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Arsenal 2-0 Newcastle
Aaron Ramsey lifted Arsenal into third place in the Premier League as the Wales midfielder’s clinical finish inspired a 2-0 win against Newcastle on Monday.
Ramsey’s first half strike was followed by Alexandre Lacazette’s killer second in the closing stages at the Emirates Stadium, maintaining Arsenal’s impressive progress under Unai Emery.
Emery’s side climbed two points above fourth placed Tottenham and fifth placed Manchester United to bolster their chance of qualifying for the Champions League via a top-four finish with seven games to go.
It is the first time Arsenal have been as high as third place since April 2017, highlighting their improvement since former Paris Saint Germain boss Emery replaced Arsene Wenger at the end of last season.
Ramsey’s fifth goal of the season was only his second since he signed a lucrative pre-contract agreement to join Juventus at the end of the current campaign.
Liverpool 2-1 Tottenham
A 90th minute Tottenham calamity gifted Liverpool a return to the top of the Premier League above Manchester City on Sunday.
Anfield was on tenterhooks after the Londoners had pulled level to look like derailing the title hopes of Jurgen Klopp’s side.
And so was visiting keeper Hugo Lloris, who haplessly palmed Mohamed Salah’s header into the back of his own net via the legs of Toby Alderweireld.
Spurs started the brighter but the hosts forged ahead when a beautiful Andy Robertson cross from the left was met by Roberto Firmino’s header on 16 minutes.
Trent-Alexander Arnold further worried Lloris with a dipping volley before Sadio Mane curled inches wide of the right-hand post.
The visitors found their feet after the break, with Christian Eriksen denied on the follow-up by the recovering Robertson.
But they were failing to make a serious dent in proceedings, as Mohamed Salah blazed a rising effort narrowly over as the game headed into the final quarter.
Then came Lucas Moura in the 70th minute, sweeping in from six yards following a neat move sparked by Harry Kane’s snappy free kick on halfway.
Lloris was soon back in action at the other end when he had to tip over from Alexander-Arnold before denying Firmino a second at close range.
The visitors should have won it when Moussa Sissoko went through two-on-one with company from Son Heung-min, only to go it alone and smash over the bar.
And they were the ultimate masters of their own downfall in front of the Kop when the World Cup-winning keeper spilled Salah’s effort to keep the EPL title race in top gear.
Cardiff 1-2 Chelsea
Chelsea got out of jail to snatch a controversial victory at Cardiff in the Premier League on Sunday.
Maurizio Sarri’s side came from behind to seal three points in injury time, as Bluebirds boss Neil Warnock lashed out at the match officials.
The game sparked into life on 46 minutes when Victor Camarasa volleyed home after the visitors had failed to clear their lines.
But, with away fans calling for Sarri’s head, Cesar Azpilicueta headed in with his goal standing despite being blatantly offside on 85 minutes.
Last man Antonio Rudiger then got away with a yellow card after hauling down Kenneth Zohore.
And substitute Ruben Loftus-Cheek powerfully headed past Neil Etheridge in the 91st to leave Sarri intact, Cardiff imperiled and Warnock spitting feathers.
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Manchester United 2-1 Watford
Manchester United were made to work hard by Watford for their first three points under the permanent charge of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
The Hornets were the better side in the opening stages, stinging the palms of David de Gea in the United goal.
But they were hit on the counter when Luke Shaw played in Marcus Rashford, who slotted home in the 28th minute.
A smart Ben Foster save four minutes later prevented Anthony Martial from making it two.
But the Frenchman wasn’t to be denied on 72 minutes, forcing in from close range to put daylight between the sides.
Abdoulaye Doucoure pulled one back to create a nervy finish but United saw out injury time to keep pushing for a top three finish.
Fulham 0-2 Manchester City
Manchester City returned to the top of the Premier League table on Saturday thanks to an easy victory in the lunchtime game at Fulham.
Bernardo Silva took just five minutes to put the reigning champions ahead, firing past Sergio Rico from the edge of the box.
City kept up the pressure and were rewarded with a second on 27 minutes.
Joe Bryan lost possession, allowing Sergio Aguero to drift through and prod high over Rico.
The keeper was on hand the other side of half time to deny Raheem Sterling a third.
Sterling then turned provider as Kyle Walker clattered the post but City had long since done enough to topple Liverpool at the summit.
Leicester 2-0 Bournemouth
Leicester eased to victory over Bournemouth in their mid-table Premier League contest at the King Power Stadium.
Wes Morgan broke the deadlock on 11 minutes with a cheeky flick to divert Ben Chilwell’s effort in.
The Foxes doubled their advantage on 82 minutes when Jamie Vardy’s header found the back of the net via the crossbar.
Brighton 0-1 Southampton
Brighton’s relegation fears grew following a narrow loss to Premier League drop rivals Southampton at St Mary’s Stadium.
The Saints took a 53rd-minute lead when Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg picked out the far corner following a snappy break.
And that was all it took to leave Chris Hughton’s men looking over their shoulders.
West Ham 0-2 Everton
West Ham put in a miserable performance at the London Stadium as they were comfortably beaten by improving Everton.
Kurt Zouma put the Toffees ahead in the fifth minute, heading in Gylfi Sigurdsson’s corner at the far post.
It set the tone as home keeper Lukasz Fabianski was kept busy by quickfire efforts from Sigurdsson, Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Lucas Digne.
And they had their second on 33 minutes when Bernard tapped in.
Richarlison was also only denied by the crossbar with his thumping header, but his side were home and hosed against their nonplussed hosts.
Burnley 2-0 Wolves
Burnley pulled off an EPL shock over Wolves to give their survival hopes a timely boost at Turf Moor.
The Clarets went ahead inside two minutes as Connor Coady turned Chris Wood’s effort into his own net following a quick free kick.
Youngster Dwight McNeil made it two with a superb solo effort on 77 minutes to seal a vital three points in the battle to beat the drop.
Crystal Palace 2-0 Huddersfield
Huddersfield’s time in the Premier League is at an end following defeat at Crystal Palace on Saturday.
Palace had to wait until the 76th minute to take the lead, with Luka Milivojevic scoring from the penalty spot following a Wilfried Zaha tumble in the box.
Patrick van Aanholt soon added the second to condemn the Terriers to life back in the Championship next season.
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