Kevin de Bruyne scored twice as Manchester City beat league leaders Arsenal 4-1 to take control of the Premier League title race.
While the defending champions remain second in the standings, Arsenal’s lead was cut to two points after the match on Wednesday evening, with City having two games in hand.
A third league title in as many years is now in sight for manager Pep Guardiola, whose team is in contention for a treble of trophies including the Champions League and FA Cup.
Arsenal proved no match for City in a game that always looked likely to have a major say in determining who would be crowned champions.
Mikel Arteta’s team has led the way for much of the season but never recovered from De Bruyne’s seventh-minute opener at Etihad Stadium.
It is the third time City has beaten Arsenal this season, including a victory in the FA Cup, and it extends its winning sequence against the Londoners to eight games.