There were 12 goals scored across today’s six Premier League games – including a landmark one for Alex Iwobi as Arsenal ended a disappointing week with a 2-0 victory over Everton at Goodison Park.
The 19-year-old, handed a full top-flight debut by Arsene Wenger, added to Danny Welbeck’s early opener by running onto a long ball forward and slotting calmly beyond Toffees goalkeeper Tim Howard.
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A first victory in four league games, on the back of cup exits at the hands of Watford and Barcelona, briefly took the Gunners to within eight points of Leicester City, but the leaders responded.
Riyad Mahrez, whose 16 goals make him the highest-scoring midfielder in the top five European leagues, was again the Foxes hero with this back-post finish which downed Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park.
The Eagles remain without a league win in 2016, but Leicester are eight points clear of Tottenham Hotspur, who host Bournemouth tomorrow, and 11 ahead of Arsenal in the Premier League title race.
West Ham United are hoping to gatecrash the top four, but they were denied a London derby triumph by Cesc Fabregas’s 89th-minute penalty at Stamford Bridge, as Chelsea snatched a 2-2 draw.
Andy Carroll’s goal previously appeared as though it would be the winner. There were two fabulous long-range strikes in the first half, one from Fabregas and this belter from West Ham’s Manuel Lanzini.
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Stoke City were able to gain ground on the European places courtesy of a 2-1 win away at Watford. Troy Deeney’s late reply was not enough to overturn goals from Jonathan Walters and Joselu.
There was a big win for Norwich City at the bottom end of the table. Robbie Brady pounced sharply on a rebound to beat West Bromwich Albion 1-0 and lift the Canaries out of the relegation zone.
It was an excellent result for the Canaries as they built on last weekend’s draw with Manchester City, and piles the pressure on Newcastle United and Sunderland ahead of tomorrow’s Tyne-Wear derby.
The relegation picture may look clearer after that huge showdown at St James’ Park, but Aston Villa’s fate is nearly sealed already. The basement side suffered a sixth straight defeat away to Swansea City.
Federico Fernandez’s first Swansea goal secured them a 1-0 win at the Liberty Stadium, which sees them climb 11 points from trouble, into 15th above Palace, who are still short of safety themselves.
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