Arsenal back on top

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Olivier Giroud ensured Arsenal will finish 2013 on top of the Premier League as his second half goal clinched a 1-0 win against Newcastle United on Sunday.

Arsene Wenger’s side had surrendered first place after Manchester City’s win over Crystal Palace on Saturday, but just 24 hours later the Gunners reclaimed pole positionwith a hard-fought victory at St. James' Park.

Second successive win

Giroud’s first goal since November 23 was enough to giveArsenal its second successive win and move it one pointahead of second placed City heading into the new year.

France forward Giroud bagged his 11th goal of the season with a glancing header from Theo Walcott’s free-kick in the 65th minute.

Everton posts win

In the day’s other early kick-off, Everton climbed into the top four with a 2-1 win over Southampton.

The results: Everton 2 (Coleman 9, Lukaku 74) bt Southampton 1 (Ramirez 71); Newcastle United 0 lost to Arsenal 1 (Giroud 65).

On Saturday: Cardiff 2 (Mutch 6, Campbell 58) drew with Sunderland 2 (Fletcher 83, Colback 90); Aston Villa 1 (Agbonlahor 7) drew with Swansea 1 (Lamah 36); Hull 6 (Elmohamady 49, Koren 60, 84, Boyd 63, Huddlestone 67, Fryatt 74) bt Fulham 0; Manchester City 1 (Dzeko 66) bt Crystal Palace 0; Norwich 0 lost to Manchester United 1 (Welbeck 57). — Agencies

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