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City stuns Arsenal as Blues win to go top

MANCHESTER City passed the first big test of its "big four" credentials yesterday when it beat Arsenal 4-2 to make it four wins out of four while Chelsea maintained its perfect record with a 2-1 win at Stoke City.

City scored three goals in 10 second-half minutes through Craig Bellamy, Emmanuel Adebayor - its 25-million-pound (US$41.74 million) summer signing from Arsenal - and Shaun Wright-Phillips after Robin van Persie had canceled out an early Manuel Almunia own-goal.

While City was basking in a famous win at The City of Manchester Stadium, the Gunners were condemned to a second straight loss in Manchester, having been beaten by United before the international break.

Abdoulaye Faye gave Stoke an early lead with Didier Drogba equalizing in first-half injury time. Chelsea dominated the second half but had to wait until the last minute for Florent Malouda's winner. Chelsea top the standings with 15 points, followed by City and Tottenham Hotspur on 12 from four games.

Yossi Benayoun scored a hat-trick as Liverpool ended its sticky run by thrashing Burnley 4-0 at Anfield. Dirk Kuyt scored the other goal as the Reds climbed to fourth on nine points.

In other matches yesterday, it was: Blackburn Rovers 3, Wolverhampton Wanderers 1; Portsmouth 2, Bolton Wanderers 3; Sunderland 4, Hull City 1; and Wigan Athletic 1, West Ham United 0.

Champion United was visiting Tottenham later.

In Germany, Bayern Munich routed Borussia Dortmund 5-1 on the road yesterday for its second straight Bundesliga victory, while defending champion VfL Wolfsburg lost its third straight in a 2-3 defeat at home to leader Bayer Leverkusen.

Thomas Mueller came off the bench to score two goals for Bayern one day before his 20th birthday, with Mario Gomez, Franck Ribery and Bastian Schweinsteiger adding the others as Bayern rallied after conceding an early goal.

Simon Rolfes scored two goals for Leverkusen to hand Wolfsburg its third straight loss in a match both teams finished with 10 men.

After five rounds, Leverkusen tops the standings with 13 points and can be joined by Hamburger SV, which was playing VfB Stuttgart later.

Eintracht Frankfurt won 2-0 at promoted SC Freiburg to remain unbeaten and take third place at nine points, one more than Bayern.

Hoffenheim beat VfL Bochum 3-0 and promoted Mainz came from behind to edge Hertha Berlin 2-1 as both joined Bayern on eight points.

Also, FC Nuremberg beat Borussia Moenchengladbach 1-0.


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