Barclays Premier League Week 9 Table: Updated Standings After Saturday's Action
The Arsenal Gunners have stayed on top of the Barclays Premier League after Saturday's action in Week 9, but the rest of the table has moved around a bit.
At the moment, it's a pretty tight race at the top of the Premier League. Arsenal and Liverpool currently hold the top two spots, while Chelsea will be looking to move into second or third after playing Manchester City on Sunday.
The scores and updated table from Saturday's games are below, followed by a recap of the day's biggest and most exciting matches.
|Liverpool||4-1||West Bromwich Albion|
|Manchester United||3-2||Stoke City|
|Norwich City||0-0||Cardiff City|
|12.||West Bromwich Albion||2||4||3||10|
|16.||West Ham United||2||2||4||8|
Arsenal Stays On Top After Beating Crystal Palace
After struggling for so long, Arsenal finally looks like a legitimate contender in the Premier League for the 2013-2014 season.
The Gunners lost their season opener 3-1 against Aston Villa, but since then they haven't lost a single EPL match. This 2-0 win over Crystal Palace was big, as it helped them stay on top of the latest table.
It wasn't a pretty win, but Arsenal was able to pull it out. After not scoring in the first half, Arsenal was able to get on the board with a penalty kick by Mikel Arteta in the 47th minute.
Later in the second half, Arteta was sent off with a red card for this foul on Marouane Chamakh, which many believe to be a very controversial ruling.
Olivier Giroud was able to come up with another goal in the 87th minute to seal the win for the Gunners, despite Crystal Palace attempting three more shots.
The Gunners stay on top of the Premier League despite a rather sloppy game. Meanwhile, Crystal Palace stays near the bottom of the table with just three points and is facing possible relegation at the end of the season.
It's been a magical year so far for Arsenal, and they're continuing to prove every week that they're the real deal.
Luis Suarez Dazzles in Big Win for Liverpool
Liverpool needed a big win to keep up with Arsenal, and they did just that on Saturday with a dominating 4-1 victory over West Bromwich Albion.
Luis Suarez was the big reason for the win, scoring some tremendous goals throughout the game. He got off to an incredibly fast start, scoring this goal in the 12th minute.
After that goal, Suarez came up with another one just a few minutes later, putting the Reds up 2-0. That was the score entering halftime, and Liverpool was quite happy with their performance through 45 minutes.
It the second half, Suarez was able to score his third goal in the 55th, minute, officially giving him the hat-trick. According to ESPNFC, it was his first ever treble at Anfield.
James Morrison was able to score 10 minutes later on a penalty kick for West Brom, but then Daniel Sturridge came back with another goal for Liverpool in the 77th minute to give the Reds a big 4-1 win.
The win keeps Suarez in second for now as they look to take the top spot from Arsenal down the road. After missing the first five games, Suarez is already the second-highest scorer in the Premier League, which is bad news for opponents throughout the remainder of the season.
Manchester United Survives Scare Against Stoke City
After what appeared to be a complete freefall about a week ago, the Red Devils have turned things around with their second win in their last three Premier League matches.
Stoke City was able to draw first blood in just the fourth minute of this one thanks to a big goal by Peter Crouch. Rob Van Persie was able to score the equalizer in the 43rd minute, but then Marko Arnautovic was able to put Stoke City back on top just a couple of minutes later with a tremendous free kick to go up 2-1 at half-time.
Things got better for Manchester United later in the second half thanks to two of their key players. In the 77th minute, Wayne Rooney came away with this big header to bring the Red Devils back in the game at 2-2.
Just two minutes later, Javier Hernandez came up with the big go-ahead goal off of a fantastic cross from Patrice Evra.
Those two goals decided this one, as Manchester United was able to come away with a much-needed win.
While the Red Devils are still not where they wanted to be this season, they are start to turn things around. They haven't lost in any league since September 28, winning three matches with the other two ending in a draw.
Things are starting to look up for the Red Devils, but they're going to need to keep winning games in order to start moving back up the table.
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