English Premier League Roundup: Chelsea Suffer First Loss under Rafa, Draw for City, Victories For United and Liverpool While Arsenal Lose To Swansea

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Updated: December 4, 2012
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Saturday’s English Premier League matches featured a set of crucial matches for Manchester United, Manchester City, Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool. United and Liverpool gained victories, while Chelsea and Arsenal recorded losses. City, still unbeaten, settled for another draw.

 

West Ham United 3-1 Chelsea

 

Rafael Benitez continued his erratic start as Chelsea manager as his side lost 3-1 to West Ham United, which came from behind to beat Juan Mata’s 13th-minute shot. The fixture saw Blues fans still distraught with ex-manager Roberto Di Matteo’s sacking and Rafa’s sudden takeover.

Carlton Cole fired the equalizer for West Ham on the 63rd minute, while Mohamed Diame broke the deadlock four minutes before time. An injury time effort from Modibo Maiga ensured victory for the Hammers.

 

Arsenal 0-2 Swansea City

 

Disappointment cloaked the Emirates Stadium as Arsenal failed to score in their defeat against visitors Swansea City. Michu was pivotal to the Swans’ victory, as he scored a brace within the last minutes of the game to push his side forward.

Arsenal had their best chance from Gervinho, who ended up heading wide with the goal in front of him. This season was the Gunners’ worst start under manager Arsene Wenger’s watch, as they only garnered 21 points from 15 games.

 

Manchester City 1-1 Everton

 

Manchester City held on to its status as the only unbeaten Premier League side this season, yet they had to remain second place in the table after drawing with visitors Everton and United’s win over Reading.

Marouane Fellaini opened scoring on the 33rd minute after taking over a cross from Leighton Baines. Carlos Tevez levelled for City through a penalty kick awarded from Fellaini’s unfair challenge on Edin Dzeko.

 

Liverpool 1-0 Southampton

 

Liverpool gained another plus to their recovery program following their poor start this season as they won over relegation strugglers Southampton in Anfield. Daniel Agger placed the Reds on lead after heading inside the opponent’s woodwork minutes before half time.

Southampton visibly lacked as Liverpool had the better hold of ball possession. Luis Suarez drove a free kick towards the crossbar. Jonjo Shelvey strived to add another goal through his strike that landed on the post.

 

Reading 3-4 Manchester United

 

The Madejski Stadium witnessed a fascinating seven-goal first-half action from visitors Manchester United’s victory over hosts Reading. The first parts saw Hal Robson-Kanu’s 8th-minute thriller meeting an Anderson finish on the 13th minute.

Wayne Rooney led for United through a successful 16th-minute penalty. Both Adam Le Fondre and Sean Morrison threw in headers to leave their opponents trailing, but another effort from Rooney and a Robin van Persie goal saw off Reading, as they never recovered on the second half.