Dzeko at the double as City beat United, Arsenal held

Tue Mar 25, 2014 8:17pm EDT
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By Toby Davis

LONDON (Reuters) - 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 center 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.

"After that it was all about us. We could have had another goal (in the first 10 minutes) but we scored two more in the second half."

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.

It looked like Arsenal would claim all three points when second-half goals within a minute from Lukas Podolski and Olivier Giroud canceled out Wilfried Bony's opener.   Continued...

Manchester City's Edin Dzeko celebrates his second goal against Manchester United during their English Premier League soccer match at Old Trafford in Manchester, northern England March 25, 2014. REUTERS/Phil Noble