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  • Bernardo Silva curls City into lead inside opening quarter-of-an-hour.
  • David Silva doubles lead after Leroy Sane and Sergio Aguero combine.
  • Leroy Sane nets the third before half time.
  • Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang sees second half penalty saved.
  • Arsenal 10 points off the top four after seventh loss of 2018.
  • Manchester City need five more wins to win the Premier League title.
  • Clash comes four days after Carabao Cup final which City won 3-0.

Well that is all we have time for from The Emirates. We're back this weekend with live coverage from the Premier League again.

Liverpool vs Newcastle and Man City vs Chelsea are out featured games.

But until then, it is goodbye.

Full time: Arsenal 0-3 Manchester City

The crisis deepens at The Emirates for Arsene Wenger as his Arsenal side suffer their second three-goal loss to Manchester City this week.

The damage was done in the first half through Bernardo and David Silva's cute finishes, before Leroy Sane made it three.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang missed the chance to spark a comeback with a saved penalty and after that, as the snow returned, the game was played a near walking pace.

City are five wins from the title while the Gunners are 10 points off the top four, and 30 behind the champions-elect.

Two added minutes at The Emirates. Thank goodness.

A chant of 'one Arsene Wenger' coming from the Man City fans who have travelled.

Not much support for the Frenchman from the home faithful.

Gabriel Jesus on for City. They have never lost when he has played for them in the Premier League. Don't see that changing tonight.

Arsenal fans continue to spill out of the home end. Not sure there will be many around to boo them at full time.

The snow has descended on The Emirates and it would be fair to say this game has slipped into an afterthought. Yaya Toure joins the handful of players who don't want to be out there, replacing Sergio Aguero.

Arsene Wenger is in for another linching from the media over the next 24 hours. Brighton are to come this weekend, and frankly they'll be licking their lips at the prospect of facing this Arsenal side.

Kyle Walker off with what looks like a leg injury. Bit of a worry for City. Oleksandr Zinchenko on for the final 19 minutes.

The game is meandering a little now after that brief flurry of pressure from Arsenal. Just a case of how many more City want. Sergio Aguero is yet to find the net tonight.....

Aubameyang takes one first time on the volley but it drifts wide. Another chance gone for the Gunners.

Nicolas Otamendi fouls Henrikh Mkhitaryan inadvertently. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang steps up and is denied by Ederson. When it rains it pours.


Attendance tonight: 58,420.

No chance.

Back under way at The Emirates. No changes at the break.

Leroy Sane gets his goal to put City three to the good.

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Half time: Arsenal 0-3 Manchester City

Do not adjust your screens, you are not following a re-run of the Carabao Cup final. City lead by the same scoreline as they beat the Gunners on Sunday, but before we have even reached the second 45 minutes.

Goals for both Silvas and Leroy sane for City. Arsenal have been as insipid as the home attendance, which must be their lowest of the season. Boos welcome the half-time whistle, and the gloom shows no sign of lifting for Arsene Wenger.

Into two added minutes at The Emirates. Ederson holds a shot from Xhaka as Arsenal try to muster something at the end of this half. Let the boos commence.

Cech saves from Aguero at close range. City look like scoring every time they get the ball.

Laurent Koscielny smashes the ball out of play under no pressure at the back. It has been that kind of night for Arsenal. But don't forget that City have been simply awesome.

Just about sums it up.

David Silva bangs Man City into a two-goal lead.

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GOAL! Arsenal 0-3 Manchester City (Leroy Sane)

Hot knife, butter, etc etc. David Silva, Aguero, De Bryune and Bernardo Silva all combine to find sane, whose heavy touch wrong-foots Cech and rolls into the corner. Pick a number, City.

Those Arsenal fans who have shown up are displaying their discontent.

Bernardo Silva celebrates putting City ahead.

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Cech does very well to prevent Arsenal going two up. De Bruyne whips in a free-kick from the left, with the Czech keeps out and almost tees up Aguero but the offside flag goes up. A lucky escape for the hosts.

Better from Arsenal and this has been a good reaction to the opening goal. Bellerin crosses from the right and Ramsey brings it down and forces Ederson into a good save up to his right.

Ederson turns behind Granit Xhaka's free-kick, won after Nicolas Otamendi stopped an Arsenal counter-attack with a clinical foul on Danny Welbeck.

GOAL! Arsenal 0-1 Manchester City (Bernardo Silva)

Brilliant from the Portugal international. Leroy Sane moves the ball on to Silva, who cuts inside and with almost no backlift lifts the ball into the corner from 18 yards. No 200th clean sheet for Cech and City lead Arsenal, again.

Vincent Kompany almost puts through his own net. Aaron Ramsey crosses from the right and the Belgian's body shape is all wrong and he needs Ederson to be alert to keep out his goal-bound effort.

Here is a better idea of how sparsely populated The Emirates is tonight, thanks to our reported Eduardo Fdez-Abascal.

There is a 'League Cup third round home to a League Two club' feel about tonight's atmosphere and attendance at The Emirates. The away end is full to the brim meanwhile, despite the several hundred miles they have had to travel.

So has the snow contributed to this no-show from Arsenal's fans, or is this a reaction to the weekend and the campaign as a whole?

