Chelsea claimed their first victory under caretaker manager Guus Hiddink after they edged out stubborn Crystal Palace 3-0 at Selhurst stadium on Sunday.
Goals from Oscar, Willian and Diego Costa secured the triumph as the Blues extended their unbeaten streak to four Premier League games and climbed to 14th in the table on 23 points from 21 outings.
The success means interim boss Hiddink, who guided Chelsea to third in the Premier League and the FA Cup title in his first Chelsea reign in 2009, remains unbeaten since taking over from Jose Mourinho last month.
Meanwhile, Arsenal maintained their spot at the podium after they recorded a hard fought 1-0 victory over Newcastle on Saturday taking their point tally to 42, two better than second placed Leicester City who settled for a 0-0 stalemate with Bournemouth.
Elsewhere Anthony Martial and Wayne Rooney nodded a goal apiece in Manchester United’s 2-1 victory over Swansea on Saturday easing pressure to the underperforming manager Louis van Gaal.
The win saw the Red Devils end their nine matches winless run in all competition and climbed to fifth on the log with 33 points in as many matches.
In other day’s match, Manchester City clawed from a 1-0 down to beat hosts Watford 2-1 to move within three points shy of table toppers.