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Summary

  1. Chelsea's lead could be four points on Sunday
  2. Johnson scores Liverpool winner v Stoke
  3. Van Persie scores as Man Utd beat Hull
  4. QPR beat Leicester 3-2 in thrilling match

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By Jonathan Jurejko, Neil Johnston and Mandeep Sanghera

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Familiar look

It's a long time since Arsenal, Manchester United and Liverpool all won on the same day. But the Premier League finally has a familiar look about it as all three picked up three points.

It's been a day of drama and controversy but what will Sunday bring? Can Southampton take advantage of Chelsea's slip and cut the gap at the top of the table to four points by defeating Manchester City? Will Everton continue their recent momentum with victory at Tottenham?

Thanks, as ever, for your fantastic company and all your comments. It's been fun. And we're back to do it all over again on Sunday from 10:00 GMT. Don't forget to tune into Match of the Day (22:20 GMT on BBC One - you can also watch online - and slightly later on BBC One Scotland at 23:50 GMT). Catch you all then.

Wenger in or Wenger out?

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Over on BBC Radio 5 live, 606 with Robbie Savage and Darren Fletcher, Kally, an Arsenal fan, says: "I've always stuck by Arsene Wenger, but is it time for him to walk away?"

Savage responds: "I think it is like a James Bond movie now. You know what happens in the movie and you know how it is going to end. If Arsenal fans are happy to finish in the top four and reach the last 16 of the Champions League then fair enough. If they want to challenge for the league, his time would be up."

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Dan, London: Funny that when Chelsea played eleven behind the ball against Liverpool last season it was good tactics and today when it's against them it's terrible football.

Adam: There's not much more annoying in football than the recent "the opposition had a full week to prepare" rubbish that started last season towards Liverpool. As if Chelsea's £100 millions of budget isn't enough to compensate for them having to play some midweek games.

Match of the Day

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Here is what you have to plan the rest of your Saturday around. Match of the Day starts at 22:20 GMT on BBC One (you can also watch online) and slightly later on BBC One Scotland at 23:50 GMT.

A first for QPR?

QPR versus Leicester first on Match of the Day? Well, it was a five-goal thriller. Here's the rest of the running order...

Wakey, wakey

West Brom 0-1 Arsenal

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Arsenal's Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain seemed to opt for a brief sleep during a timid opening half at West Brom. But he was soon wide awake when Danny Welbeck scored the winner in a 1-0 win for the Gunners at The Hawthorns.

Player reaction on Twitter

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Manchester United midfielder Ander Herrera: Another step in the right direction! Let's keep going! Thanks to all for man of match vote. Good team performance!

West Ham left-back Aaron Cresswell: Absolutely buzzing to have scored my first Premier League goal and got the three points!

Queens Park Rangers defender Rio Ferdinand: Big result that today! Grit and determination got us through... build on these three points now.

Man Utd 3-0 Hull

Former Manchester United defender Phil Neville

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"Manchester United totally dominated the game. There is a bit of momentum building now, particularly here at Old Trafford, and they have to start making this place a fortress again.

"The key for United has been the four players in midfield - Michael Carrick, Juan Mata, Ander Herrera and Marouane Fellaini. Even though Angel Di Maria going off was a blow for United, Herrera has come in and helped them.

"I think Steve Bruce will be disappointed because Hull have not actually given it a go. I don't think, today, they have shown anything."

Fancy a recap?

Fifteen goals in eight Premier League games might not sound that exciting. But once again it has been a day of pure drama in the top-flight. Not only have the leaders dropped two points, Arsenal and Liverpool have returned to winning ways, while Manchester United made it three wins in a row. Time for a recap...

Stat attack

Sunderland 0-0 Chelsea

Jose Mourinho's side kept their first clean sheet away from home since April (v Liverpool), but failed to score in their first away game since March (v Crystal Palace).

Manager reaction

Sunderland 0-0 Chelsea

Sunderland boss Gus Poyet on the form of midfielder Lee Cattermole: "Lee doesn't get the recognition nationally that he deserves. When I arrived he was a typical central midfielder who played with freedom. But he needed to know when there was danger, when he could press, when he had to stay close to defenders. He's enjoying his role. For the way we play, that role is important, and he plays that role to perfection. He's the player that has improved the most with me at Sunderland."

Manager reaction

Sunderland 0-0 Chelsea

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Sunderland manager Gus Poyet: "My players defended for their lives. It was a day when the opposition could have played for three hours and they still would have found it difficult to score. We knew this was going to be a difficult game. We tried to be compact and I'm very pleased with our performance."

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Simon, York: Once again the Premier League shows it's tougher to break down two gritty banks of four than it is to put five past supposedly one of the top teams in Europe. I am shocked every summer that your Real Madrids and Barcelonas don't come sniffing round Lee Cattermole. He is the second coming of Claude Makelele in my opinion.

James, Maidstone: Two points dropped and Diego Costa banned for the next match (five yellows). Title race back on?

Manager reaction

Sunderland 0-0 Chelsea

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Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho: "It's a point. It was a difficult match. Only one team tried to win from the beginning, the other team didn't. They defended a lot and they defended well. Defending a lot and well is not a crime. It is a strategy and it was successful for them.

"We were a bit tired towards the end and we left a bit of space. But I've got nothing negative to say about my team. It's not easy to play here and not easy to play against a side which has had all week to prepare. My players tried everything to win but we couldn't."

On Costa's yellow card: "I didn't see it. But the referee was close and he had a very good performance throughout. If I see the incident on television I might have a better opinion."

Champions League hangover?

Sunderland 0-0 Chelsea

Chelsea are now unbeaten in 20 league and cup games this season, but all three games they have dropped points in the Premier League have come immediately after playing in the Champions League.

