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Alvaro nets winner

Eden Hazard

London: Alvaro Negredo kept up his sparkling home scoring record, grabbing the winner as Manchester City came from behind to beat title rivals Liverpool 2-1 in a rip-roaring Premier League showdown, on Thursday.

City moved up to second in the table, one point behind Arsenal, after rallying from a goal down thanks to a header from Vincent Kompany and a first-half stoppage-time strike from Negredo.

Theo Walcott’s double helped Arsenal get their title challenge back on track with a 3-1 victory at West Ham United. Carlton Cole opened the scoring for lowly West Ham after the break but Walcott struck twice before Lucas Podolski wrapped up a first win in four league games for Arsenal.

In another match of the day, Eden Hazard’s goal was enough for Chelsea to secure a 1-0 home win against Swansea City.

Everton’s hopes of completing 2013 unbeaten at home in the Premier League vanished as they lost 0-1 at home to bottom club Sunderland after keeper Tim Howard was sent off. Newcastle United thumped nine-man Stoke City 5-1.

Tottenham Hotspur were held to a 11 draw by West Bromwich Albion in Tim Sherwood’s first match in charge since being named as the club’s permanent manager.

Wins for Crystal Palace at Aston Villa and Fulham at Norwich City meant the three sides that began the day in the bottom three all won, leaving West Ham to drop into the bottom three. Cardiff City were beaten 0-3 at home by Southampton, raising fresh doubts over the future of manager Malky Mackay.

At the Upton Park, Sam Allardyce’s West Ham had weathered some heavy pressure in the first period and snatched the lead early in the second through Carlton Cole only for the Gunners to come up with a whirlwind final quarter and seal a surprisingly comfortable victory.

Also pleasing for Arsene Wenger will be the successful return of Germany forward Lukas Podolski, who wrapped up the points having come off the bench, but both Aaron Ramsey and West Ham’s James Collins were substituted after sustaining new injuries during the game.

It were the hosts who produced the first meaningful attempt at goal in the 10th minute when Mark Noble nearly scored from a free-kick but was brilliantly saved by Wojciech Szczesny who dived full-stretch.

The Gunners were struggling to dissect a determined home defence and when they did in the 26th minute, Walcott should have done better than volley a precision lofted pass from Aaron Ramsey wide of the near post.

Santi Cazorla was two feet too high from distance on the half-hour mark and Olivier Giroud cut a frustrated figure having wasted a pair of openings created by well-timed Mesut Ozil passes.