Premier League Results: Analysis for Chelsea vs Arsenal, and All the Matches

Ian Rodgers@irodgers66World Football Staff WriterMarch 22, 2014

Premier League Results: Analysis for Chelsea vs Arsenal, and All the Matches

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    Chelsea played host to Arsenal in Arsene Wenger's 1,000th match in charge of the Gunners in what was the Premier League game of the weekend.

    Liverpool travelled to South Wales for their match against Cardiff City, while Manchester City played host to Fulham at the Etihad Stadium.

    Manchester United were looking to build on their midweek Champions League success with victory at West Ham United in the late kick-off on Saturday.

    Tottenham Hotspur entertained Southampton on Sunday following their Europa League exit on Thursday.

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Aston Villa 1-4 Stoke City

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    Aston Villa came down to earth with a thud following their stunning win over Chelsea, as Stoke City claimed a 4-1 win at Villa Park.

    Paul Lambert’s Villa looked set to build on their win over Chelsea last week when Christian Benteke smashed the home side in front inside five minutes.

    Villa failed to build on their lead and were rocked on 22 minutes when Peter Crouch nodded down for Peter Odemwingie to equalise.

    Crouch went from provider to scorer on 26 minutes, slotting home following excellent work down the left from Erik Pieters.

    Stoke secured a cushion on 42 minutes when Steven N’Zonzi beat Brad Guzan from the edge of the box.

    Villa had no response in the second half and Geoff Cameron sealed the win with a 90th-minute goal.

    The win takes Stoke above their opponents and into the top half of the table.

    Shots: 12-10

    On target: 3-5

    Passing: 82%-79%

    Possession: 50%-50%

Tottenham Hotspur 3-2 Southampton

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    Substitute Gylfi Sigurdsson scored an injury-time winner as Tottenham Hotspur came from two goals down to defeat Southampton 3-2 at White Hart Lane on Sunday.

    Goals from Jay Rodriguez and Adam Lallana had given the Saints a two-goal advantage within the first half-hour of the match.

    But Christian Eriksen clawed one back for Tim Sherwood's team in the 31st minute before levelling the game less than a minute after the interval.

    The match appeared to be heading for a draw, but a late twist saw Eriksen prod the ball to Sigurdsson on the edge of the Southampton box in the 92nd minute, and the Iceland international rifled home the winner beyond goalkeeper Artur Boruc.

    Shots: 15-12

    On target: 6-4

    Passing: 74%-72%

    Possession: 51%-49%

Chelsea 6-0 Arsenal

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    Chelsea left the celebrations for Arsene Wenger's 1,000th game in charge of Arsenal in tatters with a devastating six-goal blitz of the Gunners.

    But the Stamford Bridge demolition of Arsenal's Premier League title hopes will not be making the headlines, after referee Andre Marriner was at the centre of one of the most bizarre decisions in football history.

    Samuel Eto'o had begun the rout in the fifth minute before Andre Schurrle added a second two minutes later.

    However, the 15th minute of the match produced the real moment of controversy.

    Chelsea midfielder Eden Hazard attempted to curl the ball home from just inside the Arsenal area, but Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain dived to his left to push the effort away from any potential danger. A decision on the spot-kick appeared to take longer than expected until Marriner pointed to the penalty spot.

    The match official then brandished a red card at Kieran Gibbs and not Oxlade-Chamberlain. The England international appeared to admit his guilt to the referee, but the Gunners defender did not return to the field. 

    Hazard slotted home the penalty, leaving the 10 men of Arsenal with an even greater uphill struggle.

    Three minutes before the interval, Oscar grabbed another for the league leaders before adding a second midway through the second period.

    Chelsea substitute Mohamed Salah wrapped up the scoring in the 71st minute, but the game had long since been over. 

    The win took the Blues seven points clear at the top of the table, albeit for just a few hours, but Arsenal's lingering title hopes appeared to have been ended by the defeat.

    Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho was quoted as saying on the official Premier League Twitter feed @premierleague: "I think the game was over at 2-0 after 7 minutes. We started superbly and by the time of the penalty it was done."

    Blues captain John Terry added on @premierleague: "After the early goal we were in control. The lads were pumped... All we can do is keep winning."

    The Gunners must now lift themselves for the league visit of Swansea City, while Chelsea have a week off until their trip across London to Crystal Palace next weekend.

    Shots: 21-12

    On target: 11-5

    Passing: 87%-84%

    Possession: 53%-47%

Cardiff City 3-6 Liverpool

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    Luis Suarez scored a hat-trick as Liverpool twice came from behind before claiming a 6-3 win at Cardiff City.

    Jordon Mutch and Fraizer Campbell both gave the Bluebirds a first-half lead, but Suarez and Martin Skrtel cancelled out those strikes.

    Skrtel, Suarez and Daniel Sturridge were all on target in the second period to see off Cardiff before Mutch pulled a goal back for the home side in the 88th minute.

    But Suarez was on hand in extra time to complete his treble for the Anfield side.

    In a thrilling opening period, Liverpool twice had to come from behind to restore parity.

    Mutch opened the scoring in the ninth minute after a good move involving Fabio and Campbell, but Suarez equalised seven minutes later when he slotted home a Glen Johnson low cross from close range.

    Campbell got himself on the scoresheet in the 25th minute, but Skrtel drew the Reds level four minutes before the half-time whistle.

