Arsenal Back On EPL Summit

Arsenal returned to the English Premier League summit on Thursday after Theo Walcott scored twice as Arsene Wenger’s side came from behind to win 3-1 at West Ham United.
Arsenal spurned several first-half chances at Upton Park and they were punished early in the second period when Carlton Cole put the hosts in front after Wojciech Szczesny spilled a shot from Kevin Nolan.
However, Walcott struck twice in three minutes to turn the game around, squeezing a low shot past West Ham goalkeeper Adrian in the 68th minute and then heading home a cross from substitute Lukas Podolski.
Podolski was making his first appearance since August after a hamstring injury and he marked his comeback with a goal in the 79th minute, drilling home from Olivier Giroud’s lay-off.
Victory sent Arsenal three points above former leaders Liverpool, who lost 1-2 to Manchester City same day, while West Ham slump to second-bottom.
Chelsea also leapfrogged Liverpool, moving up to second place by beating Swansea City 1-0 in one of the day’s ten traditional Boxing Day fixtures.


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