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Premier League Weekend in 20 Pictures

Richard MorganContributor IOctober 20, 2013

Premier League Weekend in 20 Pictures

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    Child's play: Wilshere celebrates his wonder strike against the Canaries
    Child's play: Wilshere celebrates his wonder strike against the CanariesPaul Gilham/Getty Images

    It has been yet another thrilling weekend of Premier League football, and we at Bleacher Report are here to bring you the most eye-catching moments and incidents from Saturday and Sunday’s nine top-flight encounters.

    And so whether it be Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa’s red card for Newcastle United against Liverpool, Jack Wilshere’s goal-of-the-season contender for Arsenal at home to Norwich City or without doubt the most bizarre and controversial strike of the whole weekend from Chelsea’s Eden Hazard versus Cardiff City, then do not worry, as we will show it to you over the course of the next 20 slides …

Newcastle 2-2 Liverpool

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    Yohan Cabaye lifted the roof off St. James' Park by firing Newcastle into a deserved 23rd-minute lead against in-form Liverpool in the lunch-time game on Saturday thanks to a dipping, swerving drive from distance that made a fool of Reds keeper Simon Mignolet.

Newcastle 2-2 Liverpool

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    But the entire contest was seemingly be turned on its head just before half-time thanks to Yanga-Mbiwa's professional foul on Liverpool forward Luis Suarez, which resulted in a straight red card for the French defender and a spot kick to the visitors.

    And Reds skipper Steven Gerrard had no problems converting the resultant spot kick to become just the third player from Anfield to have scored 100 or more goals in the history of the Premier League, with the midfielder joining strikers Michael Owen and Robbie Fowler on the list.

Newcastle 2-2 Liverpool

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    However, much to everyone's surprise, especially the Merseysiders', up popped local boy and the man brought on to replace the dismissed Yanga-Mbiwa, Paul Dummett, to fire the Magpies back in front again just after the break.

Newcastle 2-2 Liverpool

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    But Liverpool's in-form SAS partnership up front rescued a deserved point for Brendan Rodgers' men and preserved the club's unbeaten record away from home in the Premier League so far this season after Suarez set up strike partner Daniel Sturridge for a near-post header with just 18 minutes left of frenetic action in the northeast. 

Arsenal 4-1 Norwich City

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    It really was a case of the beautiful game being on show at the Emirates on Saturday afternoon as the Gunners thrashed Norwich 4-1 to go to the top of the Premier League outright, with the home side taking an 18th-minute lead thanks to one of the goals of this or any other season.

    The scorer was Wilshere, although the midfield player was just the man who added the very final touch after a series of neat, one-touch passes in a tight space involving the returning Santi Cazorla, Olivier Giroud and then the Englishman, who poked the ball home past a startled John Ruddy in the visitors' goal.

     

     

Arsenal 4-1 Norwich City

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    Club-record signing Mesut Ozil then grabbed a second-half brace himself. The first was a lovely cushioned header, followed by a simple near-post tap-in after good approach work by substitute Aaron Ramsey had created the opening for the German.

Arsenal 4-1 Norwich City

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    Ramsey added a fourth late on with a coolly taken finish for what was the Wales international's 11th strike already this season for both club and country. Surely he is now Europe's most in-form goalscoring midfield player.

Chelsea 4-1 Cardiff City

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    Recalled Cardiff City midfield player Jordon Mutch stunned Stamford Bridge by taking advantage of a rare lapse of judgement from Chelsea centre-back David Luiz to chip the newly promoted side into a shocking 10th-minute lead.

     

Chelsea 4-1 Cardiff City

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    However, that was as good as it got for Malky Mackay's visitors, although it took a moment of high controversy to draw the Blues level just past the half-hour mark.

    As Cardiff keeper David Marshall prepared to launch the ball up field, the Scot firstly bounced it once on the turf, only for the ever-alert Samuel Eto'o to read the shot stopper's intentions and poke it towards the waiting Eden Hazard.

    The Belgian and Eto'o then played a one-two in the box, before the playmaker swept home Chelsea's equaliser. The goal should never have stood, though, with referee Anthony Taylor incorrectly believing the Cardiff No. 1 had accidentally dropped the ball as opposed to bouncing it, the latter of which is against the rules.

