Chelsea triumphed over Manchester City in their top-of-the-table clash at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday. The Blues responded well to going a goal behind, coming back to win 3-1, and ensuring that Antonio Conte’s men won for the seventh successive Premier League game.
City started well, and they thought they were ahead in the 20th minute when Fernandinho planted a header past Claudio Bravo, but it was rightly ruled out for offside. City did take a one-goal lead into half-time when Gary Cahill could only clear the ball past his own keeper on the stroke of half-time.
Chelsea seized control of the game after the break, with Diego Costa levelling the scores in the 60th minute, before Willian gave the visitors the lead 10 minutes later. Eden Hazard scored a third to seal the win in the 90th minute, but the drama was not over there. Sergio Aguëro saw red for an awful tackle on David Luiz, while Fernandinho was also dismissed for his role in the subsequent scuffle, to further dampen City’s day.
Alexis Sanchez scored a hat-trick as Arsenal romped to a 5-1 win over struggling West Ham. Mesut Ozil put the Gunners ahead in the 24th minute, before Sanchez took control of the game in the second half. Sanchez scored to double Arsenal’s lead, before adding a second a few minutes later.
The hosts grabbed a lifeline when Andy Carroll scored from a Payet free-kick, but Arsenal re-opened their three-goal advantage courtesy of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s lovely 25-yard dipping strike. Sanchez then completed his hat-trick and West Ham’s miserable evening with the final goal in the 90th minute.
It was another difficult day for Swansea City as Tottenham put five past the struggling Welsh club. The first goal came in controversial fashion, as Dele Alli was adjudged to have been fouled in the Swansea penalty area. Replays showed that there was no contact, but a penalty was awarded, and then dispatched by Harry Kane.
The goal proved to be the catalyst for Spurs, as a goal from Son Heung-Min, another goal from Kane and two from Christian Eriksen gave manager Mauricio Pochettino his biggest league win since he took over at White Hart Lane in 2014.
A Marouane Fellaini error against his former club helped Everton rescue a point against Manchester United. Zlatan Ibrahimovic gave United the lead, until substitute Fellaini gave away a penalty late on, which was duly converted by Leighton Baines to snatch a point.
There was a real moment to forget for Fraser Forster as Crystal Palace beat Southampton 3-0 to ease the pressure on manager Alan Pardew. The Southampton goalkeeper went to clear a back pass, but could only take a wild swipe at thin air, and presented Christian Benteke with an easy tap in. A James Tomkins header and a second for Benteke wrapped up the win for Palace.
Sunderland continued their mini-revival by beating champions Leicester City. A Robert Huth own goal gave David Moyes’ men the lead, before Jermain Defoe doubled the advantage. A late Shinji Okazaki consolation was in vain for the Foxes.
Goals from Jonny Evans, Chris Brunt and Matt Phillips gave West Brom a 3-1 win over Watford, while goals from Marc Muniesa and Jon Walters saw Stoke beat Burnley. The weekend’s action was rounded off on Monday night, when a Gaston Ramírez goal was enough to separate Middlesbrough and Hull.