No doubt Wenger will fall-back on the inclement conditions as an excuse.

Underway at The Emirates. It is not very full.

Anyway, teams on their way out at The Emirates.

It is just a game.

Martin Keown has just kicked off at The Sun journalist Neil Ashton during an exchange on BBC Radio Five Live. The tabloid writer, and current presenter of Sky Sports' Football Writers on TV show, had criticized Arsene Wenger and the lack of leaders in the dressing room. But the response was quite astonishing.

The ex-England defender said: "Have you been drinking tonight? You didn't last long working for Sky did you?

"Maybe you should be presenting programmes, is that what you want to do on this show?

"Some of us show some respect and some dignity, maybe you should do the same?"

"Hope we fall apart tonight" and "I want a 1-0 loss tonight" are some of the views coming from a collection of Arsenal fans tonight. That is an insight into the feeling around the Gunners right now.

And if they concede an early goal tonight, who knows what reception Wenger and co might get. It could get toxic very, very quickly.

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Shkodran Mustafi and Sergio Aguero do battle again tonight, after the German was heavily criticised for his woeful defending against City on Sunday.

Aguero will go to 200 City goals if he finds the net tonight, as he tends to do against Arsenal. But how will Mustafi react, having been targetted by many critics after his display at Wembley?

One good omen for Arsenal tonight. And goodnesss they need them.

Six wins. Eighteen points. That is all that is required from Man City between now and the end of the season to capture a title which has long looked destined to go to the Etihad Stadium.

After tonight, City go to Chelsea where they can further flex their muscle as one of the most dominant forces in Europe before the Champions League returns next week.

Unless Manchester United slip up again City may have to wait until April to secure the title, but they could take another bid step towards the championship tonight.

What sort of turnout could we get at The Emirates tonight?

No doubt many City fans will have been put off travelling to The Emirates from Manchester today amid the inclement conditions which could leave them open to being unable to get home tonight.

Arsenal fans meanwhile might not have as far to travel but will they brave the conditions, given the performance their side produced at the weekend? At temperatures of below freezing worth it for a side who wilted on Sunday?

Rochdale took over 5,000 to Wembley last night - though many would have come via coach - so it can be done in these conditions. We'll wait and see how many empty seats there are.

More images emerging from inside The Emirates, where the lines have been painted blue to ensure they show up better against any fresh downpours of snow we get tonight.

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City could have rested a few tonight but they have gone with largely the same side which beat Arsenal four days ago.

Vincent Kompany does remain however. Is he now first choice under Guardiola, or does this run in the team represent a swansong for the Belgium international?

John Stones has another watching brief while Gabriel Jesus in on the bench after injury. He will surely get some minutes tonight.

A view from outside The Emirates, where the snow has not prevented this game going ahead tonight. Though some fans have been left divided.

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So what do we make of that Arsenal team?

Wilshere out but Arsene Wenger has reacted to that horror show at Wembley by selecting an ultra-attacking team to help combat City's possession game. The return of Mkhitaryan will be much-welcomed, but Mesut Ozil will be forced to drop deep.

Jack Wilshere, who has been ill in recent weeks, out with an ankle problem tonight, according to a handful of reporters at The Emirates tonight.

A handful of changes from both sides from the Carabao Cup final.

Jack Wilshere and Nacho Monreal miss out through injury, with Danny Welbeck and Saed Kolasinac coming in. Petr Cech replaces cup 'keeper David Ospina and Henrikh Mkhitaryan is also recalled.

City make one enforced change as Bernardo Silva comes in for Fernandinho. Ederson for Claudio Bravo in goal is the other.

The teams should be with us any minute now. Danny Welbeck starts for Arsenal however, while Vincent Kompany is expected to be retained by City. Full teams to follow.

Arsenal are in the house? How many changes will they make from the weekend?

Plenty of Arsenal and man City fans on Twitter have actually attacked the club for keeping tonight's game on, when hundreds of supporters have either not travelled or have risked the conditions to attend the game.

Plenty have suggested the game be moved to just prior to the international break which occurs at the end of this month, when there is an obvious gap, while it could even have been held back until April or May, with neither side in FA Cup action.

But the match will instead go ahead tonight. I suspect Sky Sports are delighted.

Some early team news. Vincent Kompany to start it seems.

An update from The Emirates where the game is still scheduled to go ahead.

The playing surface is fine - thank goodness for undersoil heating - but it is the surrounding areas and the availability of stewards and security which is the main concern.

The Gunners have been working around the clock to clear the areas around The Emirates so they are fit for 60,000 people to descend upon it, while it appears there is enough personnel to ensure the match can begin.

More on this as we get it.

If the hangover from the Carabao Cup final has not relented for Arsenal fans, then the sight of their conquerors four days on from that Wembley showcase back in north London tonight will send them into a slumber as Manchester City arrive eyeing another trophy.

The League Cup could spark a dynasty for City under Pep Guardiola and victory tonight could see the Premier League leaders go within five wins of the title.

Arsenal's campaign has suffered an annual New Year downturn again and with the fans threatening to turn completely against manager Arsene Wenger tonight could bring with it a real toxic atmosphere around The Emirates. A decent performance, at the very least, is required to prevent some kind of mutiny.

All the build-up ahead of the 7:45pm kick-off on the way.