The North London derby headlined match day 27, with the transformed Gunners looking to build on their impressive display against Everton last week.
Arsenal’s defense was looking questionable again in the first half, with Harry Kane being gifted numerous opportunities in front of goal in a scoreless first 45. Within minutes of the second half, Kane put one past Petr Cech in the only goal of the game. Alexandre Lacazette missed two glorious chances in front of goal in the 90th minute as Arsenal’s hope of reaching the top four looking almost dead after this defeat.
Everton put last week’s defeat behind them, defeating Crystal Palace 3-1, in a dominating display. Gylfi Sigurdsson gave the Toffees the lead minutes into the second half, where Oumar Niasse added the second minutes later. Tom Davies secured the victory with a 75th minute goal, as a late penalty for Palace was a late consolation.
Brighton and Stoke played out a 1-1 draw, with Aussie Matt Ryan saving a penalty in the 90th minute to keep the scores at one apiece. Jose Izquierdo opened the scoring in the 32 minute, with Xherdan Shaqiri leveling the scores with 20 minutes to play.
Swansea also continued their climb from the bottom of the table, beating Burnley 1-0 thanks to a strike from Ki Sung-Yueng. The Swans are now unbeaten in their last 5 Premier League games.
West Ham are now five points clear of the drop zone with a 2-0 victory over Watford.
Javier Hernandez and Marko Arnautovic were on the score sheet as West Ham won their first league game since January 14. Manchester City continued their winning ways, with a 5-1 demolition of Leicester City. With the scores level at 1-1 in the first half after an early strike from Raheem Sterling and a equaliser from Jamie Vardy, Sergio Aguero scored four goals in the second half to go 16 points clear at the top.
Huddersfield climbed out of the relegation zone with a 4-1 thumping of Bournemouth.
After taking the lead in the 7th minute, Junior Stanislas equalised seven minutes later. After the equaliser, it was all one way traffic for Huddersfield, as Aaron Mooy provided two assists to lead Huddersfield to a dominate victory.
After Huddersfield’s win sent Newcastle United into the relegation zone, Newcastle was looking for a win as they welcomed second-placed Manchester United to St James Park. A Matt Ritchie strike in the 65th minute gave Newcastle a surprising lead, with Manchester United failing to equalise as Newcastle climbed out of the relegation zone.
It’s a missed opportunity for United to pull clear from their rivals, as Jose Mourinho tripped up again at St James Park, failing to win in his 7th consecutive game at the venue.
Liverpool also recorded a win overnight, with a 2-0 victory over Southampton. Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino set each other up for goals, on an afternoon that saw January signing Virgil van Dijk return to his former club for the first time. With van Dijk being booed with every touch, Salah remained in touch with Harry Kane in the golden boot standings, remaining only one goal behind with 11 games to play.
Chelsea play West Brom in the early hours of Tuesday morning to round out the weekend.