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Barclays Premier League round up

By December 27, 2015No Comments

Arsenal blew the chance to go top of the Barclays Premier League after a 4-0 thumping from Southampton at St Mary’s stadium.

Cuco Martina hit the goal of the game with a beautiful curling shot from outside the box that looked to be heading wide until the wicked bend left Petr Cech helpless.

That goal set the Saints up nicely to add three more, a double from Shane Long and a Jose Fonte header sandwiched in-between.

The big talking point of the boxing day fixtures was Stoke’s 2-0 win at home to Manchester United.

Wayne Ronney was left on the bench by the under pressure Louis van Gaal, but it was Marko Arnautovic that proved to be the star man with his fourth strike in his last four outings at the Britannia stadium for Mark Hughes’ side.

Stoke took the lead after 19 minutes thanks to a poor headed pass back by Depay, which Glen Johnson seized on to cut back for Bojan to pick his spot.

Arnautovic’s brilliant strike from the edge of the box seven minutes later secured all three points for the home team and consigned United to their fourth straight defeat and no wins in seven games.

Manchester City swept aside Sunderland by 4-1 with Sterling, Toure, Bony and De Bruyne all scoring with Borini scoring a consolation for a Sunderland side now sitting second bottom of the table.

City’s only downside was the arrival of captain Vincent Company as a sub in the 62nd minute and his departure nine minutes later with a recurrence of his calf injury.

Elsewhere, Liverpool ended Leicester’s nine match unbeaten run with a Christian Benteké goal. The Belgian could have had a second in injury time with the goal at his mercy and Kasper Schmeichel still trying to get back from a Leicester corner.

The reds no9 dithered and squandered the chance to make it 2-0.

Chelsea were held to a 2-2 draw at Stamford bridge by Watford.

A Troy Deeney penalty and Odion Ighalo’s 13th strike of the season cancelled out Diego Costa’s opener, but the Spaniard had the last word with his second and the equaliser for the blues to share the points in Guus Hiddink’s first game back in charge.

Newcastle’s woes returned with a late winner from Everton’s Tom Cleverly in a 1-0 win for Everton at St James’ park.

Swansea’s Ki scored the only goal in a 1-0 win for Swansea at home to West Brom.

Tottenham’s Harry Kane was the star man once again as he bagged a double in a 3-0 win over Norwich. A sweet left foot strike from Tom Carroll was the icing on the cake for Mauricio Pochetino’s side who now occupy fourth place in the table.

Bournemouth drew 0-0 with Crystal Palace and Aston Villa shared the points in a 1-1 with West Ham at Villa park. Jordan Ayew’s penalty cancelled out Aaron Creswell’s opener for the Hammers on the stroke of half-time.