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Match Report: Arsenal and City maintain perfect start

Gabriel Jesus and Kevin De Bruyne were pivotal as their sides maintained a perfect start to the 22/23 Premier League campaign. Arsenal defeated Leicester by 4 – 2 while Manchester City ran over Bournemouth with an impressive 4 – 0 win to go to the summit of the Premier League table.

Arsenal new boy Gabriel Jesus registered two goals and two assists in front of the home fans and was unlucky not to complete his hat-trick. The striker who was signed from City during the summer transfer window opened scoring in the 23rd minute with a well-placed effort to the top right corner before doubling the lead 10 minutes before the break with a header following a deflection from Gabriel Martinelli’s corner.

Leicester City reduced the deficit shortly after the break through a William Saliba own goal, but Granit Xhaka was on hand to capitalize on a defensive error to restore the two-goal lead for the Gunners. Quick-fire goals from James Maddison and the impressive Gabriel Martinelli meant the fans were treated to a six-goal thriller.

In Manchester City’s second league game of the season, Kevin De Bruyne showed his class, registering a goal and an assist. The Belgian maestro got on the score sheet in the 31st minute after Ilkay Gundogan had earlier given City the lead, before providing an assist for Phil Foden shortly before half-time. The Citizens got their fourth through Jefferson Lerma who scored an own goal in the 79th minute.

Earlier in the day, Steven Gerrard got the better of Frank Lampard as his side defeated Everton 2 – 1. The match between Brighton and Newcastle United ended in a goalless draw as did the matchup between Wolves and Fulham. Aleksandar Mitrovic could not add to the two goals he got on opening day as Jose Sa saved his penalty late on. Southampton clawed from two goals down to draw against Leeds United. 

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