Arsenal returned to the top of the Premier League tree, for a couple of hours at least, with a 3-1 win against an uninspiring West Ham United.

Carlton Cole pounced on a Wojciech Szczęsny error to give the Hammers a fortuitous lead shortly after the pause, but the Pole was outdone by Adrián, who somehow allowed Theo Walcott's tame strike to beat him for the leveller. The England international then diverted Kieran Gibbs's cross past the Spaniard to put Arsenal in front for the first time, and Lukas Podolski ended the contest on his first outing since August.

A crazy first half at St James's Park ended with one saved penalty, two goals and three red cards, as Stoke players Glenn Whelan and Mark Wilson were dismissed and manager Mark Hughes was sent to the stands. Oussama Assaidi had given the Potters the lead, but Loïc Rémy cancelled that out less than a minute after Thomas Sørensen denied him.

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    West Ham United's English striker Carlton Cole (L) celebrates scoring a goal during the English Premier League football match between West Ham United and Arsenal at the Boleyn Ground, Upton Park, in east London on December 26, 2013. AFP PHOTO / CARL COURT RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or live services. Online in-match use limited to 45 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. (Photo credit should read CARL COURT/AFP/Getty Images)

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    West Ham United's English striker Carlton Cole celebrates scoring a goal during the English Premier League football match between West Ham United and Arsenal at the Boleyn Ground, Upton Park, in east London on December 26, 2013. AFP PHOTO / CARL COURT RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or live services. Online in-match use limited to 45 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. (Photo credit should read CARL COURT/AFP/Getty Images)

  • West Ham United v Arsenal - Premier League

    LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 26: Despair for Kieran Gibbs (28) and Wojciech Szczesny of Arsenal (2L) as Carlton Cole of West Ham United (R) celebrates as he scores their first goal during the Barclays Premier League match between West Ham United and Arsenal at Boleyn Ground on December 26, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)

  • West Ham United v Arsenal - Premier League

    LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 26: Carlton Cole of West Ham United celebrates as he scores their first goal during the Barclays Premier League match between West Ham United and Arsenal at Boleyn Ground on December 26, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)

  • West Ham United v Arsenal - Premier League

    LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 26: Lukas Podolski of Arsenal celebrates as he scores their third goal during the Barclays Premier League match between West Ham United and Arsenal at Boleyn Ground on December 26, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)

  • West Ham United v Arsenal - Premier League

    LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 26: Lukas Podolski of Arsenal celebrates as he scores their third goal during the Barclays Premier League match between West Ham United and Arsenal at Boleyn Ground on December 26, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)

  • West Ham United v Arsenal - Premier League

    LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 26: Lukas Podolski of Arsenal (L) celebrates with Theo Walcott as he scores their third goal during the Barclays Premier League match between West Ham United and Arsenal at Boleyn Ground on December 26, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)

  • West Ham United v Arsenal - Premier League

    LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 26: Despair for Adrian of West Ham United (L) as Theo Walcott of Arsenal (R) celebrates with Mesut Oezil (11) as he scores their first goal during the Barclays Premier League match between West Ham United and Arsenal at Boleyn Ground on December 26, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)

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    Arsenal's English midfielder Theo Walcott (2-R) scores a goal during the English Premier League football match between West Ham United and Arsenal at the Boleyn Ground, Upton Park, in east London on December 26, 2013. AFP PHOTO / CARL COURT RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or live services. Online in-match use limited to 45 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. (Photo credit should read CARL COURT/AFP/Getty Images)

  • West Ham United v Arsenal - Premier League

    LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 26: Lukas Podolski of Arsenal (L) celebrates with Theo Walcott as he scores their third goal during the Barclays Premier League match between West Ham United and Arsenal at Boleyn Ground on December 26, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)

