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Arsenal and Man City pull clear at the top of Premier League

Santi CazorlaArsenal and Manchester City put the pressure on Chelsea to keep pace as they both picked up victories today to open up the gap on third place.

Ahead of Manchester United’s trip to Stamford Bridge on Sunday, Arsenal are now five points clear of Chelsea after they beat Fulham 2-0 at the Emirates Stadium thanks to a Santi Cazorla brace.

After a goalless first half, in which Fulham were arguably the better side, Cazorla put the Gunners ahead from 12 yards after a typical Arsenal quick passing exchange involving Olivier Giroud and Jack Wilshere.

The leaders wrapped up the win on 62 minutes when Cazorla’s shot from near the edge of the penalty box crept into the bottom corner.

Up at the Etihad Stadium, Manchester City kept up their scintillating home form by beating
Cardiff City 4-2 to remain a point behind the Gunners.

Edin Dzeko scored City’s 100th goal of the season in the 14th minute, and Navas, Yayo Toure and Sergio Aguero competed the scoring.

The defeat left Cardiff bottom of the table as Sunderland jumped ahead of them on goal difference as they fought back from being two goals down to draw 2-2 with Southampton.

Joining Cardiff and Sunderland in the bottom three are West Ham who lost 3-1 at home to Newcastle United to put even more pressure on Big Sam.

Crystal Palace continued their terrific recovery under Tony Pulis as they beat Pulis’s old side Stoke City 1-0 at home with Jason Puncheon getting the winner. The three points moved Palace up to to 16th in the table.

Elsewhere, a late Ryan Bennett goal was enough for Norwich City to see off Hull City 1-0 at Carrow Road. The Tigers had Tom Huddlestone sent off for two yellow cards.