Manchester City's English midfielder Raheem Sterling (C) celebrates scoring their second goal with teammates
Manchester City's English midfielder Raheem Sterling (C) celebrates scoring their second goal with teammates

Five-goal City set to smash Chelsea record as Gunners romp

MANCHESTER City need just six points from their remaining four matches to surpass Chelsea's all-time Premier League points record of 95 after a massive 5-0 win over Swansea on Monday morning AEST.

Pep Guardiola's side boasted a season high 83% possession and 942 passes - both marks that haven't been seen in the Premier League since 2003-04.

David Silva, Raheem Sterling, Kevin De Bruyne, Bernardo Silva and Gabriel Jesus all got on the scoreboard to heap the pain on the Swans.

Stoke City's Senegalese defender Badou Ndiaye (R) vies with Burnley's English midfielder Aaron Lennon
Stoke City's Senegalese defender Badou Ndiaye (R) vies with Burnley's English midfielder Aaron Lennon

Elsewhere, Arsenal romped to a 4-1 win over West Ham in their first match since Arsene Wenger announced his decision to step aside at seasons end - with a late blitz which saw three goals in seven minutes blowing out the socore line at The Emirates.

While strugglers Stoke City nabbed a point against Europa League aspirants Burnley in a 1-1 draw at the Bet365 Stadium.

Here's a full wrap of the overnight Premier League action...

MANCHESTER CITY 5-0 SWANSEA

Manchester City is chasing more records now the Premier League title has been wrapped up.

A 5-0 win over Swansea got the champions closer to a few of them. David Silva scored one goal and set up another for Raheem Sterling in the first half, before further strikes by Kevin De Bruyne - a thunderous 25-meter effort - Bernardo Silva and Gabriel Jesus sealed an easy win for City amid a party atmosphere at Etihad Stadium on Sunday.

Having already won a record 18 straight games this season and clinched the title with a record-equaling five matches to spare last weekend, City is within reach of more milestones to underline one of the most stunning seasons in English soccer.

Manchester City's Belgian midfielder Kevin De Bruyne (C) celebrates scoring their third goal
Manchester City's Belgian midfielder Kevin De Bruyne (C) celebrates scoring their third goal

With four games left, City needs six more points to post the most points outright in a Premier League campaign, six more goals for the most goals in a Premier League campaign, and two more wins to post the most victories in a Premier League campaign. Its current goal difference of plus 73 is two better than the all-time best, Chelsea's 71 in 2009-10.

The biggest title-winning margin is 18 points - by Manchester United in 2000 - and City's current lead over second-place United is 16 points. More displays like that of Silva against Swansea and those records will easily be caught.

The Spain playmaker was the conductor-in-chief on a day City's players were given a guard of honor as they walked onto the field and were serenaded with songs throughout the latest one-sided game involving Pep Guardiola's side.

Manchester City's Portuguese midfielder Bernardo Silva celebrates scoring his team's fourth goal
Manchester City's Portuguese midfielder Bernardo Silva celebrates scoring his team's fourth goal

Silva ran onto Sterling's cut-back to bury a low shot into the corner to really get the party started, and then played in Fabian Delph with a delicious through- ball before the left back slid across a center that Sterling tapped in for 2-0. De Bruyne picked up a loose ball and smashed in a rising, angled drive in the 54th for the third goal and the fourth arrived after Sterling was tripped for a penalty. Gabriel Jesus took over spot-kick duties from Ilkay Gundogan, who scored one last weekend against Tottenham, but saw his effort tipped onto the post, only for Bernardo Silva to tap in the rebound.

Jesus did get a goal in the end, heading in the 88th.

Considering the chances created, City could easily have racked up double figures in goals, but settled for five and Guardiola took the opportunity to give some squad players a run-out.

Veteran Yaya Toure and teenager Phil Foden came on as substitutes, as did Benjamin Mendy for the France left back's first appearance in nearly seven months after recovering from a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament injury in his right knee.

Toure, likely in his last season at City after eight years at the club, set up Jesus with a lofted pass for the last goal.

Fans approach player including Manchester City's Ivorian midfielder Yaya Toure as they invade the pitch
Fans approach player including Manchester City's Ivorian midfielder Yaya Toure as they invade the pitch

ARSENAL 4-1 WEST HAM

Arsene Wenger marked his penultimate home Premier League match as Arsenal manager as his side inflicted a crushing 4-1 win over West Ham. Defender Nacho Monreal put Arsenal ahead six minutes into the second half when he fired low past Joe Hart at a corner to bring the match to life after a dull first half.

Marko Arnautovic equalised 13 minutes later when substitute midfielder Manuel Lanzini fed him on the left and the striker shot past the diving David Ospina into the bottom far corner.

 

Arsenal's French manager Arsene Wenger (C) watches on from his seat
Arsenal's French manager Arsene Wenger (C) watches on from his seat

But Aaron Ramsey put Arsenal ahead again in the 82nd, when a mistake in the Hammers' defence allowed his effort from the left edge of the box to sail into the far side of Hart's net and Alexandre Lacazette added the third and fourth goals.

England stopper Hart had previously kept West Ham in the match with diving saves from Xhaka and Danny Wellbeck but Arsenal climbed within six points of fifth- placed Chelsea on 57 while West Ham remain in relegation trouble six points above the drop zone on 35.

Afterwards, Wenger refused to countenance taking up another managerial role until he has finished at Arsenal.

"At the moment my focus is as it has always been: my loyalty to the club until the last day I am here. We'll see," he told Sky Sports.

Arsenal's French striker Alexandre Lacazette (R) with Arsenal's English midfielder Ainsley Maitland-Niles (L) celebrates scoring their fourth goal
Arsenal's French striker Alexandre Lacazette (R) with Arsenal's English midfielder Ainsley Maitland-Niles (L) celebrates scoring their fourth goal

The Frenchman was similarly coy about whether he would return to Arsenal in the future although he believes he will be leaving the club in a better position than when he first arrived in 1996.

He added: "I don't know, it does not depend on me. You look at the number of Premier League games, European Cup games, FA Cup games we have played together, we have a built a history, we have built a solid foundation on a structural front."

Arsenal's Spanish defender Nacho Monreal (C) is surrounded by teammates as he celebrates scoring the opening goal
Arsenal's Spanish defender Nacho Monreal (C) is surrounded by teammates as he celebrates scoring the opening goal

STOKE CITY 1-1 BURNLEY

Stoke missed the chance to give their hopes of Premier League survival a major boost when they were held to a 1-1 draw by Burnley.

Badou Ndiaye gave Stoke the lead in the 11th minute, via a deflection off the boot of Burnley's Kevin Long -- an advantage they seemed comfortable with for the remainder of the first half.

 

But Burnley upped the tempo after the break and drew level in the 62nd minute thanks to Ashley Barnes, his sixth goal in his last eight league games. Neither team could find a winner, meaning that with three games to play, Stoke are four points behind Swansea City in 19th, with the Welsh side having played two games less. Burnley stay seventh, four points behind Arsenal in sixth.

 

Manchester City fans invade the pitch after winning the English Premier League soccer match between Manchester City and Swansea City 5-0
Manchester City fans invade the pitch after winning the English Premier League soccer match between Manchester City and Swansea City 5-0
Marko Arnautovic of West Ham United celebrates scoring his side's first goal
Marko Arnautovic of West Ham United celebrates scoring his side's first goal