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Arsenal remind title challengers they are still in the race

| 17.09.2012

Arsenal reminded the rest of the Premier League’s title challengers that they are still a force to be reckoned with after dismantling Southampton.

The Gunners produced a dazzling display of attacking to complete a 6-1 victory over the Saints, and now stand at 12/1 outsiders to win the league.

Whilst Nigel Adkins’ side offered very little defensive resistance, it would be unfair not to give credit to the home side for such a dominating victory.

Santi Cazorla pulled the strings in midfield, Lukas Podolski curled in a stunning free-kick, and man of the match Gervinho halved his Premier League goals total from last term with two well-taken efforts.

Elsewhere, Manchester United produced a strong performance themselves as they brushed off Wigan Athletic 4-0 at Old Trafford.

Javier Hernandez made his first start of the campaign for the Red Devils, and despite missing an early penalty did stamp his name on the scoresheet in the second half.

The Mexican is a long shot at 40/1 to be the league’s top scorer this season, whilst Paul Scholes, Alexander Buttner and Nick Powell also found the net against the Latics.

United’s cross-town rivals Manchester City slipped to a 1-1 draw away to Stoke City, but the champions remain favourites to retain their title this year at 11/8.

Peter Crouch had opened the scoring for the home side at the Britannia, but new signing Javi Garcia earned the Citizens a point on his debut.

Brendan Rodgers slow start to life as Liverpool manager continued as the Reds shared the points with Sunderland at the Stadium of Light.

The match finished 1-1, with Luis Suarez cancelling out Steven Fletcher’s opener, leaving Liverpool facing an uphill struggle to make the top four at 10/3.

QPR and Chelsea’s potentially explosive clash at Loftus Road lacked goals as it ended 0-0, after Anton Ferdinand refused to shake John Terry and Ashley Cole’s hand before the game.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.

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Jamie Dickenson