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Abdoulaye Doucoure celebrate his deflected shot off Conor Coady that gave Watford a 2-0 lead over Wolves.

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And in the last match of the day, Mikel Arteta earned his first win as Arsenal boss as the Gunners produced a powerful first-half performance to beat a lackluster Manchester United.
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With leaders Liverpool out of action on New Year’s Day, Southampton continued their recent rise from the bottom places with a narrow but well-deserved victory over Jose Mourinho’s Tottenham to move up two spots shy of mid-table.

Leicester and Manchester City continued their chase for the second spot with respective victories over Newcastle and Everton. A spectacular overhead kick earned Brighton an unlikely point against Chelsea at the Amex Stadium and West Ham battered Bournemouth to a 4-0 shutout win as David Moyes second spell in charge got off to an incredulous start.

Also on New Year’s Day, Aston Villa moved out of the relegation zone with an impressive 2-1 win at Burnley, Watford continued their quest for survival with a 2-1 home win over the Wolves to inch two points closer to the first safety spot held by Aston Villa, and a late VAR awarded equalizer denied bottommost Norwich a much victory and boost at home against Crystal Palace.

Alireza Jahanbakhsh equalised brilliantly late on before Brighton pushed for the win

Alireza Jahanbakhsh equalised brilliantly late on before Brighton pushed in vain for the win

And in the last match of the day, Mikel Arteta earned his first win as Arsenal boss as the Gunners produced a powerful first-half performance to beat a lackluster Manchester United.

And on Thursday, Liverpool sealed an unbeaten calendar year in the Premier League with a 2-0 win over Sheffield United to restore their 13 points advantage atop the leaderboard.

EPL Week 21 Standings At A Glance

EPL Week 21 Standings At A Glance

Brighton 1-1 Chelsea

Alireza Jahanbakhsh made it a festive period to remember after scoring a stunning overhead kick to deny Chelsea in a 1-1 draw with Brighton.

Fresh from scoring on his second appearance of the season against Bournemouth, the Iranian came off the bench to cancel out (84) Cesar Azpilicueta's first-half opener (10) for Chelsea with an outrageous bicycle kick.

Jahanbakhsh has now scored two goals in his last two games for Brighton, having failed to find the net in his first 26 for the club in all competitions.

His equaliser broke Chelsea's historical hold over Brighton, who had lost each of the last 11 meetings with the west Londoners - a run stretching back to 1933. The result leaves Chelsea in fourth and Brighton 14th.

Burnley 1-2 Aston Villa

Jack Grealish produced an influential performance as Aston Villa climbed out of the relegation zone after securing their second away win of the season with a 2-1 victory at Burnley.

Wesley, whose heel cost Grealish a 12th-minute opener at Turf Moor after VAR controversially, adjudged the striker to have been offside in the build-up, eventually gave Villa the lead with a much-needed goal after 27 minutes.

Grealish then got his goal, doubling his side's advantage four minutes before the break with a powerful strike into the top corner.

Burnley, who were second best for long periods of the game, were handed a lifeline in the 80th minute thanks to Chris Wood's header, but Villa, who lost Wesley and Tom Heaton to nasty-looking injuries, held on to win what could be a crucial three points.

Newcastle 0-3 Leicester

Leicester cruised to a 3-0 win over Newcastle at St James' Park after the hosts were forced to play most of the second half with 10 men due to injuries.

Newcastle sat deep early on and allowed the visitors, who had a staggering 77 per cent possession, to pass along their defensive lines. But former Magpies forward Ayoze Perez capitalised on a loose pass from Florian Lejeune in the 36th minute to open the scoring.

Lejeune produced another shocking loose ball three minutes later and Perez intercepted again, threading a pass to James Maddison, who smashed a 25-yard rocket past Martin Dubravka.

Down two goals, quickfire injuries to Newcastle’s Jetro Willems, Javier Manquillo and Jonjo Shelvey, resulted in all substitutes being used by half-time, while DeAndre Yedlin also broke his hand but completed the full 90 minutes.

Fabian Schar then pulled up with a hamstring injury just five minutes into the second half and Newcastle were down to 10 men, although they did not concede again until the 87th minute when substitute Hamza Choudhury hit a stunning third for the Foxes.

Southampton 1-0 Tottenham

A super goal from Danny Ings was enough for Southampton to beat lacklustre Tottenham 1-0 and continue their recent unbeaten run.

Saints looked like the more energetic side from the first whistle and went ahead when Ings produced a confident, sweeping finish in the 17th minute as he enjoys his best scoring season.

Tottenham looked short of ideas at St Mary's and their poor performance was compounded in the 73rd minute. Harry Kane, having had a goal ruled out for offside, was taken off with a suspected hamstring injury, before manager Jose Mourinho was booked after entering the Southampton technical area following the disallowed goal.

Mourinho confronted Southampton's goalkeeping coach Andrew Sparks over a perceived delay and time taken to substitute Ings for Michael Obafemi in the 76th minute, with the Portuguese saying after the game: "I was rude, but I was rude to an idiot."