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    Stoke City's Moroccan midfielder Oussama Assaidi (C) celebrates scoring the opening goal of the English Premier League football match between Newcastle United and Stoke City at at St James' Park in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, northeast England on December 26, 2013. AFP PHOTO / IAN MACNICOL RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or live services. Online in-match use limited to 45 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. (Photo credit should read Ian MacNicol/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Newcastle United v Stoke City - Premier League

    NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 26: Newcastle player Mike Williamson (r) challenges Jonathan Walters during the Barclays Premier League match between Newcastle United and Stoke City at St James' Park on December 26, 2013 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

  • Newcastle United v Stoke City - Premier League

    NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 26: Stoke player Glenn Whelan (l) is sent off by referee Martin Atkinson during the Barclays Premier League match between Newcastle United and Stoke City at St James' Park on December 26, 2013 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

  • Newcastle United v Stoke City - Premier League

    NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 26: Stoke manager Mark Hughes (l) is sent to the stands by the 4th official Robert Madley during the Barclays Premier League match between Newcastle United and Stoke City at St James' Park on December 26, 2013 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

  • Newcastle United v Stoke City - Premier League

    NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 26: Stoke manager Mark Hughes (l) throws his coat up in the air in disgust after being sent to the stands by referee Martin Atkinson during the Barclays Premier League match between Newcastle United and Stoke City at St James' Park on December 26, 2013 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

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    Newcastle United's French striker Loic Remy celebrates scoring their first goal during the English Premier League football match between Newcastle United and Stoke City at at St James' Park in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, northeast England on December 26, 2013. AFP PHOTO / IAN MACNICOL RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or live services. Online in-match use limited to 45 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. (Photo credit should read Ian MacNicol/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Newcastle United v Stoke City - Premier League

    NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 26: Newcastle player Yoan Gouffran (c) celebrates with team mates after scoring the second goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Newcastle United and Stoke City at St James' Park on December 26, 2013 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

  • Newcastle United v Stoke City - Premier League

    NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 26: Newcastle player Yoan Gouffran (c) celebrates with team mates after scoring the second goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Newcastle United and Stoke City at St James' Park on December 26, 2013 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

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    Newcastle United's French midfielder Yohan Cabaye (L) lets Newcastle United's Senegalese striker Papiss Cisse take a penalty during the English Premier League football match between Newcastle United and Stoke City at at St James' Park in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, northeast England on December 26, 2013. AFP PHOTO / IAN MACNICOL RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or live services. Online in-match use limited to 45 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. (Photo credit should read Ian MacNicol/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Newcastle United's French midfielder Yohan Cabaye celebrates scoring their fourth goal during the English Premier League football match between Newcastle United and Stoke City at at St James' Park in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, northeast England on December 26, 2013. AFP PHOTO / IAN MACNICOL RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or live services. Online in-match use limited to 45 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. (Photo credit should read Ian MacNicol/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Everton v Sunderland - Premier League

    LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 26: Ross Barkley of Everton watches on from the bench before the Barclays Premier League match between Everton and Sunderland at Goodison Park on December 26, 2013 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Paul Thomas/Getty Images)

  • Everton v Sunderland - Premier League

    LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 26: Valentin Roberge of Sunderland is tackled by Romelu Lukaku of Everton during the Barclays Premier League match between Everton and Sunderland at Goodison Park on December 26, 2013 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

  • Everton v Sunderland - Premier League

    LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 26: Phil Jagielka (R) of Everton in action with Steven Fletcher of Sunderland during the Barclays Premier League match between Everton and Sunderland at Goodison Park on December 26, 2013 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Paul Thomas/Getty Images)

  • Everton v Sunderland - Premier League

    LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 26: Tim Howard (C) of Everton is consoled by team mate Sylvain Distin (L) after he is sent off for a foul on Ki Sung-Yueng (R) of Sunderland during the Barclays Premier League match between Everton and Sunderland at Goodison Park on December 26, 2013 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Paul Thomas/Getty Images)

