PREMIER LEAGUE REVIEW
OLIVIER Giroud marked his Arsenal return with two goals as Arsenal thrashed Sunderland.
The Frenchman opened the scoring after Jack Wilshere’s deflected strike fell to him, then thumped in a second from a Santiago Vergini error.
Tomas Rosicky fired in a third and Laurent Koscielny headed in the fourth. Emanuele Giaccherini pulled one back. JOHN Terry fired in a stoppage-time winner as Chelsea retained top spot in the Premier League.
The Chelsea captain slid in to crash the ball past Tim Howard.
It was harsh on Everton who while not particularly testing their hosts were certainly not out-classed on the day. ROBIN van Persie and Wayne Rooney were on target as Manchester United got back to winning ways against Crystal Palace.
Van Persie slotted home his fourth goal in five games from the spot on 62 minutes after Patrice Evra was felled in the box by Marouane Chamakh.
And Rooney slotted in a second six minutes later to seal the points. MANCHESTER City bounced back from their Champions League humbling at the hands of Barcelona by seeing off Stoke.
Yaya Toure scored the decisive goal when he finished off Aleksandar Kolarov’s cross.
Edin Dzeko should have made the game safe but he failed to finish from four yards MATEJ Vydra came off the bench to grab West Brom a draw with bottom side Fulham.
Felix Magath looked to have made an instant impact as the new manager when Ashkan Dejagah fired in the opener.
But Fulham failed to hold on for a precious victory as substitute Vydra saw his shot roll over the line after Maarten Stekelenburg failed to keep it out. NIKICIA Jelavic struck twice as Hull thumped Cardiff City to boost their own fight against the drop.
Hull took the lead courtesy of Tom Huddlestone’s deflected shot and Jelavic doubled the lead.
The Croatian then headed in his side’s third of the match and Jake Livermore smashed in a fourth to leave a sorry Cardiff side staring relegation in the face.
For Chelsea the win kept them a point clear of Arsenal, who beat Sunderland, while Jose Mourinho remains unbeaten at home as manager. with City dominating and looking to wrap up the win.
Earlier in the contest Joe Hart was forced to save well from Charlie Adam. WEST Ham further eased their relegation worries after coming from behind to beat Southampton at Upton Park.
Maya Yoshida headed Southampton into the lead but Matt Jarvis equalised.
Carlton Cole put West Ham 2-1 ahead before Rickie Lambert hit the post.
And Kevin Nolan completed the scoring to ensure the Hammers of victory.