Manchester City edge Arsenal at the Emirates.
The result means that Manchester City move 10 points clear at the top of the league, while Arsenal remain in 10th.
Sterling’s early goal is the difference between the teams.
The away side dominated this game from start to finish and they asserted themselves quickly when Sterling headed in Mahrez’s precise cross.
And they could have added to their lead soon afterwards, with Gundogan and Sterling missing clear chances.
Arsenal managed to stay in the game, but their threat was mainly limited to Saka leading counter-attacks.
The second half delivered much of the same as City continued to create chances without managing to finish the game off.
A second goal never did arrive, but Arsenal failed to test the away side and City were able to comfortably fend off any attack. Cancelo came up with one final late miss, but it didn’t matter as City secured their 1-0 victory.
It shows just how far Raheem Sterling has come as a reliable contributor that his role in Manchester City’s current winning run has almost gone under the radar.
While many of his team-mates have been earning recent plaudits, the England international has been quietly doing what he has done ever since Pep Guardiola took over at the Etihad Stadium.