There is something about playing North London teams at home that appeals to Manchester City. Earlier this season they put six past Spurs and today they did to the same to Arsenal, beating the Premier League leaders 6-3 in an extraordinary game.
Sergio Aguero gave City a 14th-minute lead and Alvaro Negredo restored the hosts’ advantage after Theo Walcott had marked his first start for Arsenal since September by equalising.
A brace from Fernandinho, a David Silva strike and a Yaya Toure penalty secured victory for the 2012 champions, with Walcott and Per Mertesacker replying in vain.
City have been brilliant at home this season, scoring a remarkable 35 goals in their 8 victories. If Manuel Pellegrini can figure out his sides away form, then City look look very much like a team that will win their second Premier League title in 2 years.
As for Arsenal, having to play in Italy on Wednesday caught up with them, as the team with the best defense in the Premier League made a lot of uncharacteristic mistakes that led to City goals.
Having won all eight of their home games this season, scoring 35 goals, City climbed to third place in the table, with Chelsea moving up to second by narrowly beating Crystal Palace 2-1.
It was another unimpressive Chelsea win with Ramires scoring the inning goal with a sweet 20-yard drive ten minutes prior to half-time, after Fernando Torres’s close-range opener for the hosts had been cancelled out by Marouane Chamakh’s volley.
Everton jumped above local rivals Liverpool, who play on Sunday, and into the top four after winning 4-1 at home to Fulham.
Dimitar Berbatov equalised for Fulham with a 67th-minute penalty after Leon Osman had curled Everton ahead in the first half, but Seamus Coleman, Gareth Barry and Kevin Mirallas scored late goals to secure the points for Roberto Martinez’s side.
Fulham slip below Palace to 19th, with both sides a point behind fourth-bottom West Ham United, who were held 0-0 by bottom club Sunderland at Upton Park.
Newcastle United moved above Tottenham Hotspur on goals scored after drawing 1-1 at home to Southampton, for whom Jay Rodriguez netted a 65th-minute equaliser after Yoan Gouffran had put the hosts in front.
Meanwhile, Cardiff City moved four points clear of the relegation zone after Peter Whittingham’s brave second-half goal gave the Welsh side a 1-0 win at home to West Bromwich Albion.
In the day’s late game, mid-table Hull City and Stoke City were left to rue missed opportunities to move further away from the relegation zone after they played out a goalless draw at the KC Stadium