EPL: Arsenal, Chelsea record wins to consolidate their positions

Updated: 27 December 2013 00:12 IST

After Arsenal gifted West Ham the lead, Theo Walcott scored twice and Lukas Podolski added another to clinch a 3-1 victory.

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Arsenal and Manchester United both came from behind to win in the Premier League on Thursday, with bottom-place Sunderland producing the only Boxing Day shock by beating highflying Everton.

Everton goalkeeper Tim Howard was sent off for bringing down Ki Sung-Yeung, who then scored from the penalty spot to give Sunderland a 1-0 victory against the fifth-place team.

United conceded twice in the opening 13 minutes at Hull, but Chris Smalling and Wayne Rooney drew the defending champions level before James Chester's own goal gave them a 3-2 win.

After Arsenal gifted West Ham the lead, Theo Walcott scored twice and Lukas Podolski added another to clinch a 3-1 victory.

Arsenal went top but could be overtaken later if Liverpool beat Manchester City. Chelsea is two points off the lead after Eden Hazard secured a 1-0 victory over Swansea.

Newcastle are closing in on the top four after routing Stoke 5-1 to remain ahead of United in sixth place.

Tottenham dropped to eighth after Tim Sherwood's first match in full charge ended in a 1-1 draw against West Bromwich Albion.

Cardiff could be the next club searching for a new manager as Malky Mackay's side was beaten 3-0 by Southampton.

A change of manager has sparked a revival at Crystal Palace, with Tony Pulis producing a third success of the month, a 1-0 win at Aston Villa.

Rene Meulensteen is celebrating his second win as Fulham manager after his struggling team came from behind to overcome Norwich 2-1.

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