Chelsea, Man City and Arsenal win

  • Last Updated: October 6 2012, 19:51 BST

A review of Saturday's action in the Barclays Premier League, including wins for Chelsea, Manchester City and Arsenal.

  • Eden Hazard scored as Chelsea beat Norwich 4-1.
  • Celebrations for Manchester City in the 3-0 win over Sunderland. 
  • Olivier Giroud netted in Arsenal's 3-1 win at West Ham. 
  • QPR boss Mark Hughes is under more pressure after losing 3-2 at West Brom. 

Chelsea moved back four points clear at the top of the Barclays Premier League as they came from behind to run out 4-1 winners over Norwich at Stamford Bridge.

The Canaries took a surprise lead in the 11th minute when Wes Hoolahan's cross was nodded into the area by Leon Barnett and Grant Holt showed great technique to fire home first time.

The advantage lasted just four minutes, with Fernando Torres muscling his way beyond his marker to head Branislav Ivanovic's hanging cross into the far corner.

And with 22 minutes gone, Frank Lampard put Chelsea in front when he met a loose ball at the edge of the area and drilled past John Ruddy.

Eden Hazard made it 3-1 when he stroked home Juan Mata's perfect pass and Ivanovic closed the scoring when he struck a fierce volley with 15 minutes to play.

  • Just four minutes into Saturday's opening fixture, Carlos Cuellar brings Tevez down on the edge of the area.
  • Set-piece expert Aleksandar Kolarov steps up...
  • ...and the Serbian full-back whips his free-kick over the wall and finds the net but Mignolet may have done better.
  • Carlos Tevez reacts after nearly doubling Manchester City's lead in the first half.
  • Joe Hart makes an impressive save from a Steven Fletcher header but the Sunderland striker was ruled to be offside.
  • Martin O'Neill will take a 1-0 deficit going into the break, hoping his side can do more against the champions in the second half.
  • Man City's lead is increased on the hour, Kolarov is involved again as he slides a low cross in to the near post...
  • ...and substitute Sergio Aguero, who had only been on the field five minutes, sidefoots home from close range.
  • Aleksandar Kolarov picks up the Man of the Match award after being involved in the first two goals.
  • Man City seal victory in the 89th minute when James Milner's free-kick is deflected past Mignolet.
  • First goal of the 3 o'clock kick-offs comes from James Morrison, Shane Long whips over a cross from the right and Morrison finds the bottom corner.
  • John Terry and Ashley Cole both start for Chelsea despite the off-field saga which has surrounded the pair this week.
  • Norwich take a surprise lead at Stamford Bridge when Grant Holt fires home after being set up by Leon Barnett.
  • Three minutes later Chelsea level, Ivanovic's cross finds Fernando Torres just eight yards out...
  • ...the Spaniard heads home to bag his fifth goal of the season.
  • Fresh from his Ryder Cup triumph, Sergio Garcia turns up to watch Swansea versus Reading.
  • At the DW Stadium, Wigan lead after 10 minutes, Shaun Maloney works his way into the visitors area before supplying a cross for Arouna Kone to finish.
  • Everton go straight to the other end and level after Steven Pienaar's long range effort is headed down and over the line by Nikica Jelavic.
  • On 22 minutes Chelsea take the lead, Torres' overhead kick is blocked and the ball falls to Lampard who lashes home.
  • The Latics are back in front on 23 minutes, Arouna Kone picks out Franco Di Santo, who makes no mistake.
  • Zoltan Gera doubles West Brom's lead, scoring from close range after Queens Park Rangers fail to clear their lines.
  • Eden Hazard has a penalty appeal turned down by referee Anthony Taylor.
  • Chelsea go 3-1 up when Juan Mata releases Eden Hazard who fires past John Ruddy.
  • Queens Park Rangers keeper Julio Cesar makes a save from Zoltan Gera as WBA look to extend their lead further.
  • Everton win a late penalty against Wigan, Maynor Figueroa brings down Kevin Mirallas in the area.
  • Leighton Baines fires the spot kick underneath the crossbar to level for the Toffees.
  • Swansea and Reading can't be separated at the Liberty Stadium, drawing 2-2.
  • With Reading leading 2-0 at half-time, Michu got Swansea back into the game on 71 minutes.
  • Michael Laudrup sees his team fight back from two goals down to rescue a draw.
  • Bobby Zamora looks dejected as Queens Park Rangers' defeat keeps them bottom of the league with just two points.
  • Ben Foster celebrates after goals from Morrison, Gera and Mulumbu are enough to guide WBA to three points.
  • Andy Carroll returns to action for West Ham, replacing Carlton Cole as the Hammers face Arsenal in the late kick-off.
  • Mohamed Diame gives West Ham a 21st minute lead, cutting in from the left and curling into the far corner from just inside the area.
  • The West Ham bench are on their feet, Sam Allardyce celebrates his side's early lead.
  • Just before half-time Arsenal equalise when Olivier Giroud gets a toe on Lukas Podolski's superb cross.
  • The Frenchman celebrates his first Premier League goal after five hours and six minutes of waiting.
  • On 77 minutes Arsenal are in front! Scorer turns supplier as Olivier Giroud feeds substitute Theo Walcott and the England striker calmly slots home.
  • Santi Cazorla ends the tie as a contest when he winds up from 20 yards and beats Jussi Jaaskelainen all ends up.
Pictures from Saturday's action as Man City, Arsenal and Chelsea win while QPR slump again.

