Raheem Sterling’s first half strike was all it took to restore Manchester City to winning ways in their Premier League clash with Arsenal for whom new signing Thomas Partey made a late debut.
Sterling, who wore the armband with Fernandinho on the bench and Kevin de Bruyne injured, reacted brilliantly to drill home the rebound after Phil Foden’s 23rd-minute shot had been saved.
Arsenal missed several chances to level with City keeper Ederson producing three excellent first-half saves while both David Luiz and Pepe were off target with free-kicks in good positions after the break.
Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta introduced new signing Thomas Partey for his debut seven minutes from time but City held on to claim all three points.
The defeat means the Gunners have now failed to win in their last 29 matches against a ‘Big Six’ side, since a success at City in 2015.
After picking up a single point from their last two games, City were able to claim maximum points in this game which saw Sergio Aguero return to action for the first time since June after recovering from a knee injury.