Kevin De Brune grabbed a goal and an assist in Man City’s win over Chelsea, while Miel Arteta’s men continued their uptick in form with a 4-0 thrashing of Sam Allardyce’s West Brom. We take a look at all of this weekend’s Premier League results.
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Chelsea 1-3 Man City
The showdown between Pep Guardiola and Frank Lampard was always bound to be a significant one, with both English giants desperate to keep up their title aspirations. A goal and an assist each from Kevin De Bruyne and Phil Phoden, along with Ilkay Gundogan’s opener saw City run away with a solid lead and dominate the match from start to finish. A late Callum Hudson-Odoi consolation did nothing to brighten the mood for Chelsea, who have now won just one of their last five and fall down to 8th on the table. City’s win makes it three on the trot for Guardiola’s charges, elevating them to 5th spot.
West Brom 0-4 Arsenal
Speaking of hot winning streaks, Arsenal (who appeared to be looking at a relegation battle just a few weeks ago) are finally finding their feet after their lacklustre start to the season, claiming a third consecutive victory in a 4-0 demolition of struggling West Brom. Kieran Tierney and Bukayo Saka opened the scoring before Alexandre Lacazette polished off a convincing win with a second-half brace. Arsenal move up to 11th on the table, while West Brom remain six points away from safety, second from bottom in the standings.
Brighton 3-3 Wolves
Brighton and Wolves shared the spoils in a six goal thriller. Aaron Connally’s opener was cancelled out by Roman Saiss, before a Dan Burn own goal and a Ruben Neves penalty gave Wolves a 3-1 half-time lead. Neil Maupay and Lewis Dunk came to Brighton’s rescue in the second half, securing a crucial point, three points clear of the relegation zone, with 18th placed Fulham holding two games in hand.
Man United 2-1 Aston Villa
Who could have predicted that by New Year’s Day Manchester United would be joint-top of the table with Liverpool? Well, with four wins and no defeats in the last five games, Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s side are beginning, they hope, to show signs of the consistency that the legendary Sir Alex Ferguson would be proud of. Goals from Anthony Martial and a penalty from arguably the best player in the Premier League, Bruno Fernandes, on either side of a Bertrand Traore strike secured a routine win for the Red Devils – the kind of win that they need plenty more of if they want to keep up their title aspirations.
Tottenham 3-0 Leeds
Harry Kane and Son Heung-Min combined to devastating effect once again, grabbing a goal and assist each, which was followed by a Toby Alderweireld headed goal. It finally brings an end to the winless run that plagued Mourinho’s side over the festive period and they are now back up to fourth, following unfavourable results for Chelsea, Aston Villa and Everton.
James Maddison and Youri Tielemans scored in Leicester’s 2-1 win over Newcastle, where Andy Carrol grabbed a late consolation goal.
An 82nd minute goal from West Ham’s rising star, Tomas Soucek sealed a solitary 1-0 win over Everton, taking David Moyes men to 10th on the table and just three points away from a top four spot.
Jeffrey Schlupp and Eberechi Eze were on the scoresheet in Crystal Palaces win over bottom of the table Sheffield United, who have still managed to get only two points all season and will almost certainly be playing in the Championship next season.