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Steve Howes: A draw away from home and comfortably top of the league. Happy with that, after all Chelsea were never going to win every game.

Rob Millward: How can Sunderland fans applaud that? They've paid to go and see a training attack versus defence session.

Nobbs: Manchester United by far the most convincing team we've seen today. We really are back!

Player reaction

Sunderland 0-0 Chelsea

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Sunderland skipper Lee Cattermole on Sky Sports: "All season we have been in control of own game. The media has been negative to us but other than the heavy defeat at Southampton and the Arsenal game we've been solid. If we could turn a few draws into wins we'd be much higher.

"Chelsea have got their way of playing and we always wanted to leave them in front of us and not let them play one-twos around us."

OptaJoe: Cesc Fabregas attempted 105 passes in the match. Sunderland's highest total was 40 from Anthony Reveillere.

Sunderland 0-0 Chelsea

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Former Sunderland defender Gary Bennett

"Nobody expected Sunderland to get a point here. They could have even won it. You look at Chelsea, I don't think they have done enough to win the game. It is pretty on the eye, they kept possession in front of the Sunderland defence, but did they hurt Sunderland? No."

Sunderland 0-0 Chelsea

So Chelsea stretch their lead at the top of the Premier League table to seven points but that will be reduced to four points if Southampton defeat Manchester City on Sunday.

FULL-TIME

Sunderland 0-0 Chelsea

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Gritty, heroic, spirited. Sunderland's players were all that and more.

Sunderland 0-0 Chelsea

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Former Sunderland defender Gary Bennett

"This is where Sunderland have got to make sure they are strong and concentrate. They have to know where each player is. Make sure they mark properly.

"It will be interesting to listen to Jose Mourinho's comments in the press conference. I bet he says Sunderland got 11 men behind the ball and made it difficult."

Sunderland 0-0 Chelsea

Jose Mourinho's at it again. The Chelsea boss is shaking hands before the final whistle has gone. This time with a ball boy!

Sunderland 0-0 Chelsea

Two minutes of added time. Another huge roar goes up from Sunderland's fans. They still believe their side can win this.

Sunderland 0-0 Chelsea

Corner to Chelsea as Costel Pantilimon flicks a Chelsea free-kick into the Sunderland area behind. Edge of your seat stuff.

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Isaac Wolofar: Immaculate game plan, Mr Poyet! I'm hoping other managers are watching this. That's the perfect way to close down Chelsea.

Mohamed Khalaf: Who would of thought Sunderland would be the ones to slow Chelsea again.

Andrew Kemp: Is Wickham the only footballer in Sunderland. Having a good game and needs to with 11 men behind the ball.

Daniel Devlin: Lee Cattermole has been outstanding.

YELLOW CARD

Sunderland 0-0 Chelsea

Nemanja Matic becomes the second Chelsea to be booked after a sliding challenge on Connor Wickham. Another set-piece goes to waste before Adam Johnson fires wide. This is incredible. It's all Sunderland now.

Sunderland 0-0 Chelsea

How big a chance was that? Jozy Altidore has been a thorn in the Chelsea defence since coming on and it's his efforts that present Adam Johnson with a great chance of winning it. The former Manchester City man can't keep his composure and blazes wide. What a let off for Chelsea!

Sunderland 0-0 Chelsea

Screams from Sunderland's fans as Jozy Altidore bursts forward. The ball breaks loose inside the Chelsea penalty area. It's chaos but the visitors somehow manage to scramble it away.

TEN MINUTES REMAINING

Sunderland 0-0 Chelsea

Chelsea are minutes away from dropping points for only the third time this season.

Sunderland 0-0 Chelsea

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Former Sunderland defender Gary Bennett

"Connor Wickham has been involved in everything that is good about Sunderland."

Sunderland 0-0 Chelsea

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Costa's last action was being hacked to the ground by John O'Shea that resulted in the Sunderland defender deservedly being cautioned. Not a night to remember for Chelsea's £32m striker.

SUBSTITUTION

Sunderland 0-0 Chelsea

It's Drogba time. Didier is sent on with 14 minutes remaining as Diego Costa is finally taken out of the firing line. Loic Remy also enters the action to a chorus of boos due to his Newcastle connections.

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Andrew Priestley: Diego Costa is constantly on edge, never far away from controversy. But that's what makes him good. Think of Eric Cantona and Luis Suarez.

Shuvam Sinha: Something tells me Sunderland might just nick this...

Sunderland 0-0 Chelsea

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Another chance for Sunderland as Connor Wickham lets fly from the edge of the area. It's on target but Thibaut Courtois is equal to the effort. Now Chelsea power forward. This is a real ding dong game.

Sunderland 0-0 Chelsea

Twenty minutes remaining. Is it Didier Drogba time? The Chelsea striker is warming up on the sidelines.

Sunderland 0-0 Chelsea

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Former Sunderland defender Gary Bennett

"Sunderland have a good shape. If Chelsea want to score they have got to work and work. Sunderland are not going to make it easy for them. We have seen some excellent blocks - mainly from Lee Cattermole."

Sunderland 0-0 Chelsea

More frustration from Chelsea as Branislav Ivanovic thumps the grass in frustration after gifting Sunderland a free-kick deep inside the visitors' half. Not for the first time, the delivery is poor. Will the hosts come to regret their poor set-piece play?

Man Utd 3-0 Hull

Former Tottenham striker Garth Crooks

Final Score

"When you look at his record, why would you write off Robin van Persie? Fortunately Louis van Gaal has not. You can say what you like about his recent form but Van Persie is always capable of that sort of quality. His team-mates will not have lost faith in him - you can see that from the way they celebrated all together."