Theo Walcott shines as Arsenal regains Premier League lead

Fitzgerald Cecilio – 4E Sports Reporter

London, England, United Kingdom (4E Sports) – Theo Walcott scored twice in a span of three minutes in the second half to carry Arsenal to a come-from-behind 3-1 win over West Ham United Thursday at Upton Park.

With the victory, Arsenal regained the top spot in the Premier League standings, grabbing a one-point edge over Manchester City, which beat erstwhile leader Liverpool, 2-1.

Also, the victory rekindled Arsenal’s title hopes after a after a run of three Premier League matches without a win.

Arsene Wenger’s side fell behind after Carlton Cole scored in the 46th minute following a mistake from Wojciech Szczesny.

Walcott tied the count in the 68th minute with a shot from the right before sending a powerful header home after meeting a cross from the returning Lukas Podolski to put Arsenal ahead.

Podolski marked his first appearance after returning from a hamstring injury, scoring 11 minutes from time to seal the victory for Arsenal.

Meanwhile, Vincent Kompany and Alvaro Negredo scored in the first half to lift Manchester City over Liverpool.

After Philippe Coutinho put Liverpool ahead in the 24th minute, Kompany retaliated in the 31st minute before Negredo put Manchester City ahead with his 14th goal of the season.

Chelsea moved up to third place with a 1-0 win over Swansea City while Sunderland secured its first Premier League road win after beating 10-man Everton, 1-0, at Goodison Park.

In other matches, Newcastle United defeated Stoke City, 5-1; Southampton beat Cardiff City, 3-0; Fulham downed Norwich City, 2-1; Crystal Palace edged Aston Villa, 1-0; and Manchester United escaped Hull City, 3-2

Tim Sherwood’s first match as permanent Tottenham Hotspur head coach ended in frustration as they were held to a 1-1 draw by West Bromwich Albion.

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