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Manchester City thrash West Brom to go top while Gunners edge out Saints at St. Mary’s

Manchester City moved to the top of the Premier League for the first time this season after a superb 5-0 victory over West Brom.

The Baggies were handed a drubbing at the hands of Manchester City as their poor Premier League home form continued to haunt them. Sam Allardyce made three changes to his Albion side after the defeat to West Ham, starting with a 4-5-1 formation.

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Kyle Bartley, Conor Gallagher and Kamil Grosicki were all dropped with the latter not making the squad.

Dara O’Shea moved to centre-back, allowing Darnell Furlong to come in at right-back. Robert Snodgrass also returned to the starting XI, as did Karlan Grant who made a speedy recovery from a fractured foot.

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Guardiola also made two changes to the side that beat Aston Villa in their last Premier League game, starting in a 4-3-3 formation.

Playmaker Kevin De Bruyne was absent due muscle problem and was replaced by Mahrez, while Cancelo moved back to his more natural right-back position and Oleksandr Zinchenko came in at left-back with Kyle Walker dropped to the bench.

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IIkay Gundogan put Manchester City ahead in the sixth minute after curling a pass from Joao Cancelo into the far corner.

Cancelo then moved from provider to scorer by doubling the lead for the visitors before Gundogan secured his second and City’s third on the night.

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Manchester City were relentless even after scoring thrice in the first thirty minutes and were rewarded as Riyad Mahrez capped a wonderful first half display with a fine finish of his own.

Raheem Sterling did more damage as he tapped home a fifth after the break to give the Cityzens a resounding victory and a temporary place at the top of the table.

Elsewhere at the St Mary Park, Arsenal came from a goal down to register a 3-1 victory over Southampton, thanks to goals from Alexander Lacazette, Saka and Nicolas Pépé.

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Southampton took the early lead after just three minutes into the game through Stuart Armstrong but Arsenal gave a quick response by equalizing through Pepe in the 8th minute.

That laid the foundation for another win for Arteta’s side with Bukayo Saka and Lacazette scoring in the 39th and 72nd minute respectively to give the Gunners all three points at the St. Mary’s.

The result means the Gunners have taken 16 points from the last 18 available and move eighth on the league standings with 30 points.

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