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Saturday 02 November 2013

Saturday review: Arsenal go five points clear

Read match reports, manager reactions and watch press conferences from all Saturday's matches

Aaron Ramsey celebrates his goal that sealed Arsenal's win over Liverpool

There were goals aplenty in the Barclays Premier League on Saturday, as Arsenal moved five points clear at the top of the table with a comfortable 2-0 win over Liverpool.

With a dominant performance to secure victory, Santi Cazorla opened the scoring during the first half as he pounced on a rebound after heading Bacary Sagna's right-wing cross against a post following a fine counter-attack from the hosts.

Liverpool had spells of pressure at various points in the match, but Arsenal killed things off after 59 minutes when Aaron Ramsey collected a square pass from Mesut Ozil on the edge of the area before unleashing a magnificent volley to all but the end the game as a contest.

Manchester City may have lost to Chelsea last weekend but they moved to within a point of the Blues with an emphatic success against Norwich. A Bradley Johnson own goal started the rot for Norwich, before goals by David Silva, Matija Nastasic and Alvaro Negredo had the hosts 4-0 up after 36 minutes. Yaya Toure scored the fifth on the hour-mark, while Sergio Aguero and Edin Dzeko completed the misery for Chris Hughton’s side.

That victory took City up to fourth place, a point behind Chelsea, who lost 2-0 at Newcastle United in the early kick-off thanks to second-half goals by French strikers Yoan Gouffran and Loic Remy.

Manchester United also won by a two-goal margin after making a bright start at Craven Cottage, where they raced into a three-goal lead within the opening 22 minutes. Antonio Valencia, Robin van Persie and Wayne Rooney did the damage before Alexander Kacaniklic produced Fulham’s consolation on 65 minutes.

West Bromwich Albion registered a 2-0 home triumph against bottom side Crystal Palace thanks to goals by Saido Berahino and Gareth McAuley, while Hull City managed a 1-0 success against nine-man Sunderland with the help of an own goal by Carlos Cuellar and first-half dismissals for Lee Cattermole and Andrea Dossena.

Elsewhere, West Ham United were held to a goalless stalemate at home by Aston Villa, while Stoke City drew 1-1 with Southampton after Jay Rodriguez cancelled out a 13th-second goal by Asmir Begovic, who became the fifth goalkeeper to score in the Barclays Premier League.

Saturday 2 November

Kick-offs 3pm unless stated.

Newcastle United 2-0 Chelsea  |  #NEWCHE  Matchday Live >>

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Fulham 1-3 Man United   |  #FULMUN  |  Matchday Live >>

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Hull City 1-0 Sunderland  |  #HULSUN  |  Matchday Live >>

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Manchester City 7-0 Norwich City  |  #MCINOR  |  Matchday Live >>

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Stoke City 1-1 Southampton  |  #STKSOU  |  Matchday Live >>

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West Bromwich Albion 2-0 Crystal Palace  |  #WBACRY  |  Matchday Live >>

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West Ham United 0-0 Aston Villa  |  #WHUAVL  |  Matchday Live >>

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Arsenal 2-0 Liverpool  |  #ARSLIV  |  Matchday Live >>

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