Mesut Ozil scored twice as a second-half burst earned Arsenal victory over Norwich to extend their lead at the top of the Premier League, while Chelsea moved into second after hammering Cardiff.
The Gunners looked lethargic after the international break but Jack Wilshere volleyed in a superb opener before Ozil’s header appeared to settle it.
Jonny Howson found the bottom corner with 20 minutes left to fray nerves.
But Aaron Ramsey scored a lovely ninth goal of the season to make it 3-1 before Ozil grabbed an easy second.
Although Norwich threatened on several occasions, the visitors were caught out by three moments of class as Arsenal warned up for their Champions League clash with Borussia Dortmund on Tuesday with a clinical win.
And at Stamford Bridge, Chelsea fought back from a goal down to thump Cardiff after scoring an equaliser which should not have stood.
Jordon Mutch ran through to put Cardiff ahead after David Luiz’s mistake.
But Eden Hazard levelled after Samuel Eto’o kicked the ball away as Bluebirds keeper David Marshall bounced it, which according to FIFA’s rules is a foul.
A well-worked Eto’o goal put Chelsea ahead and, after their boss Jose Mourinho was sent to the stands, Oscar and Hazard sealed the victory.
However, at Old Trafford Manchester United dropped two points as Southampton scored a late equaliser to claim a dramatic draw.
The hosts took a first-half lead when Robin van Persie followed up to score after Wayne Rooney’s effort had been blocked by goalkeeper Artur Boruc.
United hit the crossbar twice, through a Rooney shot and a van Persie header.
But their failure to kill the game off proved costly when Southampton grabbed a last-minute leveller, Dejan Lovren bundling in James Ward-Prowse’s corner.
EPL RESULTS
Newcastle2 – 2 Liverpool
Arsenal 4 – 1 Norwich
Chelsea4 – 1 Cardiff
Everton 2 – 1 Hull
Man Utd 1 – 1 Southampton
Stoke 0 – 0 West Brom
Swansea4 – 0 Sunderland

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