Manchester City returned to action in the Premier League with a 3-0 win over Arsenal at the Etihad Stadium on Wednesday evening.
This was the second game back in England’s top flight after the break in the season following the goalless draw between Aston Villa and Sheffield United earlier in the evening.
An injury to Pablo Mari midway through the first half proved to be the major turning point, with David Luiz replacing the Spaniard at the centre of Arsenal’s defence.
The Brazilian was at fault for City’s opener, failing to stop a pass which made its way to Raheem Sterling, who finished past Bernd Leno in goal.
Luiz was involved in the hosts’ second after half-time, giving away a penalty for bringing Riyad Mahrez down in the box.
The former Chelsea defender was sent off for the offence before Kevin De Bruyne converted the spot-kick.
There was a lengthy stoppage towards the end of the game when Ederson collided with Eric Garcia on the edge of the City box.
The young Catalan defender received treatment for several minutes on the pitch before being stretchered off.
During second-half stoppage time, Phil Foden added a third for Pep Guardiola’s side, following up on a Sergio Aguero shot which had rebounded off the post.
City’s victory means Liverpool cannot win the Premier League title against Liverpool on Sunday, no matter what the score.