West Bromwich Albion 3 – 1 Arsenal
Crystal Palace 1 – 0 Watford
Everton 4 – 0 Hull City
Stoke City 1 – 2 Chelsea
Sunderland 0 – 0 Burnley
West Ham United 2 – 3 Leicester City
AFC Bournemouth 2 – 0 Swansea City
- West Bromwich Albion 3 – 1 Arsenal
Craig Dawson headed in two goals as Arsenal’s inability to defend set pieces was mercilessly exposed by West Brom in a 3-1 defeat at The Hawthorns.
The defender and substitute Hal Robson-Kanu, who scored just 75 seconds after coming on, inflicted a sixth loss on the beleaguered Wenger in his last nine games.
Alexis Sanchez’s 18th Premier League goal of the season had cancelled out Dawson’s opener but the Gunners remain five points adrift of the top four with their hopes of Champions League qualification in the balance.
They also lost Petr Cech to injury and replacement David Ospina was at fault for Robson-Kanu’s goal after colliding with Hector Bellerin.
Off the pitch, Arsenal fans’ civil war continued as two planes with the opposing banners ‘In Arsene We Trust #respectaw’ and ‘No Contract #wengerout’ flew over The Hawthorns.
The manager, out of contract in the summer, remains a divisive figure and came under fire from the travelling fans who called for his exit, unfurled several ‘Wenger Out’ banners and criticised his late substitution of Sanchez.
For the Baggies, they equalled last season’s points tally of 43, and recovered from successive defeats to keep their Europa League hopes alive.
Albion had scored 16 goals from set-pieces this season, more than any team in the Premier League
- Stoke City 1 – 2 Chelsea
Chelsea left it late at the bet365 Stadium, but eventually came away with three points after beating Stoke City 2-1.
Willian opened the scoring for the league-leaders with a first half free-kick, but Jonathan Walters responded before the break by converting a penalty after Gary Cahill had fouled Walters.
Marcos Alonso hit the bar in the second half as the visitors probed for a second goal.
Cahill was to make up for giving away the penalty however as he smashed home a corner to steal the three points with five minutes left.
Phil Bardsley was sent off in the closing stages for a second yellow card.
Diego Costa had looked to be in one of those moods from the start as he clashed with Ryan Shawcross, Geoff Cameron and Bruno Martins Indi and got short shrift from referee Anthony Taylor each time.
- Everton 4 – 0 Hull City
Romelu Lukaku broke a 31-year wait at Everton as the Toffees continued their push for European football with a 4-0 win over Hull at Goodison Park.
Lukaku ended the week how he had started it – in the headlines – with two goals in the 4-0 win over 10-man Hull.
On Tuesday the Belgium international told the club he would not be signing the new £140,000-a-week contract to make him the highest-paid player in their history as he questioned whether they had the ability to reach the Champions League.
His double on Saturday, with both goals in added time, may not have been the decisive factor in putting the Toffees level on points with fifth-placed Arsenal, but it at least showed his professionalism cannot be called into question.
The platform had been laid by a first goal for 20-year-old Dominic Calvert-Lewin, in his sixth Premier League appearance, and, after Tom Huddlestone’s red card, another from Enner Valencia. Lukaku then took centre stage to register his 20th and 21st league goals of the season, the first time an Everton player has reached that tally since Gary Lineker in 1985-1986 – 31 years ago.
The win puts Everton tantalisingly close to the top four, five points behind Liverpool with the Merseyside derby at Anfield up next after the international break.
- West Ham United 2 – 3 Leicester City
Leicester City made it three league wins on the spin as they beat West Ham United 3-2 at the London Stadium.
The visitors struck twice inside the first ten minutes to stun the Hammers. Firstly they opened the scoring on five minutes through Riyad Mahrez, and just two minutes later it was 2-0 thanks to Robert Huth.
Manuel Lanzini got the home side back into the game with a quick reply, but Jamie Vardy netted before the break to put the Foxes firmly back in control.
Andre Ayew reduced the deficit to a goal once again in the 63rd minute but it was not enough, with Andy Carroll missing a huge chance to level late on.
The Foxes showed no signs of a European hangover following their epic win over Sevilla, and although they may have a quarter-final meeting with Atletico Madrid on their minds Shakespeare knows they still need to get their domestic affairs in order.
Fortunately they faced a West Ham side playing as though they just want their ‘historic’ first season at their new stadium to end as quickly as possible.
- Crystal Palace 1 – 0 Watford
Deeney’s second-half own goal proved enough to secure all three points in an otherwise cagey affair that left them four clear of the bottom three and took them up to 16th.
Two recent wins had already significantly reduced the pressure that had built on Sam Allardyce’s team, providing the momentum needed to eventually avoid relegation after a year-long decline.
Their manager had long spoken of the need to produce a run of positive results, but he has also frequently stressed he would accept draws amid occasional victories if they avoid defeat.
The way Palace started at Selhurst Park suggested he had told his team this was one of those occasions when a draw would suffice, but with Chelsea, Southampton, Arsenal and Leicester their next four fixtures they would have been taking a risk.
- AFC Bournemouth 2 – 0 Swansea City
Swansea City’s quest for Premier League survival was dealt a blow as they were comfortably beaten by Bournemouth at the Vitality Stadium.
Benik Afobe’s first half shot deflected in off Alfie Mawson to give the hosts a first half lead, with the goal officially given as an own goal.
Afobe wasn’t to be denied his name on the scoresheet though as he collected Joshua King’s pass and finished well to double the Cherries’ advantage.
Eddie Howe’s side had addressed a slide in form with a vital win over West Ham last weekend and this 2-0 success – courtesy of an Alfie Mawson own goal and a Benik Afobe strike – will go a long way to securing the Cherries’ top-flight status for another season.
The much-needed win over the Hammers was full of drama but, after the likes of Leicester and Crystal Palace picked up three points earlier in the day, this scrappy victory was just as important for Bournemouth.
Mawson was credited with opening the scoring for the hosts as Afobe’s tame shot hit the 23-year-old and squirmed past Lukasz Fabianski, before Afobe tucked away a second after the break.
- Sunderland 0 – 0 Burnley
Sunderland failed to ease their relegation worries as they were held to a 0-0 draw by Burnley on Saturday.
The home side undoubtedly had the best chance, with Seb Larsson whipping in a cross to the back post for Billy Jones who headed well wide from just four yards.
Adnan Januzaj laced a low shot narrowly wide moments later as the Black Cats pushed for the opener.
Tom Heaton was forced into a save in added time as Sunderland threw everything at the Clarets, but they could not break the deadlock.
Burnley themselves may feel disappointed not to go home with the points with Ashley Barnes prodding their best chance wide in the first period and substitute Sam Vokes coming close late on.