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Premier League Saturday including Manchester City v Arsenal, Chelsea and Everton - LIVE!

Follow the latest news and scores from today's Premier League matches including Manchester City v Arsenal, Cardiff v West Brom, Chelsea v Crystal Palace, Everton v Fulham, Newcastle v Southampton, West Ham v Sunderland and Hull v Stoke.


by Sam Dymond


  • Welcome to The Independent's live coverage of today's Premier League action - and it starts with a bang! At 12.45pm, leaders Arsenal kick-off at Fortress Etihad against title favourites Manchester City, but it doesn't stop there. There are five three o'clock fixtures, including two - Chelsea v Crystal Palace and Everton v Fulham - that will have ramifications at the top and the bottom, and there's also a proverbial relegation six-pointer at Upton Park, where West Ham host Sunderland. Elsewhere, Cardiff welcome West Bromwich Albion, Alan Pardew takes on his former club Southampton with Newcastle and, in the day's late game, Hull face Stoke.

    We'll be here to bring you all the goals, news and updates from around the division as it happens, and if you want to get involved, tweet me @sammydymond with marginally less abuse than what's directed at Gary Barlow.
    12/14/2013 11:47:15 AM
  • Supposedly, Manuel Pellegrini wasn't aware what a fourth goal in Munich on Tuesday would have meant to Manchester City, but you can be absolutely sure that he knows what a positive result today will mean - and that's a huge stride back into the title race. 

    Premier League leaders Arsenal arrive at the Etihad Stadium five points clear at the top, and six ahead of this afternoon's opponents. The Gunners have the best away record in the division, having won ten of their last 12 on the road, but they have shown slight - just ever so slight - signs of feeling a new weight of expectation. An expectation nobody expected.

    This is their biggest test yet because Manchester City are imperious on home soil. They've triumphed in all seven of their league games in front of their own fans this season, more often than not in some style having racked up 29 goals while conceding just two. 

    Something has to give this lunchtime. In recent years, a fixture so integral to the title race between Manchester and London  would have almost certainly involved United and Chelsea, but it's all about City and Arsenal today. It begins in 35 minutes.
    12/14/2013 12:11:13 PM
  • And here's the team news from the Etihad Stadium. The hosts make two changes to the side that drew at Southampton in their last Premier League with Gael Clichy coming in to facing his former club alongside David Silva. For Arsenal, Theo Walcott starts his first game since September and is joined in the team by Nacho Monreal, Bacary Sagna and Mathieu Flamini.

    Manchester City: Pantilimon, Zabaleta, Clichy, Fernandinho, Demichelis, Kompany, Nasri, Touré, Negredo, Agüero, Silva

    Subs: Hart, Lescott, Milner, Dzeko, Kolarov, Javi García, Navas

    Arseanal: Szczesny, Sagna, Monreal, Flamini, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Walcott, Ramsey, Giroud, Özil, Wilshere

    Subs: Vermaelen, Rosicky, Arteta, Cazorla, Fabianski, Bendtner, Gnabry

    Referee: Martin Atkinson
    12/14/2013 12:14:53 PM
  • Arsenal have been superb on their travels, but many are pointing towards their last trip to Manchester as a sign of weakness ahead of today's game. However, as Jack Pitt-Brooke explains, Arsene Wenger believes his new-look Arsenal are built to stand up to such challenges...

    And Wenger hopes this stable of scurrying creators will seize the game at Manchester City today, in a way that they failed to do on their last trip to Manchester. Arsenal’s only league defeat since the opening day was at Old Trafford last month, when they looked slightly cowed by the stage. They went 1-0 down in the first half and did not start playing until it was too late.

    Read the full article by clicking here...
    12/14/2013 12:25:07 PM
  • Christmas jumpers: now available in hat format.

    12/14/2013 12:26:49 PM
  • Much has been made of Costel Pantilimon again starting ahead of Joe Hart, but Manchester City are quick to inform us that the goalkeepers are the best of friends.


    Hang on, touching gloves? That looks like a beautifully captured left hook to me.
    12/14/2013 12:30:00 PM
  • The teams are out on the pitch for what the experts and Ian Darke are calling "the biggest game in the Premier League this season."

