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Premier League round-up

Arsenal striker Oliver Giroud opened his scoring account in his clubs 3-1 victory at West Ham

In yesterday’s Premier League action there were victories for Chelsea, Manchester City and Arsenal.

Chelsea secured a comfortable 4-1 victory against Norwich City at Stamford Bridge.

It was the visitors that took the lead though through a strike from Grant Holt.

Chelsea scored three first half goals through Fernando Torres, Frank Lampard and Eden Hazard, which put the Blues in complete control of the match.

Full-back Branislav Ivanovic continued his good goal scoring form for the season by adding a fourth goal in the second half.

In the early kick-off Manchester City defeated Sunderland 3-0 at the Etihad Stadium. First half goals from Aleksandar Kolarov and Sergio Aguero were followed by a James Milner strike from a free-kick in the second half.

The victory moved Manchester City into second place in the Premier League table, four points behind league leaders Chelsea.

West Brom continued their impressive start to the season with a 3-2 victory over bottom of the table QPR at the Hawthorns. The Baggies took a two goal lead in the first half through goals from James Morrison and Hungarian international Zoltan Gera.

The visitors got back into the game just before the break through an Adel Taarabt strike. QPR’s hopes of a comeback didn’t last long though, as Youssouf Mulumbu restablished the Baggies two goal lead in the second half.

Spaniard Esteban Granero narrowed the deficit with a second half strike, but the visitors couldn’t find a goal to level the score. Mark Hughes’ side remain bottom of the table, while the Baggies are sitting pretty in fourth place in the top flight table.

Wigan and Swansea drew 2-2 at the DW Stadium in an enthralling contest. Wigan took the lead on ten minutes through striker Arouna Kone, but Everton were back on level terms just a minute later Nikica Jelavic finding the equaliser for the visitors.

However, the Latics retook the lead in the 23rd minute, Argentinian striker Franco Di Santo finishing off a superb team move. Everton had two claims for a penalty kick turned down, but in the 87th minute the Toffee’s were awarded a spot kick as Maynor Figueroa brought down Kevin Mirallas in the penalty area.

Former-Wigan full-back Leighton Baines made no mistake with the resulting penalty. Wigan keeper Ali Al Habsi had a great game and denied the visitors on numerous occasions. Everton are now third in the Premier League table.

There was another 2-2 draw at the Liberty Stadium as Swansea came back from two goals down to draw with struggling Reading. The visitors scored first half goals through Pavel Pogrebnyak and Noel Hunt.

It looked as though the Royals were on their way to their first Premier League victory of the season; the Swans had different ideas though. Spanish attacking midfielder Michu got a goal back, before winger Wayne Routledge levelled the score line.

In the late kick-off Arsenal won 3-1 at London rivals West Ham. The visitors took the lead through a superb solo effort from midfielder Mohamed Diame. The Gunners hit back through French international striker Olivier Giroud.

The game was on a knife edge until Arsenal substitute Theo Walcott kept his cool firing home after a run at the West Ham defence. Arsenal clinched all three points with just under ten minutes left, as Spaniard Santi Cazorla produced a superb long range effort.

Can Chelsea maintain their good start to the season and win the title?

Sun 7 October, 2012
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