London, England, United Kingdom (4E Sports) – Mesut Ozil recorded two scores while Jack Wilshere buried his first home Premier League goal as Arsenal returned to the top of standings with a 4-1 triumph over Norwich City Saturday at Emirates Stadium.
With the win, Arsenal opened up a two-point lead over Liverpool and Chelsea at the top of the table. Arsene Wenger’s side now has 19 points while Liverpool and Chelsea have 17 apiece.
Jonathan Howson scored in the 70th minute for Norwich City, which slipped further down the standings after suffering its fifth loss.
Ozil was included in the starting lineup for Arsenal after recovering from a knee problem suffered on international duty while Norwich played without striker Ricky van Wolfswinkel because of a toe injury.
The Gunners initially struggled to break through Norwich’s defense, but Wilshere and Ozil put Arsenal in control with goals in the 18th and 58th minute.
Wilshere put Arsenal on the board with an amazing finish after a series of passes involving him, Santi Cazorla and Olivier Giroud.
“Wilshere’s goal was certainly one of the best Arsenal goals, one that I enjoyed the most as well because it was a team goal,” said Wenger.
Arsenal made it a two-goal game when Giroud found Ozil, who rounded off a superb counter-attack with a fine header into the bottom corner.
Howson pulled one back for the visitors but Aaron Ramsey’s scoring strike in the 83rd minute and Ozil’s second goal in the 88th minute sealed the win for Arsenal.
“Ramsey’s goal was great quality from him, but we had opportunities to clear it. What was most disappointing was that at 2-1, when I felt we might have an opportunity, we didn’t make the most of it,” Norwich manager Chris Hughton said.
In other matches, Chelsea defeated Cardiff City, 4-1; Everton downed Hull City, 2-1; Swansea City blanked Sunderland, 4-0; and Manchester City beat West Ham United, 3-1.
Newcastle United and Liverpool battled to a 2-2 draw while Manchester United and Southampton settled for a 1-1 tie. The showdown between Stoke City and West Bromwich Albion ended in a scoreless tie.