Aguero Hat-trick Sinks Arsenal, Manchester City Close Gap On Liverpool

by Samuel Abasi Posted on February 3rd, 2019

Manchester City closed to within two points of Premier League leaders Liverpool thanks to Sergio Aguero’s hat-trick to beat Arsenal 3-1 on Sunday.

For the second time in a week, Aguero scored inside the first minute to give City the perfect start.

However, just like in a shock defeat at Newcastle on Tuesday, the champions failed to press home their advantage as Laurent Koscielny profited from some slack defending to head home an equaliser just 10 minutes later.

Pep Guardiola’s men were knocked out of their stride for most of the remainder of the first half, but retook the lead in style just a minute before the break when Ilkay Gundogan’s delightful lofted pass teed up Raheem Sterling to cross for Aguero to tap home.

The same two players combined for the Argentine to secure his 10th Premier League hat-trick in controversial fashion as the ball came back off Aguero’s arm before rolling over the line just after the hour mark.

A sixth consecutive away league game without a win sees Arsenal slip down to sixth behind Manchester United, who were 1-0 victors at Leicester earlier on Sunday, and three points adrift of fourth-placed Chelsea in the battle for Champions League football next season.

Aguero opened the scoring after 46 seconds, after Alex Iwobi was dispossessed on the edge of the penalty area, and the Argentinian met Aymeric Laporte’s cross with a headlong dive.

Arsenal levelled from a set-piece on 11 minutes, Nacho Monreal flicking on Lucas Torreira’s corner for Laurent Koscielny to head in from close range.

But City reclaimed the lead a minute before half-time from a delightful team move. Ilkay Gundogan picked out Raheem Sterling with a lofted pass and Aguero dispatched the winger’s first-time pass.

Aguero became only the second player to reach 10 PL hat-tricks, after Alan Shearer, when he finished off more great approach play on the left by Sterling in the 61st minute.

Victory takes City second, with 59 points, two fewer than leaders Liverpool, who visit West Ham United on Monday.

Arsenal slip to sixth place, a point behind Manchester United, and three behind fourth-placed Chelsea.

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