  • Everton v Sunderland - Premier League

    LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 26: Tim Howard (R) of Everton fouls Ki Sung-Yueng of Sunderland inside the penalty box during the Barclays Premier League match between Everton and Sunderland at Goodison Park on December 26, 2013 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Paul Thomas/Getty Images)

  • Everton v Sunderland - Premier League

    LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 26: Tim Howard (L) of Everton receives a red card from referee Lee Probert after fouling Ki Sung-Yueng (not pictured) of Sunderland inside the penalty box during the Barclays Premier League match between Everton and Sunderland at Goodison Park on December 26, 2013 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Paul Thomas/Getty Images)

  • Everton v Sunderland - Premier League

    LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 26: Goalkeeper Tim Howard of Everton is shown the red card by Referee Lee Probert after bringing down Ki Sung-Yong of Sunderland for a penalty during the Barclays Premier League match between Everton and Sunderland at Goodison Park on December 26, 2013 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

  • Everton v Sunderland - Premier League

    LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 26: Goalkeeper Tim Howard of Everton walks off the pitch after receiving the red card during the Barclays Premier League match between Everton and Sunderland at Goodison Park on December 26, 2013 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

  • Everton v Sunderland - Premier League

    LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 26: Ki Sung-Yong of Sunderland scores the opening goal from the penalty spot past replacement goalkeeper Joel of Everton during the Barclays Premier League match between Everton and Sunderland at Goodison Park on December 26, 2013 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

  • Everton v Sunderland - Premier League

    LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 26: Ki Sung-Yong #4 (2nd L) of Sunderland celebrates after scoring the opening goal from the penalty spot during the Barclays Premier League match between Everton and Sunderland at Goodison Park on December 26, 2013 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

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    Chelsea's Belgian midfielder Eden Hazard celebrates scoring the opening goal of the English Premier League football match between Chelsea and Swansea City at Stamford Bridge in London on December 26, 2013. AFP PHOTO / OLLY GREENWOOD RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or live services. Online in-match use limited to 45 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. (Photo credit should read OLLY GREENWOOD/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Chelsea v Swansea City - Premier League

    LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 26: Eden Hazard of Chelsea celebrates scoring the first goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and Swansea City at Stamford Bridge on December 26, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images)

  • Chelsea v Swansea City - Premier League

    LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 26: Eden Hazard of Chelsea celebrates scoring the first goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and Swansea City at Stamford Bridge on December 26, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images)

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  • Chelsea v Swansea City - Premier League

    LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 26: Eden Hazard of Chelsea celebrates scoring the first goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and Swansea City at Stamford Bridge on December 26, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images)

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  • Chelsea v Swansea City - Premier League

    LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 26: Eden Hazard of Chelsea celebrates scoring the first goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and Swansea City at Stamford Bridge on December 26, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images)

  • Chelsea v Swansea City - Premier League

    LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 26: Eden Hazard of Chelsea celebrates scoring the first goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and Swansea City at Stamford Bridge on December 26, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images)

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    Tottenham Hotspur's Danish midfielder Christian Eriksen celebrates scoring the opening goal of the English Premier League football match between Tottenham Hotspur and West Bromwich Albion at White Hart Lane in north London on December 26, 2013. AFP PHOTO / IAN KINGTON RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or live services. Online in-match use limited to 45 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. (Photo credit should read IAN KINGTON/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Tottenham Hotspur's Danish midfielder Christian Eriksen celebrates scoring the opening goal of the English Premier League football match between Tottenham Hotspur and West Bromwich Albion at White Hart Lane in north London on December 26, 2013. AFP PHOTO / IAN KINGTON RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or live services. Online in-match use limited to 45 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. (Photo credit should read IAN KINGTON/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Tottenham Hotspur's Belgian midfielder Nacer Chadli (C) vies with West Bromwich Albion's Argentinian midfielder Claudio Yacob (R) during the English Premier League football match between Tottenham Hotspur and West Bromwich Albion at White Hart Lane in north London on December 26, 2013. AFP PHOTO / IAN KINGTON RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or live services. Online in-match use limited to 45 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. (Photo credit should read IAN KINGTON/AFP/Getty Images)

