Premier League Results: Analysis for Arsenal vs. Liverpool, and All the Games

Alex LivieFeatured ColumnistNovember 2, 2013

Premier League Results: Analysis for Arsenal vs. Liverpool, and All the Games

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    Manchester United and Manchester City both enjoyed fine Saturdays with crushing wins over Fulham and Norwich, respectively, while Arsenal beat Liverpool to extend their lead at the top of the table.

    It was a bad day for Chelsea, as they slipped to defeat at Newcastle, while the bottom two sides, Sunderland and Crystal Palace, were both beaten.

    Sunday's action kicked off with Everton and Tottenham drawing 0-0 at Goodison Park.

    Cardiff then beat bitter Welsh rivals Swansea 1-0.

    In the following slides, we will dig deeper into each game.

    *All stats via FourFourTwo's Stats Zone unless otherwise noted.

Cardiff 1-0 Swansea

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    Steven Caulker bit the hand that used to feed him on Sunday—heading home the winner for Cardiff against his former club Swansea in the Welsh derby.

    Caulker's leap was perfectly timed to meet Craig Bellamy's corner and win the game for Malky Mackay's Cardiff on 62 minutes.

    Swansea's afternoon was made worse by the sending off of goalkeeper Michel Vorm in added time. Vorm brought down Frazier Campbell and was given a straight red for a professional foul.

    With the Swans having used all three subs, Angel Rangel deputised in goal and was called upon to save a free-kick in the three minutes remaining.

    Match Stats (Squawka)

    Shots: Cardiff 9-10 Swansea

    Corners: Cardiff 6-3 Swansea

    Possession percentage: Cardiff 49-51 Swansea

    Fouls Committed: Cardiff 11-7 Swansea

Everton 0-0 Tottenham Hotspur

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    Tottenham regained fourth place in the Premier League with a 0-0 draw at Everton.

    Spurs dominated play in the opening half but were unable to convert as the Toffees stood firm.

    Everton came into the contest in the second half and James McCarthy saw a shot deflected wide by Gylfi Sigurdsson.

    McCarthy came close to fashioning a winner when whipping in a dangerous cross from the right, but Romelu Lukaku turned his shot narrowly wide.

    There was a nasty moment 10 minutes from time, as Lukaku’s momentum took him into Spurs keeper Hugo Lloris and cracked him on the head with his knee.

    Lloris needed lengthy treatment and it appeared the Spurs medical staff wanted him to go off, but the Frenchman overruled them and played on.

    Everton went in search of a winner, sensing the keeper might be vulnerable, but Spurs held on for the point.

    Match Stats

    Shots: Everton 8-16 Tottenham

    Corners: Everton 7-4 Tottenham

    Possession percentage: Everton 52-48 Tottenham

    Fouls Committed: Everton 11-9 Tottenham

Fulham 1-3 Manchester United

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    After a run of indifferent performances, Manchester United turned on the style to topple Fulham, 3-1.

    Per the Daily Mail's Ian Ladyman, Red Devils boss David Moyes talked up Robin van Persie and Wayne Rooney on Saturday morning, and they were key to the win.

    "Wayne and Robin, on their day, will be a match for any players in the world, never mind just in this country. So when those two are firing, they are the best," Moyes said.

    Rooney teed up the opener on eight minutes. The forward dashed beyond the Fulham back line, got his head up and picked out Antonio Valencia, who stroked the ball into an unguarded net.

    The second came from the boot of Van Persie on 19 minutes, the Dutchman latching onto a pass from Adnan Januzaj and firing it home.

    Van Persie turned provider moments later, as he delivered a cross for Rooney to tap home.

    Alex Kacaniklic gave Fulham hope with a deflected strike on 64 minutes, but United held firm for the win.

    Match Stats

    Shots: Fulham 15-10 Manchester United

    Corners: Fulham 4-4 Manchester United

    Possession percentage: Fulham 46.8%-53.2% Manchester United

    Fouls Committed: Fulham 6-12 Manchester United

Manchester City 7-0 Norwich City

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    Manchester City more than answered the challenge of United with a 7-0 win over Norwich City.

    It was a scrappy opener for City on 15 minutes, with the ball bouncing about like a pinball in the box. Sergio Aguero fired a shot that hit Bradley Johnson and looped over Canaries keeper John Ruddy.

    Questions will be asked about Ruddy over the second, as he allowed a David Silva shot to slip under his body on 19 minutes.

    The third came courtesy of a corner from Samir Nasri, who picked out Matija Nastasic to head the ball beyond Ruddy.

    The fourth came on 35 minutes, with Yaya Toure and Aguero combining to provide Alvaro Negredo with a simple finish.

    The best of the goals was City’s fifth, with Toure curling home a quite brilliant free-kick just prior to the hour.

