City win derby, Arsenal stalled
Edin Dzeko scored twice to help Man City beat rivals Man United 3-0 on Tuesday.
LONDON - A clinical double from Edin Dzeko helped Manchester City move second in the Premier League with a 3-0 win at Manchester United on Tuesday while Arsenal's title hopes all but evaporated in a 2-2 draw with Swansea City.
Manchester City took the lead after 43 seconds at Old Trafford and never looked back, exposing United's soft centre almost at will with Dzeko and Yaya Toure netting in the second half to inflict another painful defeat on home boss David Moyes.
City, in ominous form after a 5-0 win over Fulham on Saturday, have moved into the slipstream of Chelsea and are three points behind the league leaders with two games in hand.
"It was an amazing game from the first to the last minute," striker Dzeko said on Sky Sports.
"We wanted to start playing our game early, to press high and get an early goal which we did."
United were in total disarray as City, who have now won five of the last six derbies, continued to pile forward, with David Silva finding pockets of space in between the hosts' midfield and backline to weave his magic and keep United chasing shadows.
United could not stem the flow of City's attacks and Dzeko's second 11 minutes after halftime put the match to bed, with the Bosnian easily shaking off his marker Rio Ferdinand to steer a corner from the right in at the near post.
The coup de grace was administered by Toure in stoppage time when he drilled a low shot into the bottom corner.
"I think we have played a very good side, playing at the sort of level we are aspiring to," Moyes said after his second straight 3-0 home league loss following a defeat by Liverpool.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger was, like United's Moyes, facing difficult questions after his side conceded a 90th-minute own goal from Mathieu Flamini to draw with struggling visitors Swansea on the back of a 6-0 thrashing at London rivals Chelsea.
Everton made it four wins in a row to maintain their own push for Europe as they beat Newcastle United 3-0 away with England hopeful Ross Barkley, Belgium striker Romelu Lukaku and Leon Osman all on target.
Arsenal stay fourth on 63 points, two behind third-placed Liverpool who host Sunderland on Wednesday. Everton are up a place to fifth, six points behind Arsenal with a game in hand in the race for a top-four finish and Champions League football
After the embarrassment of Saturday's thrashing by Chelsea, the onus was on Arsenal to show they were still in the title race and were not going to be dragged into a dogfight for a top-four finish.
Arsenal's slip means Everton might fancy their chances of chasing them down and finishing in the Champions League places.