London: Arsenal stayed top of the Premier League with Manchester City breathing down their necks as the two front-runners maintained their winning streaks with victories over Fulham and Cardiff City, respectively, on Saturday.
Two goals in five minutes midway through the second half by Spain international midfielder Santi Cazorla set Arsenal up for a 2-0 win over Fulham, their fifth successive league victory leaving Fulham mired in relegation trouble.
Second-placed Manchester City made it seven consecutive league wins as they beat Cardiff City 4-2 — also their 11th successive home win in the league — after Edin Dzeko’s opener took them to 100 goals in all competitions this season.
Cardiff, playing under a new boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, equalised through Craig Noone after 29 minutes before Jesus Navas restored City’s lead four minutes later.
Yaya Toure and Sergio Aguero scored late goals in quick succession to make it 4-1 before Fraizer Campbell scored a consolation for Cardiff.
The Welsh side, back in the top flight for the first time in 51 seasons, dropped to the bottom of the table behind Sunderland on goal difference after they hit back to draw 2-2 with Southampton having trailed 2-0. Arsenal head the standings with 51 points, followed by City on 50.