EPL Wrap | Chelsea gun down Arsenal as Liverpool see red
EPL By: Olakunle Brown | 06/02/2017
Arsenal’s title hopes for the 2016/17 season took huge nose dive at Stamford Bridge as London rivals Chelsea hammered the Gunners 3-1 in the Derby.Marcos Alonso opened scoring for the Blues and unfortunately for Arsene Wenger’s men Hector Bellerin was injured in the run-up to the goal but for the home fans it was joy as they sang in loud voices that a good player is substituted early.Read Also | Super Eagles star denies playing dirtyEden Hazard capitalized on Arsenal’s lack of assurance at the back as he dribbled past a sea of legs to make it 2-0 and the returning veteran goalkeeper Petr Cech gifted former Gunners Captain Cesc Fabregas the ball in the second half and he made no mistake to score to third before a consolation goal by Olivier Giroud settled it at 3-1.The results saw Chelsea go top of the table with 12 points temporarily before Tottenham cut it back to nine with a 1-0 win over hard fighting Middleborough but Arsenal dropped to fourth on the log after spending the previous week in second.Spurs did well to keep the chase on Chelsea with a Harry Kane winner against Boro at White Hart Lane which ensured they leapfrogged the Gunners into second.Manchester City made hard work of their win against Swansea at the Etihad thanks to two goals from Gabriel Jesus to settle the tie 2-1 and move the Citizens into third place on the premier league log.
Liverpool lost ground on their title chase as they suffered a humiliating 2-0 defeat away to Hull City at the KC Stadium - a team looking revitalized under the guidance of Marco Silva.Manchester United made up grounds with a 3-0 away win against current premier league champions Leicester City at the King Power Stadium as they went within two points of fourth placed Arsenal and just one off Liverpool.However, the day was for Zlatan Ibrahimovic who scored his 15th premier league goal and 20th strike in all competitions. The 35-year-old become the oldest goalscorer in the premier league with his goal against the Foxes and ended his drought after three matches without a goal.West Ham United pulled a brilliant win at the weekend as they pummeled Southampton 3-1 at Saint Mary’s just four days after suffering a 4-0 home defeat to Manchester City.
Romelu Lukaku shot himself to the topscorers chat with four goals against Bournemouth in a high scoring 6-3 game at the Goodison Park, taking his tally for the season to 16 goals.Sunderland pulled the biggest shock of the weekend as they annihilated Crystal Palace 4-0 at Selhurst Park – a result that shocked even Black Cats manager David Moyes but a nightmare to Sam Allardyce Watford continued from where they stopped in midweek after beating Arsenal away from home, they followed it up with a 2-1 home win against Burnley while West Bromwich Albion beat Stoke City 1-0.