English Premier League: Weekend round-up – Matchday 14 of 38
The highlight of the Premier League weekend was Arsenal's thumping 4-2 win over Tottenham Hotspur at the Emirates on Sunday. The win once again vaulted the Gunners into the Top Four equaling the Spurs' tally of 30 points but far ahead as far as goal-difference goes.
Unai Emery's men put in an emphatic performance with chief scorer Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang carrying on the good work on Sunday, adding two more to his tally of 8 goals.
Goals from Alexandre Lacazette and Lucas Torreira cancelled out Tottenham's half-time lead of 2-1.
The visitors looked dangerous when they took the lead through Eric Dier in the 30th minute and three minutes later when Harry Kane scored from the spot after Rob Holding was penalized for a challenge on Son Heung-min.
But Arsenal were outstanding in the second-half. looking very much the side like the one under Arsene Wenger in his heydays.
Chelsea maintained their 3rd position on the EPL table with a 2-0 win in a hard-fought match against Claudio Ranieri's Fulham at Stamford Bridge.
The visiting Cottagers came close to scoring twice but lacked fluency in finishing. For the hosts, an early goal from Pedro in the 4th minute and a late strike by substitute Ruben Loftus-Cheek in the 82nd settled the issue, leaving Fulham languishing at the bottom of the table.
Manchester City fought of a determined Bournemouth, who levelled through Callum Wilson in the 44th minute and went into half time on level terms at the Etihad stadium on Saturday. But strikes from Raheem Sterling and Ilkay Gundogan in the 57th and 79th minute helped the hosts sail through and maintain their place at the pinnacle of the Premier League table.
The Citizens are on 38 points and still 2 ahead of next-best Liverpool who came very close to losing 2 points against a very gritty Everton at Anfield.
Liverpool's search for a lone winner was thwarted for most of the game by some resolute defending by Marco Silva's Toffees.
Everton played the more adventurous football with Andre Gomes, Bernard and Ademola Lookman all looking quite impressive.
The visitors were cruelly denied a draw by a Divock Origi goal in the 96th minute of play in the most bizarre fashion.
Virgil van Dijk's looping shot that seemed to be heading towards the top of the Everton net, saw keeper Jordan Pickford claw the ball back into play only for Origi to tap it in from just three yards.
Everton stay on the 6th spot with 22 points from their 14 games and still ahead of 7th placed Manchester United who botched up a chance of going ahead by playing out a 2-2 draw against unfancied Southampton away at the St Mary's Stadium.
All the action took place in the first-half itself with the hosts sensationally going ahead 2-0 through early goals from Stuart Armstrong and Cedric Soares. But Marcus Rashford inspired a comeback for the Red Devils creating a couple of goals for Romelu Lukaku and Ander Herrera in the 33rd and 39th minute to draw level and save the blushes for Jose Mourinho.
The draw, though, has done little to improve the Saints position on the table. Mark Hughes' side are still in relegation territory, struggling in the 18th spot with just 9 points.
Leicester City moved two places up from last week to the 8th spot with an impressive show against Watford at the King Power stadium. A 12th minute penalty conversion by Jamie Vardy and a 23rd minute strike by James Maddison helped manager Claude Puel's side establish an early lead to which the hosts hung on for the rest of the game.
Newcastle's revival was dealt a big blow when they were stunned at home at St James' Park by a very attack-minded West Ham United side last Saturday.
Mexican international and a £16m-signing in 2017, Javier Hernandez, had a hand in all three goals in the Hammer's 0-3 win.
Apart from scoring the first two goals in the 11th and 63rd minute, Hernandez created the 3rd for Anderson in injury time.
Manuel Pellegrini's West Ham creep up the table to the 13th spot while Rafael Benitez's Magpies are still safe from relegation in the 15th.
Burnley's descent into relegation territory was hastened by a 0-2 defeat to Crystal Palace away at Selhurst Park.
Sean Dyche's side who were in the Top 10 till as recently as early-October are now struggling in the 19th on the back of 5 defeats from their previous 6 outings.
Crystal Palace are more or less where they were on the 14th place despite the weekend win over Burnley.
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