Premier League leader Manchester City kept up its prolific and undefeated start to the season by beating Arsenal 3-1 today for a club record-extending 15th straight win in all competitions.

Kevin De Bruyne lashed in a 19th-minute opener for City, before second-half goals by Sergio Aguero - from the penalty spot - and substitute Gabriel Jesus took the team's tally to 38 in 11 league games.

Arsenal recovered for 2-1 thanks to substitute Alexandre Lacazette's strike through goalkeeper Ederson Moraes' legs, and protested against City's second and third goals.

Nacho Monreal only slightly nudged Raheem Sterling for the penalty, while David Silva appeared offside before squaring for Jesus to finish in the 74th.

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This game came four days after City's 4-2 win over Napoli in the Champions League and it might have taken its toll on Pep Guardiola's players, who weren't as fluent as usual even though they created plenty of chances.

Arsenal changed its entire team from its midweek Europa League game and stretched City's defense at times, especially after Lacazette came on in the 56th.Still, City reached the latest international break with its unbeaten start intact - and another major rival defeated.

Aguero received a blue boot trophy in an on-pitch presentation before the game after breaking the club's scoring record in midweek.

By slotting home his penalty off the post, he moved onto 179 goals for the club since joining in 2011.

In London, Alvaro Morata ended a six-game goal drought by giving Chelsea a 1-0 victory over Manchester United on a miserable return to Stamford Bridge for Jose Mourinho.

United heads into the international break still second but now eight points behind leader Manchester City, which beat Arsenal 3-1.

United was outplayed by the technically superior Chelsea, which instantly recovered from a debilitating loss at Roma in the Champions League with a spirited performance that took the champions a point behind Mourinho's side in fourth place.

The goal was gifted in the 55th minute by the United defense, but it also owed much to Cesar Azpilicueta's vision and precision.

Morata peeled away from defender Eric Bailly and the striker was completely unmarked 12 yard (meters) from goal when he met Azpilicueta's pinpoint cross with a powerful looping header.

Morata was only signed by Chelsea in the offseason because Romelu Lukaku opted to sign for United rather than rejoining the Premier League champions from Everton. But while Lukaku has now gone a seventh game in all competitions without scoring, Morata's goal famine is over.

- AP