London, England, United Kingdom (4E Sports) – Aaron Ramsey scored his eighth goal of the season in all competitions as Arsenal grabbed solo lead in the Premier League with a 2-1 victory over Swansea City Saturday at Liberty Stadium.
The victory was the fifth straight Premier League win for Arsene Wenger’s side, helping them take a two-point lead over closest pursuer Tottenham Hotspur, which entered the day tied for the lead but dropped to second after a 1-1 tie with Chelsea.
.After a low-key first half, Ramsey set up German youngster Serge Gnabry for the game’s first goal in the 58th minute.
The former Cardiff City midfielder produced a composed finish himself in the 62nd minute as Arsenal recorded their eighth straight Premier League road win.
“Aaron Ramsey became stronger. He had an outstanding second half today and scored again. What can you say? There’s still a lot of improvement to come from him,” Wenger said.
“Serge Gnabry is 18 years old. Early quality on the pitch is what he is showing. We are giving him confidence and he had another good game today,” the manager added.
Wenger made nine changes from the team that beat West Bromwich Albion Wednesday with injuries to Santi Cazorla, Theo Walcott, Lukas Podolski and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, retaining only Gnabry and Per Mertesacker.
Jonathan De Guzman and Jonjo Shelvey had chances to score in the first half for Swansea but missed their target.
Meanwhile, Manchester United and Manchester City both suffered shocking defeats at the hands of West Bromwich Albion and Aston Villa, respectively.
David Moyes’s side suffered its second successive top-flight defeat after a fine second-half display by West Brom, which took the lead early in the second half thanks to a wonderful individual goal by Morgan Amalfitano.
The Frenchman picked up the ball in his own half before embarking on a run that took him past several players before dinking a cool finish over David de Gea.
Although Manchester United tied the game with Wayne Rooney’s 57th-minute free-kick, West Brom regained the lead behind Saido Berahino’s goal in the 67th minute.
Man City lost to Aston Villa despite twice taking the lead at Villa Park, through Yaya Toure on the stroke of half-time and Edin Dzeko in the 56th minute.
However, Karim El Ahmadi and Leandro Bacuna brought Paul Lambert’s men back into the match and Andreas Weimann produced the winner with 15 minutes remaining.
In other matches, Southampton, Hull City and Cardiff prevailed over Crystal Palace, West Ham United and Fulham, respectively.