Arsenal go top; Liverpool held

  • Last Updated: February 2 2014, 19:28 GMT

A review of Sunday's action in the Barclays Premier League, including Arsenal's victory over Crystal Palace.

  • Oxlade Chamberlain breaks the deadlock with this finish
  • Victor Anichebe: Fires in the equaliser for West Brom 

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain hit a second-half double as Arsenal returned to the top of the Barclays Premier League with a 2-0 win over Crystal Palace at the Emirates Stadium.

Position Player Score
1 Arsenal 55
2 Man City 53
3 Chelsea 50
4 Liverpool 47
5 Everton 45
6 Tottenham 44
7 Man Utd 40
8 Newcastle 37
9 Southampton 35
10 A Villa 27
11 Stoke City 25
12 Swansea 24
13 Hull City 24
14 Sunderland 24
15 Norwich 24
16 West Brom 23
17 C Palace 23
18 West Ham 22
19 Cardiff 21
20 Fulham 19

The 20-year-old England midfielder - fit again following five months out with a serious knee injury suffered on the first day of the season - finally ended Palace's stubborn resistance when he chipped in a fine pass from Santi Cazorla just after the restart.

After Cameron Jerome's diving header was saved by Arsenal keeper Wojciech Szczesny, Oxlade-Chamberlain struck again to make sure of victory when he combined with Olivier Giroud before running clear to beat Julian Speroni after 73 minutes.

Arsenal now move two points above Manchester City, who host third-placed Chelsea on Monday night, while the Eagles remain in a dogfight for survival, just a point above 18th-placed West Ham.

Earlier, West Brom held Liverpool to a 1-1 draw at the Hawthorns as substitute Victor Anichebe punished Kolo Toure's careless error.

Daniel Sturridge opened the scoring midway through the first half with Liverpool's first effort of the game on target, guiding home a Luis Suarez cross from close range after some intelligent play between Philippe Coutinho and Raheem Sterling.

Suarez then saw his free-kick curl inches away from the post with Ben Foster rooted to the spot before Zoltan Gera fired wide at the other end in a relatively low-key opening 45 minutes.

Pepe Mel's side made a lively start to the second half, with Gareth McAuley drawing a fine one-handed save from Simon Mignolet.

Suarez then came close to doubling Liverpool's lead after getting the better of Diego Lugano and audaciously beating McAuley, but Foster was on hand to deny the Uruguayan.

The visitors looked to be on course for their second Premier League victory of the week but Toure's loose ball across goal was seized upon by Anichebe who lashed past Mignolet into the bottom corner to secure a valuable point.

  • West Brom will host Liverpool in the first of today's two Premier League games
  • England boss Roy Hodgson, who has managed both signs during his career, signs an autograph for a fan before kick-off
  • Hodgson watches the clash from a box
  • Phillippe Coutinho gets away from Zoltan Gera
  • Raheem Sterling of Liverpool is tackled by Jonas Olsson
  • Daniel Sturridge taps home from close range to give Liverpool the lead
  • The striker celebrates with his team-mates
  • In the second half, Victor Anichebe capitalises on a mistake from Kolo Toure to score West Brom's equaliser
  • Luis Suarez shows his disappointment as the Reds drop two points
  • Arsenal are hoping to boost their title bid with a victory over a revived Crystal Palace outfit
  • Santi Cazorla battles for the ball with Jonathan Parr and Mile Jedinak
  • This lovely finish from Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain breaks the deadlock in the second half
  • The Gunners had been growing frustrated but they'll expect to press on now
  • Oxlade-Chamberlain nets his second of the game to seal the points
  • The 2-0 victory sends Arsenal back to the top of the table ahead of Manchester City's clash with Chelsea on Monday night
All the best pictures from Sunday's action in the Premier League, starting with Liverpool's trip to West Brom.


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