EPL: Arsenal back on top, Manchester United go down to Stoke City
Arsenal reclaimed their top spot with a 2-0 win over Crystal Palace while Manchester United slumped to a 2-1 loss at Stoke to puncture the optimism generated by Juan Mata's arrival and leave the reigning champions with a huge task to finish in the Champions League positions.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain sent Arsenal back to the top of the Premier League on Sunday as his first goals in more than a year clinched a 2-0 victory over Crystal Palace. (AP/AFP)
Liverpool missed a chance to strengthen their place in the Premier League's top four on Sunday when Kolo Toure gifted West Bromwich Albion an equaliser in a 1-1 draw. Liverpool took the lead against the run of play when Luis Suarez set up Daniel Sturridge (in pic) to poke the ball into the net in the 24th minute.
Liverpool are fourth, three points behind Chelsea, who will play Manchester City on Monday. The draw pushed West Brom a point clear of the relegation zone.
Manchester United slumped to a 2-1 loss at Stoke in the Premier League on Saturday to puncture the optimism generated by Juan Mata's arrival and leave the reigning champions with a huge task to finish in the Champions League positions.
Cardiff City's new signings Wilfried Zaha and Kenwyne Jones made an instant impact as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side climbed off the foot of the table by coming from behind to win 2-1 at home to Norwich City.
Fulham slumped to last place after losing 3-0 at home to Southampton, who scored all their goals in the final half an hour through England internationals Adam Lallana, Rickie Lambert and Jay Rodriguez.
Sunderland leapt up the table to 14th place after prevailing 3-0 against derby rivals Newcastle United at St James' Park for the second season running.
Steven Naismith came off the bench to score a 74th-minute equaliser before Kevin Mirallas's late free-kick secured a 2-1 win for Evrton over Aston Villa that left Roberto Martinez's side a point behind Liverpool in fifth place.
West Ham United also recorded a potentially important victory, weathering the dismissal of striker Andy Carroll to overcome Swansea City 2-0 at Upton Park, although they remained in the bottom three.
Tottenham Hotspur were unable to follow Everton's lead after being held to a 1-1 draw at Hull City that saw them slip to sixth.