LONDON – Manchester City took another big step toward a potential third Premier League title on Saturday with a 2-0 away win over Leicester City, while two first-half goals were all Arsenal needed to prevail by the same score over Tottenham Hotspur.
The Citizens earned their sixth away win in a row thanks to goals by Brazilian forward Gabriel Jesus in the 45th minute and Belgian attacking midfielder Kevin de Bruyne four minutes into the second half at King Power Stadium in Leicester.
It was the 16th straight win in all competitions for coach Pep Guardiola’s side.
City defender John Stones was forced to leave the field due to hamstring discomfort midway through the first half, casting a shadow on the club’s win.
With the victory, first-placed City now has 34 points and continues to hold a commanding lead over its nearest rivals, while Leicester is in 12th place with 13 points.
Chelsea, the defending league champion, routed host West Bromwich Albion 4-0 to improve its tally to 25 points and provisionally move into second place past Manchester United.
Spanish striker Alvaro Morata got Chelsea on the scoreboard in the 17th minute, while attacking midfielder Eden Hazard doubled the team’s lead just six minutes later.
Spanish midfielder Marcos Alonso found the back of the net in the 38th minute, while Hazard struck again in the 62nd minute as Chelsea cruised to its fourth straight win.
Egyptian forward Mohamed Salah struck twice over a 10-minute stretch of the first half to lead Liverpool to a 3-0 win over Southampton.
Brazilian attacking midfielder Philippe Coutinho scored the third goal for Liverpool, which holds the fifth spot with 22 points.
In other Premier League action on Saturday, Burnley defeated Swansea City 2-0 and Everton drew 2-2 against Crystal Palace.
Earlier, Arsenal produced its best performance of the season to secure a 2-0 win over the Spurs in the North London derby.
German defender Shkodran Mustafi opened the scoring for Arsenal 36 minutes into the match, held at Emirates Stadium.
Chilean forward Alexis Sanchez then scored the Gunners’ second goal just five minutes later as Arsene Wenger’s men got a much-needed victory.
With the win, Arsenal provisionally holds the sixth position in the table with 22 points.
Tottenham currently is in fourth place with 23 points.
Manchester United is playing Newcastle on Saturday with an eye on leaping back ahead of Chelsea into second place.