EPL results – Nervy City edge Leicester  in controversial clash to go third; Arsenal edge closer to fourth place after rare win at Stoke

​Manchester City 2 – 1 Leicester City
AFC Bournemouth 2 – 1 Burnley

Middlesbrough 1 – 2 Southampton

Sunderland 0 – 2 Swansea City

Stoke City 1 – 4 Arsenal

  • ​Manchester City 2 – 1 Leicester City

Manchester City strengthened their grip on a top-four finish with a nervy 2-1 victory over dethroned champions Leicester.

City took the lead in contentious circumstances, David Silva’s 29th-minute strike allowed to stand despite Raheem Sterling’s attempt to play the ball from an offside position.

But there were no complaints with the hosts’ second as Gabriel Jesus stroked a penalty home after Yohan Benalouane’s clumsy foul on Leroy Sane.

Shinji Okazaki’s sumptuous volley reduced the arrears before half-time and Leicester thought they had snatched a point when Riyad Mahrez converted a 76th-minute penalty.

But referee Robert Madley spotted Mahrez had struck the ball twice and disallowed the goal as City clung onto a victory that moved them up to third in the Premier League.

Leicester, who see a two-game winning streak come to an end, remain ninth on 43 points.

  • Stoke City 1 – 4 Arsenal

Champions League-chasing Arsenal moved within a point of fourth-placed Liverpool with a comfortable Premier League victory over Stoke.

Despite collecting the three points, manager Arsene Wenger faced further protests from his own supporters during the game, as they flew a plane over the Bet365 Stadium and held banners inside the ground calling for him to leave the club.

But the Frenchman ended the game by receiving warm applause from the club’s travelling fans as he made his way down the tunnel at the final whistle.

The Gunners had not won on their previous six visits to the venue, but took the lead with a well-crafted move as Hector Bellerin picked out Olivier Giroud for a tap-in before Alexis Sanchez combined with Mesut Ozil, who coolly tucked home in the second period.

Stoke pulled one back in the 67th minute through Peter Crouch, who appeared to turn Marko Arnautovic’s cross in with his hand

But the excellent Alexis Sanchez restored the visitors’ two-goal advantage  and Giroud added late gloss with their fourth.

Both Arsenal and Liverpool have two games remaining and are level on goal difference with the Gunners ahead by one on goals scored.

The only concern for Wenger will be the apparent injury picked up by Sanchez, who limped off shortly after scoring his 50th Premier League goal and may now be a doubt to face Sunderland on Tuesday.

  • Middlesbrough 1 – 2 Southampton

Southampton survived a late Middlesbrough fightback to earn a 2-1 victory at the Riverside Stadium.

Three minutes before the end of a scrappy first half, Jay Rodriguez got on the end of a pinpoint Shane Long cross to fire his side into the lead, but it was the second 45 minutes where the best of the action took place.

Firstly, Nathan Redmond scored a fine second in the 57th minute, before Long wasted a golden chance to put the game to bed seven minutes later, blazing a penalty over the bar.

It looked like that miss could prove to be pivotal as Patrick Bamford headed his first-ever Premier League goal to get Boro back in it with 18 minutes remaining, but the home side couldn’t muster an equaliser as their final home game ended in disappointment.

The result means Middlesbrough are guaranteed to finish with their lowest Premier League points total, while Saints moved level on points with West Brom in eighth after a first success since April 8.

  • Sunderland 0 – 2 Swansea City

Swansea’s Premier League safety could be confirmed on Sunday after goals from Fernando Llorente and Kyle Naughton gave them a deserved win over relegated Sunderland.

An afternoon that had the potential to be a nervous one for the Swans became very comfortable once Llorente headed home Gylfi Sigurdsson’s free-kick in the ninth minute.
Naughton struck a decisive blow in first-half stoppage time with his first Swans goal – a superb angled drive into the far top corner.

Victory opened a four-point gap between the Welsh side and 18th-placed Hull, who will be relegated to the Championship if they lose at Crystal Palace on Sunday.

Sunderland, who beat Hull last weekend, were booed off at both half-time and the final whistle of an inept display that epitomised their season.

Kyle Naughton scored his first Premier League goal in his 141st appearance in the competition. It was his first league goal since scoring for Leicester against Scunthorpe in March 2011.

  • AFC Bournemouth 2 – 1 Burnley

Josh King’s late winner spoiled Burnley’s comeback as Bournemouth moved into the top half with a 2-1 win on Saturday.

Junior Stanislas had put Bournemouth ahead midway through the first half with a well-placed finish after capitalising on a ball-watching Burnley defence.

Sam Vokes looked to have stolen a rare away point for Burnley when he headed the Clarets level against the run of play with just seven minutes left.

But King scored his 16th Premier League goal of the season just two minutes later to give Eddie Howe’s side a deserved win and leave Burnley 14th in the top flight.


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