Pep Guardiola heaped more praise on his Manchester City side after they strolled past Arsenal yet again.
City inflicted more pain on Arsene Wenger with a second crushing 3-0 victory over his Gunners side in the space of four days.
After losing Sunday’s Carabao Cup final, the North Londonders could not find any level of retribution as they were again humbled by far superior opposition in Pep Guardiola’s 100th game in charge.
Bernardo Silva, David Silva and Leroy Sane all scored wonderful first-half goals for City, who now require only five more wins to secure the Premier League title.
Arsenal were better than they were at Wembley but Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s second-half penalty miss summed up their current form.
“It’s so difficult to win two games in a row against a team like Arsenal, and we did it in tough conditions,” Guardiola told Sky Sports.
“The first five minutes and then the first 15-20 minutes of the second half we were not so good, but it was so important to win again and make another step forward. We want to be champions and every game we win we go nearer.
“They were all nice goals and Ederson was outstanding, saving the penalty, because the game was not won. Arsenal can create chances from nothing in 10 or 15 minutes and the way we started the second half was not good but it’s difficult to stay focused after winning a trophy four days ago.
“We created enough chances to score. I think it was three shots to score three. They arrived at the byline one or two times so Arsenal had chances but we did our job. That was important because we have tough fixtures coming up, Chelsea, Everton, United and Tottenahm. It was important to keep 16 points in front and the goal difference.”