Manchester City's Ilkay Gundogan scores his first goal and his side's third during the English Premier League soccer match against West Bromwich Albion at the Hawthorns.
Manchester City's Ilkay Gundogan scores his first goal and his side's third during the English Premier League soccer match against West Bromwich Albion at the Hawthorns. Rui Vieira

City ends winless run to join Liverpool and Arsenal on top

ONLY goal difference separates the top three teams in the English Premier League after wins for Manchester City, Arsenal and Liverpool.

All three smashed in four goals, with City taking top spot with an impressive 4-0 away success at West Bromwich Albion.

Sergio Aguero and Ilkay Gundogan scored twice as City ended a run of six games without a win in all competitions.

The six-game streak without success was the worst in Pep Guardiola's coaching career.

"It's the first time I have not won in six games," he said.

"When we lose there are always doubts ... (but) not over the principles."

Arsenal is second after a 4-1 success at bottom club Sunderland.

Alexis Sanchez scored a first-half opener Arsenal but looked to have blown its chance when Jermain Defoe equalised from the penalty spot despite the Gunners' domination.

But substitute Olivier Giroud turned things back in the visitors' favour with two goals in five minutes before Sanchez added a fourth.

Liverpool stayed third with a thrilling 4-2 win at Crystal Palace.

Goals from Emre Can, Dejan Lovren, Joel Matip and Roberto Firmino secured the Reds' fifth win in six league games.

Spurs sit three points behind the leaders after a 1-1 home draw with reigning champion Leicester City.

Vincent Janssen scored his first EPL goal with a penalty before some sloppy defending allowed Ahmed Musa to equalise.

Spurs dominated possession and hit the bar twice but could not add a second, with Leicester keeper Kasper Smeichel also in inspired form.

Hull City suffered its sixth straight league defeat, going down 1-0 at Watford, while Middlesbrough had a 2-0 home win over Bournemouth.

Manchester United had manager Jose Mourinho and Ander Herrera sent off in a 0-0 draw at home with Burnley.

United had 37 shots but could not beat its former keeper Tom Heaton in the visitors' goal.



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