Saturday 28 September 2013
Arsenal went two points clear at the top of the Barclays Premier League, but it was a day of shocks as Manchester United and Manchester City both succumbed to surprise defeats at the hands of West Bromwich Albion and Aston Villa respectively, while Cardiff City won away at Fulham thanks to an added-time winner.
Arsenal moved two points clear at the top of the standings after overcoming Swansea City 2-1 in the evening fixture. Quick-fire goals in the second half by Serge Gnabry and Aaron Ramsey earned the Gunners a 2-1 win at the Liberty Stadium, where Ben Davies scored a late consolation.
Arsene Wenger's side lie a place above Tottenham Hotspur, who drew 1-1 at home to Chelsea earlier in the day. Gylfi Sigurdsson put Spurs ahead but John Terry equalised after the break before Fernando Torres was sent off late on for a second yellow card.
David Moyes's side, who were beaten 4-1 in the Manchester derby last weekend, suffered their second successive top-flight defeat after a fine second-half display by West Brom, who took the lead early in the second half thanks to a wonderful individual goal by Morgan Amalfitano. The Frenchman picked up the ball in his own half before embarking on a run that took him past several players before dinking a cool finish over David de Gea.
Although Man United equalised when Wayne Rooney's 57th-minute free-kick eluded everyone, including goalkeeper Boaz Myhill, the visitors regained the lead through Academy graduate Saido Berahino. Marouane Fellaini thought he had equalised with five minutes to go but the Belgium midfielder was denied his first goal for the Red Devils by an offside flag.
Man City lost to Aston Villa despite twice taking the lead at Villa Park, through Yaya Toure on the stroke of half-time and Edin Dzeko, on 56 minutes, but equalising strikes by Karim El Ahmadi and Leandro Bacuna brought Paul Lambert's men back into the match and Andreas Weimann produced the winner with 15 minutes remaining.
There were also victories for Southampton, Hull City and Cardiff, who overcame Crystal Palace, West Ham United and Fulham respectively. Pablo Osvaldo scored his first goal in the Barclays Premier League as Saints struck twice in three minutes to overcome Ian Holloway's men, Rickie Lambert netting the second, while Robbie Brady's third goal for Steve Bruce's charges earned Hull three points against the Hammers. A last-gasp goal by Jordan Mutch earned Cardiff a 2-1 victory at Fulham, who suffered their fourth defeat of the campaign despite Bryan Ruiz cancelling out Steven Caulker's opener.
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