Players of Manchester City celebrate their team's third goal during the Premier League match against Arsenal at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester, UK, June 17, 2020. /VCG
Manchester City had an easy 3-0 win against Arsenal on Wednesday as the Premier League resumed after 100 days of stoppage due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The victory denied Liverpool's chance to claim League title on Sunday's Merseyside derby against Everton.
Both sets of players came together before kick-off to take a knee in protest of racial injustice, as had Aston Villa and Sheffield United players in another match yesterday.
Man City found their groove as a nightmare evening for Arsenal defender David Luiz condemned his side to defeat.
The Brazilian turned Kevin De Bruyne's cross into the path of Raheem Sterling to fire home the opener shortly before halftime and was then sent off for pulling down Riyad Mahrez.
Arsenal's David Luiz leaves the pitch after receiving a red card during the Premier League match against Manchester at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester, UK, June 17, 2020. /VCG
De Bruyne converted the resulting penalty before Phil Foden added a third in stoppage time.
The defeat is another blow for Arsenal's hopes of a return to the Champions League next season as they remain in ninth, eight points off the top four and five adrift of Manchester United in fifth.
City's place in next season's Champions League will depend on the outcome of their appeal against a two-season ban from European competitions to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.
The appeal was heard last week with a ruling expected early next month.
The English Football League announced eight new positive coronavirus tests from six clubs on Wednesday.
In a statement the EFL said 2,213 players and club staff from the 24 second-tier clubs had been tested in the past week.
(With input from agencies)
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