Arsenal stayed atop English soccer’s Premier League with a 4-1 home win over Norwich as defending champion Manchester United (MANU:US) was forced to settle for a 1-1 home draw after Southampton scored late.
Arsenal holds a two-point advantage over Chelsea, which beat Cardiff 4-1 in London, and Liverpool, which drew 1-1 at Newcastle. Manchester United is in eighth place, 8 points behind the Gunners. Everton defeated Hull 2-1, Swansea dominated Sunderland 4-0 and Stoke was held 0-0 at home by West Brom. Manchester City won 3-1 at West Ham.
Jack Wilshere opened the scoring for Arsenal in London, and Mesut Ozil got two goals to go along with one from Aaron Ramsey. Jonny Howson scored for Norwich, which remains in the bottom three teams in the league with the loss.
“A few weeks ago we lost our first home game here and it was a difficult time but we responded well and since then we have been consistent,” Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger told the British Broadcasting Corp. “I like the solidarity in the team, of course we have quality, but it’s how much we maintain that and sustain that, that will decide our future.”
Cardiff took the lead at Chelsea in the 10th minute when Jordan Mutch took advantage of a David Luiz mistake before referee Anthony Taylor allowed Samuel Eto’o to steal the ball from Cardiff goalkeeper David Marshall in the 33rd minute and set up Eden Hazard for the tying goal. Hazard also scored in the 82nd minute, with Eto’o and Oscar getting second-half goals.
In Manchester, United went ahead with a Robin van Persie goal in the 26th minute but couldn’t hold on as Adam Lallana scored from an 89th-minute corner to tie the match for Southampton.
“We had the opportunities to go 2-0 up,” United manager David Moyes said. “They had been knocking on the door but I thought we would see it out.”
Sergio Aguero scored twice and David Silva got one in Manchester City won 3-1 at West Ham for its first away victory of the season. Ricardo Vaz Te had the hosts’s only goal.
“Winning the game was the most important thing for us,” Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini said. “We played very well, and the best player for West Ham was their goalkeeper.”
In Newcastle, Yohan Cabaye opened the scoring in the 23rd minute with his right-footed shot from 30 yards away before Liverpool’s Steven Gerrard tied the match with his 100th Premier League goal for the club. Gerrard’s penalty came in the 42nd minute following the dismissal of Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa for pulling down Luis Suarez.
The hosts regained the lead in the 56th minute after substitute Paul Dummett scored his first goal for the team. Liverpool tied in the 72nd minute when Suarez crossed to Daniel Sturridge to head in.
At Everton, Kevin Mirallas and Steven Pienaar scored in the defeat of Hull, which got a goal from substitute Yannick Sagbo.
Sunderland, looking to win its first league match of the season under new coach Gus Poyet, went down 4-0. Second-half own goals from Phil Bardsley and Steven Fletcher hurt the visitors in Swansea, which also got a goal from Jonathan de Guzman and a penalty from Wilfried Bony.
“We have been doing well in first half of games but then not in the second,” Poyet said. “It is not a nice welcome to the Premier League but it is where we are and you have to take it.”
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