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Manchester City were far from their fluent best tonight, in fact they managed just 6 shots on goal and only 2 on target, but crucially one of those from Sergio Aguero early in the first half beat Vito Mannone in the Sunderland goal, and was enough to give the Citizens three points and keep them on the coattails of Leicester City, who claimed a 2-0 win over Liverpool to retain top spot in the Premier League standings.

Manchester City retained hat-trick hero Kelechi Iheanacho from the side that hammered Aston Villa in the FA Cup, while there were predictable returns in the spine of the team for Joe Hart, Yaya Toure, David Silva and Sergio Aguero. Sunderland meanwhile named new signings Dame N'Doye and Whabi Khazri on the bench, while Lamine Kone was handed his Black Cats full debut.

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It's been expected for a while now, and Manchester City have finally made it official. Former Barcelona and current Bayern Munich Head Coach Pep Guardiola will be the new Manager of Manchester City.

The Citizens have released a statement on the same, slightly surprisingly choosing Deadline Day to make the announcement. The statement says: "Manchester City can confirm that in recent weeks it has commenced and finalised contractual negotiations with Pep Guardiola to become MCFC Head Coach for the 2016/17 EPL season onwards.

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The battle to sign Nigerian skipper Ahmed Musa is likely to go down to the wire tonight with Manchester United battling Leicester City and Southampton for the signature of the 23 year old versatile winger.

Musa, who stared for Nigeria at the 2014 FIFA World Cup, has been capped 56 times by the Super Eagles, scoring 11 goals. He also has 46 goals in 153 games for his club CSKA Moscow, including 10 in 29 appearances this season.

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Manchester City leapfrogged Arsenal into second place in the Premier League standings with a hard earned point at the Boleyn Ground against a battling West Ham United side that came perilously close to nicking all three points with the last touch of the game.

West Ham took advantage of some lax defending from Man City to twice go ahead in the contest with Enner Valencia scoring both of their goals, only to be pegged back on both occasions by the brilliance of Sergio Aguero, who also hit the post and missed a chance in injury time to seal a win for City.

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Manchester City are responsible for having caused a major ruckus in Australian football.

The Premier League giants are accused of having used their riches to disrupt the Australian football system which doesn't permit clubs from signing players from each other for a transfer fee.

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There are fans of football, and then there are football fans, and the voices that ringed out loudest at the Britannia Stadium on Sunday night showed that Stoke City fans belong to the second category as the volume of abuse directed in the direction of Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey was at its worst.

Stoke fans booed Ramsey right through the 90 minutes and sang about the Gunners star, "Aaron Ramsey, he walks with a limp" - referencing that horrific incident in 2010 when Stoke City defender Ryan Shawcross broke Aaron Ramsey's leg and put him out of action for over a year.

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Arsenal picked up a hard earned point at the Britannia Stadium to return to the top of the Premier League standings, albeit on goal difference, as the Gunners held on crucially in the end to deny high flying Stoke City a winner at home.

Olivier Giroud had the best of Arsenal's chances, forcing two good saves from Jack Butland, one in either half, while Petr Cech was easily the busier of the two keepers, denying Joselu on three occasions, including once in injury time.

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