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Arsenal playmaker Mesut Ozil celebrates after scoring against Norwich in the English Premier League, October 19Reuters

Arsenal put on a finishing masterclass, easing past Norwich City with four stunning goals in a 4-1 victory to keep their position at the top of the English Premier League table intact.

Chelsea also showed their prowess, courtesy an impressive second half performance, beating Cardiff 4-1, while Liverpool were held 2-2 by 10-man Newcastle.

Manchester United's woes of this season's Premier League continued as Adam Lallana's late equaliser saw the champions consigned to a 1-1 draw against Southampton, after Robin Van Persie had given the home side the lead at Old Trafford.

At the Emirates, Arsenal almost strived with every goal for perfection, and achieved it pretty much every time around.

The first goal, scored in the 18th minute was straight out of dreamland. Wilshere first exchanged passes with Santi Cazorla, who then slid the ball to Olivier Giroud inside the box. The Arsenal striker then played a delightful one-two with Wilshere, before perfectly flicking the ball back to Wilshere, who coolly slotted in with his right foot.

The second goal came in the second half courtesy Arsenal's main man Mesut Ozil, who powered a header, yes a header, off a pinpoint cross from Giroud.

Norwich pulled one back through Johnny Howson, but Aaron Ramsey, who came in for the injured Mathieu Flamini, settle the nerves with a stunning solo goal.

The Arsenal midfielder after taking a pass from Wilshere, swayed one way and then the other, leaving the Southampton defence on their knees, before smashing the ball past John Ruddy, who it has to be said was in great form, making quite a few top-class saves.

The gloss was added in the 88th minute, when a first-time pass from Ramsey, off a nice cross from Tomas Rosicky, found Ozil for a tap-in.

Arsenal now lead the table by two points from Chelsea and Liverpool, with the former picking up an impressive 4-1 win thanks to goals from Eden Hazard, Samuel Eto'o and Oscar.

Manchester United, after their draw, and Southampton thoroughly deserved the point, if not the win, are now eight points behind Arsenal, and Moyes needs to turn things around quickly before things get out of hand.

In the early game, Liverpool could not find a win against Newcastle, despite playing with a man advantage for over 45 minutes.

Yohan Cabaye had given the lead for Newcastle with a sweet 30-yard strike, only for Liverpool to equalise from the penalty spot courtesy Steven Gerrard.

Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa brought down Luis Suarez inside the box, with the referee left with no choice but to brandish a red card as the Newcastle defender was the last man.

Gerrard stepped up and cool as ice netted into the bottom corner past Tim Krul for his 100th Premier League goal three minutes before halftime.

In the second half, Liverpool, a man up, enjoyed much of the possession and should have found the second goal, only for Newcastle to make it 2-1 against the run of play.

Cabaye played in a nice freekick from the left which eluded every single Liverpool defender, allowing Paul Dummet, in as a substitute after Yanga-Mbiwa's dismissal, to ghost in on the far post and provide a neat finish in the 56th minute.

Liverpool pressed and probed and finally found the equaliser 18 minutes from time, when Suarez found a perfect cross for Daniel Sturridge to nod-in from close range.

The Reds did their best to find the winner, with Suarez hitting the crossbar and forcing a save from Krul off the last kick of the game, but the goal just would not come as Newcastle held on for a precious and hard-earned point.

Results: Newcastle 2-2 Liverpool; Arsenal 4-1 Norwich; Everton 2-1 Hull; Chelsea 4-1 Cardiff; Swansea 4-0 Sunderland; Stoke 0-0 West Brom; Manchester United 1-1 Southampton.