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English Premier League Reviews

Published:Monday | May 16, 2016 | 5:00 AM
AP Arsenal's Olivier Giroud (centre) celebrates scoring with teammates during their English Premier League football match against Aston Villa at the Emirates Stadium, London,yesterday. Giroud netted a hat-trick in Arsenal's 4-0 win.
AP Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini gives his jacket to the fans after the final whistle during the English Premier League soccer match at the Liberty Stadium, Swansea, Wales, yesterday.
AP Chelsea's John Terry (top centre) hugs kids after the English Premier League soccer match between Chelsea and Leicester City at Stamford Bridge stadium in London, yesterday.
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ARSENAL 4ASTON VILLA 0

GOALS: ARSENAL:

GIROUD 5th, 78th, 80th; BUNN OG 90th.

Olivier Giroud scored a hat-trick to guide Arsenal's to second place, their best end-of-season finish for 11 years, thanks also to Tottenham's 5-1 defeat at relegated Newcastle. The Gunners leapfrogged Spurs thanks to Giroud's first Premier League hat-trick, starting in the fifth minute. Relegated Villa conceded two more goals in three late minutes, before substitute Mikel Arteta, in his last game for Arsenal, saw his shot go in off keeper Mark Bunn.

CHELSEA 1 LEICESTER CITY 1

GOALS:CHELSEA

PEN 66th: FABREGAS.

LEICESTER:

DRINKWATER 81st.

Barclays Premier League champions Leicester City finished their remarkable season with a 12-match unbeaten run after coming from behind to force a draw at former champions Chelsea. Cesc Fabregas opened the scoring from the penalty spot, before Danny Drinkwater's brilliant equaliser from 30 yards out in the closing stages.

EVERTON 3 NORWICH CITY 0

GOALS: EVERTON:

McCARTHY 19th; BAINES PEN 44th; MIRALLAS 48th.

Managerless Everton strolled to a one-sided win over relegated Norwich City. Following the sacking of Roberto Martinez in midweek, Everton's James McCarthy's 20-yard finish following Kieran Dowell's run put the Toffees ahead and Leighton Baines' penalty made it 2-0 after Romelu Lukaku was fouled by Robbie Brady. Kevin Mirallas tapped home the third.

NEWCASTLE UNITED 5

TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR 1

GOALS: NEWCASTLE:

WIJNALDUM 19th, PEN

73rd; MITROVIC 39th; AARONS 85th; JANMAAT 86th. SPURS: LAMELA 60th.

Ten-man Newcastle United prevented Tottenham Hotspur from recording their highest league finish since 1963 when a shock defeat, coupled with Arsenal's 4-0 win over Aston Villa, meant the Gunners leapfrogged their rivals into second place. Georginio Wijnaldum fired in the opener and Aleksandar Mitrovic headed home for 2-0. Erik Lamela reduced the deficit before Mitrovic was shown a straight red for a nasty foul on Kyle Walker. Wijnaldum scored his second from the spot and Rolando Aarons and Daryl Janmaat wrapped up the scoring.

SOUTHAMPTON 4

CRYSTAL PALACE 1

GOALS:- SOUTHAMPTON: MANE 43rd; PELLE 61st, BERTRAND PEN 75th; DAVIS 89th. PALACE: PUNCHEON 64th.

Southampton ended the season with their highest Barclays Premier League points total with victory over Crystal Palace. Sadio Mane opened the scoring late in the first half following a mistake by Palace keeper Julian Speroni. Saints doubled the lead through substitute Graziano Pelle, but Palace pulled one back when Jason Puncheon struck. Ryan Bertrand scored a penalty, before Steve Davis sealed the win with an emphatic late goal.

SWANSEA CITY 1

MANCHESTER CITY 1

GOALS:- SWANSEA:

AYEW 45th. MAN CITY: IHEANACHO 6th.

Manchester City are all but assured of a place in next season's Champions League. They were denied a win as Andre Ayew's deflected free-kick cancelled out Kelechi Iheanacho's close-range opener. The draw leaves them three points ahead of Manchester United, whose game against Bournemouth was abandoned. City's vastly superior goal difference means United would to win 19-0 when that game is played.

STOKE CITY 2 WEST HAM UNITED 1

GOALS:- STOKE: IMBULA 54th; DIOUFF 87th. WEST HAM: ANTONIO 23rd.

West Ham must wait to see if they will secure European football next season as Mame Biram Diouf's late header earned Stoke victory at the Britannia Stadium. Michail Antonio's turn and shot gave Slaven Bilic's side the lead as they totally dominated the first half. Giannelli Imbula equalised with a 20-yard effort, before substitute Diouf powered home a Charlie Adam corner.

WATFORD 2 SUNDERLAND 2

GOALS: WATFORD:

PRODL 48th; DEENEY PEN 55th. SUNDERLAND: RODWELL 39th; LENS 51st.

Quique Sanchez Flores' final game as Watford manager was an entertaining draw with Sunderland at Vicarage Road. Sunderland led when Jack Rodwell turned in Jeremain Lens' low cross. Sebastian Prodl's header levelled for Watford, before Lens drove in three minutes later. Troy Deeney's penalty equalised again, but the away side, who had two goals disallowed, held on for a point.

WEST BROMWICH

ALBION 1 LIVERPOOL 1

GOALS: WBA: RONDON 13th. LIVERPOOL:

IBE 23rd.

Liverpool must win the Europa League final to secure European football next season as a draw at West Bromwich Albion ensured an eighth-place league finish. West Brom led when teenager Jonathan Leko skipped free to tee up Salomon Rondon for an emphatic low finish. Liverpool responded soon after though Jordon Ibe's fine run and shot.