Defending champions Manchester City recovered some of their swagger as Aleksandar Kolarov, Sergio Aguero and James Milner fired them to a convincing 3-0 win over Sunderland in the day's early kick-off.

The scoreline barely reflected the hosts' dominance as they comfortably recorded their first clean sheet of the season in a one-sided contest at the Etihad Stadium.

There may have been some nerves with only Kolarov's fifth-minute free-kick to show for their first-half efforts, but the Black Cats were then overrun as they slipped to their first loss of the season.

Aguero came off the bench to add the second on the hour and Milner fired a free-kick through Simon Mignolet after 89 minutes.

Team Score Team
West Ham 1 - 3 Arsenal
West Brom 3 - 2 QPR
Wigan 2 - 2 Everton
Swansea 2 - 2 Reading
Chelsea 4 - 1 Norwich
Man City 3 - 0 Sunderland

Arsenal came from a goal down at West Ham to secure a 3-1 win with a strong second-half display in the final game of the day.

Mohamed Diame gave the Hammers the lead in the 21st minute when he got away from the Arsenal defence and produced a classy finish across goal.

Olivier Giroud got the Gunners back to 1-1 with his first league goal, a close-range finish in the 41st minute, before impressive strikes from substitute Theo Walcott and Santi Cazorla.

QPR's winless run extended to seven matches at The Hawthorns, with a 3-2 win for hosts West Brom piling the pressure on Rs boss Mark Hughes.

James Morrison headed the Baggies in front after six minutes and then set up Zoltan Gera for the second after 22 minutes.

The recalled Adel Taarabt put the Rs back in contention when he collected Esteban Granero's pass on his chest before spinning and volleying home, but Youssuf Mulumbu made it 3-1 with five minutes left.

Granero grabbed an injury-time goal but there was no time to rescue a point.

Position Player Score
1 Chelsea 19
2 Man City 15
3 Everton 14
4 West Brom 14
5 Arsenal 12
6 Man Utd 12
7 Tottenham 11
8 West Ham 11
9 Fulham 9
10 Newcastle 9
11 Swansea 8
12 Stoke City 7
13 Sunderland 7
14 Liverpool 5
15 A Villa 5
16 Wigan 5
17 Reading 3
18 Southamptn 3
19 Norwich 3
20 QPR 2

Leighton Baines secured a 2-2 draw for Everton at former club Wigan by scoring an 87th-minute penalty.

Arouna Kone (10) and Nikica Jelavic (11) traded headed goals in a matter of seconds before Franco Di Santo converted Gary Caldwell's cross in the 22nd minute to put the Latics in front.

It looked like that would be enough until Kevin Mirallas earned the spot-kick and Baines stepped up.

Reading gave up a two-goal lead as they drew 2-2 with Swansea at the Liberty Stadium.

Michel Vorm made a rare howler as he allowed Pavel Pogrebnyak's 31st-minute attempt to squirm through him and Noel Hunt's volley doubled the lead moments before half-time.

Michu responded with a diving header in the 71st minute, the Spaniard's sixth goal of the season, and Wayne Routledge levelled seven minutes later as he added the final touch to a wonderful passing move.


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