Week 21: Liverpool rescue late point against Arsenal, Man United held by Newcastle

Liverpool denied Arsenal the chance to take all three points away from Anfield as a late Joe Allen strike helped the Reds rescue a point after a 3-3 draw with the Gunners.

Roberto Firmino fired Liverpool into a tenth minute lead but it lasted just four minutes as Aaron Ramsey beat Simon Mignolet at his near post to make it 1-1.

Joe Allen's injury time strike helped Liverpool earn a point against Arsenal image: skysports.com

Joe Allen’s injury time strike helped Liverpool earn a point against Arsenal
image: skysports.com

Firmino’s spectacular 20 yard drive put the Reds back in front on 19 minutes but Arsenal pegged them back once again on 25 minutes when Olivier Giroud turned in Ramsey’s corner.

Giroud got his second of the game on 55 minutes to put the visitors in front and as it looked like Arsene Wenger’s men were set to leave with the win, substitute Allen’s low strike found the back of the net to share the spoils.

Man United were also denied by a late goal as Newcastle held Louis van Gaal’s men to a 3-3 draw with Paul Dummett’s injury time equaliser denying the Red Devils back-to-back wins.

Wayne Rooney’s penalty and a Jesse Lingard strike saw Man United race into a 2-0 lead but Giorgino Wijnaldum’s strike gave the Magpies hope just before half-time.

Alexander Mitrovic grabbed the equaliser from the penalty spot on 67 minutes after Chris Smalling wrestled the Serbian to the ground, but Rooney’s second of the game on 79 minutes looked like the winner for the visitors until left-back Dummett snatched a point for Newcastle.

The same theme continued at Stamford Bridge as West Brom fought back twice to deny Chelsea with James McClean earning a point for the Baggies with a 2-2 draw.

Cezar Azpilicueta opened the scoring on 20 minutes when he fired home from Branislav Ivanovic’s low cross but Craig Gardner pulled the visitors back level just after the half-hour mark.

Gareth McAuley turned Willian’s cross into his own net to put the Blues back in front with 15 minutes remaining before Irish international McClean pounced late on to deny Chelsea the win.

Sunderland made it back-to-back wins as a Jermain Defoe hat-trick helped the Black Cats to all three points with a 4-2 win over fellow strugglers and 10-man Swansea.

Patrick van Aanholt also found the back of the net among former England forward Defoe’s treble with the harsh sending off of Swans defender Kyle Naughton proving costly for the South Wales club.

There was also a massive win for Aston Villa as a Joleon Lescott header saw Remi Garde pick up his first league win as manager and Villa’s first since the opening day of the season.

Finally, Leicester moved level on points with Arsenal at the top after a late Robert Huth effort handed the Foxes a 1-0 win at Tottenham, while Man City were held to a scoreless draw by Everton.

A Wayne Hennessey error gifted Aston Villa just their second win of the season image: bbc.co.uk

A Wayne Hennessey error gifted Aston Villa just their second win of the season
image: bbc.co.uk

Tuesday 12 Jan

Aston Villa 1-0 Crystal Palace (Lescott 58)
Bournemouth 1-3 West Ham (Arter 17 | Payet 67, Valencia 74, 84)
Newcastle 3-3 Man United (Wijnaldum 42, Mitrovic pen 67, Dummett 90 | Rooney pen 9, 79, Lingard 38)

Wednesday 13 Jan

Chelsea 2-2 West Brom (Azpilicueta 20, McAuley o/g 74 | Gardner 33, McClean 86)
Man City 0-0 Everton
Southampton 2-0 Watford (Long 16, Tadic 73)
Stoke 2-1 Norwich (Walters 49, Joselu 67, Bennett o/g 78 | Howson 55, O’Neil s/o 31)
Swansea 2-4 Sunderland (Sigurdsson pen 21, Ayew 40, Naughton s/o 37 | Defoe 3, 61, 85, van Aanholt 49)
Liverpool 3-3 Arsenal (Firmino 10,19, Allen 90 | Ramsey 14, Giroud 25, 55)
Tottenham 0-1 Leicester (Huth 83)

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