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Premier League Review: Big Wins At Both Ends Of Table

one_aaron_ramseyAnother enthralling day of Premier League football as Arsenal and Leicester both picked up important wins at opposite ends of the table.

At the tip, Aaron Ramsey marked his 150th Premier League appearance with a first half winner as Arsenal closed the gap on leaders Chelsea to four points with a hard-fought 1-0 win at Turf Moor.

The Welshman pounced to drive the ball home in the 12th minute after a goalmouth scramble in which Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil had seen shots blocked. The defeat left Burnley firmly entrenched in the relegation zone two points adrift of safety.

Arsenal on the other hand are four points back of Chelsea, who still have to play Arsenal. Still think Jose Mourinho’s side will win the league, but any slip-up will make the title race interesting.

The relegation battle continues to tighten as Jamie Vardy’s stunning injury-time winner handed bottom side Leicester City a surprising 3-2 victory at West Brom. The striker ran from the halfway line before burying a drive into the corner to close the gap to safety to just three points. Robert Huth’s late header had made it 2-2 after Darren Fletcher and Craig Gardner scored for Albion while David Nugent levelled in the first half before the Foxes’ late show.

Two weeks ago, Leicester looked dead and buried, but after back to back wins, survival is a really possibility for the Foxes.

One side that is climbing out of the relegation battle is Aston Villa as they beat Spurs 1-0 as Tim Sherwood made a triumphant return to White Hart Lane. Christian Benteke looks like he has regained the form he had two years as Villa look set for a mid table finish.

Another side looking at amod-table finish is Crystal Palace where Alan Pardew has done a masterful job with Palace. Yannick Bolasie scored an 11-minute second half hat-trick as Crystal Palace thumped Sunderland 4-1 victory. The Congo DR international struck on 51, 54 and 62 minutes after Glenn Murray had opened the scoring to hand Palace their first ever top-flight win on Wearside. Connor Wickham’s 89th-minute strike proved scant consolation for Sunderland, who remain mired in the relegation battle.

Southampton’s slim top-four hopes were given a boost as James Ward-Prowse and Graziano Pelle secured a hard-fought 2-0 win against embattled Hull City. The result sees them level last year’s best-ever Premier League points tally of 56 but leaves Steve Bruce’s side worryingly close to the relegation zone with an tough run-in.

Swansea City equalled their best-ever Premier League points haul of 47 as they fought back to stop Everton’s winning run in a feisty 1-1 draw at the Liberty Stadium. Aaron Lennon gave the visitors a 41st minute lead with his second goal in Everton colours, but Swansea equalised after 69 minutes when Seamus Coleman’s handball was spotted by referee Michael Oliver and Jonjo Shelvey scored with a firm spot-kick.

Marko Arnautovic’s dramatic stoppage-time equaliser earned Stoke a 1-1 draw at West Ham. The Hammers looked to have done enough to battle to victory after taking an early lead through a superb free-kick by full-back Aaron Cresswell. However, after seeing two efforts from Arnautovic ruled out for offside and a header by substitute Mame Diouf hit the post, the visitors snatched a point deep into stoppage time when the Austrian forward crashed the ball into the far corner.