Premier League Roundup: Gunners go top, United still struggling
The Premier League’s busy holiday schedule kicked on with eight matches on Monday, with some great action coming in from all around England.
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Arsenal move to the top of the table with a win over Bournemouth, while Manchester United’s draw against Chelsea see the Red Devils now winless in eight.
Manchester United 0-0 Chelsea -- FULL RECAP
Manchester United put in a better performance today against Chelsea, but failed to break through as the Red Devils are now winless in eight. The goalkeepers were the best players on the pitch, as both David de Gea and Thibaut Courtois made big saves to keep the match scoreless. The draw means Chelsea are three points above the relegation zone, while Louis van Gaal’s future is still up in the air at United.
Arsenal 2-0 Bournemouth -- FULL RECAP
The Gunners jump to the top of the table thanks to a 2-0 win over Bournemouth. The Cherries were unbeaten in six but couldn’t slow down Mesut Ozil, who scored a goal and grabbed his league-leading 16th assist in a strong performance from Arsenal. Gabriel scored his first goal for the club, as the Gunners now have a point lead over Leicester City, although the Foxes do have a game in hand.
Everton 3-4 Stoke City -- FULL RECAP
In the match of the day, Stoke City edged Everton in a seven-goal thriller at Goodison Park. Xherdan Shaqiri bagged a brace for the Potters, including a ridiculous chip over Tim Howard that will surely be up for goal of the season. Everton’s Romelu Lukaku scored two goals of his own, as the big Belgian now leads the league with 15 on the year. With the match tied at three, Marko Arnautovic converted a penalty kick in stoppage time to take all three points for the Potters, who jump above Everton to ninth on the table.
- VIDEO: Shaqiri scores wonder-goal with beautiful chip
- REACTION: Roberto Martinez irate after late penalty call
Watford 1-2 Tottenham Hotspur -- FULL RECAP
Son Heung-min’s late goal gave all three points to Tottenham, who move up to third on the table after beating Watford in a hard-fought match. Erik Lamela gave Spurs the lead early, but Odion Ighalo drew Watford level, scoring in his sixth straight match for the Hornets. However, Watford was put in a hole as Nathan Ake was sent off in the second half, forcing Quique Flores’ men to battle with ten men for the final half hour, with Son scoring the winner in the 89th minute.
West Ham United 2-1 Southampton -- FULL RECAP
West Ham got their first win in nine matches after battling back to beat Southampton 2-1 at Upton Park. Dusan Tadic had given Saints a first-half lead, but goals after the break from Michail Antonio and Andy Carroll gave the Hammers all three points, moving back up to seventh on the table. Southampton failed to build on their big win over Arsenal, with Saints now sitting 12th.
Crystal Palace 0-0 Swansea City -- FULL RECAP
A draw against Crystal Palace sees Swansea City now two points above the drop zone, although Palace will be disappointed they didn’t find a win. Wilfried Zaha and Patrick Bamford both missed good chances to put Palace ahead, while Swansea failed to find any great pressure until late in the match.
- REACTION: Swansea caretaker Curtis talks after earning a big point
- MORE: Patrick Bamford set to end loan at Palace and return to Chelsea
West Bromwich Albion 1-0 Newcastle United -- FULL RECAP
Darren Fletcher’s late header gave West Brom all three points, as Newcastle remains in the bottom three after being held scoreless at The Hawthorns. Both teams hit the crossbar as the match look destined for a draw, before the Baggies captain connected off a corner kick with just over ten minutes to play as West Brom held on for the win.
Norwich City 2-0 Aston Villa -- FULL RECAP
Aston Villa remain glued to the bottom of the table after another loss, their 13th in 19 matches. With just eight points on the season, Remi Garde’s side will need one of the biggest miracles in Premier League history to avoid relegation. For Norwich City, the Canaries took care of business in a must-win match that sees the club jump to 15th on the table, three points clear of the drop.