EPL: Chelsea edge past Liverpool, Arsenal go top

Reuters| Last Updated: Dec 30, 2013, 00:16 AM IST

London: Chelsea heaped more Christmas misery on Liverpool with a 2-1 victory at Stamford Bridge and Olivier Giroud ended a seven-game scoring drought to help Arsenal win 1-0 at Newcastle United and return to the top of the Premier League on Sunday.

Everton moved back into the top four with a 2-1 win over Southampton and Tottenham Hotspur beat Stoke City 3-0 to get their first victory since appointing Tim Sherwood as permanent manager.

Chelsea fell behind to a goal from Martin Skrtel after four minutes, but rallied with first-half strikes from Eden Hazard and Samuel Eto`o to inflict a second defeat in four days on Liverpool, who lost to Manchester City on Thursday.

Arsenal`s France striker Giroud, who had not scored in all competitions since November 23, got the faintest of touches to glance a Theo Walcott free kick into the net midway through the second half.

Arsenal top the table with 42 points from 19 games, one clear of Manchester City with Chelsea a point further adrift in third.

Liverpool, who topped the table on Christmas Day, dropped to fifth, a point behind local rivals Everton who moved fourth with 37 points thanks to a second-half winner from Romelu Lukaku.

The Belgian, who had not scored for Everton in five games, struck three minutes after Gaston Ramirez cancelled out Seamus Coleman`s early opener.

A Roberto Soldado penalty and goals from Mousa Dembele and Aaron Lennon lifted Tottenham go seventh on 34 points.