"I made 11 mistakes, 11 mistakes. I should have picked another 11 and not this one."
Arsenal stretched their lead at the top of the Premier League by five points as they beat Liverpool 2-0 at home. This was after Newcastle United humbled Chelsea by the same score at home in an early kick off.
Manchester City hammered Norwich City 7-0, as neighbours Manchester United defeated Shahid Khan’s Fulham 3-1.
Everton and Tottenham Hotspur played out a goalless draw, as did West Ham United and Aston Villa. Stoke City drew 1-1 with Southampton in a game where The Potters goalkeeper scored a goal. Struggling Crystal Palace lost 2-o away to West Bromwich Albion.
Cardiff City hosted the Welsh derby beating Swansea City 1-0 at home and Hull City saw off Sunderland’s challenge, also winning 1-0 at home.
Newcastle United 2 Chelsea 0 – 12.45pm KO, Saturday
Newcastle United beat Chelsea 2-0, with goals from Yoan Ghouffran and Loic Remy.
On the back of six consecutive wins, Chelsea started this game confidently and dominated the first half, despite no goals.
Fresh from the derby day defeat to arch rivals Sunderland last week, Newcastle turned up much stronger in the second half.
Mounting pressure from the hosts got their just rewards as Yoan Gouffran headed home an inch perfect Yohan Cabaye free kick.
Three substitutions by José Mourinho made little impact as Loic Remy rounded off a great Newcastle performance by doubling their lead one minute before the end.
Mourinho’s record of never winning at St James’ Park remains intact. He said afterwards: “I made 11 mistakes, 11 mistakes. I should have picked another 11 and not this one.”
Fulham 1 Manchester United 3 – 3pm KO, Saturday
Manchester United defeated Fulham 3-1, with goals from Antonio Valencia, Rob van Persie and Wayne Rooney.
It only took three goals in the first twenty-two minutes to finish this game off before it even got going.
Fulham were carved open by Manchester United. In a well worked team move, the ball ended up at Rooney’s feet who cut back for Valencia to finish with ease.
The pairing of Robin van Persie and Wayne Rooney came into action yet again as Robin Van Persie doubled United’s lead in the 20th minute. Rooney followed two minutes later to make it 3-0.
Fulham managed a consolation goal in the 65th minute through Alex Ka?anikli?, but that was all that Fulham could muster.
Worrying times at Craven Cottage as Fulham hover just above the relegation zone. The under pressure Fulham manager, Martin Jol, was glad to hear that owner Shahid Khan would not make any rash decisions regarding his future.
A delighted fan on Manchester United’s Pakistan Facebook page said: “Magic Manchester United!!!! Only 21 mins gone and its already 3-0.”
Manchester City 7 Norwich City 0 – 3pm KO, Saturday
Manchester City sent out an emphatic message to the rest of the league by annihilating Norwich City 7-0 with seven goals from seven different players.
The rout started with an own goal by Bradley Johnson in the 16th minute. Then goals from David Silva, Matija Nastasi? and Álvaro Negredo sent Manchester City into the half time break 4-0 up.
Norwich’s punishment continued in the second half when Yaya Touré scored with a free kick on the hour mark, which was followed by goals from Sergio Agüero and Edin Džeko.
All the talk before the match was about long established Manchester City stopper Joe Hart being dropped in favour of Costel Pantilimon, who will be pleased with his clean sheet.
Manchester City’s biggest win in the Premier League saw them go to 4th in the table.
Arsenal 2 Liverpool 0 – 5.30pm KO, Saturday
Despite a slightly weakened side, Arsenal schooled Liverpool and taught them a well needed lesson in midfield.
With Jack Wilshere, Theo Walcott and Mathieu Flamini all missing, the visitors were hopeful of some sort of result. Liverpool had their own injury problems with Glen Johnson pulling out late.
Arsenal had the edge in the first half and were rewarded with a goal from Santi Cazorla who followed up his headed effort against the post with a volley to put the Gunners one up.
Liverpool raised their tempo after Phillipe Coutinho came on, but were stopped in their tracks by a twenty-five yard effort from Aaron Ramsay that made it 2-0.
Although not his usual self, Luis Suárez showed some flashes of genius when he hit the post and curled one wide. Apart from that however, Liverpool didn’t offer much more and deservedly lost.
After the match, Gunners boss Arsene Wenger said:
“We kept Daniel Sturridge, Luis Suárez, Steven Gerrard and then Philippe Coutinho quiet – and for that our defenders deserve a lot of credit.”
An Indian tweeter from an Arsenal forum said: “We are a very good team with balance, maturity, experience and quality all around.”
Everton 0 Tottenham Hotspur 0 – 1.30pm KO, Sunday
Both teams entered the match knowing that a win would have sent them to second place in the league, but it was not to be.
This was a game that saw ten minutes of injury time due to Spurs keeper Hugo Lloris losing consciousness after a clash with Everton’s Romelu Lukaku.
Apart from this incident, this fixture didn’t quite live up to its standards. Both teams created some opportunities, but not enough to force a winner.
Although Everton were playing at home, it was Spurs who had scored nine goals in ten Premier League games. Both sides will regard this as an opportunity missed, considering that Liverpool and Chelsea also lost on the weekend.
Everton remains unbeaten at home in the league this year.
Elsewhere in the league, Stoke City saw their goalkeeper Asmir Begovi? score with a free kick that bounced over Southampton stopper Artur Boruc. The game ended 1-1 after Jay Rodriguez equalised.
West Ham United drew 0-0 at home to Aston Villa. After losing their last three league games at home, The Hammers will be relieved with picking up a point in front of their own fans.
More worryingly for Villa though is the fact they have now failed to score a league goal in six hours and fifteen minutes.
Arsenal get tested again next week as they visit champions Manchester United.