LONDON - Fernando Torres netted his second double of the week as Chelsea's search for a Premier League win under Rafa Benitez ended at Sunderland on Saturday, and Mikel Arteta's pair of penalties secured Arsenal's victory over highflying West Bromwich Albion.
Chelsea's 3-1 win at Sunderland halted a seven-game winless run in the league — three under Benitez.
Torres, who netted twice in midweek as Chelsea exited the Champions League, scored his first domestic goals in two months at Sunderland, and then set up Juan Mata after the break.
Chelsea remains third but went seven points behind leader Manchester United, which is at second-placed Manchester City on Sunday.
Arsenal rose from tenth to sixth after Arteta scored twice from the spot in a 2-0 victory over fifth-place West Brom.