    Let's hope this one lives up to its billing - because let's face it, they rarely do.
    12/14/2013 12:43:43 PM
  • Manchester City 0 Arsenal 0: The Gunners get us going at the Etihad with Blue Moon reverberating around the ground. The good news for the visitors is that they've already started better that their North London rivals did here last month.
    12/14/2013 12:47:16 PM
  • Manchester City 0 Arsenal 0: The home side are making all the running in the early stages, having forced a trio of corners already, and had Sergio Aguero reacted quicker to Alvaro Negredo's cross, then they could have registered the game's first effort on goal too.
    12/14/2013 12:53:04 PM
  • Manchester City 0 Arsenal 0: City have been on top, but Theo Walcott has just created a real opening for Jack Wilshere by standing up a cross to the far post. The result, however, was either the worst shot or best one-two of the season, as Wilshere's volley heads straight back towards his teammate.
    12/14/2013 12:58:29 PM
  • GOAL! Manchester City 1 Arsenal 0: And now City have the lead! Another corner from the right is flicked on by Martin Demichelis towards Sergio Aguero at the back post. The Argentine reacts in typically acrobatic style to volley in the game's opening goal. 

    Now, what have the league leaders got?
    12/14/2013 12:58:44 PM


  • The last team to keep a clean sheet at the Etihad? Birmingham City with a defence including Roger Johnson and Liam Ridgewell. 
    12/14/2013 1:08:03 PM
  • Manchester City 1 Arsenal 0: City have been pushing for a second with Negredo and Yaya Toure both wayward with attempts on goal, and the Spaniard has just had a thumping effort blocked by a cluster of defenders. "That wasn't the worst effort, was it?" asks commentator Ian Darke. No, that will be Jack Wilshere's from earlier.
    12/14/2013 1:16:51 PM
  • GOAL! Manchester City 1 Arsenal 1: Wayne Rooney, Romelu Lukaku and now Theo Walcott. The Arsenal man has become the third player to score against Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium this season. Yaya Toure was dispossessed in midfield by Aaron Ramsey, who found Mesut Ozil on the left. The German squared the ball to Walcott, whose side-footed shot took a slight deflection of Demichelis and completely wrong-footed Pantilimon.
    12/14/2013 1:17:07 PM
  • GOAL! Manchester City 2 Arsenal 1: Arsenal weren't on level terms for long! Alvaro Negredo had missed a couple of good opportunities, but now he's restored City's lead by capping off a wonderful move. Toure started it with a brilliant flick with the outside of his boot to Pablo Zabaleta, who darted into the area and delivered a pinpoint cross for the Spaniard to divert past Wojciech Szczesny at the near post.

    It's a double blow for the Gunners because Laurent Koscielny departs on a stretcher after picking up an injury in the build up. He is replaced by Thomas Vermaelen.
    12/14/2013 1:23:49 PM
  • Manchester City 2 Arsenal 1: We're into four minutes of injury time at the end of a gripping first half, and neither side are letting up. First, Vincent Kompany loops a header over from another City set-piece before some crisp passing nearly sent Walcott away down the right, but the Arsenal goalscorer was flagged offside.
    12/14/2013 1:34:41 PM
  • Half-time - Manchester City 2 Arsenal 1:
    12/14/2013 1:35:47 PM
  • You'd be that smug too if you were as good as him.

    12/14/2013 1:37:22 PM
  • I asked for your tweets today to enhance the live blog, but this wasn't exactly what I had in mind...


    No spoilers for Henry, please. Except maybe someone should tell him not to bother with season five.
    12/14/2013 1:41:00 PM
  • Arsenal goalscorer and new-father-to-be Theo Walcott celebrates. I'll never forgive Bebeto for starting this trend.

    12/14/2013 1:47:24 PM
  • Manchester City 2 Arsenal 1: The second half gets underway, and while no Premier League club can better the music played on matchday at the Etihad, there is nobody worse for not turning the PA off when the game starts. City launch at attack halfway through Hey Jude.
    12/14/2013 1:53:10 PM
  • GOAL! Manchester City 3 Arsenal 1: The second half began in one of the worst possible ways for Manchester City with Aguero needing to be replaced because of a calf injury, but maybe they don't need him because Fernandinho has just put them 3-1 ahead with his first goal for the club. Mesut Ozil made a rare mistake in giving the ball away and the Brazilian capitalised, bore down on goal and curled a lovely effort past the outstretched arm of Szczesny from 20 yards.
    12/14/2013 1:58:12 PM
  • Manchester City 3 Arsenal 1: There must be something about that particular end at the Etihad because Olivier Giroud has just horrible miscued in front of goal when in acres of space. Alvaro Negredo gave it some of that in the first half, and now the Arsenal striker has followed suit with a slice wide, much to the frustration of the unmarked Theo Walcott.

