Liverpool demolish Arsenal, Chelsea go top

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Updated: February 8, 2014

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Eden Hazard’s goal scoring form continued as he sent Chelsea to the summit of the Premiership while Liverpool thrashed Arsenal at Anfield.

At Anfield Martin Skrtel and Raheem Sterling scored two goals apiece as Liverpool demolished Arsenal  5-1. The first 20 minutes must have left Arsene Wenger and his team speechless as the Reds found the back of the net on 4 occasions effectively ending the visitors hopes of any points.

The result cuts Liverpool’s deficit behind Arsenal to five points. The Reds, on 50 points, maintain their fourth-place position in the top flight while the Gunners, staying on 55 points, drop to second place where they sit one point back of Chelsea.

Eden Hazard helped Chelsea move to the top of the Premier League table, scoring all three goals in a 3-0 defeat of Newcastle at Stamford Bridge, while Manchester City blew an tremendous opportunity to take first place in the Premier League as it was held to a 0-0 draw at Norwich City.

In other action, Southampton and Stoke City shared the spoils at St. Mary’s in a thrilling 2-2 draw and Crystal Palace secured a third Premier League win over its last four games by getting a 3-1 victory over West Bromwich Albion at Selhurst Park.

Kevin Nolan scored twice in the span of two minutes to lift West Ham United to a vital 2-0 win at Aston Villa, Hull City scored on both sides of halftime to earn a 2-0 win over 10-man Sunderland at the Stadium of Light and Garry Monk got off to a dream start in his spell in charge of Swansea City as his side earned a 3-0 victory in the Welsh derby at the Liberty Stadium.