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Two goals in three minutes late in the game from Manchester City helped the Citizens drag themselves out of the mire and salvage all three points from their trip to Vicarage Road to keep the gap between themselves and Premier League leaders Arsenal down to just three points at the end of matchweek 20.

Manchester City were trailing heading into the last 10 minutes of the game, but goals from Yaya Toure and Sergio Aguero earned the Premier League title contenders three vital points.

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It was the late show once again from Manchester City as the Citizens breathed some much needed life into their title challenge scoring two goals in three minutes to beat a battling Watford side 2-1 at Vicarage Road to bring the gap to Premier League leaders Arsenal down to three points once again.

Arsenal had shown their ability to win ugly earlier in the day by picking up a hard earned 1-0 win against Newcastle United when not being at their best, and Man City answered with a statement of their own title credentials as goals from Yaya Toure and Sergio Aguero in the last 10 minutes of the game turned 0 points into 3 for the travelling Citizens.

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Arsenal were far from their best today, but the Gunners picked up the three points as Petr Cech produced some crucial saves before Laurent Koscielny provided the match winner in the 72nd minute, squeezing home from a narrow angle to grab three crucial points for Arsenal to send them two points clear at the top of the league standings, with Leicester City being held at home by 10-man Bournemouth.

Arsenal made three changes to the side that beat Bournemouth on Monday with Laurent Koscielny replacing the excellent Gabriel Paulista at the back, while Mathieu Flamini came back in for Calum Chambers. Kieran Gibbs also made way for Nacho Monreal, with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain the only one of the four players changed for the last game keeping his place in the side. Newcastle meanwhile were boosted by the return of keeper Rob Elliot from illness, while Cheick Tiote got a rare start in place on the injured Vurnon Anita.

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Manchester City Manager Manuel Pellegrini had one reason certainly to celebrate yesterday as his side kept their first clean sheet of the 2015-16 season in the absence of club skipper Vincent Kompany.

The influential Belgian has had another injury ravaged season so far and Pellegrini confirmed yesterday than the 28 year old will miss the next 3-4 weeks due to a new calf injury.

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Arsenal will head into the New Year top of the Premier League standings after Leicester City and Manchester City played out a very entertaining 0-0 draw at the King Power Stadium on Tuesday night. Leicester City were second best for most of the first half, but had the better chances to score with Jamie Vardy in particular missing a terrific chance to put the Foxes ahead when he was played through on goal due to an error from Fernandinho.

Man City in contrast had much more of the ball and did test Kasper Schmeichel's handling frequently in the first half, but barring an early chance for Sergio Aguero in the second period and a bullet header from Nicolas Otamendi midway through it, rarely threatened.

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Arsenal bounced back from their 4-0 mauling at the hands of Southampton at the weekend to pick up a 2-0 win at home against Championship winners AFC Bournemouth, a result which sent them top of the table for 24 hours at the very least before Manchester City's trip to displaced league leaders Leicester City in a game in which four meets two.

Arsenal had Mesut Ozil and Gabriel Paulista to thank for their win today with the former grabbing his 16th assist of the season and then going one better by getting a goal too. Paulista meanwhile was outstanding at both ends of the pitch, scoring the go-ahead goal in the first half before making a vital interception to deny Bournemouth a tap-in in the second half when the score was still 1-0 to the Gunners. A special mention also to former Chelsea legend Petr Cech, who grabbed clean sheet no.170 of his career, making a late save to deny substitute Glen Murray from having a chance to delay the Czech international from achieving that incredible record.

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Virtually everytime Arsenal have had a chance of going top of the league this season, the Gunners have faltered, and there was to be more of the same for the London giants on Boxing Day as Arsenal were on the receiving end of a 4-0 hammering at the hands of Southampton at the St. Mary's Stadium.

There will be question marks about the validity of at least two of Southampton's goals, with goalscorer Shane Long very obviously tripping defender Laurent Koscielny in the run up to the Saints' second to allow himself a free run at goal, while the corner which led to Southampton's third should have been a goalkick in favour of Arsenal, but there is no hiding behind the fact that Arsenal rarely offered anything like the attacking threat they are capable of being and didn't really work hard enough on the night to get anything from the game.

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