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Arsenal back on top as Reds, United held


LONDON — Arsenal moved two points clear atop of the English Premier League football table with a superb 4-1 win at home to Norwich City on Saturday.


Arsene Wenger’s side went into the game knowing that a win would see them open up a two-point lead over Liverpool, who played out a 2-2 draw at 10-man Newcastle United in Saturday’s earlier fixture.

And they did not waste their opportunity, producing a superb performance to claim the win.

Jack Wilshere and Mesut Ozil put the hosts’ in control before Jonny Howson pulled one back for Norwich.

However, Arsenal were not to be denied as an Aaron Ramsey strike and a second from Ozil sealed victory.

It was a frustrating day for Liverpool, who had to come from behind twice to earn a share of the spoils at St James’ Park.

Yohan Cabaye opened the scoring midway through the first half with a dipping strike from long range, but Steven Gerrard brought Liverpool level from the spot after Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa had been dismissed for fouling Luis Suarez in the box.

Newcastle went back in front with Paul Dummett’s first goal for the club just before the hour, but Daniel Sturridge then equalised with 18 minutes remaining after excellent work from Suarez.

Liverpool’s slip-up saw Chelsea move into second on goal difference following their crushing 4-1 win over Cardiff City.

A brace from Eden Hazard, and goals from Samuel Eto’o and Oscar gave Chelsea maximum points after they had fallen behind to Jordon Mutch’s 10th-minute opener.

Over at Upton Park, Sergio Aguero scored twice to help Manchester City beat West Ham 3-1 and claim their first Premier League away win of the season.

Aguero opened the scoring in the 16th minute with a cool finish and his second-half header looked to have sealed all three points for Manuel Pellegrini’s side.

Ricardo Vaz Te pulled a goal back for West Ham with an outrageous bicycle kick, but it was not enough as David Silva wrapped up the points for City late on.

Elsewhere, Manchester United’s disappointing start to the season continued after they drew 1-1 to Southampton at Old Trafford.

United looked on track for a much-needed victory following Robin van Persie’s 26th-minute opener, but the defending champions were made to rue missed opportunities as Adam Lallana squared things up in the final minute.

In other results, Everton secured a third successive home win thanks to a hard-fought 2-1 victory against Hull City, Gus Poyet’s first game in charge of Sunderland resulted in a 4-0 defeat at Swansea, while West Bromwich Albion and Stoke City played out a goalless draw.

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