Arsenal extend their lead at the top of the table after registering a comfortable home win against Brendan Rodgers’ Liverpool. Santi Cazorla made the most of a sensational effort from Bacary Sagna on the right-wing to open the scoring, while Aaron Ramsey continues to build further on fine run of form with another long range strike in the second half.
Arsenal looked lethal right from the opening phase of the game as they created several opportunities from the wings. Arsene Wenger’s tactics of using the numerical advantage on the wings against the Reds did enough to rattle the away side throughout the game.
Liverpool on the other hand had a disappointing night as they failed to create enough chances for their in-form striker Luis Suarez. After conceding the early goal and momentum, Rodgers’ side never really managed to script a comeback in the game.
A spirited Newcastle United display in front of their home crowd helped the Toons sink Chelsea 2-0 courtesy of Yoan Gourcuff and Loic Remy goals.
Looking the better side throughout the match, Newcastle broke the deadlock in the second half when Yohan Cabaye‘s pinpoint freekick enabled Gourcuff to alleviate the nervous jitters of a club who have struggled in the Premier League this season.
Newcastle, who had three gilt-edged chances to double their lead, finally buried the match as Vurnon Anita slalomed past Chelsea defence to square the ball to Loic Remy who made no mistake in rustling Chelsea’s net with a crisp volley.
Newcastle started the match against Chelsea tentatively, giving away territorial space to Chelsea in the opening exchanges but in the second half, they looked more composed on the ball and started creating problems for the Chelsea defence before they finally scored due to Cabaye’s well-drilled freekick.
Chelsea, on the other hand, started the match dominating possession but looked toothless against the two banks of four dexterously organised by the under-pressure Newcastle manager. They passed around the ball with elan in the first half but a reinvigorated Newcastle frontline meant that Mourinho’s men went flat-footed while dealing with their opponent’s threat.
The win sees Newcastle climb up to ninth spot in the Premier League table, while Chelsea swap places with Liverpool. who are scheduled to play Arsenal later in the day, to third spot.
Manchester clubs’ clarion call
Manchester City put up a sterling display against Norwich City, scoring seven goals to the good to send out a strong statement of intent to all the pretenders to the Premier League.
Manchester City went up in the 16th minute of the match due to a Bradley Johnson own goal but what followed was a humiliating rout for the Canaries as City players evenly distributed the carnage among themselves. Silva (20′), Nastasic (25′), Negredo (36′), Yaya Toure (60′), Aguero (71′) and Dzeko (86′) found themselves on the scoresheet on a day when their cross-town rivals Manchester United played a devastating opening 22 minutes of the match to go 3-0 up away at Fulham.
Valencia drew first blood for United in the ninth minute of the match before some sumptuous play between Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie helped United to double their lead to pile more misery on Martin Jol’s unit. The second goal was finished by Rooney before his partner-in-crime, van Persie, ensured that United felt safe for the remainder of the game.
However, a rearguard display by Fulham in the second half resulted in a consolation goal for the Cottagers to infuse some respectability into the final scoreline. The match, which ended in a 3-1 win for United, was David Moyes’ first league win in succession since the time he took over the club.
Other scores: Hull 1-0 Sunderland, Stoke 1-1 Southampton, West Brom 2-0 Crystal Palace, West Ham 0-0 Aston VillaPublished 02 Nov 2013, 20:16 IST