City storm back to the top

Raheem Sterling scored twice fresh from agreeing a new five-year contract with Manchester City as the champions swept aside Southampton 6-1 on Sunday to return to the top of the Premier League table.

The Spain global said he would love to be like Manchester City's Sergio Aguero, Tottenham's Harry Kane and Liverpool stars, Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino, because they score a lot of goals. Obviously, if we don't drop points, we have the chance to do it (on December 8), We know that to get to that chance, you have to get the three points in games as we had against Crystal Palace.

Their only defeats this season came against Manchester City and Chelsea in the opening matches of the season and the fact that Arsenal are now able to trade blows with Liverpool shows how they have improved since Emery's arrival at the Emirates Stadium. In the last match he played only for 30 minutes.

However, it also marked Aguero's 150th goal in the Premier League. Perhaps once they're qualified the Blues boss will give Willy Caballero a chance but for now he'll have to make-do with a place on the bench.

Chelsea midfielder Mateo Kovacic has warned his team-mates not to slip up like Liverpool when they face Bate Borisov in the Europa League on Thursday evening.

Fabregas was excluded from the travelling party due to illness, while Morata - who has scored four goals in his past four Premier League appearances - has been granted a rest.

"Sometimes it's better to actually rest than always play".

Kovacic, who is on loan at Chelsea from Real Madrid, urged his team to avoid a repeat of Liverpool's toil: 'I watched the game and Liverpool struggled a lot.

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Morata is now in a purple patch with five goals from six games, but the Spaniard hasn't looked great since his move from Real Madrid.

Asked if it would be better to play Morata to help maintain his resurgent form, the Italian added: "No".

Bournemouth striker Jermain Defoe comes next in the list on 162 goals, with another ex-Reds forward, Robbie Fowler, bettering him by one (163).

  • Rosalie Stanley