Liverpool Outgun Arsenal and the Premier League Weekend in 20 Pictures

Laura Greene@@Greene_LFeatured ColumnistFebruary 9, 2014

Liverpool Outgun Arsenal and the Premier League Weekend in 20 Pictures

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    The Premier League game of the weekend was undoubtedly Liverpool's 5-1 mauling of Arsenal, as Martin Skrtel, Raheem Sterling and Daniel Sturridge proved there is more to the Reds' firepower than just Luis Suarez.

    Elsewhere, Eden Hazard stole the show for Chelsea, with a hat-trick that saw off Newcastle United in a 3-0 win at Stamford Bridge.

    Manchester City and Manchester United were both held to draws by Norwich City and Fulham, respectively, as Tottenham Hotspur went fifth with a victory against Everton.

    There's all this and much more as we round up the weekend's action in 20 key images.

    Read on for more!

Arsenal Dismantled at Anfield

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    Ahead of Saturday's game, Arsenal had not lost a league tie at Anfield since 2007.

    That run ended in spectacular fashion when Liverpool trounced Arsene Wenger's side 5-1 in the first Premier League fixture of the weekend.


Arsenal: A Bad Day at the Office

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    Arsenal conceded four goals within the opening 20 minutes of Saturday's fixture on Merseyside. Raheem Sterling hammered the final nail in the coffin in the 52nd minute, with his second goal—Liverpool's fifth—of the game.

    The Gunners bagged a consolation goal in the 69th minute through a Mikel Arteta penalty strike.

    Arsenal's next top-flight fixture is against Manchester United on Wednesday evening. 

Liverpool: Unbeaten in 2014

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    Liverpool remain unbeaten in the Premier League in 2014, when they have scored 19 and conceded seven goals in six games.

    Saturday's strikes came courtesy of Martin Skrtel (two), Raheem Sterling (two) and Daniel Sturridge.  

Hammers Record 2nd Straight Win

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    West Ham got their second win on the bounce with Saturday's 2-0 victory against Aston Villa. It is the first time all season that the Hammers have recorded consecutive wins in the Premier League. 

    This gave us a smiling Sam Allardyce, which has been a rare sight this term.

4 in 2 for Kevin Nolan

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    Kevin Nolan scored twice within two minutes for West Ham in Saturday's away win against Aston Villa. The 31-year-old's brace was his second in as many games.

    The victory moved Sam Allardyce's team out of the Premier League relegation zone. 


Newcastle Face Chelsea Hazard

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    Chelsea's Eden Hazard proved a handful for Newcastle United in Saturday's game at Stamford Bridge.

    With goals in the 27th and 34th minutes, plus a penalty in the 63rd, the Belgian was the man behind all three goals as the Blues won 3-0.

    Jose Mourinho's team is unbeaten in the top flight since December 7.

Hazard Hat-Trick

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    Eden Hazard scored a hat-trick for Chelsea in Saturday's game against Newcastle. The win took the Blues to the top of the Premier League table.

    Following the 3-0 win, Jose Mourinho told The Independent's Michael Calvin:

    Eden has had a big evolution. He is playing with consistency and ambition.

    His level today was not different from other performances this season, other than the fact he scored. You can’t hide at the top of the League, but individually he is in a very good moment.

Pulis' Palace Ease Past Baggies

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    Tony Pulis saw his Crystal Palace side earn a comfortable 3-1 victory in Saturday's game at Selhurst Park.

    Palace have taken 16 points from a possible 21 since Pulis took over from Ian Holloway in November.


Instant Impact from January Signings

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    Tom Ince and Joe Ledley both scored on their debut for Crystal Palace at the weekend. Ince, who joined the side from Blackpool on loan, opened the scoring for the home side after 15 minutes and Ledley, previously of Celtic, extended Palace's lead 12 minutes later on a corner kick started by Ince.

    Both players signed for Tony Pulis' side during the January transfer window.

    After the break, West Brom pulled one back through substitute Thievy Bifouma, who was also making his debut for the side. After taking to the pitch, Thievy scored after just 36 seconds.

    Marouane Chamakh sealed the win for the home side with a penalty in the 69th minute.

Manchester City Held by Norwich

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    Manchester City failed to score in Saturday's away trip to Norwich City.

    The Citizens came into the game on the back of a 1-0 defeat to Chelsea.

    As seen on BBC Sport, it was the first time that Manuel Pellegrini's side have not scored in consecutive Premier League games since January 1, 2012.


Southampton 2-Stoke City 2

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    The spoils were even at St Mary's, where Southampton drew 2-2 with Stoke City.