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    West Bromwich Albion's Scottish midfielder James Morrison vies with Tottenham Hotspur's German midfielder Lewis Holtby (R) during the English Premier League football match between Tottenham Hotspur and West Bromwich Albion at White Hart Lane in north London on December 26, 2013. AFP PHOTO / IAN KINGTON RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or live services. Online in-match use limited to 45 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. (Photo credit should read IAN KINGTON/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Tottenham Hotspur's Danish midfielder Christian Eriksen celebrates scoring the opening goal of the English Premier League football match between Tottenham Hotspur and West Bromwich Albion at White Hart Lane in north London on December 26, 2013. AFP PHOTO / IAN KINGTON RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or live services. Online in-match use limited to 45 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. (Photo credit should read IAN KINGTON/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Tottenham Hotspur's English defender Kyle Walker (R) vies with West Bromwich Albion's English defender Liam Ridgewell during the English Premier League football match between Tottenham Hotspur and West Bromwich Albion at White Hart Lane in north London on December 26, 2013. AFP PHOTO / IAN KINGTON RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or live services. Online in-match use limited to 45 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. (Photo credit should read IAN KINGTON/AFP/Getty Images)

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    West Bromwich Albion's Swedish defender Jonas Olsson (R) scores their first goal during the English Premier League football match between Tottenham Hotspur and West Bromwich Albion at White Hart Lane in north London on December 26, 2013. AFP PHOTO / IAN KINGTON RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or live services. Online in-match use limited to 45 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. (Photo credit should read IAN KINGTON/AFP/Getty Images)

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  • Norwich City v Fulham - Premier League

    NORWICH, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 26: Pajtim Kasami of Fulham holds off Leroy Fer of Norwich City during the Barclays Premier League match between Norwich City and Fulham at Carrow Road on December 26, 2013 in Norwich, England. (Photo by Jamie McDonald/Getty Images)


Newcastle capitalised on their two-man advantage, predictably thanks to Frenchmen, as Yoann Gouffran struck his seventh of the season and Rémy clinched victory. Yohan Cabaye then made it a French quartet before Senegalese Papiss Cissé hit a fifth from the penalty spot.

On Merseyside, Everton's unbeaten home Premier League record for the calendar year was ended by basement club Sunderland. Tim Howard was sent off for upending Ki Sung-Yueng midway through the first 45 and the South Korean converted the subsequent spot-kick to give Gustavo Poyet a first League win in seven weeks.

Malky Mackay's position at Cardiff City became less secure following a dreadful first half in which two Jay Rodriguez goals and a Rickie Lambert strike put Southampton 3-0 up at half-time. No goals were added after the break, and Cardiff have slipped down to 16th.

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Howard receives his first red card in English football at Goodison Park


Tottenham could only draw versus West Brom in Tim Sherwood's first match as head coach. Christian Eriksen scored his first Spurs League goal but the lead lasted just two minutes, as Jonas Olsson arrowed in an equaliser for the managerless Albion.

René Meulensteen earned a second and pivotal Fulham victory at Norwich City. Gary Hooper struck his fifth Premier League goal in eight games for the Canaries' lead, but Pajtim Kasami levelled with a neat free-kick and it was Scott Parker who rifled in a winner three minutes from time.

In West London, Eden Hazard scored the only goal as Chelsea returned to winning ways against Swansea City at Stamford Bridge to move up to second.

Hull City 2-3 Manchester United: A Turning Point For David Moyes?


Pity the poor folk at Villa Park, who witnessed Aston Villa nil Crystal Palace nil. Oh wait... Palace scored a stoppage-time winner courtesy of Dwight Gayle to make it three wins from six under Tony Pulis.

And in the early kick-off, David Moyes managed his first true Manchester United comeback as the champions recovered from a two-goal deficit to defeat Hull City 3-2 at the KC Stadium.