Manchester City and Arsenal maintain perfect start to Premier League


Manchester City who were on fire at the Etihad as promoted Bournemouth were blown away.©AFP

Manchester City stormed to the top of the Premier League with a 4-0 win over Bournemouth, while Gabriel Jesus opened his Arsenal account in a 4-2 win over Leicester on Saturday. While soaring temperatures across England forced the need for water breaks in all Premier League games this weekend, it was City who were on fire at the Etihad so that the promoted Bournemouth was blown away. Erling Haaland failed to score on his home debut but the Norwegian showed there was more to his game than goals as he used his strength before slipping past Ilkay Gundogan to open the scoring .

Kevin De Bruyne then took center stage with a scintillating finish with the outside of his right foot to find the far corner before the Belgian became Phil Foden’s provider to make it 3-0 before half-time.

City let off the gas after the break but added to their lead 11 minutes from time when Jefferson Lerma turned Joao Cancelo’s cross into his own net.

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Haaland’s arrival at City was one of the factors behind Jesus’ departure and the Brazilian already looks like a bargain for the Gunners as he scored on his home debut with two goals and two assists key to maintaining Arsenal’s perfect start.

Jesus has often been deployed to wider areas in recent seasons by City boss Pep Guardiola but was brought to Arsenal to be number nine as he aims to secure a World Cup place later this year with regular matches as a centre-forward.

The 25-year-old showed his eye for goal with a sumptuous chip on Danny Ward to break Leicester’s resistance and doubled his score as he tucked in a corner at the back post.

William Saliba’s own goal gave Leicester a foothold against the run of play.

But the Foxes quickly dashed that hope when Ward dropped a simple cross into the box and Jesus sent Granit Xhaka home.

Another goalkeeping error at the other end gave Leicester another goal as James Maddison’s strike squirmed under Aaron Ramsdale.


Arsenal, however, responded instantly again to avoid a nervous final as Gabriel Martinelli fired into the far corner before Jesus hit the post with the chance to seal his hat-trick.

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