As hundreds of Manchester City fans gathered outside the Etihad to celebrate a win which would have crowned them Premier League champions for a third time in four seasons, they did not count Chelsea as being party-poopers.
England kicked off their World Cup qualifying campaign with a customary goalfest against minnow San Marino at Wembley.
Raheem Sterling’s early goal was enough for Manchester City to win at Arsenal and restore their 10 point lead at the top of the Premier League.
City notched up a record 15th consecutive top-flight win as they beat Swansea City 3-1 in the FA Cup 5th Round.
Manchester City stamped their authority on the Premier League title race with a remarkable victory at reigning champions Liverpool.