Eden Hazard struck a stunning solo goal as Chelsea boosted their Premier League title hopes and left Arsenal’s in tatters with a 3-1 win at Stamford Bridge.
Arsenal may have complaints about Marcos Alonso’s opener, which came when he clattered Hector Bellerin. But the visitors could do nothing about the second in Chelsea’s 3-1 win at Stamford Bridge.
Hazard picked the ball up in the centre circle, evaded Laurent Koscielny and brushed off Francis Coquelin before fooling Koscielny, again, and drilling in by Petr Cech.
Cech gifted the ball to Cesc Fabregas, who casually lobbed the goalkeeper, for a third, as Chelsea ruthlessly punished Arsenal, who gained scant consolation with a late Olivier Giroud header.
Home boss Antonio Conte celebrated as Chelsea won for the 11th straight home game to move 12 points clear of the Gunners with 14 games to play.
With Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger banished to the East Stand, serving the third match of his four-game touchline ban, Conte was unopposed in his technical area.
Liverpool’s shocking run of form continued as Marco Silva’s Hull City claimed a shock 2-0 win at The KC Stadium.
Alfred N’Diaye scored on his Hull City debut as Liverpool’s terrible start to 2017 continued with a fourth defeat in five league and cup games.
Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool lurched to another painful and potentially costly defeat as Italian defender Andrea Ranocchia inspired a famous win for relegation-threatened Hull.
Klopp’s sorry recent record now shows just one win from Liverpool’s last 10 games in all competitions after goals from Alfred N’Diaye and substitute Oumar Niasse gave Marco Silva’s men a mighty boost.
Signed on loan from Inter Milan last month, Ranocchia produced an immense display on his full debut to repeatedly shut down the visitors’ sporadic attacks before threading the stunning late through-ball from which Niasse put the game beyond doubt.
Senegal forward N’Diaye, signed on loan from Villarreal, tapped home unmarked after Simon Mignolet dropped the ball at his feet.
Ranocchia’s performance and those of fellow debutants N’Diaye and Kamil Grosicki suggest Silva’s men have survival in their sights.
Harry Kane kept Tottenham in touch at the top of the Premier League table by scoring a second-half penalty to seal a 1-0 victory over Middlesbrough.
Spurs were dominant throughout at White Hart Lane but they struggled to break down a resilient Boro side until Kane converted his spot-kick after the excellent Son Heung-min was fouled by Espinosa Bernardo.
Victor Valdes was also fortunate not to be sent off early on after he pushed Dele Alli in the face.
Tottenham’s win means they reduce the gap behind Chelsea back to nine points while Middlesbrough stay 15th, one point above the relegation zone.
Romelu Lukaku scored Everton’s fastest Premier League goal after just 31 seconds on his way to grabbing four in a 6-3 win over Bournemouth.
The 23-year-old struck almost straight from kick-off and was gifted another – after a fortuitous second for James McCarthy – as the hosts raced into a 3-0 half-time lead.
However, a Josh King double set up a tenser-than-expected finish before Lukaku added two more late on, becoming Everton’s second-highest Premier League goalscorer just one behind Duncan Ferguson (60).
There was time for Harry Arter to tap in the visitors’ third ahead of Ross Barkley scoring Everton’s sixth.
Manager Ronald Koeman had hailed the “different spirit” within the squad following a January clear-out of Darron Gibson, Bryan Oviedo, Tom Cleverley, Oumar Niasse and Gerard Deulofeu but new arrivals Morgan Schneiderlin and 19-year-old Ademola Lookman, handed his full Premier League debut, have brought a much-needed dynamism.
The side is gradually morphing into one which Koeman believes should be targeting sixth-placed Manchester United, two points ahead albeit with a match in hand, in the quest for European honours this season.
Lukaku becomes the all-time leading Belgian in one of Europe’s top five leagues with his 76, eclipsing the 72 scored by Luis Oliveira in Serie A from the late 1990s to early 2000s.
West Ham got back to winning ways as Southampton’s dismal run in the Premier League continued with a 3-1 defeat at St Mary’s.
The Saints took an early lead when Manolo Gabbiadini blasted in an opener on his debut after a £14m move from Napoli on transfer deadline day.
But Andy Carroll equalised when he finished after a fine pass from Pedro Obiang, who then put the Hammers ahead with a 30-yard low effort.
West Ham grabbed a third as Mark Noble’s free-kick deflected in off Saints midfielder Steve Davis.
M’Baye Niang scored one goal and made another on his home debut for Watford as 10-man Burnley’s miserable away record continued.
Sean Dyche’s Clarets, who have not won on their travels since last May, had midfielder Jeff Hendrick sent off in the sixth minute for a two-footed challenge on Jose Holebas.
Niang, signed on loan from AC Milan last month, then crossed for Troy Deeney to head his third goal in four matches.
The winger then guided in Holebas’ left-wing cross with a fine header just before half-time.
Ashley Barnes gave Burnley hope by scoring a penalty with 12 minutes left after Sebastian Prodl handled Joey Barton’s shot – but they could not equalise.
Sunderland scored four first-half goals to thrash Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park as the Black Cats moved level on points with their Premier League relegation rivals.
Lamine Kone reacted quickest to Wayne Hennessey’s spill to steer in Sunderland’s opener after 10 minutes.
The visitors then scored three goals in six minutes in a stunning end to the first half as Didier Ndong struck a superb effort from 25 yards before Jermain Defoe punished lax Palace defending with two excellent finishes.
A fan got onto the pitch to confront Damien Delaney as the Palace players were booed off at half-time on a miserable afternoon for Sam Allardyce against his former club.
But David Moyes’ side remain bottom of the table following Hull City’s 2-0 victory over Liverpool.
Jack Rodwell has won a Premier League match in which he has started for the first time in 1,370 days.
The Sunderland midfielder, 25, played in a 4-0 win at Crystal Palace,three years, eight months and 29 days after starting in a Manchester City victory.
Rodwell’s winless run of 39 matches stretches back to a City win over West Brom on 7 May 2013 and includes 37 games since he joined the Black Cats.
But it was not all good news as he came off injured after half-time.
West Brom maintained their push for the Europa League as they beat Stoke 1-0 on Saido Berahino’s return to The Hawthorns.
James Morrison’s third goal in five Premier League games earned the Baggies a deserved victory to leave them eighth in the top flight.
Joe Allen and Erik Pieters missed fine chances for Stoke but they lost the game following an insipid first-half performance.
Berahino was introduced as a second-half substitute, making a quick return to The Hawthorns following his £12million transfer last month.
It also came two days after both clubs confirmed he served an eight-week ban between October and December.
Chelsea 3 – 1 Arsenal
Crystal Palace 0 – 4 Sunderland
Everton 6 – 3 AFC Bournemouth
Hull City 2 – 0 Liverpool
Southampton 1 – 3 West Ham United
Watford 2 – 1 Burnley
West Bromwich Albion 1 – 0 Stoke City
Tottenham hotspur 1 – 0 Middlesbrough