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Arsenal snatch win to keep City and Chelsea at bay

Published: Wednesday 1 January 2014, 20.31CET
Arsenal FC left it late as they beat Cardiff City FC to remain top of the pile in England, but Manchester City FC and Chelsea FC are as close as ever after showing their mettle.

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Published: Wednesday 1 January 2014, 20.31CET

Arsenal snatch win to keep City and Chelsea at bay

Arsenal FC left it late as they beat Cardiff City FC to remain top of the pile in England, but Manchester City FC and Chelsea FC are as close as ever after showing their mettle.

Arsenal FC left it late as they beat Cardiff City FC to move back above Manchester City FC on a testing New Year's Day programme for the Premier League's leading sides.

Arsène Wenger's team looked set for a surprise home draw as they went into the last two minutes locked at 0-0 with Cardiff. Substitute Nicklas Bendtner broke through, however, firing in from close range after Bacary Sagna's header was saved before Theo Walcott – earlier denied by the post – converted Jack Wilshere's sublime pass to seal it.

It took Arsenal back above Manchester City, who had earlier made it seven wins from seven with a 3-2 victory at Swansea City AFC. Two goals from Wilfried Bony ensured the visitors could never completely relax. Chelsea FC's 3-0 triumph at Southampton FC hinted at an easier trip, though the game was in the balance before Fernando Torres broke through on the hour.

Emanuel Adebayor scored again as Tottenham Hotspur FC consigned Manchester United FC to another defeat at Old Trafford while Luis Suárez's 20th league goal of the season helped secure a comfortable 2-0 victory over Hull City AFC. That took Liverpool FC up to fourth, capitalising on Everton FC's 1-1 draw at Stoke City FC – it could have been worse for the Toffees but Leighton Baines converted a last spot kick to earn a point.

There was another late penalty at West Bromwich Albion FC, Saido Berahino converting to earn the hosts the spoils against ten-man Newcastle United FC. West Brom's local rivals Aston Villa FC were also 1-0 winners, at Sunderland AFC, while Fulham FC came from behind to prevail 2-1 against a West Ham United FC side who had Kevin Nolan sent off before half-time.

Last updated: 02/01/14 10.46CET

Results

English Premier League 2013/14

Matches
HomeAway
Last updated: 01/01/2014 20:25 CET

01/01/2014

Man. UnitedMan. United1-2TottenhamTottenham

Welbeck 67

Adebayor 34, Eriksen 66

Venue: Manchester

01/01/2014

ArsenalArsenal2-0CardiffCardiff

Bendtner 88, Walcott 90+2

Venue: London

01/01/2014

Crystal PalaceCrystal Palace1-1NorwichNorwich

Puncheon 44 (P)

Johnson 39

Venue: London

01/01/2014

FulhamFulham2-1West HamWest Ham

Sidwell 32, Berbatov 66

Diame 7

Venue: London

01/01/2014

LiverpoolLiverpool2-0HullHull

Agger 36, Suárez 50

Venue: Liverpool

01/01/2014

SouthamptonSouthampton0-3ChelseaChelsea

Torres 60, Willian 71, Oscar 82

Venue: Southampton

01/01/2014

StokeStoke1-1EvertonEverton

Assaidi 49

Baines 90+2 (P)

Venue: Stoke

01/01/2014

SunderlandSunderland0-1Aston VillaAston Villa

Agbonlahor 15

Venue: Sunderland

01/01/2014

West BromWest Brom1-0NewcastleNewcastle

Berahino 87 (P)

Venue: West Bromwich

01/01/2014

SwanseaSwansea2-3Man. CityMan. City

Bony 45+2, 90+1

Fernandinho 14, Y. Touré 58, Kolarov 66

Venue: Swansea

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