The Gunners' blaze of glory
Skipper Robin van Persie scored a hat-trick as Arsenal beat Chelsea 5-3 in a remarkable Premier League match at Stamford Bridge while Manchester City stayed top of the table with a 3-1 home win over Wolverhampton Wanderers on Saturday.sports Updated: Oct 30, 2011 00:59 IST
Skipper Robin van Persie scored a hat-trick as Arsenal beat Chelsea 5-3 in a remarkable Premier League match at Stamford Bridge while Manchester City stayed top of the table with a 3-1 home win over Wolverhampton Wanderers on Saturday.
City remained five points clear of Manchester United and moved nine clear of third-placed Chelsea and fourth-placed Newcastle United with second-half goals from Edin Dzeko, Aleksandar Kolarov and Adam Johnson.
Wolves' goal came from a Stephen Hunt penalty after City skipper Vincent Kompany was sent off but it could not stop them slumping to a second defeat by City in four days after losing 5-2 at home in a League Cup match on Wednesday.
Manchester United bounced back from their 1-6 mauling by City last weekend with a 1-0 victory at Everton where Javier Hernandez scored the first-half winner.
Those results left City top with 28 points from 10 games, followed by United (23), Chelsea (19) and Newcastle United (19), at least until they meet Stoke City on Monday.
Bottom side Wigan Athletic suffered a seventh successive league defeat, a 2-0 loss at home to Fulham, while fellow strugglers Blackburn Rovers drew 3-3 at Norwich City who came back from 3-1 down and equalised with a Grant Holt penalty with the last kick of the game at Carrow Road.
At Goodison Park, Hernandez scored what proved to be the winner and gave United their first victory at Everton since September 2007.