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The Premier League Recap: Matchweek 21

We bring you all of the biggest headlines from this weekend’s round of Premier League action. Arsenal host Manchester United, Leeds travel to the King Power to take on Leicester, plus we’ll cover every other game from Matchweek 21.

Newcastle end winless run at Goodison Park

Callum Wilson scored his 50th Premier League goal on Saturday as Newcastle earned a 2-0 away victory over Everton at Goodison Park. 

It was the Toffees who carried an early threat with Richarlison forcing a save out of Karl Darlow just before the half-hour mark. 

The Magpies grew into the game and took the lead in the 73rd-minute when Wilson scored a brilliant header from Jonjo Shelvey’s inviting corner. 

The striker then added a second for the visitors in injury-time with a clinical finish from Jamal Lewis’ cross on the counter-attack. 

Newcastle’s first league win since December 12th sees them in 16th place on 22 points whilst Carlo Ancelotti’s side remain in 7th on 33. 

Eze strike seals win for Palace

Crystal Palace have earned their first league win in four matches after a superbly hit strike by Eberechi Eze was enough to secure a 1-0 victory for the Eagles against Wolves at Selhurst Park. 

Palace were the livelier of the two sides in the first-half with Michy Batshuayi and Nathaniel Clyne both seeing their efforts fired over. 

Goalkeeper Vicente Guaita had to deny Willian Jose from finding an opener for Wolves early in the second period before Wilfred Zaha saw his shot crash against the crossbar at the other end. 

It was the one goal that sealed the win for the hosts on the hour-mark when Eze rifled a left-footed shot past Rui Patricio from the edge of the area. 

Man City remain top of the table after Sheffield victory

Gabriel Jesus’ first goal in nine matches claimed a 1-0 win for Manchester City against Sheffield United at the Etihad. 

The Brazilian international put the home side in front in the 9th-minute making an easy tap in after collecting the ball from Ferran Torres. 

City created more chances during the second-half but failed to convert which almost cost them when John Fleck saw his shot fizz narrowly wide of the post. 

In stoppage-time, the Blades’ keeper Aaron Ramsdale made a superb save to deny Jesus from getting his second of the night. 

This is City’s 8th successive victory which keeps them top of the table on 44 points whilst Sheffield remain bottom on 8. 

Honours even at the Hawthorns

A late goal by the Fulham substitute Ivan Cavaleiro rescued a point for the Cottagers as they earned a 2-2 draw against relegation rivals West Bromwich Albion at the Hawthorns. 

The visitors went ahead on 10 minutes when the pass by Aleksandar Mitrovic found Bobby De Cordova-Reid who fired his shot into the back of the net. 

Just minutes after the break, the Baggies were level when Kyle Bartley volleyed in Matheus Pereira’s cross to score their first home goal under manager Sam Allardyce. 

The hosts then took the lead in the 66th-minute when Pereira converted the cross from new signing Mbaye Diagne. 

In the closing stages of the game, Scott Parker’s side found the equaliser when Harrison Reed’s magnificent cross was turned in by Cavaleiro at the far post to claim a point for Fulham. 

Stalemate at the Emirates 

Arsenal have extended their unbeaten Premier League run to seven games after a goalless draw against Manchester United at the Emirates. 

The Red Devils enjoyed most of the play in the first-half with Bruno Fernandes curling his effort narrowly wide of the post. 

The hosts started brightly after the break with the introduction of substitutions Willian and Pepe who both saw shots blocked in quick succession. 

Edinson Cavani had a chance to win it for United in the final minutes with an extraordinary volley but it ended up on the wrong side of the post. 

This result sees Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men remain in 2nd just three points behind their rivals Manchester City. Arsenal are currently 9th on 31 points. 

Saints suffer home defeat against Villa

Ross Barkley scored the only goal of the game as Aston Villa claimed a 1-0 away victory against Southampton at the St. Mary’s Stadium. 

The midfielder broke the deadlock in the 41st-minute when he headed into the back of the net after meeting the cross by captain Jack Grealish. 

Emiliano Martinez kept Villa in the lead when he made a brilliant one-on-one save to deny the substitute, Che Adams, from close-range. 

The Saints almost equalised yet again when Danny Ings hit the target in stoppage-time only for the goal to be overturned for offside following a VAR review. 

This is Southampton’s third straight league loss whilst Villa have now ended a run of three consecutive away defeats. 

Thomas Tuchel gets first victory as Chelsea manager

Goals from Cesar Azpilicueta and Marcos Alonso earned Thomas Tuchel his first win as Chelsea manager after they overcame Burnley 2-0 at Stamford Bridge. 

The Chelsea captain Azpilicueta opened the scoring just minutes before the break when Callum Hudson-Odoi set him up on the overlap which resulted in a powerful finish from the right-hand side of the area. 

Alonso doubled their advantage in the 84th-minute after controlling Pulisic’s pass and sending his volley beyond the reach of Nick Pope. 

The Clarets lost their main striker Chris Wood to injury and did not register a single shot on target throughout the whole game. 

A first win in four home matches lifts Chelsea into 7th whilst Burnley stay in 15th. 

Leeds United stun Leicester at the King Power

Patrick Bamford was the star of the show as Leeds United earned a 3-1 victory against Leicester City at the King Power. 

It was the Foxes who opened the scoring on 13 minutes when Harvey Barnes rifled his effort into the bottom corner after a one-two with James Maddison. 

Just two minutes later, Leeds responded and found the equaliser when the Northern Irishman Stuart Dallas neatly finished after collecting the initial pass from Bamford. 

The visitors took the lead for the first time in the game when Raphina set up Bamford with the striker hitting a superb shot into the top corner from the left side of the area. 

The win was confirmed for Marcelo Bielsa’s men in the 84th-minute when Bamford fed the ball to Jack Harrison who made the easy tap into an empty net. 

Salah double sends Liverpool third

A wonderful second-half double by Mohamed Salah lifted Liverpool up to third in the Premier League table after a 3-1 away victory against West Ham United at the London Stadium. 

The Reds took the lead just before the hour-mark when Salah created space for himself inside the area and curled the ball neatly into the back of the net from a tight angle. 

The Liverpool forward then got his second of the night after a sensational counter-attacking goal by the visitors. After a West Ham corner was cleared, Trent Alexander-Arnold made a superb long-range pass crossfield to Xherdan Shaqiri who then found Salah in the box where he controlled brilliantly to flick the ball past Fabianski. 

Georginio Wijnaldum added a third for Jurgen Klopp’s men with a right-footed shot in the area after a lovely one-two with Roberto Firmino. 

Craig Dawson scored a late consolation goal for the Hammers following a corner routine but it was Liverpool who claimed all three points on the night. 

Brighton record first home win of the season against Spurs

Brighton and Hove Albion have earned their first league home victory of the season after overcoming Tottenham Hotspur 1-0 at the Amex. 

The Seagulls started the game sharply with Pascal Gross hitting the left-hand post in just the 3rd-minute. The hosts eventually opened the scoring on 17 minutes when Gross played a cutback to Leandro Trossard who sent his shot beyond the reach of Hugo Lloris. 

Brighton goalkeeper Robert Sanchez produced a fine save to deny the Spurs substitute Carlos Vinicius from finding an equaliser for the visitors. 

Aaron Connolly looked set to add a second goal for the home side in the 84th-minute but Toby Alderweireld made a superb sliding challenge to keep out the forward’s close-range shot. 

A second win in three for Graham Potter’s men puts the Seagulls in 17th on 21 points whilst Tottenham remain 6th on 33. 

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