Chelsea hit Arsenal for six, Liverpool and City win
By Toby Davis
LONDON (Reuters) - Chelsea ripped apart 10-man Premier League title rivals Arsenal in a 6-0 mauling on Saturday to ensure Arsene Wenger's 1,000th game turned sour as Liverpool and Manchester City kept up the pressure with big wins.
Yaya Toure scored a hat-trick, including two penalties, as City wrapped up a punishing 5-0 victory over 10-man Fulham and Luis Suarez's prolific run continued with a treble as Liverpool twice came from behind to thrash Cardiff City 6-3.
Manchester United's Wayne Rooney scored twice, including a wonder strike from near the halfway line reminiscent of a goal by the watching David Beckham, in a 2-0 win at West Ham United.
The goals were spread about for Chelsea with Samuel Eto'o, Andre Schuerrle, Eden Hazard, Oscar (2) and Mohamed Salah on target for the leaders in a match likely to be remembered for a bizarre refereeing blunder as much as the hosts' cut and thrust.
Official Andre Marriner flashed a red card at Arsenal's Kieran Gibbs for a handball on the goalline when his team mate Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain was the culprit.
The referee "expressed his disappointment to Arsenal when he was made aware of the issue", the Professional Game Match Officials later said in a statement, while the FA said on Twitter that Arsenal can appeal against mistaken identity.
The sending-off did little to affect the destination of the points, however, as Arsenal were already 2-0 down when defender Gibbs was dismissed and Hazard stepped up to convert the resulting penalty to make it 3-0 after 17 minutes.
Chelsea stayed four points clear of second-placed Liverpool, the Londoners having played a game more, with Manchester City six adrift of the leaders in third but with three games in hand. Arsenal slipped to fourth seven points off the pace. Continued...