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LONDON (AP) Manchester City, Arsenal, and Liverpool matched each

other with four-goal wins and only goal difference separated them at the top
of the English Premier League on Saturday.
It's shaping up to be the tightest title race in years and Manchester United
is not part of it.
Instead, Jose Mourinho is experiencing a frustrating start to his United career.
Mourinho was sent off as a 0-0 draw with Burnley left United with no wins
in the league in October and three points from a possible 12.

Manchester City's Ilkay Gundogan celebrates after scoring during the English Premier
League soccer match between West Bromwich Albion and Manchester City, at the Hawthorns
in West Bromwich, England, Saturday, Oct. 29, 2016. (AP Photo/Rui Vieira)

Mourinho was furious that a penalty was not awarded for Jon Flanagan's
challenge on Matteo Darmian. He then watched from the stands as Ander
Herrera was sent off in the second half after receiving a second yellow card.
United dropped to eighth place, eight points behind the pacesetters.


Manchester City ended its six-match winless run in style, ending Pep
Guardiola's worst spell in management. Sergio Aguero scored twice in the
first half and set up Ilkay Gundogan for the first of his goals after the break.
"I would like to convince Sergio how important he is for us. We need him a
lot," Guardiola said of the striker he dropped at Barcelona this month in the
Champions League. "When he shows that brilliance and belief Sergio is
exceptional. We want to try and help him to be better and better, he is
Third-place Liverpool compensated for its defensive errors with a fine
attacking display in south London.
Although Emre Can put Liverpool in front with a first-time shot in the 16th
minute, Dejan Lovren gifted Palace an equalizer inside two minutes. Under
little pressure, Lovren sent the ball back toward his own goal and James
McArthur met it with a header.
Lovren made amends three minutes later, restoring Liverpool's lead by
meeting Philippe Coutinho's corner with a header. Although McArthur
headed Palace level again in the 33rd, another of Coutinho's corners was met
by Joel Matip to put Liverpool in front before halftime. Only after Roberto
Firmino chipped goalkeeper Steve Mandanda in the 71st could Liverpool feel
Olivier Giroud scored his first goals of the season within a five-minute spell
almost immediately after coming off the bench in the 69th minute. After
connecting with Kieran Gibbs' cross for his opener, the France forward rose
to head in Arsenal's third in the 76th minute.
It thwarted any hope of a comeback from bottom-place, winless Sunderland
after Alexis Sanchez's opener was canceled out by Jermain Defoe's penalty.
Sanchez rounded off the victory after Gibbs' shot hit the post.
Arsenal has gone 14 games unbeaten in all competitions since the seasonopening loss to Liverpool.

Tottenham remains the league's only unbeaten team but a third successive
draw left it three points off the pace.
Tottenham has stalled since opening the month with an eye-catching victory
over leader Manchester City as last season's top scorer, Harry Kane, remains
sidelined with a hamstring injury.
Vincent Janssen, deputizing for Kane, scored his first league goal for the club
a penalty just like his two previous strikes in the League Cup. But Ahmed
Musa leveled at the start of the second half, bundling the ball into the net
after meeting Jamie Vardy's cross.
Hull captain Michael Dawson's late own goal condemned his side to a sixth
successive league loss. Nordin Amrabat's shot ricocheted off Dawson and
past goalkeeper David Marshall in the 82nd.
While Watford is flying high in seventh place, Hull remains in the bottom
three having not taken a point since a draw at Burnley on Sept. 10.
Gaston Ramirez ran the length of the pitch, beating Harry Arter and Andrew
Surman before striking past goalkeeper Artur Boruc to put the hosts in front
before halftime.
Middlesbrough, which collected only one point from its first four games,
doubled its lead after the break through Stewart Downing.

Liverpool's Roberto Firmino celebrates scoring his side's fourth goal against Crystal Palace
during the English Premier League soccer match at Selhurst Park in London, Saturday Oct.
29, 2016. (Dominic Lipinski / PA via AP)

Arsenal's Alexis Sanchez, left, celebrates scoring his side's fourth goal of the game with
teammates Kieran Gibbs, second left, and Aaron Ramsey, right, during their English Premier
League soccer match against Sunderland at the Stadium of Light, Sunderland, England,
Saturday, Oct. 29, 2016. (Owen Humphreys/PA via AP)

Tottenham Hotspur's Danny Rose is shown a yellow card by referee Robert Madley during
the English Premier League soccer match between Tottenham Hotspur and Leicester City at
the White Hart Lane stadium in London in London, Saturday, Oct. 29, 2016. (AP
Photo/Alastair Grant)
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