Arsenal go top of Premier League after comeback win against West Ham
A quickfire brace from Theo Walcott and a goal from Lukas Podolski within the space of ten minutes turned the game on its head at Upton Park after Carlton Cole had given West Ham an early second-half lead.
December 26th, 2013
It appeared that Arsenal’s recent poor form was set to continue as they trailed to the Hammers with an hour on the clock, although the visitors showed character to score three goals and ensure they stay ahead of Manchester City and Chelsea.
City themselves came from behind against Liverpool to protect their 100% home record this season, with Philippe Coutinho putting the Reds ahead after a bright start from Brendan Rodgers’ men.
However, Vincent Kompany equalised from a corner before Alvaro Negredo’s shot found its way into the net after Simon Mignolet could only parry the ball into the air and then watch it fall over the line.
Chelsea’s one goal against Swansea was enough to claim a maximum haul and the Blues rise to third in the table and one point ahead of Liverpool, with Eden Hazard scoring the winner against the Welsh club.
Meanwhile, it was a bad day for the Merseyside clubs, with Everton losing Tim Howard to a red card early in the match against Sunderland and the Black Cats went home with the spoils thanks to Ki Sung-Yeung’s penalty.
It was a good day for the clubs in the relegation zone, with Fulham winning 2-1 at Norwich after Scott Parker scored a dramatic late winner for the Cottagers, while Crystal Palace also scored at the death to win at Villa Park.
Earlier in the day, Manchester United came from two goals down to win 3-2 away to Hull and they are now five points off the top four places.