    But Liverpool were out of the traps swiftly in the second period when Skrtel headed home a Philippe Coutinho corner in the 54th minute. Suarez made it 4-2 when he connected with Daniel Sturridge's outrageous backheeled pass.

    Suarez turned provider in the 75th minute when his cross into the box allowed Sturridge to add a fifth for the Reds. 

    Mutch pulled a goal back for the Welsh side in the closing stages when he headed home, but it was merely a consolation before Suarez added his third of the day in injury time. 

    Shots: 9-19

    On target: 3-9

    Passing: 76%-87%

    Possession: 33%-67%

Manchester City 5-0 Fulham

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    Yaya Toure struck a hat-trick to maintain Manchester City's title challenge with a 5-0 win over Fulham at the Etihad Stadium.

    The City midfielder slotted home two penalties before adding a sublime third in the second half. Fernandinho and Martin Demichelis were also on target as City kept pace with leaders Chelsea.

    Toure gave City a 26th-minute advantage from the penalty spot after Fernando Amorebieta brought down Alvaro Negredo inside the area. 

    Amorebieta was again the guilty party in the 54th minute when he upended David Silva inside the box. The Fulham man received a second yellow card, and Toure slotted home a second spot-kick.

    Toure completed his treble with a nonchalant 25-yard strike to seal the three points for City in the 65th minute. The Ivory Coast star was substituted 10 minutes later to a standing ovation from the Etihad Stadium crowd.

    Six minutes before the end, Fernandinho grabbed a fourth for Manuel Pellegrini's team with a strike to rival Toure's third.

    Demichelis scored his first goal for City when he tapped home in the closing stages. 

    Shots: 22-6

    On target: 12-0

    Passing: 89%-76%

    Possession: 68%-32%

West Ham United 0-2 Manchester United

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    Wayne Rooney struck a sublime lob from distance as part of a two-goal haul to help Manchester United maintain their recent momentum with a 2-0 win at West Ham United.

    Old Trafford manager David Moyes had endured a tumultuous few days in the wake of the 3-0 home defeat to Liverpool last Sunday.

    But after Robin van Persie hit a hat-trick to overturn a 2-0 deficit against Olympiakos in the Champions League on Wednesday, Rooney scored twice at Upton Park to claim three points for the Red Devils.

    The England international took just eight minutes to make his mark on the game when, from just inside the West Ham half, he spotted goalkeeper Adrian off his line, and successfully sent the ball over his head.

    If his first was extraordinary, his second was more than a little fortunate in the 33rd minute. Ashley Young raced down the right flank before sending a cross into the area. Mark Noble blocked but his clearance fell to Rooney and he guided it past Adrian to seal the three points.

    Shots: 10-16

    On target: 1-7

    Passing: 75%-85%

    Possession: 45%-55%

Everton 3-2 Swansea City

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    Ross Barkley secured three points for Everton in their 3-2 win over Swansea City at Goodison Park.

    Leighton Baines had scored from the penalty spot in the 20th minute after Barkley had been brought down by Chico Flores inside the area. Wilfried Bony equalised 13 minutes later, turning home an Angel Rangel cross from close range. 

    But Romelu Lukaku put the Blues back in front eight minutes after the interval. He sent the ball wide to Kevin Mirallas and continued his run into the box to slot home the Belgian's returned cross ito the six-yard box.

    Barkley headed home in the 57th minute to make it 3-1 when he nodded home Lukaku's flick from another Mirallas cross into the area..

    Ashley Williams pulled a goal back in the closing stages with a header, but it was merely a consolation. 

    Shots: 9-21

    On target: 6-7

    Passing: 77%-86%

    Possession: 41%-59%

Hull City 2-0 West Bromwich Albion

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    Liam Rosenior and Shane Long were on target in the first half to give Hull City a 2-0 win over struggling West Bromwich Albion. 

    Hull took the lead in the 31st minute when Rosenior was first to react to Nikica Jelavic's saved penalty and headed home the rebound.

    Long had won that spot-kick for the Tigers and then scored himself seven minutes later when he turned home Ahmed Elmohamady's cross from close range.  

    Shots: 12-17

    On target: 5-4

    Passing: 67%-73%

    Possession: 43%-57%

Newcastle United 1-0 Crystal Palace

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    Papiss Cisse scored in stoppage time to give Newcastle United all three points at the expense of Crystal Palace at St. James' Park.

    The Senegal international was on hand to guide home Hatem Ben Arfa's cross-cum-shot in the dying moments of the game.

    It was tough luck on Palace, who had defended resolutely throughout the match in an entertaining encounter. 

    Shots: 21-8

    On target: 8-1

    Passing: 89%-69%

    Possession: 73%-27%

Norwich City 2-0 Sunderland

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    Alex Tettey scored a stunning first-half volley to ease the pressure on Norwich City manager Chris Hughton in a 2-0 win over 10-man Sunderland at Carrow Road.

    Robert Snodgrass had given the Canaries a 20th-minute lead after a great ball from Johan Elmander found the former Leeds United player inside the area. 

    Tettey struck a stunning 25-yard volley in the 32nd minute to leave Sunderland goalkeeper Vito Mannone with no chance and end a run of three games without a win for Norwich.

    Marcos Alonso received a red card in the closing stages after an incident inside the area to compound Sunderland's disappointment.

    Shots: 14-10

    On target: 8-2

    Passing: 80%-75%

    Possession: 54%-46%