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English Premier League Table 2013: Breaking Down Saturday's Biggest Results

LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 02: Aaron Ramsey of Arsenal celebrates his goal during the Barclays Premier League mach between Arsenal and Liverpool at Emirates Stadium on November 2, 2013 in London, England.  (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
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Steven CookContributor IIINovember 2, 2013

Saturday brought a couple of huge matchups in the Premier League, and what resulted from the day of action considerably shook up the league table. 

Whether it was the league leaders taking care of business or top-notch clubs being upset in dramatic fashion, Saturday wasn't short on excitement across the scope of English football.

Here's a breakdown of the the Premier League table after Saturday's matches:

2013-14 Premier League Table
RankClubMatches PlayedGoal Diff.Points
1Arsenal101325
2Chelsea10820
3Liverpool10720
4Manchester City101719
5Southampton10719
6Tottenham9419
7Everton9418
8Manchester United10417
9Newcastle10-214
10Hull City10-214
11West Brom10013
12Swansea City9111
13Aston Villa10-311
14West Ham10010
15Fulham10-510
16Stoke City10-49
17Cardiff City9-59
18Norwich City10-148
19Sunderland10-154
20Crystal Palace10-153
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Schedule courtesy of ESPN FC.

 

Arsenal 2, Liverpool 0

LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 02:  Wojciech Szczesny of Arsenal makes a save from Daniel Sturridge of Liverpool during the Barclays Premier League match between Arsenal and Liverpool at Emirates Stadium on November 2, 2013 in London, England.  (Photo by Laur
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Arsenal have been the story of the Premier League this season, but Liverpool were coming in as a close second with a surprising start of their own. Cue the big stage for Saturday's showdown.

And once again, the Gunners took advantage of a tough test and came out on top, this time with a 2-0 victory at home. 

Santi Cazorla was all over the place, scoring in the 19th minute on one of his four shots on the match. A splendid display of passing and execution offensively resulted in another goal from Aaron Ramsey in the 59th minute that seemed to put it out of reach for Brendan Rodgers and company.

Gunners faithful could not have imagined a better start to the Premier League campaign, and Arsenal are showing no signs of letting up after another big win. Arsene Wenger's squad is five points up on the rest of the league after Saturday's action.

 

Newcastle 2, Chelsea 0

NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 02: Eden Hazard of Chelsea reacts after missing an easy chance in the second half during the Barclays Premier League match between Newcastle United and Chelsea at St James' Park on November 02, 2013 in Newcastle upo
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Chelsea entered the matchday with a golden opportunity to inch closer to the top of the table but squandered that chance mightily with a 2-0 defeat to Newcastle.

The two sides played to a scoreless stalemate until late in the second half, when Yoan Gouffran netted a 68th-minute goal. Just 21 minutes later, Loic Remy secured the win with a goal that made it 2-0. 

Jose Mourinho's club took a 61-39 possession advantage, but Newcastle showcased efficiency by putting eight of their 15 shots on goal. Goalkeeper Petr Cech's six saves were not enough to rescue the Blues.

Chelsea find themselves tied with Liverpool, five points back on the league-leading Gunners. With Arsenal facing a tough road ahead as matches against Manchester United and Southampton loom, the Blues will need to rebound quickly to try to make up ground at the top of the table.

 

Manchester United 3, Fulham 1

LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 02: Wayne Rooney of Manchester United marshalls Kieran Richardson of Fulham  during the Barclays Premier League match between Fulham and Manchester United at Craven Cottage on November 2, 2013 in London, England.  (Photo by Cliv
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Motivated by a slow start to their title defense and struggles across the board, Manchester United needed to put the overmatched Fulham squad away early to build some confidence. That's just what they did in a 3-1 win.

The Red Devils notched each of their three goals in the match's first 22 minutes, propelled by a ninth-minute goal from Antonio Valencia. Then, it was the usual weapons Robin van Persie and Wayne Rooney that scored two minutes apart in the 20th and 22nd minutes, respectively. 

Fulham's Alexander Kacaniklic netted a 68th-minute goal to inch his side closer, but it was a lost cause, as United looked to be the dominant force from start to finish.

Now at 17 points, David Moyes' crew are eight points back on league-leading Arsenal and still have a long road back to contending for their title. 

 

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