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Chelsea hit Arsenal for six, Liverpool and City win big

Chelsea celebrate after recording their biggest ever win over their London rivals

By Toby Davis
Chelsea ripped apart Premier League title rivals Arsenal in a 6-0 mauling at Stamford Bridge on Saturday to ensure Arsene Wenger’s 1,000th game turned sour and Liverpool and Manchester City kept up the pressure with big wins.

Yaya Toure scored a hat-trick including two penalties as City wrapped up a punishing 5-0 win over bottom club Fulham and Luis Suarez’s prolific run continued with three goals as Liverpool twice came from behind to thrash Cardiff City 6-3.

The goals were spread about for Chelsea as Samuel Eto’o, Andre Schuerrle, Eden Hazard, Oscar (2) and Mohamed Salah were on target for the leaders in a match likely to be remembered for a bizarre refereeing blunder as much as Chelsea’s cut and thrust.

Official Andre Marriner flashed a red card at Arsenal’s Kieran Gibbs for a handball on the goalline by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.
The sending-off did little to affect the destination of the points, however, as Arsenal were already 2-0 down when Gibbs was dismissed and Hazard stepped up to convert the resulting penalty to make it 3-0 after just 17 minutes.

Chelsea stayed four points clear of Liverpool in second, the Londoners having played a game more, with Manchester City six adrift of Chelsea in third but with three games in hand. Arsenal slipped to fourth.

Everton moved up to fifth with a 3-2 win over struggling Swansea City and Norwich City improved their chances of avoiding the drop by beating relegation rivals Sunderland 2-0, their second a stunning volley from Alex Tettey.

West Bromwich Albion lost 2-0 at Hull City and Newcastle United’s Papiss Cisse scored in stoppage time to inflict a painful 1-0 defeat on Crystal Palace.

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