Arsenal Climbs to Top of Premier League as Manchester Clubs Lose

Arsenal defeated Swansea 2-1 to move into first place in English soccer’s Premier League, as Manchester United and Manchester City both lost.

Serge Gnabry and Aaron Ramsey scored as Arsenal won its fifth straight in the league. The Gunners have 15 points, two more than Tottenham, which drew 1-1 at home with Chelsea.

West Brom beat hosts Manchester United 2-1 for its first win at Old Trafford in 35 years while Aston Villa scored twice in the final 17 minutes to defeat Manchester City 3-2.

Southampton beat Crystal Palace 2-0, Hull defeated West Ham 1-0 and Cardiff won 2-1 at Fulham in the day’s other matches.

After a scoreless first half in Wales, Arsenal broke through in the 56th minute as Gnabry took a pass from Ramsey and sent a shot into the bottom corner for his first goal with the club.

Ramsey made it 2-0 six minutes later as he finished off a series of passes from Jack Wilshere and Olivier Giroud with his eighth goal in nine games this season. Swansea’s Ben Davies scored in the 81st minute, but Arsenal held on for its 12th straight away win in all competitions.

Morgan Amalfitano and Saido Berahino scored to give West Brom its first-ever win in 15 Premier League matches against Manchester United, with Wayne Rooney scoring for the defending champion.

West Brom took the lead in the 54th minute when Amalfitano beat several defenders on a run from midfield to chip the ball over goalkeeper David De Gea. Rooney drew United even three minutes later with a curling free kick past keeper Boaz Myhill.


Berahino, who replaced the injured Scott Sinclair in the 13th minute, then drilled a shot into the bottom corner from the edge of the area midway through the second half to give the Baggies the lead. United’s Marouane Fellaini looked to have tied the game with five minutes left but was ruled offside as West Brom scored its first victory at Old Trafford since December


The loss follows a 4-1 league defeat at Manchester City last week and leaves United with seven points, its fewest ever after six games in a Premier League season.

Villa twice came from behind to beat Manchester City for just the second time in eight league meetings.

Yaya Toure scored for City just before halftime at Villa Park, and Karim El Ahmadi drew the home side even six minutes into the second half. Edin Dzeko headed City back in front in the 56th minute, but goals from Leandro Bacuna and Andreas Weimann two minutes apart gave Villa the victory.

Gylfi Sigurdsson gave hosts Tottenham the lead in the first half at White Hart Lane in north London, with John Terry equalizing for Chelsea in the 65th minute.

Yellow Card

Chelsea finished with 10 men after Fernando Torres received his second yellow card in the 81st minute for elbowing Jan Vertonghen, though television replays appeared to show no contact between the two.

It was the first meeting between Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas and his former mentor, Chelsea coach Jose Mourinho. Villas-Boas served as an assistant to Mourinho at Porto, Chelsea and Inter Milan.

Southampton’s home win over Crystal Palace gave it 11 points to tie Chelsea for third place. Daniel Osvaldo scored in the 47th minute and Rickie Lambert added a goal two minutes later as the Saints sent Palace to its third consecutive 2-0 defeat.

Robbie Brady scored with a 12th-minute penalty kick as Hull beat West Ham. The victory gives the promoted Tigers 10 points and ties them with Manchester City and Liverpool.

Jordan Mutch’s goal in stoppage time gave Cardiff the win at Fulham. Steven Caulker also scored for Cardiff and Bryan Ruiz had the goal for Fulham, which extended its home winless run to seven games.

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