Rodri’s late goal against Arsenal was enough to steal the whole consecutive three points for the defending champion as they continue their title defense onslaught in the premier league.
Both teams buoyed by their recent forms in the league entered into the game in a dramatic style, but a late mistake in the extra minutes was what is needed by Guardiola men to punish the Gunners for their early second-half red card.
The victory for Man City, was their eleventh consecutive win in their chase of being crowned the champion for the fourth time in five years.
Arsenal was exceptional in the opening hour of the game, they furiously controlled the game, a good design tactic which gave the host a first-half lead with a superb converted goal by Saka, the first half was much or less a dream for the visitor as they failed to register a single shot on target against Arsenal.
From the beginning of the match till the early hour, Arsenal posed a heavy threat on the Pep Guardiola side as they were all over the league leader, but the game took for the worst in the 57th minutes and the following four minutes which gave Arsenal their worst nightmare of the day.
A penalty for Man city which had been declared null by the referee was overturned by the VAR, giving the visitor the avenue to get an equalizer from Mahrez who converted the spot-kick.
The goal kindle the light of anger on the Arsenal players as they were furious about not being awarded an early penalty after Ederson trip Odegaard in the box which was overlooked by the referee.
The dramatic four minutes which include the goal for Mahrez, also saw Arsenal miss a clear chance of taking the lead again before Gabriel was sent off in the 59th minute for a tackle on Jesus for a successive yellow card after getting booked earlier.
The Gunners who had been in control of the game prior to the early hour has quickly overturned the Citizen as the game subsequently falls in their favor after Arsenal was reduced to 10 men.
Man City only needed three minutes of the extra time to punish the host for their deed after a Rodri converted goal sealed the entire celebration for the city fans alone after a 5-0 overhauling of the Gunners in their first league encounter of the season.
The game for Arsenal meant that they had failed to register a victory against the leader in their last 13 league matches with the city being the best side, winning 11 and drawing 2. Arsenal sits the fourth position in the league with 2 points above Tottenham who had a two-match at hand.