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Raheem Sterling after Man City win over Arsenal: 'We're all buzzing to be back.'

Updated: Jun 18, 2020

The Citizens secured a 3-0 win over Arsenal at the Etihad, thanks to goals from Raheem Sterling, Kevin de Bruyne, and Phill Foden.

Raheem Sterling says the Manchester City players knew it would 'be weird' playing behind closed doors but they are 'all buzzing to be back'.

No crowds, no handshakes, no celebrations, and socially distant benches, it was really weird.

Sterling broke the deadlock with his first goal of the calendar year when Manchester City hosted Arsenal on Wednesday evening.

At the brink of half-time in the Premier League's second game back from the coronavirus shutdown, the England winger gave Pep Guardiola's side the lead before Kevin de Bruyne made it 2-0 from the penalty spot in the 51st minute just after substitute David Luiz clumsily pulled down Riyad Mahrez in the box and got sent off.

However, Phil Foden finished a rebound off the post for a third goal late on.

Following the victory, City goalscorer Sterling told Sky Sports: "It’s been a confusing last couple of weeks. We're all buzzing to be back in the stadium and put in a good effort.

"We expected it to be weird but the message after the break was to find something inside ourselves and dig deep.

"First 10 minutes we were getting used to the atmosphere but after that, I thought we controlled the game well."

On players taking a knee in support of the Black Lives Matter movement, Sterling said: "I see it as a massive step for the Premier League to allow something like that to happen and it shows we're going in the right direction.

"Little by little we’re seeing change. It was natural, it was organic. We saw the teams do it in the earlier kick-off and thought it was something we had to do as well."

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