Gun­ners take top spot; Chelsea con­tin­ues slide

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Arse­nal’s Olivier Giroud and Lau­rent Ko­scielny headed a goal apiece past Amer­i­can goal­keeper Tim Howard in a three­minute span, and Arse­nal beat Ever­ton, 2-1, on Satur­day to move pro­vi­sion­ally atop the Pre­mier League ta­ble in rainy Lon­don.

It was the Gun­ners’ fourth con­sec­u­tive Pre­mier League vic­tory, only fur­ther rais­ing club morale af­ter a stun­ning 2-0 vic­tory over Bay­ern Mu­nich in the Cham­pi­ons League at mid­week.

Ross Barkley scored on a de­flected strike for Ever­ton.

Last year’s cham­pion, Chelsea, finds it­self a full 11 points back af­ter a 2-1 loss at West Ham that dropped the Blues all the way down to 15th place. Man­ager Jose Mour­inho was sent off at half­time, ap­par­ently in­censed over ref­er­ee­ing de­ci­sions that saw a goal by Cesc Fabre­gas dis­al­lowed and Ne­manja Matic sent off for two yel­low cards.

West Ham hap­pily took ad­van­tage, ex­tend­ing its best start to a Pre­mier League cam­paign and adding Chelsea to a list of prom­i­nent vic­tims that al­ready in­cluded Arse­nal, Liver­pool and Manch­ester City.

SPAIN: Cris­tiano Ron­aldo scored his 12th goal in as many games to help Real Madrid to a de­cep­tively tough 3-1 vic­tory at sec­ond-place Celta Vigo.

Ron­aldo and Danilo gave Madrid a two-goal lead at Balai­dos Sta­dium by the 23rd, but Madrid needed goal­keeper Key­lor Navas to pro­tect the ad­van­tage be­fore Celta lost Gus­tavo Cabral to a sec­ond yel­low card in the 57 th.

GER­MANY: Ar­jen Robben scored on his re­turn from in­jury as Bay­ern Mu­nich de­feated vis­it­ing Cologne, 4-0, for the club’s 1,000th Bun­desliga vic­tory.

Ar­turo Vi­dal, Robert Le­wandowski and Thomas Mueller also scored for Bay­ern, now 10 points clear of Dort­mund.

ITALY: In­ter Mi­lan was re­duced to 10 men and ul­ti­mately held to a 1-1 draw at Palermo, fail­ing to move pro­vi­sion­ally atop Serie A.

Ivan Perisic opened the scor­ing on the hour mark for In­ter, but the lead lasted just six min­utes be­fore Al­berto Gi­lardino lev­eled for the hosts.

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