LONDON: Manchester City moved a step closer to the Premier League title as Raheem Sterling’s early goal gave the runaway leaders a 1-0 win against Arsenal on Sunday (Monday in Manila).

Pep Guardiola’s side made it 18 successive victories in all competitions thanks to Sterling’s second-minute header at the Emirates Stadium.

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nArsenal’s German goalkeeper Bernd Leno (left) saves at the feet of Manchester City’s English midfielder Raheem Sterling during the match at the Emirates Stadium in London. AFP PHOTO

With 13 games left, City is 10 points clear of second-placed Leicester, which had closed the gap to seven with a 2-1 win at Aston Villa earlier on Sunday (Monday in Manila).

City has equaled the club record of 11 successive away victories in all competitions, set from May to November 2017.

Manchester is the first top-flight team to win its opening 11 league matches in a calendar year.

Storming towards a third title in four seasons, City has won 13 consecutive league matches and is unbeaten in 25 games in all competitions since a defeat at Tottenham in November.

Incredibly, that was the last time the team trailed in any league fixture.

Guardiola’s men weren’t even at their best on their return to north London, but they still had enough in the locker to hand Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal a third defeat in their last four league games.

“It was hard like we expected it would be. We suffered a lot. It’s difficult to play against Arsenal and Mikel. That’s why I give the players incredible credit for this victory,” Guardiola said.

Borussia Monchengladbach has the next chance to stop City’s incredible winning streak in the Champions League last-16 first leg on Wednesday.

If anyone would have the secret to stopping City’s march to the title, it might have been Gunners boss Arteta.

The Spaniard served as Guardiola’s City assistant before taking charge of Arsenal last season.

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