own goalkeeper.

Ederson came charging out and, with eyes only for the ball, accidentally clattered into his defender and left him motionless on the floor.

After the match, City boss Pep Guardiola said defender Garcia was conscious but was likely to be taken to hospital for further checks.

Garcia was stretchered off with an oxygen mask

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Garcia was stretchered off with an oxygen mask

“We are a little bit concerned,” he said. “He responds well but we have to wait for the next few hours.”

It was an upsetting end to what was a good night’s work for Manchester City, although they got some help along the way.

Arsenal started brightly, but were forced into two early changes when Xhaka and Mari left the field injured.

One of the men to come on was Luiz, who misjudged De Bruyne’s cross in first-half stoppage time, allowing Sterling to swoop in and grab his first goal of 2020.

Sterling celebrates at an empty Etihad with no fans allowed in to watch the match

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Sterling celebrates at an empty Etihad with no fans allowed in to watch the match

Foden added a third from the bench

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Foden added a third from the bench

Then the Brazilian got his marching orders for tripping up Mahrez, who was through on goal, allowing De Bruyne to slot away the penalty and essentially end the game in the 51st minute.

Garcia’s late injury brought a lengthy halt to proceedings, but City weren’t done yet as substitute Foden got in on the act in the dying moments.

The victory means Liverpool still need two wins from their remaining nine games to win their first league title in 30 years.


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