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Raheem Sterling, Kevin De Bruyne and Phil Foden were on target as Manchester City impressed on their Premier League restart with a convincing 3-0 win over 10-man Arsenal at a wet Etihad Stadium.

It was an unhappy return for former City assistant and now Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta, whose positive test for Coronavirus led to the postponement of this fixture and decisively moved the Premier League towards suspension in March.

Perhaps it was the three-month hiatus that accounted for David Luiz’s forgettable evening, his woeful misjudgement allowing Sterling to score his first goal just before the break.

The Brazil defender then saw red for fouling Riyad Mahrez after poor defending, with De Bruyne converting the 51st-minute penalty.

City’s only worry was when Eric Garcia was taken away on a stretcher after an ugly collision with team-mate Ederson, before Foden rounded out the win in the first of 11 additional minutes.

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After a minute’s silence was observed, players from both sides took a knee in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement shortly before kick-off.

Bernd Leno tipped a 20-yard De Bruyne free-kick over the top in a pedestrian opening in which Arsenal lost Granit Xhaka and Pablo Mari to injury, with the hapless David Luiz replacing the latter.

City found their groove, though, and Sterling cut in from the left to test Leno, who brilliantly denied David Silva after another slick move by the hosts.

Sterling was then guilty of wastefulness when trying to scoop a close-range effort over Leno as Arsenal’s defence became stretched.

But it was third time lucky for Sterling on the stroke of half-time. David Luiz made a complete hash of De Bruyne’s throughball and the England forward rifled across Leno on the half-volley.

David Luiz’s nightmare continued in the second half when he dragged down Riyad Mahrez and was shown a straight red.

De Bruyne emphatically found the bottom-right corner to end City’s run of four missed Premier League penalties.

Manchester City have vowed to appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport after being hit with a two-season ban from European competition on Friday.

European football’s governing body, UEFA imposed the punishment on the English giants for breaches of their financial fair play rules.

City said in a statement they were “disappointed but not surprised” by the outcome of a “prejudicial process” and would now seek an “impartial judgment” by commencing CAS proceedings at “the earliest opportunity”.

Liverpool have finally completed the signing of Melissa Lawley from Manchester City Women, Naijaparry reports.

Melissa spent two and a half year at City, making over 50 appearances at the Etihad.

The 25-year-old helped them win two FA Cups and a Continental Cup.

Speaking on her signing, Lawley told Liverpool’s official that “I’m so excited to get back to playing football and enjoying my football again.

”When I first spoke to Vicky, she turned my head straight away. The plans and the visions she has for this club excite me.”

She added that ”Watching Liverpool at the end of last season, they finished on a high and I believe this squad has something special that I can add to and hopefully get Liverpool back to where we should be.”

Manchester City could face a one-season ban from the Champions League, if found guilty of financial irregularities, the New York Times reports.

City have been under investigation by a regulatory committee, over a series of leaks into their financial conduct, published in German outlet Der Spiegel.

Officials from UEFA’s financial control board met two weeks ago in Switzerland to finalise their findings, with a submission to be filed possibly as soon as this week.

And it is understood that the body, led by the former Prime Minister of Belgium Yves Leterme, will push for at least a one-season ban from the Champions League.

It would come as a huge blow to City and their mega-rich owners, after Pep Guardiola’s men celebrated a fourth Premier League title in eight seasons on Sunday.

It would be difficult for Manchester City to reel in Liverpool if they did not win their English Premier League encounter on Thursday, midfielder Bernardo Silva has said.

Third-placed Manchester City host Liverpool at the Etihad Stadium with the visitors top of the league on 54 points from 20 games.

They are seven points ahead of Pep Guardiola’s side, who are one point behind second-placed Tottenham Hotspur.

“We know the pressure is a little bit more on us,” Silva told reporters. “Because if we don’t win, it will be very difficult to go after them.

“We have to think that we have to win every game possible to try to reach them, to close the gap a little bit and that’s what we’ll try to do in the next game.

“We know we are seven points behind and if we win it will be only four. Seven or four is very different, but we’ll put some pressure into them.”

Liverpool are unbeaten in the league and also hold the best defensive record having conceded only eight goals.

“They’ve had a lot of clean sheets. An impressive defence,” Silva added before also recognising their opponents’ strength across the field.

“The front three, everyone knows how good they are. They work a lot. The midfielders they work a lot, they press a lot.

“This season they’ve been doing very well in the English Premier League and the UEFA Champions League. So, it’s two very good teams, and we’ll try to win the game.”

Manchester City boss, Pep Guardiola has slammed Liverpool fans for attacking the club’s bus before the 3-0 defeat at Anfield.

Guardiola said they believe in their strength to turn the game around at the Etihad next Tuesday, insisting that he has no complaints with his players’ performance.

Mohamed Salah, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Sadio Mane netted at Anfield.

He said, “We showed up from the beginning, we started with enormous personality but they scored a goal.

“We continued to play but they scored two more goals. It is tough. They had 10-15 minutes in the first half when they were better.

“In the second half, we tried everything but we couldn’t find a goal. The first two goals, we had control of the game but they scored.

“I don’t have too many regrets or complaints. Nobody believes but we have another game.

“They had two attacks and scored two goals. That was tough but for the rest of the game we were so, so good. We had to score a goal but they defended more.

“We have to accept it and now we have [Manchester] United at home and then Liverpool at home.

“We see what happens. Of course it is difficult but we believe.”

The Reds were forced to issue a statement apologising to City after the visitors’ team bus was damaged by their fans as they arrived at Anfield.

And Guardiola added, “Normally when the police know it is going to happen, they tried to avoid it from happening.

“So, I did not expect that from the Liverpool side, their people.

“One year ago something happened in Dortmund so we come here to play football and I don’t understand this kind of situation.

“The bus is destroyed but I did not expect a prestigious club like Liverpool doing this kind of thing.

“It is not Liverpool, it is the people, but hopefully it does not happen again.”