Premier League roundup: Fantastic Fulham give no hope for Holloway as Arsenal cruise at the top
Fulham‘s Patjim Kasami scored a contender for goal of the season at Selhurst Park as Martin Jol’s side ran out comfortable 4-1 winners against Crystal Palace. On Saturday Jack Wilshere was the end product of an unbelievable team goal in another 4-1 victory, this time at home to Norwich City.
Adrian Mariappa put Crystal Palace 1-0 up in the feature game on Monday night with a close range header. What was to follow was a moment of pure brilliance.
Latching on to long ball forward, Patjim Kasami calmly chested the ball down and sent a looping volley over the head of Julian Speroni in the home goal. Palace were left stunned and things got even worse when Steven Sidwell send a thunderous volley in to an almost identical spot of the goal as Kasami had done earlier in the game.
The Cottagers were now firmly in control, and just five minutes after to the restart Dimitar Berbatov finished smartly to make it 3-1 and put the game almost out of sight. A further goal from Phillipe Senderos added to the woes of Ian Holloway who has seen his side just win one game so far this campaign.
Rumours circulated after the game that Holloway met with the board to discuss recent results as pressure begins to grow on the former Blackpool boss.
League leaders Arsenal looked in fine form at home to Norwich City, with Jack Wilshere scoring a vintage Gunners goal. Stunning build up play that ended with a delightful one-two between Olivier Giroud and Jack Wilshere was finished off by the England International as he tucked the ball home with ease.
Arsene Wenger’s side doubled their lead when German star Mesut Ozil headed home in to the far corner to put the Gunners firmly in control. Norwich were able to pull a goal back with 20 minutes remaining when former Leeds United player Johnny Howson finished well from just inside the box.
A superb solo effort from man of the moment Aaron Ramsey and a close range finish from Mesut Ozil well and truly finished the Canaries off as Arsenal continued to impress at the top of the table.
Thomas Bradley, football correspondent
Arsenal 4 Norwich 1
Aston Villa 0 Spurs 2
Chelsea 4 Cardiff 1
Crystal Palace 1 Fulham 4
Everton 2 Hull 1
Man Utd 1 Southampton 1
Newcastle 2 Liverpool 2
Stoke 0 WBA 0
Swansea 4 Sunderland 0
West Ham 1 Man City 3