There were few surprises throughout the first set of matches on Saturday as the best clubs in the English Premier League generally took care of business.
Arsenal entered the day on top of the table, and they extended their lead with an easy win over Cardiff City. Meanwhile, Everton, Norwich City and West Ham United all moved up with victories.
These clubs came through with big performances to avoid disappointment in Week 13. However, a few players stood out above the rest in an exciting day of action.
Here are Saturday's scores along with a look at the best performances of the day.
|Norwich City||1-0||Crystal Palace|
|West Ham United||3-0||Fulham|
|Newcastle United||2-1||West Bromwich Albion|
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Aaron Ramsey, Arsenal
Aaron Ramsey started his professional career with Cardiff City before moving onto Arsenal. After a few uneventful years with the club, he is now playing like the best player in the EPL.
Two goals against his former club gives him eight on the year, with is five more than his career high. He has also added four assists as he has been a key member of the attack on the best club in the league.
He is playing extremely well alongside Mesut Ozil and Olivier Giroud, and this group has been able to dominate the competition seemingly every week.
Ramsey finds a way to contribute even when he is not scoring. He moves all around the pitch and is highly efficient with his tackling as well as with his passing. When he scores, it is simply a bonus. Scoring twice is pretty much all you can ask for out of this midfielder.
Bryan Oviedo, Everton
Everton had a dominant 4-0 victory over Stoke City, but it was Bryan Oviedo who stood out on Saturday.
The 23-year-old defender was making his first EPL start of the season, and he came through with a big showing at left-back. He made great runs up the pitch, and he scored the club's third goal with a shot from outside the box.
Just for good measure, he also added an assist late in the match with a pass to Romelu Lukaku.
Oviedo might not be a regular member of the first team for Everton, but this showing is something that should earn him more playing time going forward.
Vito Mannone, Sunderland
After getting the chance to be Sunderland's regular goalkeeper, Vito Mannone is taking advantage of the opportunity.
In his third league start of the year, Mannone earned his second clean sheet thanks to four saves and plenty of positive activity throughout the match. Aston Villa have plenty of top scorers, but the keeper stayed focused and kept his squad in the match.
Sunderland could not earn the win behind an attack that ranks among the worst in the league. However, the 25-year-old player has shown a lot of potential, and he should be able to help the club get plenty of points going forward.
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