Best league in the world? Maybe not today as Chelsea thumped title contenders Arsenal 6-0 in Arsène Wenger’s 1,000th game in charge while Liverpool scored six against Cardiff and Man City five against Fulham.
It was a nightmare for Arsenal once again away from home against one of the Premier League’s top sides. The Gunners had already conceded six at the Ethiad and 5 and Anfield this season and were quickly on the bad foot at Stamford Bridge as Samuel Eto’o and André Schürrle put Chelsea two up inside the opening seven minutes. Any hopes Arsenal fans had off a comeback ended when referee Andre Marriner mistakenly sent off Kieran Gibbs for a deliberate hand ball in the box. It should have been Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain that was sent off. Eden Hazard scored from the penalty spot and when Oscar made it 4-0 before half, it was anther nightmare for Arsene Wenger against Jose Mourinho.
Liverpool and Man City went into their games knowing what Chelsea had did, and they both responded in style. Liverpool beat Cardiff 6-3 in Wales, despite falling behind twice as Luis Suárez netted a hat-trick. Yaya Touré also scored three goals, including two penalties, as Manchester City kept pace against bottom club Fulham.
Romelu Lukaku’s 11th goal of the campaign helped Everton move up into fifth place as they beat Swansea City 3-2.
At the bottom of the table Norwich eased the pressure on manager Chris Hughton with a 2-0 win over relegation rivals Sunderland at Carrow Road, while Hull also secured three crucial points with a 2-0 win at home to West Brom. Finally Newcastle snatched a dramatic 1-0 win at home to Crystal Palace with Papiss Cisse striking in added time.