Barclays Premier League Reviews
ARSENAL 4 LIVERPOOL 1
GOALS:- ARSENAL: BELLERIN 37th; OZIL 40th; SANCHEZ 45th; GIROUD 90th. LIVERPOOL: HENDERSON PEN 76th.
Arsenal tightened their grip on a place in the Barclays Premier League's top four while inflicting damage on Liverpool's Champions League aspirations. The Gunners set the platform for a vital three points with a devastating burst of three goals in the last eight minutes of the first half from Hector Bellerin, Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez. Jordan Henderson's penalty was little more than a consolation for Liverpool, who had Emre Can sent off before before Olivier Giroud added Arsenal's fourth.
CHELSEA 2 STOKE CITY 1
GOALS:- CHELSEA: HAZARD PEN 39th; REMY 62nd. STOKE: ADAM 44th.
Chelsea are seven points clear at the top of the Barclays Premier League despite Charlie Adam's remarkable goal from inside his own half. Adam hit a sensational equaliser for Stoke, spotting goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois off his line and smashing in from around 65 yards out. Earlier, Eden Hazard had stroked home a penalty for the hosts after Cesc Fabregas was tripped in the box. Loic Remy scored Chelsea's winner after an error from keeper Asmir Begovic.
EVERTON 1 SOUTHAMPTON 0
GOAL:- EVERTON: JAGIELKA 16th.
Southampton's hopes of a European place were dented as Everton won their third consecutive Barclays Premier League match, thanks to Phil Jagielka's close-range finish. Saints had the chance to move up to fifth place if they had won at Goodison Park, but Jagielka's fifth goal of the season earned Everton a rare home win.
LEICESTER CITY 2 WEST HAM UNITED 1
GOALS:- LEICESTER: CAMBIASSO 12th; KING 86th. WEST HAM: KOUYATE 32nd.
Substitute Andy King's late winner revived Leicester's Barclays Premier League survival hopes as they beat West Ham. Esteban Cambiasso's superb 20-yard left-footed strike gave Nigel Pearson's side the early lead, but the Foxes' David Nugent then had a penalty saved. West Ham enjoyed a sustained spell of pressure after that and deserved Chiekhou Kouyate's equaliser.
MANCHESTER UNITED 3 ASTON VILLA 1
GOALS:- UNITED: HERRERA 43rd, 90th. ROONEY 79th. VILLA: BENTEKE 80th.
Manchester United defeated Aston Villa to move above Manchester City and into third place in the Barclays Premier League. Villa goalkeeper Brad Guzan tipped over Marcos Rojo's powerful 25-yard effort, but was beaten by Ander Herrera's low shot after good work from Daley Blind. Wayne Rooney added a second goal when he spun and fired into the top corner. Villa's Christian Benteke pulled one back with a low strike, before Herrera scored his second with a side-footed finish in injury time to seal the win.
SWANSEA CITY 3 HULL CITY 1
GOALS:- SWANSEA: KI 18th;
GOMIS 37th, 90th. HULL:
Bafetimbi Gomis struck twice as Swansea City beat 10-man Hull City at Liberty Stadium to leave the visitors three points above the relegation zone. Ki Sung-yueng fired the Swans in front from close range before Gomis' acrobatic volley doubled their lead. Paul McShane's finish after a Jake Livermore free kick gave the Tigers hope, but David Meyler was soon sent off for a high tackle on Kyle Naughton. Gomis' stoppage-time strike sealed the three points for Swansea.
WEST BROMWICH ALBION 1 QUEENS PARK RANGERS 4
GOALS:- WBA: ANICHEBE 58th. QPR: VARGAS 15th; AUSTIN 37th; ZAMORA 43rd; BARTON 90th.
Struggling Queens Park Rangers convincingly beat West Brom to record only their second Barclays Premier League away win of the season and move within a point of safety. Eduardo Vargas struck from long range, before Charlie Austin headed a 16th league goal of the season and Bobby Zamora's superb lob made it 3-0. Victor Anichebe headed a goal back for West Brom, who had Youssouf Mulumbu sent off for an elbow on Joey Barton. But Barton wrapped up victory from close range after a counter-attack.