Manchester City thump Arsenal to return to Premier League contention

    Sergio Aguero of Manchester City (right) celebrates after scoring his team's third goal during the Premier League match between Manchester City and Arsenal FC at Etihad Stadium on Sunday.  Aguero has scored 219 career goals for City, a team record.

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    • City defeat Arsenal 3-1
    • Aguero scores 10th career hat-trick

    (CNN)Arriving at Manchester on Sunday, Arsenal manager Unai Emery was eager to end his 11-game winless streak against Pep Guardiola that stretched back to their days in La Liga.

    Just 48 seconds after the opening whistle, it was clear Emery's first win against the Spaniard would have to wait another day.
      Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero continued his assault against Arsenal, scoring a hat trick to lift his career goal tally to 11 against the north London side.
      The opener arrived courtesy of sloppy Arsenal defending, allowing Aymeric Laporte to feed a diving Aguero within the first minute of play.
      Arsenal retaliated with a clever header from Laurent Koscielny off a set piece in the 11th minute -- the first time City conceded that early in a Premier League match in over a year, according to data providers Opta.
      Aguero came back, however, scoring an easy tip-in off an assist from Raheem Sterling just before halftime. He was lucky to be awarded a third goal in the 60th minute, as replays showed the ball deflecting off the Argentine's left arm before inching over the goal line to seal the final score at 3-1.
      Denis Suarez, the former Manchester City academy player on loan from Barcelona, made his Arsenal debut against his old team as a second-half substitute, but had little impact. Mesut Ozil once again did not get on the pitch for Arsenal, with the German's future at the club surely in doubt.