Gunners hit seven, top two win

  • Last Updated: December 29 2012, 22:31 GMT

A review of Saturday's action in the Barclays Premier League, with Arsenal hitting seven and both Manchester clubs victorious.

Olivier Giroud scores for Arsenal
Olivier Giroud scores for Arsenal

Theo Walcott gave Arsene Wenger yet another reminder of his goalscoring talents with a stunning hat-trick as Arsenal sank Newcastle 7-3 in a 10-goal thriller at the Emirates Stadium.

  • Premier League
Team Score Team
Arsenal 7 - 3 Newcastle
Man Utd 2 - 0 West Brom
Reading 1 - 0 West Ham
Norwich 3 - 4 Man City
Stoke City 3 - 3 Southampto
Fulham 1 - 2 Swansea
A Villa 0 - 3 Wigan
Sunderland 1 - 2 Tottenham

Wenger had talked up Walcott as the next Thierry Henry on the eve of the game, and the England forward - still to pen a new deal with the club - did little to disprove that idea, scoring three excellent goals and setting up two more to give Arsenal the win that ensures they will end 2012 in fifth place.

Arsenal's record scorer Henry was in the stands watching his beloved former club and he was on his feet after 20 minutes thanks to Walcott's opener - a fine curled finish following an Henry-esque break from the halfway line.

Newcastle pulled level through Demba Ba, but Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain scored, only for Ba to grab his second to make it 2-2.

Arsenal looked set for a disappointing draw after Sylvain Marveaux equalised Lukasz Podolski's header, but Walcott turned on the class to put the Gunners 4-3 up.

  • Premier League
Position Player Score
1 Man Utd 49
2 Man City 42
3 Tottenham 36
4 Chelsea 35
5 Arsenal 33
6 Everton 33

The former Southampton man set up Olivier Giroud twice and added his much-deserved third strike in injury time with a deft chip over Tim Krul.

Earlier, 10-man Manchester City came out on top in a seven-goal thriller at Norwich to avoid falling further behind in the title race.

The defending champions looked to be cruising to a routine win after Edin Dzeko bagged a brace inside the opening four minutes, but Anthony Pilkington pulled one back before Samir Nasri was dismissed following a confrontation with Sebastien Bassong.

The visitors made light of the disadvantage to go 3-1 up thanks to a Sergio Aguero goal, but Norwich fought back as Russell Martin found the net.

But a Mark Bunn own goal, after a Dzeko shot had come back off the post, sealed a 4-3 win, despite Martin's second for the Canaries.

Manchester United retained their seven-point lead over their city rivals thanks to a comfortable 2-0 win over West Brom at Old Trafford.

Gareth McAuley diverted an Ashley Young cross into his own net for the opener, with Robin van Persie sealing the win late on.

