PREMIER LEAGUE WRAP: Arsenal remain top, Chelsea go second as Man City lay down the gauntlet

Arsenal have remained top of the Premier League table by beating Cardiff City 3-0 away from home on Saturday.

Aaron Ramsey continued his stunning early-season form by netting a double while Mathieu Flamini scored his first goal since his return to the Gunners from AC Milan.

Welshman Ramsey, against his former club, opened up the scoring just before the half-hour mark with a stunning header from a fierce Mesut Ozil cross from the left before Flamini added a second four minutes from time when he rifled home Ozil’s clever through ball from inside the area.

Ramsey then netted his eighth league goal of the campaign – and 13th in all competitions – when he received a ball from Theo Walcott to ram home past David Marshall in injury-time.

On Sunday, Chelsea came from behind to score a 3-1 victory over Southampton which allowed them to go second on the table.

Jay Rodriguez gave the Saints an early lead when he pounced on a poor backpass from Michael Essien to slot home in just the 13th second but the Blues rallied with three second half-goals to record a second straight win.

Gary Cahill nodded home in the 55th minute in a goalmouth scramble before John Terry marked his 400th league appearance with a glancing header from Juan Mata’s leftwing cross prior to Demba Ba adding a third in the final minute.

Manchester City kept up their good recent form with a 3-0 win over Swansea City to make it seven home wins in a row.

Alvaro Negredo grabbed an early goal with a sublime free-kick before Samir Nasri added two in the second half allowing the Eastlands club to go third on the table.

In other key matches, Manchester United twice came from behind to force a 2-2 draw thanks to a Wayne Rooney double, Hull City shocked Liverpool 3-1 at home, Everton dominated Stoke City to win 4-0 and Newcastle United moved up to sixth courtesy of a 2-1 victory over West Bromwich Albion.

Fulham suffered a fifth straight defeat when losing 3-0 to West Ham United at Upton Park, which ultimately cost manager Martin Jol his job, Norwich City edged Crystal Palace 1-0 and Aston Villa and Sunderland played out a 0-0 draw.

The next Premier League fixtures take place on Tuesday, December 3 with Palace hosting the Hammers before a full schedule of matches on Wednesday which includes Everton’s trip to Old Trafford, Fulham’s clash with London rivals Tottenham and Arsenal’s home meeting with Hull.

2013/14 Barclays Premier League – season scores

Aston Villa: 0
Sunderland: 0
Villa Park, Birmingham – 33,036

Cardiff City: 0
Arsenal: 3 (Aaron Ramsey 29’/90+3’, Mathieu Flamini 86’)
Cardiff City Stadium, Cardiff – 27,948

Everton: 4 (Gerard Deulofeu 45’, Seamus Coleman 49’, Bryan Oviedo 58’, Romelu Lukaku 79’)
Stoke City: 0
Goodison Park, Liverpool – 35,513

Norwich City: 1 (Gary Hooper 30’)
Crystal Palace: 0
Carrow Road, Norwich – 26,851

West Ham United: 3 (Mohamed Diame 47’, Carlton Cole 82’, Joe Cole 88’)
Fulham: 0
Upton Park, London – 34,946

Newcastle United: 2 (Yoann Gouffran 36’, Moussa Sissoko 57’)
West Bromwich Albion: 1 (Chris Brunt 53’)
St James’ Park, Newcastle-upon-Tyne – 49,298

Tottenham: 2 (Kyle Walker 18’, Sandro 54’)
Manchester United: 2 (Wayne Rooney 32’/(p) 57’)
White Hart Lane, London – 35,884

Hull City: 3 (Jake Livermore 20’, David Meyler 72’, Martin Skrtel (og) 87’)
Liverpool: 1 (Steven Gerrard 27’)
KC Stadium, Kingston-upon-Hull – 24,940

Chelsea: 3 (Gary Cahill 55’, John Terry 62’, Demba Ba 90’)
Southampton: 1 (Jay Rodriguez 1’)
Stamford Bridge, London – 41,568

Manchester City: 3 (Alvaro Negredo 8’, Samir Nasri 58’/77’)
Swansea City: 0
Etihad Stadium, Manchester – 46,559

 
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