Sergio Aguero hat trick leads Man City to victory over Arsenal


Manchester City's Sergio Aguero during the English Premier League soccer match between Manchester City and Arsenal at Etihad stadium in Manchester, England, Sunday, Feb. 3, 2019. (Dave Thompson/AP)

MANCHESTER, England — Sergio Aguero scored his 10th Premier League hat trick on Sunday to lead Manchester City to a 3-1 victory over Arsenal and close the gap on leader Liverpool to two points.

It was an unconventional treble for the striker, using his head, right foot — and left arm.

Having scored after 24 seconds in Tuesday’s 2-1 loss at Newcastle, Aguero had to wait a little bit longer — 48 seconds — to put City in front against Arsenal. The Argentine dived to head Aymeric Laporte’s cross past goalkeeper Bernd Leno.

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After Laurent Koscielny levelled for Arsenal in the 11th, Aguero was on target again in the 44th after meeting Raheem Sterling’s delivery with a tap-in at the far post.

The third goal came in untidy fashion as the ball bounced off his arm as he slid in to bundle it over the line after Leno pushed on Sterling’s cross.

Arsenal tumbled to sixth place after Manchester United beat Leicester 1-0 in Sunday’s other game.

While City moved ahead of Tottenham into second place, leader Liverpool is not in action until Monday against West Ham.

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Leicester City 0, Manchester United 1

LEICESTER, England — Marcus Rashford and Paul Pogba combined to lead Manchester United to a 1-0 victory at Leicester on Sunday, with a seventh triumph in eight Premier League games under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer moving the team up to fifth place.

Rashford brought down a lofted pass from Pogba before striking into the bottom corner in the ninth minute of his 100th appearance for United.

Rashford and Pogba, who struggled under Jose Mourinho, now have 12 goals between them since Solskjaer replaced the fired Portuguese coach in December.

United moved two points behind Chelsea into fifth place, the record 20-time champion’s highest position since the opening weekend of the season.

"Our attitude was spot on," Solskjaer said. "There are a couple of bruised noses and knees. It is supposed to be like this, there are three points on the line. Our lads sacrificed everything they had.

"They know they can do better than this but a clean sheet is always a foundation to build on."

Leicester remains 11th, having won only four home games in the league this season.

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