    Norwich’s misery increased when Aguero got himself on the scoresheet on 70 minutes, and it was complete when Edin Dzeko curled home a neat finish five minutes from time. 

    Match Stats

    Shots: Manchester City 27-7 Norwich City

    Corners: Manchester City 10-3 Norwich City

    Possession percentage: Manchester City 68.5%-31.5% Norwich City

    Fouls Committed: Manchester City 6-9 Norwich City

Newcastle United 2-0 Chelsea

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    Chelsea’s bid to reach the top of the Premier League, albeit briefly, fell short, as Newcastle claimed a 2-0 win at St James’ Park.

    Blues boss Jose Mourinho saw his side control play for the opening hour, but they failed to take their chances and were shocked by second-half goals from Yoan Gouffran and Loic Remy.

    It could have been different had John Terry’s 13th-minute header not thundered against the crossbar.

    But after failing to beat Tim Krul, Chelsea were shocked when Gouffran met a brilliant free-kick from Yohan Cabaye on 67 minutes to head Newcastle ahead.

    Krul denied Willian an equaliser, and Newcastle hit Chelsea on the break late on 88 minutes, when Remy flashed a shot in off the post.

    Match Stats

    Shots: Newcastle 15-13 Chelsea

    Corners: Newcastle 3-8 Chelsea

    Possession percentage: Newcastle 38.9%-61.1% Chelsea

    Fouls Committed: Newcastle 13-11 Chelsea

Arsenal 2-0 Liverpool

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    Arsenal moved five points clear atop the Premier League table with a 2-0 win at home to Liverpool on Saturday at the Emirates Stadium.

    Santi Cazorla and Aaron Ramsey scored the goals for Arsenal, who won for the eighth time in nine league matches since losing at home to Aston Villa on opening day.

    With the win, Arsenal moved on to 25 points, five ahead of both Chelsea and Liverpool.

    Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger recalled Wojciech Szczesny, Bacary Sagna, Per Mertesacker, Mikel Arteta, Mesut Ozil and Olivier Giroud to the starting 11 following the midweek loss to Chelsea in the Capital One Cup.

    Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers selected a three-man defence of Kolo Toure, Martin Skrtel and Mamadou Sakho, with Jon Flanagan and Aly Cissokho playing behind an attacking midfield trio of Steven Gerrard, Jordan Henderson and Lucas Leiva.

    Arsenal went ahead in the 18th minute. Mikel Arteta took possession in his own half and dribbled through Liverpool's midfield before playing a long pass through to Bacary Sagna on the right. Sagna crossed into the middle, where Santi Cazorla directed a powerful header onto the woodwork.

    The rebound came back to Cazorla, who buried his shot for a 1-0 Arsenal lead.

    In the 58th minute, the in-form Aaron Ramsey collected a pass from Ozil outside the box, Ramsey took a touch before curling a shot past Mignolet with the outside of his foot.

    Liverpool's Daniel Sturridge had a chance in the 70th minute, but his header from Henderson's cross was wide of goal. Three minutes later, Sturridge took down a ball and left it for Suarez, whose drilled shot grazed the outside of the far post. Then, in the closing moments, Suarez had another clear opportunity after an Arsenal giveaway, but he could only roll his shot wide of the far post.

    Match Stats

    Shots: 12-12

    On target: 7-4

    Passing: 85%-84.5%

    Possession: 54.3%-45.7%

Stoke City 1-1 Southampton

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    Stoke City goalkeeper Asmir Begovic scored after 12 seconds as the Potters drew, 1-1, with Southampton.

    Aided by a howling wind, a clearance from Begovic bounced once and looped over his Saints counterpart, Artur Boruc.

    Saints are flying high in the Premier League, and Jay Rodriguez drew the visitors level on 41 minutes with a header from a James Ward-Prowse cross.

    Match Stats

    Shots: Stoke City 9-10 Southampton

    Corners: Stoke City 5-5 Southampton

    Possession percentage: Stoke City 39.6%-60.4% Southampton

    Fouls Committed: Stoke City 13-13 Southampton

Saturday's Other Matches

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    Gus Poyet’s honeymoon period as manager of Sunderland is over following a 1-0 loss at Hull City.

    Having beaten Newcastle last week, the Wearsiders were undone by an own goal from defender Carlos Cuellar on 25 minutes.

    Sunderland did not help their own cause, as both Andrea Dossena and Lee Cattermole picked up red cards, meaning Poyet’s side finished the game with nine men.

    Crystal Palace are the only side below Sunderland in the league, and they suffered a 2-0 loss at West Brom, who claimed the points thanks to a strike on the stroke of half-time from Saido Berahino and header from Gareth McAuley on 82 minutes.

    The game between West Ham and Aston Villa finished goalless.