Chelsea still tops the League.
Arsenal and Manchester City ensured that they stay in close to Chelsea at the summit of the English Premier League table as both teams secured victories in their respective home games against Sunderland and Stoke City on Saturday.
While the Gunners secured an emphatic 4-1 win over Sunderland at the Emirates, Man City did just the needful with a lone goal win over Osaze Odemwingie’s Stoke City at the Etihad Stadium.
For Arsenal, who are still ruing their Champions League defeat to Bayern Munich, the Sunderland game was approached with all the seriousness it deserves as Arsenal were two goals up inside the first 30 minutes. Both goals came off the boots of French striker Olivier Giroud who was left on the bench for Wednesday’s clash against Bayern.
The other goals for Arsenal were scored by Tomas Rosicky and Laurent Koscielny while the consolatory goal for Sunderland was scored by Emanuele Giaccherini.
In the Man City game, it was Yaya Toure that got the only goal for the Citizens.
Earlier in the day, Chelsea had to rely on a late goal to beat Everton to maintain their one-point advantage at the top. The Blues have 60 points from 27 games.
In other Saturday EPL fixtures, Sone Aluko and his Hull City teammates boosted their chances of survival in the top flight as they shocked Cardiff City at their home ground 4-0.
At the Hawthorns, Victor Anichebe’s West Brom squeezed out a 1-1 draw against Fulham; while West Ham edged Southampton 3-1 in the day’s other fixture.