Arsenal Beats Chelsea in Premier League, Van Persie Nets 3

Robin van Persie scored a hat trick to lead Arsenal to a 5-3 win over Chelsea in English soccer’s Premier League, while first-place Manchester City beat Wolverhampton 3-1.

Andre Santos and Theo Walcott also scored at Stamford Bridge in west London as Arsenal won its first away game of the season and sent Chelsea to its second straight league defeat.

“You could see how happy we were at the end because we fought hard for this game,” van Persie, who leads the league with 10 goals, told Sky Sports. “Every one of us showed character and it was a big win for us.”

Manchester City’s win over Wolves maintains its five-point lead over Manchester United, which beat Everton 1-0. Fulham and Swansea both won their first away games, as Norwich and Sunderland earned draws with late goals. Liverpool beat West Brom 2-0 in the day’s final game.

Van Persie scored in the first half, took advantage of a slip by Chelsea’s John Terry to break a 3-3 in the 85th minute and completed his hat trick in stoppage time. The Dutchman now has 33 goals in 37 games for Arsenal in the 2011 calendar year.

Frank Lampard and van Persie traded goals in the first 36 minutes, before Terry scored just before halftime. Santos and Walcott had goals early in the second half to give Arsenal a 3-2 lead and Juan Mata tied the game in the 80th minute.

Stoppage Time

Van Persie ran onto a loose ball as Terry slipped in defense, went around goalkeeper Petr Cech and scored to give Arsenal a 4-3 lead. He clinched the victory in stoppage time on a counter attack.

“We must evolve,” Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas told Sky Sports. “It’s two defeats in a row and we have to get things right.”

Manchester City, which finished with 10 men, got second-half goals from Edin Dzeko, Aleksandar Kolarov and Adam Johnson to stay unbeaten. Stephen Hunt scored with a 75th-minute penalty kick for Wolves, which came after Vincent Kompany was red-carded for taking down Kevin Doyle.

It was City’s second win over Wolves in three days, after a 5-2 victory in the fourth round of the Carling Cup on Oct. 26.

Javier Hernandez scored the goal as Manchester United rebounded from last week’s 6-1 loss to Manchester City with the win at Everton. Charlie Adam and Andy Carroll scored as Liverpool beat West Brom and former manager Roy Hodgson to extend its unbeaten run to five games.

Clint Dempsey and Moussa Dembele scored as Fulham beat Wigan 2-0, the Latics’ seventh consecutive loss. Second-half goals from Joe Allen, Danny Graham and Scott Sinclair lifted Swansea past 10-man Bolton, which had Ricardo Gardner sent off for a second yellow card early in the second half.

Grant Holt scored with a penalty kick in stoppage time to give Norwich a 3-3 draw with Blackburn, while Stephane Sessegnon’s goal in the 89th minute earned Sunderland a 2-2 home tie with Aston Villa.

Tottenham hosts Queen’s Park Rangers tomorrow and undefeated Newcastle visits Stoke in two days.

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