Manchester City 6-3 Arsenal
Manchester City dealt table toppers Arsenal a hefty wakeup call today as they thrashed them 6-3 at the Etihad Stadium.
Having recently dismantled Tottenham 6-0 , City’s firepower proved too much for Arsene Wenger’ side who were constantly chasing the game. Manuel Pellegrini’s side have now scored 35 league goals at home this season.
It was Sergio Aguero who got the home side off to a flying start with an exquisite finish from inside the area. The goal was soon cancelled out by the returning Theo Walcott, but it wasn’t long until Alvaro Negredo again gave City the advantage.
The sides went in 2-1 at half-time, but after the break City again showed their class through Fernandinho, who slotted home to take the game further away from Wenger’s men
Aguero was taken off with a slight calf injury and City fans may have had cause for concern when Walcott struck again, but a goal from David Silva and a second from Fernandinho made sure it would be a home win for Pellegrini’s side. Per Mertesacker headed one more home before time, but it was too little too late for the Gunners. Yaya Toure sealed the win after slotting home a penalty to make it 6-3 and a humbling defeat for the visiting side.
Chelsea 2-1 Crystal Palace
Chelsea built on an impressive midweek European win with a 2-1 victory against London rivals Crystal Palace.
Fernando Torres netted the opener, before Marouane Chamakh levelled with his third goal in three games soon after. However Tony Pulis couldn’t continue his Eagles revival, with Ramires netting the winner in the first-half. The result moves the Blues into second after with Liverpool yet to play, while West Brom remain worryingly close to the relegation zone.
Everton 4 – 1 Fulham
Everton moved into the top four, and above Liverpool, with a 4-1 win against Fulham. Leon Osman goal gave the Toffees the lead before half-time, before goals from Dimitar Berbatov, Seamus Coleman, Gareth Barry and Kevin Mirallas completed the scoring. The result leaves the Cottagers a point clear of safety, with Rene Meulensteen having much to do to keep his side safe.
Newcastle 1 -1 Southampton
Newcastle and Southampton shared the points at St James’ Park as they both kept up their impressive starts to the season. Yoan Gouffran opened the scoring in the first-half, but the Magpies could hold on for all three points as Jay Rodriguez netted the leveller with 25 minutes to play. A touchline scuffle marred the afternoon, with members of both teams’ benches almost coming to blows in an otherwise orderly encounter.
West Ham 0-0 Sunderland
In the battle at the bottom West Ham and Sunderland secure a point apiece in a forgettable 0-0 at Upton Park. Sam Allardyce’s men once again struggled in front of goal, while Gus Poyet’s side showed glimpses of the form needed to avoid relegation.
Cardiff City 1-0 West Brom
Cardiff managed to produce a real moment of quality when it mattered to win 1-0 against West Brom.
The game was a tense and tetchy affair with both sides nervous in their displays. The home side did eventually start to raise the tempo after a forgettable first 45 minutes.
This eventually brought about a well fashioned glancing header from Peter Whittingham, to break the deadlock, as Craig Noone delivered an excellent cross in a mature performance in only his 4th outing for The Bluebirds.
West Brom did have their moments with Marshall notably saving a header from Shane Long, but could not build enough momentum to force an equaliser.
This leaves Cardiff sighing with temporary relief whilst West Brom will reflect on a frustrating 4th loss on the spin in the Premier League.
Hull 0-0 Stoke City
The day’s late kick-off ended in a draw, with Hull and Stoke sharing the points in a less than spectacular offering at the KC Stadium.
In a first-half devoid of chances, Curtis Davies spurned one of the better openings as he headed a Tom Huddlestone cross wide of Asmir Begovic’s goal.
Stephen Ireland thought he has opened the scoring in the 70th minute, only to see the flag raised for offside after he poked home after a Peter Crouch header.
Prior to kick-off both sides had the opportunity to climb into 10th position, but point leaves Hull 12th and Stoke 13th.