Olivier Giroud scored in either half as Arsenal edged past an impressive Southampton to move four points clear at the top of the Premier League.

Saints goalkeeper Artur Boruc gifted Arsenal the opener, dwelling on a back-pass and allowing Giroud to tap in, reports the BBC.

Jack Wilshere and Aaron Ramsey had hit the post, while Adam Lallana and Jay Rodriguez went close for the visitors.
Giroud sealed the win from the penalty spot after Jose Fonte was penalised for pulling Per Mertesacker’s shirt.

And Jonjo Shelvey came off the bench to secure Swansea’s first win in six matches and leave Fulham in the Premier League relegation zone.

The former Liverpool player, 21, made space on the edge of the area before firing past Maarten Stekelenburg.

Captain Scott Parker notched his first goal for Fulham with a curling effort to cancel out Aaron Hughes’s own goal.

The defeat adds to pressure on Fulham boss Martin Jol, with some fans calling for his sacking after the whistle.

Ten-man Crystal Palace beat Hull to record their second win of the season.

New Palace boss Tony Pulis signed a two-and-a-half-year deal earlier on Saturday but caretaker Keith Millen took the side for a final time as the Welshman watched on from the stands.

Yannick Sagbo missed a good chance to put the hosts ahead before Yannick Bolasie saw red for the Eagles for a foul on Jake Livermore.

Moments later Barry Bannan scored the winner from close range.

And Newcastle eased to a third successive league win by beating former manager Chris Hughton’s struggling Norwich.

The Magpies made the most of poor defending to take the lead when Loic Remy headed in Yohan Cabaye’s corner at the far post after two minutes.

Yoan Gouffran pounced to stab in a second after Shola Ameobi’s header had been parried by keeper John Ruddy.

Leroy Fer scored a powerful late header for Norwich to give them hope but Newcastle held on for the three points.

Newcastle had registered hard-fought wins against Chelsea and Tottenham in their last two games but the win over Norwich proved more of a routine victory.

Stoke City secured a first victory in nine Premier League matches in controversial circumstances against 10-man Sunderland.

Adam slotted the hosts ahead after fine build-up play by Steven Nzonzi, but the Black Cats were left furious about the 36th-minute red card for Wes Brown.

Brown flew into a challenge with Adam and was sent off despite appearing to win the ball cleanly.

Nzonzi sealed the win with a cool finish after a swift breakaway.

EPL RESULTS

Everton 3-3 Liverpool
Arsenal 2-0 Southampton
Fulham 1-2 Swansea
Hull 0 -1 Crystal Palace
Newcastle 2 -1 Norwich
Stoke 2-0 Sunderland

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