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.

Premier League review – Arsenal in seventh heaven after Walcott hat-trick

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December 29th, 2012

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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.

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