  • Saturday's action is kicked off at the Stadium of Light where Tottenham's 2-1 win moves them up into third ahead of Everton playing Chelsea tomorrow.
  • Martin O'Neill hoped his Sunderland side could build on their win over the Premier League champions as Spurs come to town on Saturday.
  • Emmanuel Adebayor is presented with a golden opportunity to put Spurs in front but somehow hits the crossbar from close range.
  • Five minutes before half-time, Seb Larsson's free-kick causes Spurs problems and after Lloris saves from Fletcher, John O'Shea slots home the rebound.
  • Spurs are level on 48 minutes! Carlos Cuellar flicks a header into his own goal from a Kyle Walker free-kick.
  • Aaron Lennon completes the turnaround after the break putting Tottenham 2-1 up on 52 minutes.
  • Martin O'Neill's side have gifted Spurs the lead, Kilgallon deflected the ball into the path of Lennon for Tottenham's second.
  • Simon Mignolet pulls off a great save from Jermain Defoe after Gareth Bale puts it on a plate for the England striker. The game finishes 2-1 to Spurs.
  • Man City take the lead at Carrow Road after just two minutes. Edin Dzeko  applies the finish after being set-up by David Silva.
  • After just three minutes, Wigan lead at Villa Park, Ivan Ramis finds himself in plenty of space to head home a corner.
  • After being hit for eight and four in their last two games, it's a nightmare start for Paul Lambert's side.
  • Squad rotation appears to be the order of the day in the Premier League. The league's top scorer Robin van Persie has to make do with a place on the bench.
  • Pavel Pogrebnyak capitalises on a poor backpass from James Collins to give Reading the lead after five minutes.
  • United initially don't miss their talisman as West Brom are helping them out, Gareth McAuley deflects Ashley Young's cross into his own goal.
  • Southampton take the lead at the Britannia after 10 minutes, Guly de Prado swings in a cross which is dispatched by Rickie Lambert.
  • Swansea take the lead at Fulham, Nathan Dyer's shot is saved by David Stockdale but Danny Graham is on hand to turn the ball into the bottom corner.
  • Norwich grab a goal back against Man City, Anthony Pilkington's free-kick deflects off Gael Clichy to wrong-foot Joe Hart.
  • Stoke equalise against Southampton on 16 minutes, Ryan Shotton's low cross is flicked into the far corner by Kenwyne Jones.
  • After Jay Rodriguez makes it 2-1 on 24 minutes, an own goal from Andy Wilkinson ensures Southampton go into the break 3-1 up against Stoke.
  • Just before the break, Man City are reduced to ten-men when Samir Nasri is adjudged to have headbutted Sebastien Bassong.
  • The two players locked horns but it looked like a harsh decision as there is little sign of an actual headbutt from the Frenchman.
  • Any nerves Man City had about being down to ten-men are settled on 50 minutes when Sergio Aguero chips Mark Bunn.
  • It was a 30-yard floated pass from Yaya Toure that took a slight deflection off Bassong which set-up Aguero to make it 3-1.
  • On 52 minutes Swansea add a second, a fluffed clearance by David Stockdale hits Hangeland and Jonathan De Guzman pounces to capitalise on the mistake.
  • Fulham grab a goal back just minutes later. Berbatov's header hits the bar and after a blocked shot, the ball falls to Bryan Ruiz who finds the corner.
  • Norwich are offered some hope when Snodgrass' cross is headed back across goal by Bassong and Russell Martin is on-hand to head home.
  • Stoke are back in it on 67 minutes. Matthew Upson slides in to follow up a shot blocked by Fonte, his shot finds it's way through a crowded penalty area.
  • The game at Craven Cottage swings back-and-forth, Edin Dzeko beats the offside trap and fires a shot which hits the post and goes in off Mark Bunn. 4-2.
  • Stoke City are reduced to ten-men when Steven N'Zonzi goes in on Jack Cork. The red card looks a bit harsh on closer inspection.
  • The goals keep coming at Carrow Road as Norwich make it 4-3 when Russell Martin scores his second by diverting a Bradley Johnson shot into the net.
  • 65th minute substitute Robin van Persie seals victory for Manchester United in the final minutes with a curling shot from 22 yards.
  • The Dutchman displays a message written on his shirt after finding the net.
  • Alex Pearce celebrates at the final whistle as Reading seal their second victory of the season with a 1-0 win over West Ham.
  • Drama at the Britannia as Cameron Jerome fires a thunderbolt shot from 20 yards in off the crossbar to equalise for Stoke in the 90th minute.
  • Fulham's stand-in keeper David Stockdale reflects on his mistake which proved costly for the Cottagers .
  • In the late kick-off, Theo Walcott breaks the offside trap and neatly curls into the far corner to give Arsenal the lead against Newcastle.
  • Walcott celebrates his sixth Premier League goal this season.
  • Newcastle United bounce back just before half-time when Demba Ba's free-kick deflects off Wilshere and into the back of the net.
  • Five minutes into the second half Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is given too much space by Newcastle and he punishes them with a low drive from outside the area.
  • The 19-year-old scores against his former manager and the man who gave him his professional debut, Alan Pardew. 2-1 to Arsenal.
  • It's 2-2 on the hour. Obertain is the creator, sliding a low cross across the goal face for Sylvain Marveaux to tap home at the far post.
  • Four minutes later Arsenal are ahead again. Jack Wilshere uses his strength to get to the byline and chips a cross which falls to Lukas Podolski.
  • Three minutes since the last goal, Demba Ba loses his marker at the far post to meet a precise cross from Sylvain Marveaux. Three-a-piece.
  • Just doubling checking, yes, we definitely have goalkeepers at the Emirates! Theo Walcott scoops the ball into the top corner to make it 4-3 on 73 minutes.
  • Olivier Giroud gets in on the goal fest. The Frenchman is only on the pitch ten minutes before he finds the net with a diving header.
  • Giroud doubles his tally three minutes later. Walcott is the provider from the right and a powerful finish from substitute makes it 6-3.
  • You still with us? Walcott completes his hat-trick in remarkable fashion, cuts in from the left, beats one defender, is brought down, climbs to his feet...
  • ...and chips the ball past the advancing Tim Krul. Walcott's third comes in the 90th minute and completes a 7-3 victory for The Gunners.
Pictures from a goal packed Saturday where Man City hit four and Arsenal managed seven.

Aston Villa's miserable recent run continued as they suffered another thumping defeat as they went down 3-0 at home to Wigan.

Ivan Ramis headed in the opener in the third minute, with Emmerson Boyce and Arouna Kone completing the scoring.

Villa would have fallen into the bottom three were it not for a superb comeback from 10-man Stoke.

Southampton had led 3-1 at the Britannia Stadium thanks to strikes from Rickie Lambert, Jay Rodriguez and an Andy Wilkinson own goal.

Kenwyne Jones had got Stoke's goal and Matthew Upson made it 3-2 after 67 minutes, only for the Potters to have Steven Nzonzi dismissed for a tackle on Jack Cork.

But Cameron Jerome popped up in stoppage time to make it 3-3 and earn the hosts a point from a breathless encounter.

Swansea's impressive campaign continued with a 2-1 win at Fulham.

Danny Graham put the Swans ahead and Jonathan de Guzman doubled their advantage, meaning Bryan Ruiz's goal was not enough for Fulham.

In the day's early kick-off Tottenham came from a goal down to beat Sunderland 2-1. John O'Shea put the Black Cats ahead but a Carlos Cuellar own goal and an Aaron Lennon strike gave Spurs the points.

Reading gave their survival hopes a boost as they beat West Ham 1-0 after Pavel Pogrebnyak capitalised on a James Collins error.

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