Football: City stay five clear, Arsenal fight back

Manchester City's Fernandinho, Leroy Sane and Raheem Sterling celebrate after the match.
Manchester City's Fernandinho, Leroy Sane and Raheem Sterling celebrate after the match.PHOTO: REUTERS

LONDON • Manchester City remained five points clear at the top of the Premier League table yesterday after defeating West Bromwich Albion 3-2.

Leroy Sane produced a stunning strike to give City a 10th-minute lead only for West Brom's Jay Rodriguez to equalise soon afterwards. But by the 15th minute, City were 2-1 up after Fernandinho let fly a speculative shot that deflected off Gareth Barry and went in off the post.

City substitute Raheem Sterling gave the visitors a two-goal lead with a close-range finish in the 64th minute only for the Baggies to pull a goal back late on through Matt Phillips after a defensive blunder.

It was City's sixth straight Premier League away win, setting a club record in the top flight.

At the Emirates Stadium, Arsenal had to come from behind to beat Swansea City 2-1 yesterday, with second-half goals from Sead Kolasinac and Aaron Ramsey helping them overcome the visitors.

Swansea, playing without injured striker Wilfried Bony, midfielder Renato Sanches and defender Martin Olsson, took the lead in the 22nd minute against the run of play.

Sam Clucas raced into the area and slotted the ball neatly beneath Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech.

But for a one-on-one block from Cech that denied Jordan Ayew, Swansea would have been two goals to the good at the break.

The save would prove to be the turning point because Arsenal were a team transformed in the second half.

Inspired by Kolasinac, who was a rampaging presence on the left, they were comfortable winners in the end. The Bosnian left-back equalised in the 51st minute, before setting up Ramsey, whose third goal of the season put the home side ahead for good.

Victory for the Gunners in Arsene Wenger's 800th Premier League match in charge preserved their perfect home record this season. It is now eight home wins out of eight in all competitions - five of them coming in the league.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on October 29, 2017, with the headline 'City stay five clear, Arsenal fight back'. Print Edition | Subscribe