The result catapults Southampton into 12th place, having taken 10 points from their four games over the festive season, while Tottenham remain in sixth with just four points over the same period.

Watford 2-1 Wolves

Ten-man Watford held on to beat Wolves 2-1 at Vicarage Road and boost their Premier League survival hopes in the process.

Gerard Deulofeu made the vital first breakthrough on the half-hour mark with an excellent finish into the bottom right-hand corner for his third goal against Wolves in all competitions.

Abdoulaye Doucoure's deflected drive doubled the hosts' lead four minutes into the second half as another win appeared on the cards for Nigel Pearson's side.

However, Pedro Neto's strike - again with the aid of a crucial deflection - on the hour-mark, coupled with Christian Kabasele's VAR-assisted red card 11 minutes later, led to a nervy finale for the hosts. Wolves remain 7th.

Manchester City 2-1 Everton

A second-half Gabriel Jesus double gave Manchester City a 2-1 victory over Everton at the Etihad on New Year's Day.

VAR ruled out Phil Foden's early strike for an offside on Riyad Mahrez in the build-up, before Mahrez himself was denied a spot-kick by VAR after Lucas Digne's tug on his shirt.

Jesus did eventually give City the lead after the break, finding the top corner from 15 yards (51), before the Brazilian finished off a fine team move to double City's advantage (58).

Everton halved the deficit through Richarlison's far-post finish after Claudio Bravo's poor pass out from the back (71), before Jesus was denied a hat-trick by the post.

City remains third, one point behind Leicester, with Everton in 11th.

 

Norwich 1-1 Crystal Palace

Connor Wickham's first Premier League goal in over three years secured a hard-fought point for Crystal Palace as Norwich were held to a 1-1 draw at Carrow Road.

Canaries boss Daniel Farke cut a dejected figure at the final whistle describing the result as "feeling like a loss" after seeing his side pegged back at home to draw for the second time in the space of four days.

Todd Cantwell gave the hosts the perfect start when he slotted home after just four minutes from close range, but Mario Vrancic missed a glorious chance before Kenny McLean struck the woodwork as the door was left ajar for Palace to earn a reprieve.

It was gleefully taken by Wickham as his strike was allowed to stand following a VAR review after initially been ruled out for offside, ending a wait of 1,138 days for a top-flight goal for the former Sunderland striker.

Palace remain ninth with 28 points after 21 games, while Norwich's failure to hold on to victory means they remain bottom, five points adrift of 19th-placed Watford, and seven points away from safety.

West Ham 4-0 Bournemouth

David Moyes says he "can't take the credit" for West Ham's emphatic victory over Bournemouth as his second spell in charge got off to the best possible start.

Captain Mark Noble scored twice with Sebastien Haller and Felipe Anderson also netting in what was the Hammers' biggest Premier League win in more than a decade.

Victory was West Ham's second in six matches, while the defeat sees Bournemouth slip into the relegation places in 18th.

Arsenal 2-0 Manchester United

Arsenal kicked off the New Year in style with a superb 2-0 win over Manchester United, handing Mikel Arteta his first victory in charge of the Gunners.

Arsenal - transformed from the blunt, directionless outfit of recent months into a high-intensity side by Arteta - struck at the beginning and end of the first half, with the impressive Nicolas Pepe (8) tucking in before Sokratis (42) smashed home a close-range finish to put the hosts in control.

They were then pinned back for large periods after the break by a much-improved second-half display from Manchester United but, days after their collapse against Chelsea, stood firm to record their first clean sheet at the Emirates in three months.

The win moves Arsenal to within three points of the top six in 10th place in the Premier League, while United's recent surge towards the Champions League places stalls, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's men remaining five points off fourth.

 

Liverpool 2-0 Sheffield United

Liverpool restored their 13-point lead at the top of the Premier League with a 2-0 victory over Sheffield United that guarantees Jurgen Klopp's side an unbeaten calendar year in the top flight.

The runaway leaders last lost a league game at champions Manchester City on January 3, 2019, but Sheffield United's hopes of ending that run were extinguished by goals in either half by Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane.

An imperious performance secured Liverpool's 19th victory of the season and stretched their unbeaten run in the Premier League to 37 games - 12 short of Arsenal's 49-game record - as the Reds marched on towards a first league title in 30 years.

The Blades, meanwhile, remain eighth in the table, seven points adrift from the top four after slipping to back-to-back league defeats for the first time since the opening two games of last season's Championship.

 

 

EPL Week 21 Scores At A Glance

Wednesday

Brighton 1-1 Chelsea

Burnley 1-2 Aston Villa

Newcastle 0-3 Leicester

Southampton 1-0 Tottenham

Watford 2-1 Wolves

Manchester City 2-1 Everton

Norwich 1-1 Crystal Palace

West Ham 4-0 Bournemouth

Arsenal 2-0 Manchester United

Thursday

Liverpool 2-0 Sheffield United

 

Matchday reports from BBC and skysports were used in this compilation.

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