Arsenal have stretched their English Premier League lead to four points after they scored a 2-nil win over third-placed Southampton.
Southampton, beaten only once previously this season and with the league's best defence, were holding their own at the Emirates until Polish international keeper Artur Boruc tried to dummy his way past Olivier Giroud in the 22nd minute and was dispossessed to hand the Frenchman a goal.
Arsenal, who completed the win with a late Giroud penalty, have 28 points with Liverpool second on 24 after a pulsating Merseyside derby ended 3-3 at Goodison Park.
Chelsea are up to third after beating West Ham 3-nil.
Newcastle United continued their great run as they followed up victories over Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur with a 2-1 home win over Norwich City to move to 20 points alongside champions Manchester United and Spurs, who are both in action tomorrow at Cardiff City and Manchester City respectively.
Stoke City beat 10-man Sunderland 2-nil, while Swansea City won 2-1 at struggling Fulham who are in the drop zone.
Crystal Palace climbed off the bottom and above Sunderland as they collected their first away points of the season with a 1-nil victory at Hull City, with Tony Pulis, confirmed as their new manager earlier today, watching from the stands.