Toffees triumphant in North London
Everton have officially ended their 25-year wait for a victory at Arsenal as they recorded a 1-0 win over the Gunners at the Emirates on Friday night.
The visitors started the game the brighter of the two teams with Gylfi Sigurdsson hitting the crossbar from his direct free-kick.
Shortly after the break, the hosts were awarded a penalty when Richarlison brought down Dani Ceballos inside the area but this decision was quickly overturned by VAR for an offside in the build-up.
The Brazilian striker helped give the Toffees the lead on 76 minutes when he played a low ball across the face of goal which Bernd Leno couldn’t deal with as he ended up fumbling it into his own net.
Jordan Pickford produced a brilliant last-minute save to deny Gabriel Martinelli and to give Everton their first-ever Premier League double over the Londoners.
Honours even at Anfield
Liverpool’s chances of making a top four finish took a hit on Saturday afternoon after a stoppage-time goal by Joe Willock was enough for Newcastle United to secure a 1-1 draw at Anfield.
The hosts took the lead on just 3 minutes when Sadio Mane whipped a ball into the box which was controlled superbly by Mohamed Salah who turned his defender to rifle home at the back post.
The Magpies substitute Callum Wilson thought he levelled it up for the visitors late on but his goal was ruled out for handball following a VAR review.
Steve Bruce’s side did however go on to get the equaliser in the 95th-minute when Willock’s strike took a big deflection off Fabinho to send Alisson the wrong way.
This important point for Newcastle now sees them in 16th place on 36 points whilst Liverpool are in 6th on 54.
Chelsea go back into the top four following Hammers victory
Thomas Tuchel’s Chelsea have jumped back up into the Champions league places after they beat West Ham United 1-0 at the London Stadium.
The visitors had the better of the chances in the first half with Mason Mount forcing Lukasz Fabianski into an early save.
Their dominance paid off on 43 minutes when Ben Chilwell squared the ball to Timo Werner inside the area who tapped home from close range.
Jesse Lingard almost found the equaliser for the Hammers but his strike went narrowly wide before the hosts were reduced to 10-men when Fabian Balbuena saw red after a late challenge on Chilwell.
This crucial victory for the Blues now sends them up to 4th place on 58 points whilst David Moyes’ side are in 5th on 55.
Brighton fall to defeat against the Blades
Sheffield United have earned their first win in six after they beat Brighton and Hove Albion 1-0 at Bramall Lane.
The first chance of the game came for the Seagulls when Neal Maupay was denied by the goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale in a one-on-one situation.
The Blades responded immediately and went ahead on 19 minutes when David McGoldrick was quickest to pounce on a loose ball inside the box to slot home from close range.
Brighton thought they had the leveller in the second half but Jakub Moder’s effort was disallowed for offside following a VAR review meaning that interim manager Paul Higginbotham has now recorded his first victory in charge of Sheffield.
Burnley earn emphatic win at Molineux
Chris Wood scored his first-everfirst ever Premier League hat-trick as he helped Burnley to seal an emphatic 4-0 victory over Wolverhampton Wanderers at the Molineux.
The New Zealand international gave the Clarets the lead on 15 minutes when he collected the pass from Matthew Lowton to finish smartly into the bottom-left hand corner.
His second came just six minutes later with a tap in at the back post after Dwight McNeil was quickest to react to a loose ball before adding the third when he headed in from a corner.
Wood finished the night providing Burnley’s fourth when he set up Ashley Westwood to fire his effort home from the edge of the area and move his team nine points clear of the relegation zone.
Stalemate at Elland Road
Manchester United were held to a goalless draw against Leeds United at Elland Road on Sunday meaning that Manchester City now need just two more wins to claim the Premier League title.
The Red Devils’ best chance came through Bruno Fernandes on the hour mark when he collected the pass from Aaron Wan-Bissaka but he could only drag his effort wide of the post.
The hosts went close shortly after when Helder Costa saw his strike deflected onto the roof of the net but neither side could break the deadlock.
This sixth unbeaten game for Leeds now sees them in 9th place on 47 points whilst United remain in 2nd on 67.
Villa rescue late point against the Baggies
West Bromwich Albion’s chances of maintaining their league status took a blow over the weekend as they let in a last minute goal to draw 2-2 against Aston Villa at Villa Park.
The hosts took the lead after just 9 minutes when Semi Ajayi brought down Ross Barkley inside the area with Anwar El Ghazi converting the resulting penalty.
The Baggies equalised on 23 minutes thanks to Matheus Pereira who also dispatched from the spot after Ezri Konsa made a late challenge on Ainsley Maitland-Niles.
The visitors went ahead for the first time shortly after the break when Mbaye Diagne’s strike was deflected into the back of the net by Tyrone Mings.
Dean Smith’s side found the leveller in stoppage-time when Keinan Davis capitalised on a defensive error to bundle over the line from close range.
This point for both sides now sees Villa in 11th place on 45 points whilst West Brom remain 19th on 25, just nine points from safety.
Foxes take a step closer to a Champions League place
Leicester City have tightened their grip on third place in the Premier League after coming back from behind to beat Crystal Palace 2-1 at the King Power Stadium.
The Eagles opened the scoring on 12 minutes when Eberechi Eze played a magnificent first time through ball to Wilfred Zaha who coolly slotted home beyond the reach of Kasper Schmeichel.
The hosts responded early in the second half and found the equaliser when Kelechi Iheanacho teed up Timothy Castagne inside the area who rifled his effort home into the top-left hand corner.
The Foxes got the winning goal in the 80th-minute when Iheanacho controlled a ball over the top from Jonny Evans to cut inside and unleash a thumping strike into the roof of the net.