    The Frenchman nearly made up for it moments later, but his glancing header across goal from Sagna''s cross just flashes the wrong side of Pantilimon's right hand post. Arsenal are having a go, as they say.
    12/14/2013 2:02:59 PM
  • Manchester City 3 Arsenal 1: Arsenal are appealing for a penalty after the ball accidentally ricochets up on to Zabaleta's arm on the edge of the area, but Martin Atkinson is not interested. Michael Owen has seen them given, but it's worth pointing out that they would have only been awarded by really bad referees.
    12/14/2013 2:06:13 PM
  • GOAL! Manchester 3 Arsenal 2: It's not over yet! Theo Walcott has done it again on his return to the Arsenal team with a fantastic finish. Good work from Ozil and Ramsey found the forward in the box, and he took one touch to control the ball before curling an effort into the top right hand corner. Game on once more.
    12/14/2013 2:07:40 PM
  • GOAL! Manchester City 4 Arsenal 2: Game off once more. City have restored their two-goal cushion and it's come from another player making a return to Premier League action. Substitute Jesus Navas found half a yard of space on the right flank and drilled a low ball into the box for David Silva to fire into the roof of the net.
    12/14/2013 2:11:54 PM
  • Manchester City 4 Arsenal 2: Navas goes close to adding a fifth. Samir Nasri slid in the Spanish winger, who comfortably danced around Szczesny, but the angle was too wide and he was only able to slam the ball into the side netting.
    12/14/2013 2:20:01 PM
  • There's not much happening at the Etihad so let's get some team news from the 3pm kick-offs, starting at Stamford Bridge.

    Chelsea: Cech, Ivanovic, Azpilicueta, Essien, Luiz, Terry, Willian, Ramires, Torres, Mata, Hazard

    Subs: Cole, Lampard, Oscar, Schürrle, Ba, Schwarzer, Eto'o

    Crystal Palace: Speroni, Mariappa, Ward, Jedinak, Gabbidon, Delaney, Puncheon, Dikgacoi. Jerome, Chamakh, Bannan

    Subs: Parr, Bolasie, O'Keefe, Gayle, Williams, Kébé, Price

    Referee: Mark Clattenburg
    12/14/2013 2:21:57 PM
  • Team news from Goodison Park.

    Everton: Howard, Coleman, Oviedo, Barry, Jagielka, Distin, Deulofeu, Osman, Lukaku, Barkley, Pienaar

    Subs: Robles, Heitinga, Jelavic, Mirallas, Naismith, Stones, Alcaraz

    Fulham: Stekelenburg, Riether, Riise, Parker, Senderos, Hughes, Dejagah, Sidwell, Berbatov, Karagounis, Kacaniklic

    Subs: Kasami, Ruiz, Stockdale, Richardson, Duff, Zverotic, Bent

    Referee: Anthony Taylor
    12/14/2013 2:25:46 PM
  • How dare Squawka. Everything looks pretty when Olivier Giroud is involved...


    12/14/2013 2:27:27 PM
  • Team news from the Cardiff City Stadium.

    Cardiff: Marshall, Théophile-Catherine, Taylor, Medel, Caulker, Turner, Odemwingie, Mutch, Campbell, Whittingham, Noone

    Subs: Hudson, Cornelius, Kim, Gunnarsson, Cowie, Maynard, Lewis

    West Brom: Myhill, Jones, Ridgewell, Yacob, McAuley, Olsson, Amalfitano, Mulumbu, Long, Sessegnon, Brunt

    Subs: Morrison, Sinclair, Lugano, Daniels, Vydra, Gera, Berahino

    Referee: Howard Webb
    12/14/2013 2:31:33 PM
  • GOAL! Manchester City 5 Arsenal 2: Seconds after Nasri should have sealed victory for Man City, the Frenchman sets up Fernandinho to do just that. The hosts broke on Arsenal's tired legs, the midfielder teed up the Brazilian in the area, who sold two defenders and dinked the ball over Szczesny and in off the post.

