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Staunton: Shambolic Arsenal exposed as pretender, not contender, by rampant Manchester City

MANCHESTER -- "We are top of the league", the away fans sang, but even they must not truly believe the message after this damaging defeat. Arsenal did not play like a team fighting for the title as the club became the latest team to be routed by Manchester City at home. With the attacking talent on display, it was always likely to be entertaining but City never really looked like it would be outgunned by Arsene Wenger's men.

That is 35 goals at home for City now this season. Hull City, back in August, was the last visitor to escape with fewer than three conceded. Whatever the club's form on the road, displays like this mean that it is unlikely any visiting team will take points from the Etihad Stadium.

City did, in truth, enjoy an cosier build-up to this fixture. Arsenal has now played three huge matches in six days and is, again, counting the cost of injuries. Manuel Pellegrini's side, by contrast, had the luxury of resting its most important players in midweek and that freshness showed.


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