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MANCHESTER---Arsenal and Manchester
City showed no sign of slowing up in the race
for the Premier League title by grabbing rou-
tine home wins yesterday to stay 1-2 in the
Spain playmaker Santi Cazorla scored sec-
ond-half goals in a five-minute span for Arsenal
in a 2-0 victory over lowly Fulham that keeps
the Gunners in the lead by a point.
"We have played 22 games and have 51 points.
If you compare that to any other season you
will see that it is one of the best, if not the
best ever," Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger
said after his side's fifth straight league win.
"So let's just continue."
City put on another attacking clinic to breeze
past Cardiff 4-2 and pass the 100-goal mark
this season in all competitions---after just 34
matches. Edin Dzeko, Jesus Navas, Yaya Toure
and Sergio Aguero netted for City, which has
now scored four or more goals in a game on
12 occasions this campaign.
"It's not easy to score 103 goals by the middle
of the season," City manager Manuel Pellegrini
said. "It reflects how we think this team must
play. We are always an attractive team."
The Chelsea side of last season had been
the previous fastest to reach a century of goals
in the Premier League era, after 42 games, but
Pellegrini's entertainers have set a high bar.
The defeat dumped Cardiff into last place
and ensured a miserable return to Manchester
for its coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who spent
11 successful years across the city at United.
Third-place Chelsea will look to stay a point
behind City by beating Manchester United at
home on Sunday in the standout game of the
Liverpool lost ground in fourth by drawing
2-2 at home to Aston Villa, which raced into
a two-goal lead after 36 minutes thanks to
strikes by Andreas Weimann and Christian
Daniel Sturridge and Steven Gerrard---from
the penalty spot--- salvaged a draw for Liverpool,
which is now eight points behind Arsenal after
spending Christmas Day on top of the table.
The scrap for survival is even tighter than
the battle for first place, with three teams now
locked on 18 points in the relegation zone.
Crystal Palace started the day in last place
but Jason Puncheon made up for his awful
penalty miss against Tottenham last week by
converting from the spot against Stoke, sealing
a 1-0 win.
Sunderland remains second from bottom
after coming from two goals down to draw 2-
2 with Southampton and West Ham makes up
the bottom three following a 3-1 loss to New-
castle, for whom France midfielder Yohan
Cabaye scored twice while compatriot Loic
Remy netted the other.
Norwich climbed five points clear of the
drop zone thanks to a 1-0 win over Hull,
secured by Ryan Bennett's 87th-minute goal.
Although Arsenal is maintaining the remark-
able consistency it enjoyed in 2013, it will be
difficult to stop City on current form.
Solskjaer was part of a string of wonderfully
attacking teams during his time at Old Trafford,
but none of them were as rampant as City's
class of 2013-14.
Edin Dzeko brought up City's century of
goals with a scruffy opener that dribbled just
over the line in the 14th minute at Etihad Sta-
dium, with the validity of the strike confirmed
by the Goal Decision System on the giant
screens in the corner of the ground.
Craig Noone equalised for Cardiff in the
29th minute but Jesus Navas restored City's
lead three minutes later and second-half goals
by Yaya Toure and substitute Sergio Aguero
kept up the team's 100 per cent home record
in the league.
"We are playing fantastic football at the
moment," Pellegrini said. "We play with fan-
tastic intensity and that is how we must con-
tinue. The best way to play is the way we are
With Theo Walcott out for the rest of the
season with a knee problem and Aaron Ramsey
still not fully recovered from injury, it was
Cazorla's turn to chip in with goals from mid-
field to ease the burden on chief striker Olivier
Cazorla delivered instinctive finishes in the
57th and 62nd minutes, the first to complete
a flowing move and the second after latching
onto a clearance to break down the stubborn
resistance of a Fulham side that arrived at Emi-
rates Stadium with the league's leakiest defence.
"He is one of the players who can create
something special, either through his pass or
through his finishing," Wenger said of Cazorla.
Arsenal, Man City march
on in Premier League
Kris Commons impressive goalscor-
ing form continued with a double in
Celtic s 3-0 win over Motherwell at
Parkhead, where Hoops striker Antho-
ny Stokes was sent off late in the game
for a lunge on Well captain Keith
Lasley, yesterday in the Scottish Pre-
The 30-year-old midfielder notched
his 18th goal of the season with a shot
in the fifth minute before driving in a
penalty before the interval.
Former Parkhead captain Stephen
McManus deflected a James Forrest
cross into his own net in the 68th
minute as Celtic extended their unbeaten
league run to 21 games.
There was time for referee Bobby
Madden to send Stokes on the long walk
after the Irishman took Lasley out from
behind---the only real disappointment
Stevie May's second hat-trick in five
games was not enough for nine-man
St Johnstone as Danny Wilson com-
pleted a two-goal comeback in injury-
time to earn Hearts a dramatic 3-3 draw.
In a dramatic encounter at a wet
McDiarmid Park, St Johnstone lost cen-
tre-back Steven Anderson to a contro-
versial red card for a last-man foul and
saw Murray Davidson suffer what looked
like a serious injury to his left knee,
which saw him taken away in an ambu-
lance at half-time.
But May scored either side of the
break, the first from one of two con-
tentious penalties given against Kevin
McHattie, with his treble coming from
the spot soon after Dale Carrick had
pulled one back.
Saints goalkeeper Alan Mannus and
Hearts forward Ryan Stevenson were
sent off in a mass last-minute brawl
during a scramble for the ball after Sam
Nicholson had scored, and Wilson soon
headed Kevin McHattie's corner past
makeshift keeper Tam Scobbie to secure
A Filip Kiss brace and a debut goal
from new signing Yoann Arquin saw
Ross County pick up a 3-0 win over
Dundee United to improve their
prospects of avoiding relegation .
Kiss opened the scoring four minutes
from the break and wrapped up the win
with a stunning 30-yard drive, after
Arquin had chested in a second goal
midway through the second half.
The victory moved the Staggies above
Partick and, importantly, out of the rel-
egation play-off place.
Partick blew yet another chance to
claim their first Scottish Premiership
home win of the season as Robbie Muir-
head grabbed a dramatic last-gasp
equaliser for Kilmarnock as they record-
ed a 1-1 draw.
St Mirren forward Adam Campbell
inspired the Buddies to a 3-2 win at
Hibernian as the visitors fought off a
Also Inverness edged Aberdeen, 1-0.
to 3-0 win
Sunderland 2, Southampton 2
Arsenal 2, Fulham 0
Crystal Palace 1, Stoke 0
Manchester City 4, Cardiff 2
Norwich City 1, Hull 0
West Ham 1, Newcastle 3
Liverpool 2, Aston Villa 2
2 ManCity 221624632550
3 Chelsea 21 1443401946
4 Liverpool 22 134 5 532843
5 Everton 211182341941
6 Tottenham 21 124 5 262540
7 ManUnited 211146352437
8 Newcastle 221138322836
9 Southampton22 87 7 292531
10 AstonVilla 226610222924
11 HullCity 226511222823
12 NorwichCity 22 6 5 11 18 35 23
13 StokeCity 2257 10223622
14 SwanseaCity 21 5 6 10 26 30 21
16 CrystalPalace22 6 2 14 14 31 20
19 Sunderland 224612213618
Fulham at the
to a 2-0 victory.
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