With Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur idle this weekend due to the Blues' FA Cup commitments, Arsenal went into Saturday’s match at home to Norwich knowing three points would vault them from sixth place into third—ahead of both their London rivals and main opponents for a Champions League spot.
Elsewhere in the day’s Premier League action, Reading and Queens Park Rangers had difficult assignments against Merseyside clubs Liverpool and Everton, respectively, as they continued their efforts to get out of the relegation zone, and Aston Villa looked to distance themselves from the drop zone as they welcomed Fulham.
Finally, a place in the top half beckoned for the winner of Southampton and West Ham, who met in a mid-table battle on the south coast.
And while it took 40 minutes for the first goal of the afternoon to arrive, all five grounds saw goals after the restart—not to mention drama and close finishes that kept the fans on the edge of their seats until the final whistle.
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