Premier League Week 31 Standout Stats: Chelsea Ruins Arsene Wenger's Big Day

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Premier League Week 31 Standout Stats: Chelsea Ruins Arsene Wenger's Big Day
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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: 

The 6-0 loss to Chelsea also marked the fourth time in the club's EPL history in which it conceded six goals: 

 

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:

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: 

 

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: 

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: 

 

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: 

 

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: 

 

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: 

 

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: 

 

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