Arsenal extend lead as Aaron Ramsey brace sinks old club Cardiff

Aaron RamseyArsenal's Aaron Ramsey, center, shakes hands with Cardiff goalkeeper David Marshall after their English Premier League soccer match at Cardiff City Stadium, Cardiff, Wales, Saturday, Nov. 30, 2013. (AP Photo)

Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey indulged his new scoring habit with two goals in a 3-0 win at his old club Cardiff City as the visitors opened up a seven-point lead at the top of the Premier League on Saturday.

Welshman Ramsey, who spent eight years with the Bluebirds until his move to north London in 2008, notched his 12th and 13th strikes of the season in all competitions and was applauded by the home fans in Arsenal's 10th league win of the campaign.

Everton's Spanish teenager Gerard Deulofeu, on loan from Barcelona, scored one goal and inspired his team mates to a 4-0 victory over Stoke City that took them into the top four.

Fulham manager Martin Jol was facing increased pressure after his relegation-threatened side went down 3-0 at fellow strugglers West Ham United, while Sunderland, second from bottom, drew 0-0 at mid-table Aston Villa.

Tony Pulis's first game in charge of basement club Crystal Palace ended in a 1-0 defeat at Norwich City.

In the late kickoff, Moussa Sissoko produced a moment of magic to give Newcastle United all three points in a 2-1 home win over West Bromwich Albion.

The French midfielder struck a right-foot shot from 20 metres into the top corner after West Brom's Chris Brunt had cancelled out Yoan Gouffran's first-half opener.

Arsenal have 31 points from 13 games, ahead of Liverpool, Chelsea and Everton, all on 24. Newcastle are fifth on 23.

Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester City play on Sunday, when seventh-placed champions Manchester United visit faltering Tottenham Hotspur.


Arsenal's Ramsey got his first goal in the 29th minute in Wales after timing his arrival into the penalty area perfectly and glancing a fine header from Mesut Ozil's cross beyond keeper David Marshall to give Arsene Wenger's side the lead.

The 22-year-old Ramsey, who left Cardiff for Arsenal for five million pounds ($8.19 million) in 2008, did not celebrate in front of his former supporters and they in turn gave the midfielder an ovation of their own.

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