Premier League review – Saturday 4 February
Arsenal went into Saturday’s match against Blackburn looking for their first Premier League win of 2011 and the Gunners duly obliged with an emphatic 7-1 victory which puts them back in the hunt for a Champions League place.
February 4th, 2012
Arsene Wenger’s team were ahead within the second minute thanks to star man Robin Van Persie, with the Dutchman bagging a hat-trick against a team that looked shorn of confidence.
However, Morten Gamst Pedersen equalised in the 31st minute before Van Persie’s three-timer, a brace from Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and goals from Mikel Arteta and Thierry Henry made the scoreline an emphatic one.
Meanwhile, Premier League leaders Manchester City stretched three points clear at the top thanks to a comfortable 3-0 win over Fulham which saw Chris Baird concede a penalty and then score an own goal in the first half. Sergio Aguero was on hand to convert the spot kick, with Edin Dzeko finding the net in the second half.
Wolves did their survival hopes the power of good by winning 2-1 against a QPR team that had Djibril Cisse sent off, while Swansea City were also victorious on the road by the same scoreline when they beat West Brom.
Form team Sunderland needed just a single goal to win at the Britannia Stadium, with Norwich City landing three points against Bolton Wanderers which makes them virtually safe this season.
Everton and Wigan played out a 1-1 draw at the DW Stadium which saw the home side go ahead thanks to a Phil Neville own goal before Victor Anichebe came off the bench to score for the Toffees.
Arsenal 7 Blackburn Rovers 1
Norwich City 2 Bolton Wanderers 0
QPR 1 Wolves 2
Stoke City 0 Sunderland 1
West Brom 1 Swansea City 2
Wigan 1 Everton 1
Manchester City 3 Fulham 0