The title race in the English Premier League handed us yet another twist on Saturday when Chelsea destroyed Arsenal 6-0 at Stamford Bridge.
The loss for the Gunners came in manager Arsene Wenger's 1,000th game in charge. One has to think that Wenger would like to forget about the loss as soon as possible.
Elsewhere across England and Wales this weekend, three superstars of the league caught fire and earned a spot in our weekly look at the standout stats from the EPL weekend.
Wenger's 1,000th Game Goes Awry
Wenger thought he would have something to celebrate after managing his 1,000th career game for the Gunners against Chelsea on Saturday. Instead, he equaled his worst-ever defeat as the Arsenal manager. The only other six-goal defeat came at the hands of Manchester United in the 8-2 loss back in 2011:
In his 1,000th Arsenal match, Arsene Wenger equals his worst-ever defeat with the club (8-2 at Man United).— Paul Carr (@PCarrESPN) March 22, 2014
The 6-0 loss to Chelsea also marked the fourth time in the club's EPL history in which it conceded six goals:
6 - This is the fourth time that Arsenal have conceded 6+ goals in a Premier League game, two of those games have been this season. Rout.— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) March 22, 2014
Yaya Toure Just Can't Stop Scoring
Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure is having a year in the goals department, as he now sits third in the league with 16. Toure scored a hat-trick in City's 5-0 over Fulham on Saturday, and in the process, he became the seventh player to score a hat-trick this season:
7 - Yaya Toure's hat-trick is the 7th so far in the Premier League this season, but Man City's first in the PL since April 2012. Treble.— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) March 22, 2014
Toure also became the fourth Ivorian to score three goals in one EPL game, which ties the nation with Nigeria for most hat-tricks by an African nation in the EPL:
Yaya Toure is the 4th Ivory Coast player with a PL hat trick, matching Nigeria for most by an African country.— Paul Carr (@PCarrESPN) March 22, 2014
Suarez Close to Another Record
Luis Suarez scored three goals in the 6-3 shootout win over Cardiff to move his total for the season up to 28.
The Uruguayan's 28 goals put him level with Robbie Fowler for the club record:
28 - Luis Suarez has scored 28 PL goals this season, equalling Robbie Fowler's club record in a single PL season (28 in 95-96). God.— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) March 22, 2014
Suarez also scored his sixth EPL hat-trick, which puts him behind only Alan Shearer, Michael Owen, Thierry Henry and Fowler on the all-time list:
Luis Suárez gets his sixth career PL hat trick. Only Shearer, Fowler, Owen & Henry have more.— Paul Carr (@PCarrESPN) March 22, 2014
Tottenham's Terrific Comeback
Tottenham left it late, but all that matters is that they won 3-2 over Southampton on Sunday afternoon.
The win saw Tim Sherwood's men come from behind after facing a two-goal deficit after 28 minutes.
Once Gylfi Sigurdsson's stoppage-time winner found the back of the net, Spurs earned their first win after being behind by two since the North London derby in November 2010:
2010 - The last time Tottenham came from two goals down to win a Premier League match was Nov 2010 (3-2 v Arsenal). Heart.— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) March 23, 2014
Rooney Climbs Up the Scoring Chart
Wayne Rooney stole plenty of headlines for his Beckham-esque goal from near midfield in the Red Devils' 2-0 win over West Ham.
With his double versus the Hammers, Rooney moved up to third on the all-time scoring chart at Manchester United:
Two goals for Wayne Rooney today, passing Jack Rowley into 3rd on Man United's career scoring list w/ 212 goals.— Paul Carr (@PCarrESPN) March 22, 2014
Jordon Mutch is an Early Riser
For the third time this season, Cardiff City struck within the first 10 minutes of the match.
All three of those goals have been scored by Jordon Mutch, who scored in the ninth minute against Liverpool before the defensive floodgates opened up at the Cardiff City Stadium:
3 - All three of Cardiff's Premier League goals scored in the opening 10 minutes this season have been netted by Jordon Mutch. Sharp.— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) March 22, 2014
Goals Galore Across the League
Thanks to the six-goal performances by Chelsea and Liverpool and five goals each in the pair of Sunday games, the second-most goals in one EPL weekend were scored with a total of 42:
10 games - 42 goals. 2nd-highest tally in history over one Premier League weekend. pic.twitter.com/tyPfYcIR88— Bleacher Report UK (@br_uk) March 23, 2014
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