     

     

Chelsea 4-1 Cardiff City

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    The west London club were made to wait until midway through the second half before taking the lead thanks to Eto'o's first-ever goal for his new side. Most of the attention was then focused on Chelsea coach Jose Mourinho, who found himself sent to the stands by Taylor for voicing his protests too strongly at Cardiff's apparent time wasting to the man in the middle. 

    However, the Portuguese's dismissal with 20 minutes of the match remaining did not appear to unduly affect his team, who went on to score two more goals through second-half substitute Oscar and a late second from Hazard.

     

Everton 2-1 Hull City

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    Playmaker Steven Pienaar marked his long-awaited comeback from injury by scoring Everton's second-half winner against Hull City with his very first touch of the match. The South African coolly side-footed home Kevin Mirallas' inch-perfect right-wing centre to give Roberto Martinez's side all three points at a rainy Goodison Park on Saturday afternoon.

     

Manchester United 1-1 Southampton

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    All appeared to be going according to plan for the Premier League champions on Saturday against in-form Southampton after Dutch striker Robin van Persie had opened the scoring and given the Red Devils a deserved first-half lead at Old Trafford.

Manchester United 1-1 Southampton

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    That is until Saints skipper Adam Lallana touched in Dejan Lovren's header following a last-minute Luke Shaw corner to stun the Theatre of Dreams and leave new United boss David Moyes contemplating United's worst-ever start to a season in the history of the Premier League. 

Stoke City 0-0 West Bromwich Albion

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    Stoke and in-form West Brom played out an eventful goalless draw at the Britannia Stadium on Saturday afternoon in a match that the Baggies will be kicking themselves not to have taken all three points from.

    However, while visiting manager Steve Clarke was right to blame recently signed French forward Stephane Sessegnon for missing a whole host of gilt-edged openings against the Potters, he was also left cursing referee Howard Webb for failing to award his side a clear-cut penalty after Charlie Adam had clipped Youssouf Mulumbu's ankles in the second half.

     

Swansea City 4-0 Sunderland

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    Newly appointed Black Cats manager Gustavo Poyet now knows just what a tough job he has taken on at the Stadium of Light after bottom-of-the-table Sunderland were thrashed 4-0 by Swansea at the Liberty Stadium on Saturday—and this despite his struggling side going in at the break on level terms. 

     

Swansea City 4-0 Sunderland

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    However, four goals in just 23 second-half minutes ruined the Uruguayan's debut as a Premier League manager and left the team from Wearside rock bottom of the table on only one point after eight matches. The pick of the Swans' strikes came from Jonathan De Guzman's delicious curler past a helpless Kieren Westwood in the visitors' goal.

West Ham United 1-3 Manchester City

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    Under-pressure City head coach Manuel Pellegrini must be relieved after Sergio Aguero's double on either side of half-time helped his multimillion-pound side record their first top-flight win on their travels this season against an under-performing West Ham at Upton Park.

     

West Ham United 1-3 Manchester City

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    However, the visitors still needed an 80th-minute strike from Spain international David Silva to wrap up the three points after Ricardo Vaz Te's spectacular overhead strike had appeared to bring West Ham back into the match just before the hour mark with the score at 2-1. 

     

Aston Villa 0-2 Tottenham Hotspur

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    Tottenham moved up to fifth place in the table following a convincing 2-0 win at Villa in front of the live TV cameras on Sunday afternoon, with the north Londoners taking a first-half lead through England's man of the moment, Andros Townsend.

    However, the wide man's opener was more than a touch fortunate as Townsend's attempted right-wing centre sailed sailed past the outstretched hands of stranded Villa keeper Brad Guzan and into the back of the net.

    The goal, though, was overshadowed by assistant referee David Bryan being struck by a flare thrown by the celebrating Spurs fans, although after some treatment, he was able to continue.

     

Aston Villa 0-2 Tottenham Hotspur

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    And Andre Villas-Boas' men wrapped up the points with just over 20 minutes of the match remaining after Spain forward Roberto Soldado finished off a sweeping team move with a clinical finish.

     

     

     

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