Guardiola's men knew victory at the Emirates Stadium would move us 11 points clear at the top of the Premier League, and bring about an 11th successive victory in the English top flight.
But the resurgent hosts were themselves looking to claim a sixth consecutive win on home soil and cement their claim for a top four spot.
Everything pointed towards a thrilling contest to kick-off 2022 and with late goals, red cards and plenty of discussions around VAR, it certainly didn't disappoint.
Our full match replay on CITY+ allows fans who missed the game to watch it in full from the first minute to the last.
And if you've managed to avoid the score, you can watch the match as though you were at the game
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Now, enjoy the game on the video above...