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Sterling: 'Headed goals are an extra buzz!'

Sterling: 'Headed goals are an extra buzz!'
Raheem Sterling has expressed his delight after netting another headed goal to propel City to a 1-0 Premier League victory over Arsenal at the Emirates.

The Englishman's last league goal was a header during the 4-1 victory over Liverpool at Anfield and he was at it again in London, glancing beyond Bernd Leno in the second minute from an accurate Riyad Mahrez cross.

The 26-year-old has now netted in three consecutive away matches in the top-flight against the Gunners and he was clearly happy to have scored the winner.

"I’m 5 ft 7 and a half and got up really well there. I’m really happy," he said. "Whenever I score a headed goal it’s an extra buzz. I’m happy with the goal. This one was a bit better of a leap and I was just happy to score.

"It's not rare, I've scored a few in my time, but not many. It's a real special one when I get my head on it. I didn't know where it was going to land but you have to be in the box to score it and that's exactly what I've done there.

"The one I should have tucked away was when Kevin put me through, I sat the guy down and hesitated a bit.

"I think we moved the ball well. Riyad [Mahrez] was really aggressive in the first five minutes and we kept the pressure on."

City were defensively resolute and despite being in sparkling attacking form in recent matches, this was a rigid, organised and determined performance, nullifying Arsenal's threat by limiting the hosts to only one shot on target.

Sterling feels that praise has to go to the defensive unit for their eagerness to keep a clean sheet.

"The two centre-halves, their partnership has been great this season, they have a great understanding - even with Aymeric [Laporte] there’s a really good unity and bond there," he continued. "They’re trying to keep clean sheets and it’s a credit to them.

"It’s even better now because we had a difficult start to the season, it was something we’re not used to.

"We weren’t scoring as many goals as we’re used to and it’s a credit to the team that we started to dig results out. That’s the sign of a winning team that you have to dig results out."

The winger also took the time to appreciate the performance of Arsenal, who, despite rarely threatening City, made it a difficult afternoon's work in the capital.

"Mikel [Arteta] worked with us for plenty of years, he knows exactly our strengths and weaknesses and I wouldn't be surprised if he spent plenty of time to see how to stop us and find gaps in our team - he made it difficult for us.

"I think any team you go to now, you can lose the game. We have just got to keep our focus and onto the next one."

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