The locals poured away from this arena long before the final whistle, with West Ham's Premier League status feeling increasingly uncertain. The gap from the bottom three has been reduced to an unnerving three points over the weekend and while there is no shame to lose to the champions, it was the way Manchester City sauntered to this thrashing disturbing. The closest silence in the stall was significant.
This actually felt like a flight, given how many opportunities were created but passed by Pep Guardiola's side. City explained almost in the later stages of Yaya Touré running around the central midfield and youth youth in England, Lukas Nmecha, who led the line at his league debut, for all that the ball still rarely left home team. West Ham, chasing shadows for everyone, but a short period before the interval had been pummeled in submission. David Moyes must in some way give rise to liquor for the next weekend's trip to Leicester, otherwise this season could have a turn in the tail.
It was the type of champion class City tends to introduce in this arena. Last season they had flourished 4-0 and 5-0 here and played West Ham's insecurity and renew the big open spaces on offer. They should have rattled up a similar tally in the open half-hour, so dominant they beat themselves in dirty opponents. Ilkay Gündogan was close to converting Raheem Sterling's early center, but the home team had not yet had any meaningful hand on the ball when Leroy Sané collected just outside the corner of the penalty area. Aaron Cresswell was reluctant to engage so that the German could cut his left foot and whip a shot like a gun from Patrice Evra's forehead to stay in the top corner. Adrian, for the unsuccessful Joe Hart, had been completely flawed by the deflection.
Other possibilities were struck before the city inevitably celebrated a century of league goals, albeit with a reward completely contrary to the beauty of so many of their tally this season. Adrian had actually done well to choke Sterling's run just outside the penalty area, but visitors simply kept coming. England's forward-looking follow-up was blocked by Angelo Ogbonna, but Gündogan found calm Kevin de Bruyne on the overlap with Belgium's crossing of Adrian's fingertips to bounce off Declan Rice and Pablo Zabaleta. The Argentine spent nine years at City, but he took no pleasure to register his tone.
There had always been a route to wait. West Ham is the division's most porous defense and has been confirmed and deepened and allows the city to possess when other teams have shown recently that a more aggressive and stifling strategy can reward the champions. Perhaps Moyes decided that his side lacked the dynamics of being fainted in such pressure but they gathered a short rally when visitors, perhaps too convinced in their favor or perhaps just lost interest in the lack of a competition, got their optimal pace to drive just before break.
Marko Arnautovic was unharmed to be penalized for a mistake on Ederson who excludes his crane in a blank net, but at least woke up home support with his teammates rejuvenated even to have come relatively close. Within minutes, Gündogan triggered Edimilson Fernandes just inside the box for the officials to award a free kick two meters outside it. It felt a significant overview, just for Cresswell to belt the seat inside the goalkeeper near the post and obviously get the home team his foothold.
Aside from the fact that, in fact, it only served as an answer for the visitors. The Majesty in his third goal took away the breath, from Gabriels Jesus's incredibly important and fragile pass that sent Sterling scurrying beyond Cresswell to the wings' clarity when he thought about his center while West Ham flooded his penalty area. I darted Jesus unnoticed to gather from Sterling with a lovely first touch, disorienting Zabaleta in the process, then converting beyond Adrian from close range. It was the 15th time that West Ham had awarded at least three goals in a league game this season.
There was none of the tide from then on. Sterling should have been punished when Cresswell broke in and was subsequently denied by Adrian before resigning the supplier again. Fernandinho had restored the ball from Manuel Lanzini before releasing the wing to the right, with Sterling again being able to wait for reinforcements before he found the Brazilian with the return. The goal was sharp with the goalkeeper hopelessly exposed to goal number 102 in this term. West Ham, beaten and injured by all, must have known that most had been plundered at their expense at the end.