London, March 26: A clinical double from Edin Dzeko helped Manchester City move second in the English Premier League with a 3-0 win at Manchester United Tuesday while Arsenal’s title hopes all but evaporated in a 2-2 draw with Swansea City, Bangkok Post reported Wednesday.
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 Saturday, have moved into the slipstream of Chelsea and are three points behind the league leaders with two games in hand.
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 cancelled out Wilfried Bony’s opener.
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.