    A minute later, Arsenal substitute Nicklas Bendtner has the ball in the City net, but he is harshly adjudged offside.
    12/14/2013 2:32:13 PM
  • GOAL! Manchester City 5 Arsenal 3: Do you remember when I said the game probably wouldn't live up to the hype? Can we delete that? Per Mertesacker has headed in a consolation for Arsenal deep into injury time. That will surely be the end of the action.
    12/14/2013 2:39:38 PM
  • PENALTY! GOAL! Manchester City 6 Arsenal 3: OH, OF COURSE IT WON'T! City break at lightening speed from kick-off and Szczesny brings down slayer of Bayern Munich, James Milner, in the area. The goalkeeper is booked and Yaya Toure nonchalantly converts from 12 yards.
    12/14/2013 2:42:30 PM
  • Full-time - Manchester City 6 Arsenal 3: Phew! I broke more sweat just watching that game that I have in matches I've played in.
    12/14/2013 2:44:13 PM

  • Team news from Upton Park.

    West Ham: Jääskeläinen, Demel, McCartney, Diamé, Collins, Tomkins, Cole, Noble, Maiga, Morrison, Jarvis

    Subs: Rat, Collison, Adrián, Taylor, O'Brien, Diarra, Cole

    Sunderland: Mannone, Celustka, Bardsley, Cattermole, O'Shea, Brown, Larsson, Ki, Altidore, Borini, Giaccherini

    Subs: Dossena, Cabral, Gardner, Fletcher, Johnson, Pickford, Roberge

    Referee: Andre Marriner
    12/14/2013 2:47:43 PM
  • I was asked for my thoughts on Newcastle's game with Southampton earlier, and I must say I did fancy the visitors depending on team news. Team news that has since changed my mind.


    And remember, kids: Drinking and gambling are big trouble as individual pursuits, combined they are a disaster, as James is likely to discover at 5pm this evening because...

    Team news from St James' Park.

    Newcastle: Krul, Debuchy, Santon, Anita, Williamson, Coloccini, Sissoko, Tioté, Remy, Shola Ameobi, Gouffran

    Subs: Cissé, Ben Arfa, Yanga-Mbiwa, Haidara, Elliot, Obertan, Sammy Ameobi

    Southampton: Gazzaniga, Chambers, Shaw, Cork, Lovren, Hooiveld, Rodriguez, Ward-Prowse, Lambert, Davis, Osvaldo

    Subs: Yoshida, Schneiderlin, Fonte, Ramírez, Lallana, Gallagher, Cropper

    Referee: Michael Jones
    12/14/2013 2:56:17 PM
  • Meanwhile, Fulham have lost their last 20 visits to Goodison Park in the league, including a record-breaking 12 straight seasons in the Premier League. You think such a Pointless record would be music to this man's ears...


    12/14/2013 2:58:36 PM
  • Our five three o'clock kick-offs have begun...
    12/14/2013 3:00:56 PM
  • West Ham 0 Sunderland 0: Three decent yet unsuccessful attempts at Upton Park - and that's just Chris Kamara trying to pronounce Jussi Jääskeläinen. Meanwhile, on the pitch, Ki goes close for Sunderland with a volley from a corner.
    12/14/2013 3:09:07 PM
  • Newcastle 0 Southampton 0: Loic Remy should have put Newcastle ahead moments ago, but when set up just a few yards out by Yoan Gouffran, the striker could only fire the ball straight at the defender on the line and it's cleared away. Maybe Southampton don't need a goalkeeper after all.
    12/14/2013 3:15:36 PM
  • GOAL! Chelsea 1 Crystal Palace 0: The first goal of this afternoon's game has come at Stamford Bridge. Crystal Palace had made a solid start, but they've fallen behind to Fernando Torres' goal poaching. Willian's drive from outside the area was tipped on the post by Julian Speroni, but the Spanish striker was on hand to convert the rebound from close range.
    12/14/2013 3:16:14 PM
  • GOAL! Everton 1 Fulham 0: It looks like it's going to be 21 defeats in a row at Everton for Fulham because the goal that the hosts have threatened has arrived. Leon Osman was fed by Steven Pienaar, and the diminutive midfielder turned Aaron Hughes to strike the ball past Maarten Stekelenburg. Leon Osman 1 Richard Osman 0.
    12/14/2013 3:21:54 PM
  • West Ham 0 Sunderland 0: The Hammers have the ball in the net, but Guy Demel is rightly penalised for fouling Fabio Borini - and the home supporters are not impressed with the decision. I haven't seen so many aggravated Cockneys in a confined space since the Queen Vic ran out of beer in that episode of Eastenders.
    12/14/2013 3:25:58 PM
  • The latest product of Southampton's impressive youth system gets the nod at St James' Park this afternoon...


    12/14/2013 3:28:21 PM
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