Saturday, 3 February 2018

Saturday's EPL Round-Up: Arsenal Win Big, Man United Beat Huddersfield, While City Draw

 A round-up of the action in the English Premier League, where Manchester City dropped points and Arsenal hammered Everton.
Arsenal 5 - 1 Everton

Arsenal may have been made to miss their former star man in Alexis Sanchez but that certainly wasn't the case as they thrashed Everton 5-1 at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday.

The Gunners were as outstanding as Everton were poor in the first half, although Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was offside when he scored Arsenal's fourth just before the break.

Aaron Ramsey had given Arsenal the lead thanks to a pass from Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Laurent Koscielny bundled home a second before Ramsey's deflected strike ended the game as a contest inside 20 minutes.

Everton were a different animal in the second half and deserved the goal that Dominic Calvert-Lewin gave them, before Mkhitaryan again set up Ramsey as the Welshman bagged a hat-trick.

The Gunners stay sixth with 45 points, While Everton remains on 31 points, dropping to 10th behind Bournemouth and seven points above the drop zone.

According to the BBC, Ramsey is the 20th Arsenal player to record a PL hat trick, joining “Henry, Wright, Adebayor, Van Persie, Walcott, K.Campbell, Sanchez, Anelka, Arshavin, Bergkamp, Cazorla, Giroud, Kanu, Ljungberg, Overmars, Parlour, Pennant, Pires, Wiltord.”

Manchester United 2 - 0 Huddersfield Town 

Manchester United beat Huddersfield Town 2-0 at Old Trafford on Saturday with second half goals from Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez, who scored his first United goal.

Romelu Lukaku made the breakthrough on 55 minutes with a close-range finish before Sanchez - who joined the Red Devils from Arsenal ahead of the transfer deadline in a swap deal for Henrikh Mkhitaryan - doubled the lead on 68 minutes.

The Chile forward saw his penalty saved by Jonas Lossl but was alert to knock in the rebound.

With the win, United remain in second place and have 56 points, while Huddersfield drop into the bottom three and have 24 points.
Burnley 1 - 1 Manchester City

Burnley had earlier held leaders Manchester City to a 1-1 draw at Turf Moor but, despite United's victory, are still 13 points clear.

Defender Danilo gave Pep Guardiola's side the lead with a fine 20-yard effort on 22 minutes.

Raheem Sterling, though, missed from close range and Burnley responded to secure a point when Johann Berg Gudmundsson equalised with eight minutes left.

Burnley stay in seventh place with the draw.

AFC Bournemouth 2 - 1 Stoke City

Bournemouth continued their good form with a couple of late goals to beat Stoke 2-1 at Vitality Stadium.

The Cherries, who won 3-0 at Chelsea in midweek, had to come from behind after Stoke took the lead after just five minutes through Xherdan Shaqiri's header.

With 20 minutes left, Joshua King equalised, and on 79 minutes substitute Lys Mousset headed in Jordon Ibe's free-kick at the back post to secure all three points and complete the winning Price Boost treble, after wins for Manchester United and Championship side Derby.

Bournemouth goes ninth with 31 points, while Stoke dips into the drop zone on 24.

Brighton & Hove Albion 3 - 1 West Ham United 

Brighton boosted their hopes of staying clear of the relegation scrap with a 3-1 home win over West Ham.

Glenn Murray put the hosts ahead on eight minutes but the Hammers were level on the half-hour through a well-taken goal by Mexico forward Javier Hernandez.

Winger Jose Izquierdo lashed in a superb angled strike on 61 minutes to put Brighton back in front, with Pascal Gross drilling home a third after 75 minutes.

Brighton rise to 13th on 27 points, level on points with 12th place West Ham.

Leicester City 1 - 1 Swansea City

Leicester and Swansea drew 1-1 at the King Power Stadium.

The Foxes were again without forward Riyad Mahrez, who had missed training in the wake of a deadline-day move to Manchester City falling through.

Jamie Vardy gave Leicester the lead on 17 minutes and Swansea lost midifleder Leroy Fer to what looked a serious ankle injury after 34 minutes.

But the visitors, who had beaten both Liverpool and Arsenal to boost their survival hopes, equalised on 53 minutes through Federico Fernandez's header.

Swansea sit 17th after picking up their 24th of the season. Leicester fails to leapfrog drawing Burnley, and is a point back of 7th.

West Bromwich Albion 2 - 3 Southampton 

Southampton dragged themselves out of the relegation zone with a 3-2 against bottom club West Brom at the Hawthorns.

Ahmed Hegazi headed West Brom into the lead following a corner after just four minutes.

The Saints were level on 40 minutes through a 20-yard strike from Mario Lemina and went in front just before half-time when Jack Stephens headed in.

James Ward-Prowse added a third on 55 minutes with a curling free-kick and Salomon Rondon's goal was mere consolation.

With the win, their first since November 26, Saints moved on to 26 points and up to 14th place, while West Brom slip to 20th.

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