Manchester City temporarily climbed to second in the Premier League standings as they beat leaders Arsenal 6-3 in a pulsating encounter at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

wpid-Manchester20City20FC.jpgManchester City temporarily climbed to second in the Premier League standings as they beat leaders Arsenal 6-3 in a pulsating encounter at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

Sergio Aguero, Alvaro Negredo, David Silva, Yaya Toure and a Fernandinho double wrapped up the massive win for City, who climbed to within two points of the summit, while a Theo Walcott brace and Per Mertesacker?s late header proved only a consolation for the Gunners as they suffered their third defeat of the season.

However, City could end the weekend outside of the top-two, with fourth-placed Chelsea in action later on in the day while Liverpool, currently third, play on Sunday.

A thrilling encounter at Eastlands saw the sides trade blows throughout the 90 minutes, although City never trailed after going ahead on 14 minutes through Aguero, who thumped home a wonderful volley following Michel Demichelis? flick-on from a corner.

Arsene Wenger?s men were soon level, though, as Walcott?s placed effort from a cut-back pass appeared to take a slight deflection off Demichelis before finding the bottom corner of the net.

However, City would go into the break ahead as Pablo Zabaleta was able to muscle his way into the area before sliding a ball across goal for Negredo to slot home past Wojciech Szczesny.

Manuel Pellegrini?s side then went 3-1 up shortly after the restart as Mathieu Flamini gifted possession to Fernandinho, who carried the ball towards goal before curling an unstoppable effort into the very top corner.

Walcott managed to get the north London giants back in it on 63 minutes as he received the ball from Aaron Ramsey before planting a wonderful effort into the back of the net.

However, three minutes later City restored their two-goal cushion as Silva managed to get goal-side at the near-post to turn home Jesus Navas? delivery.

Pellegrini?s men soon made it five, with Wilshere losing possession to spark a City counter, with a series of passes leaving the Arsenal defenders at sixes and sevens before Fernandinho clipped home over the on-rushing keeper.

The goals were by no means done, though, as Mertesacker made it 5-3 with a smart header, but City grabbed a sixth moments later as Szczesny brought down James Milner in the area, with Yaya Toure stepping up to slot home the resulting penalty.

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