    Rickie Lambert opened the scoring for the home side after just six minutes, with Stoke's Peter Odemwingie leveling things in the 38th, with the Potters' first away goal of 2014.

    Soon after, Steven Davis put the Saints ahead with his 41st-minute strike, but it wouldn't last long as Peter Crouch bagged the equalizer for Stoke a minute before half-time.

    Perhaps the scores were destined to be level. The last three teams these teams have met in the top flight, there have been three draws.

Brown Sees Red for 3rd Time This Term

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    Sunderland's Wes Brown was sent off just three minutes into Saturday's Premier League fixture against Hull City.

    The defender returned to action after a lengthy injury layoff in November and has since received three red cards in the top flight, although one was later rescinded.

    Playing with 10 men for the majority of the game, the Black Cats were beaten 2-0 by Hull, whose goals were scored through January arrivals Shane Long and Nikica Jelavic. 


Swans Cruise to Victory in South Wales Derby

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    Garry Monk got off to a winning start on Saturday, as his Swansea side beat Cardiff 3-0 at the Liberty Stadium.

    It was Monk's first game in charge, following this week's departure of former manager Michael Laudrup.

    Goals from Wayne Routledge, Nathan Dyer and Wilfried Bony gave the Swans their second league win of 2014.

Swans Go 10th After Derby Win

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    Swansea's 3-0 win against Cardiff took them to 10th in the Premier League table, where they currently sit six points above their Welsh rivals, who are in 19th place.

    Following the game, Swansea manager Garry Monk (still a registered player) told The Guardian's Stuart James:

    Winning at Cardiff as a player was right up there. But this has got to be the best, to see a team working how you wanted them to work, seeing some of the stuff that we had done on the training ground come off, even though it's only been three or four days, and to get a win against your fiercest rivals … it was magnificent.

Adebayor: Spurs Winner and 6th of the Season

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    Emmanuel Adebayor scored the only goal of the game in Tottenham's 1-0 win against Everton on Sunday.

    The victory saw the White Hart Lane side finish the weekend fifth in the Premier League.

    As seen on BBC Sport: "Tottenham have not lost a Premier League game from a winning position this season and have won every league match in which Emmanuel Adebayor has scored."

    The Togolese striker's 65th-minute strike was his sixth of the season.

Goodbye from MLS-Bound Jermain Defoe

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    Jermain Defoe bid farewell to Tottenham Hotspur fans in Sunday's game against Everton. The striker, who has spent the best part of a decade with the North London club, will be joining Toronto FC at the end of the month.

    This was the 31-year-old's last game at White Hart Lane. 

Sidwell Stuns Old Trafford

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    Fulham's Steve Sidwell celebrates after scoring against Manchester United.

    The midfielder opened the scoring after 19 minutes, with his sixth league goal of the 2013/14 campaign.

    Prior to Sunday's game, the Cottagers had registered just three goals in their last five league outings.  


Meulensteen Returns to Manchester

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    The former first-team coach at Manchester United and now manager at Fulham, Rene Meulensteen was making his first return to Old Trafford on Sunday since departing the club over the summer.

    The underpressure Fulham boss has won just three games since taking over at Craven Cottage in December.

    Ahead of the tie with his former employers, Meulensteen told The Telegraph's Henry Winter:

    It will be emotional. It will be like coming home. I spent 12 years there and loved every minute. Every morning I went into training it was fantastic. The biggest thing I enjoyed at United was walking out on that pitch, walking to the seats, thinking ‘how magical is this?’ It is unbelievable, the strength, the vibes, everything.

Relief for Manchester United as Carrick Scores

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    Manchester United fans were relieved when Michael Carrick scored in the 80th minute of Sunday's game against Fulham.

    The midfielder's strike came just two minutes after a Robin van Persie goal to give United a 2-1 lead over the visitors.

    However, the relief was to be short-lived when Darren Bent leveled the score in the 90th minute.

    David Moyes' side have won just two games in the top flight in 2014. 

Darren Bent Denies United Win

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    Manchester United were stunned for a second time in Sunday's tie with Fulham, when Darren Bent scored in the 90th minute to draw the score level at 2-2.

    The reigning Premier League champions have lost five games at home this season and looked anything but convincing against Rene Meulensteen's side.

    As seen on BBC Sport: "Manchester United put in 81 crosses in the game, the most by a team in a Premier League match since 2006, but only 18 of them found a team-mate."

    Bent, who was on as a substitute in the second half, notched his third league goal of the season. 

    As tweeted by OptaJoe: "4 - Darren Bent has scored four goals at Old Trafford; more than any other visiting player in Premier League history. Clinical."