City tops Arsenal in thrilling affair at the Etihad

Manchester, England (SportsNetwork.com) - There were plenty of goals on display at the Etihad on Saturday as Manchester City ran rampant in a 6-3 defeat of first-place Arsenal.

The Gunners entered the match with the best defense in the Premier League but they were overmatched by City's potent offense as the Citizens, led by a brace from Fernandinho, stuffed six past Arsene Wenger's side to bring their season total to a league-best 47 goals thus far.

Arsenal remains in first place in the English top flight with 35 points, three points better than Manchester City through 16 games.

City was in front after 14 minutes when a corner kick was flicked on to the back post, allowing Sergio Aguero to slam home the opener with an acrobatic finish.

Arsenal managed to equalize at the half-hour mark through Theo Walcott. Mesut Ozil found space on the left flank after Yaya Toure was dispossessed in his own half, and the former Real Madrid playmaker found the England international at the top of the box to fire home a shot that took a deflection on its way past Costel Pantilimon.

But the Citizens restored their one-goal edge nine minutes later through a well-worked move. Toure picked out Pablo Zabaleta on the right side of the box with a sublime aerial pass and the Argentine slid the delivery back across goal for Alvaro Negredo to turn in from close range.

City extended its lead five minutes into the second half when Fernandinho capitalized on a misplaced pass deep in Arsenal territory and curled a brilliant effort past Wojciech Szczesny.

Arsenal answered as Walcott brought the Gunners back to within one with a shot that bent around Pantilimon and nestled into the top corner in the 63rd minute, but City managed to add another just three minutes later with David Silva turning in a low cross from Jesus Navas.

Fernandinho darted through the Arsenal defense two minutes from time to calmly tack on a fifth while Arsenal pulled one back in stoppage time as Per Mertesacker nodded home a cross from Bacary Sagna, but City put an exclamation point after the result as Toure converted a penalty kick after Szczesny tripped up James Milner in the box.

Chelsea 2, Crystal Palace 1

London, England - Chelsea moved to within two points of first place on Saturday thanks to a 2-1 defeat of Crystal Palace at Stamford Bridge.

Fernando Torres opened the scoring for the home side before Marouane Chamakh equalized for Palace in the 29th minute, but Ramires' strike six minutes later proved to be enough to see Chelsea march on to all three points.

The lone bright spot for the visitors came in the form of goalkeeper Julian Speroni, who produced a number of key saves down the stretch to keep Palace within striking distance.

Everton 4, Fulham 1

Liverpool, England - Everton climbed to fourth place in England's top flight in emphatic fashion on Saturday, getting a 4-1 win over Fulham at Goodison Park.

Leon Osman provided the home side with the lone goal of the opening period, and the Toffees were staring at a draw when Dimitar Berbatov pulled one back from the penalty spot for Fulham in the 67th minute.

But Everton netted three goals in the final 18 minutes to secure the victory as goals from Seamus Coleman, Gareth Barry and Kevin Mirallas guided the Toffees to 31 points on the season.

Newcastle 1, Southampton 1

Newcastle, England - There was no separating Newcastle and Southampton on Saturday as the two sides played to a 1-1 draw at St. James' Park.

Yoan Gouffran opened the scoring for the Magpies in the 27th minute, but Southampton managed to draw level on the other side of the interval as Jay Rodriguez scored in the 65th minute to earn the Saints a share of the spoils.

Newcastle improves to 27 points to stay three points clear of Southampton, which has drawn its last two Premier League contests.

Cardiff City 1, West Bromwich 0

Cardiff, Wales - Peter Whittingham handed West Bromwich Albion its fourth successive Premier League defeat on Saturday as Cardiff City ran out to a 1-0 home victory.

Whittingham's header came in the 65th minute of Saturday's affair and the Welsh club held on to improve to 17 points on the season.

West Brom's dreadful run of form has dropped the club to 16th place as it stays put on 15 points.

West Ham 0, Sunderland 0

London, England - West Ham United and Sunderland split the points at Upton Park on Saturday as the two sides played to a 0-0 draw.

Scoring chances were at a premium throughout the affair as neither side managed to create much in front of goal.

The draw snaps a two-game slide for West Ham as the club improves to 14 points on the season, keeping the club five points clear of last-place Sunderland.

Hull City 0, Stoke City 0

Hull, England - Hull City and Stoke City remained neck-and-neck in the Premier League table after playing to a 0-0 stalemate at the KC Stadium on Saturday.

Hull City has drawn two successive matches to slowly climb to 19 points, leaving the club one point ahead of the Potters.