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Ruthless Man City Move Three Points Clear Of Liverpool

Manchester City 5-0 Newcastle United

Manchester City moved three points clear at the top of the Premier League table after thrashing Newcastle United 5-0 on Sunday evening.

Oleksander Zinchenko, Ilkay Gundogan, Raheem Sterling and Jack Grealish all returned to the Citizens' line=up, while Newcastle recalled Chris Wood and Sean Longstaff.

City were eager to eliminate the memory of their UEFA Champions League exit this week and they got the start they wanted after Sterling opened the scoring on 19 minutes.

Newcastle had the ball in the back of the net five minutes later when Wood slotted home after a goal-mouth scramble, but the goal was ruled out for an offside in the build-up.

Pep Guardiola's troops went on to bag a second goal at the other end on 38 minutes as Martin Dubravka spilled Gundogan's shot into the path of Aymeric Laporte for the simple tap-in.

Guardiola opted for a change at the start of the second half as Ruben Dias made way for club captain Fernandinho, with reports indicating that the former may have picked up an injury.

However, City went on to bag a third goal just after the hour mark when as Rodri got ahead of his marker to nod home a cross from Kevin de Bruyne.

The game was well out of Newcastle's reach, but they nearly bagged a consolation goal in the final seven minutes but Ederson produced a good save to deny Callum Wilson.

Phil Foden went on to bag the fourth goal on 90 minutes with a close-range finish for his ninth league goal of the season, before Sterling rounded off the scoring with his second of the night in the 93rd minute.

Arsenal 2-1 Leeds United

Arsenal strengthened their grip on fourth spot in the Premier League with a 2-1 victory over ten-man Leeds United, who slipped into the relegation zone.

The Gunners had only one change from their win over West Ham United, as Cedric Soares was recalled at left-back, with Eddie Nketiah, Gabriel Martinelli and Bukayo Saka leading the attack.

Leeds had a horrible start as they went behind in the fifth minute after goalkeeper IIlan Meslier took his time on the ball from a back pass and Nketiah applied the pressure and bundled the ball into an empty net.

Mikel Arteta's charges remained on the front foot as Nketiah doubled their lead five minutes later with a side-footed strike in the centre of the box after a cut-back by Martinelli.

The Whites had their backs against the wall and were reduced to ten men just before the half-hour mark after Luke Ayling had a yellow card upgraded to red following a Video Assistant Referee (VAR) review for a two-footed challenge on Martinelli.

Arteta's men threatened to get the third goal just before the half-time break, as Diego Llorente had to make goal-line clearance after Meslier could not hold onto a free-kick by Martin Odegaard.

Arsenal came back fired up from the half-time break, looking to kill off the game but the likes of Nketiah and Martinelli spurned some good chances.

Leeds eventually pulled a goal back in the 66th minute from their first corner after Diego Llorente volleyed home a strike at the back post from a flick by Junior Firpo at the near post.

Odegaard had an opportunity to restore their two-goal cushion 15 minutes before time having a good sight of goal on the edge of the box but his low strike missed the bottom corner by inches wide.

Leeds threatened from set-plays in stoppage time but Arsenal managed to hold on and moved four points clear of fifth-placed Tottenham Hotspur in fourth spot on the log.

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