İlkay Gündoğan’s shimmering face appeared approvingly in the clouds as he watched his erstwhile team-mates come from behind to defeat Arsenal.
The match, staged in the German midfielder’s honour, began badly when Theo Walcott gave the Gunners a disrespectful early lead.
Pep Guardiola’s players had worn back-to-front ‘Gündoğan 8’ jerseys on their way out of the tunnel, but at this stage it was the scoreline that was decidedly back-to-front.
This was rectified when goals from Leroy Sané and Raheem Sterling handed City an emotional victory that paid fitting tribute to the memory of their fallen team-mate.
Speaking exclusively to Football Burp, Gündoğan’s nebulously glistening visage declared himself fully satisfied that his death had been properly avenged.
He boomed from on high: “I may now return to heaven, vindicated and triumphant.
“For anyone speculating, this hard-fought three points is most certainly what I would have wanted.”
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