Premier League review – Arsenal in seventh heaven after Walcott hat-trick
A grand total of 35 goals were scored in eight Premier League matches on Saturday, with Arsenal scoring seven times for the second time this season.
December 29th, 2012
The Gunners needed extra-time to achieve that feat at the Madejski Stadium in the League Cup, although a tired Newcastle team were torn apart by Theo Walcott who helped himself to a hat-trick as the north London side ran out 7-3 winners.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Lukas Podolski and Olivier Giroud (2) were the other players to find the net for Arsenal, although Demba Ba claimed a brace for the visitors and it could be the case that he signs at the Emirates in January.
Earlier in the day, Manchester United retained a seven-point cushion over City thanks to a 2-0 win against West Brom where Robin van Persie came off the bench to score his team’s second goal.
Manchester City were reduced to ten men before half-time in their match at Carrow Road although the champions were still able to win 4-3 thanks to an Edin Dzeko brace, with Norwich close to claiming an equaliser at the death.
Tottenham continued their fine recent form with a 2-1 win at Sunderland, while the problems at Villa Park worsen after Paul Lambert’s team were beaten 3-0 at home to Wigan.
Fulham also appear to be stuck in a rut and lost 2-1 at home to Swansea City, while Reading claimed just their second win of the campaign by beating West Ham and inching closer to safety as a result.
At the Britannia Stadium, Stoke recovered to draw 3-3 with Southampton after going 3-1 down against the Saints and having Nzonzi dismissed.