MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Arsenal is back on top of the Premier League with the season about to reach its halfway point as Arsene Wenger looks to win the trophy for the first time in a decade.
Liverpool's stay atop the standings lasted less than a week. Arsenal came from behind to win 3-1 at West Ham behind Theo Walcott's two goals, and Liverpool lost 2-1 at Manchester City on Thursday.
As Liverpool dropped to fourth, City climbed a place to second to sit a point behind Arsenal after the traditional Boxing Day program with every team in action. After the weekend matches, every team will have played each other once this season.
Chelsea is wedged between City and Liverpool in third after Eden Hazard's swerving shot secured a 1-0 victory over Swansea.
With Manchester United recovering to win 3-2 at Hull, the only Boxing Day shock came from last-place Sunderland, which beat Everton.
U.S. goalkeeper Tim Howard was ejected for Everton for bringing down Ki Sung-Yeung, who then scored from the penalty spot to give Sunderland a 1-0 victory against the fifth-place team.
Newcastle is closing in on the top four after routing Stoke 5-1 to remain ahead of United in sixth place.
Tottenham dropped to eighth after Tim Sherwood's first match in charge ended in a 1-1 tie against West Bromwich Albion.
Cardiff could be the next club searching for a new manager as Malky Mackay's team was beaten 3-0 by Southampton.
A change of manager has sparked a revival at Crystal Palace under Tony Pulis, and Dwight Gayle clinched a 1-0 win at Aston Villa in stoppage time.