LONDON: Arsenal not only kept pace with Manchester City on points just behind Liverpool in the Premier League but equalled their +31 goal difference by winning 6-0 at dereby rivals West Ham. City edge them only on goals scored [56-53].

The Gunners’ biggest Premier away win was a perfect follow-up to last week’s defeat of Liverpool. Arsenal led 4-0 at halftime. Bukayo Saka scored twice and Declan Rice sruck the sixth against his old club.

Manager Mikel Arteta said: “It’s great to make history. Such a big score in a difficult place tells you how well the boys played. Saka’s consistency at his age [22] over the last two or three seasons is remarkable.”

West Ham manager David Moyes will come under renewed pressure after their joint heaviest all-time home defeat, matching an 8-2 beating by Blackburn in 1963-64.

Later Scott McTominay underlined his quality as a goal-scoring midfielder with Manchester United’s late winner at Aston Villa.

McTominay, a key figure for Scotland who face Germany in the UEFA Euro opener, headed his seventh league goal in the 87th minute to push Villa out of the top four. United also owed victory to Ramus Hojlund The Danmark striker had opened the scoring with his fifth goal in five matches in all competitions.

Villa levelled after halftime through Douglas Luiz but were caught out by the counter attack in which substitute McTominay converted Diogo Dalot’s assist for a third successive league win.