Week 29: Ten-man Arsenal take point from Tottenham, Mahrez goal send Leicester five clear

Alexis Sanchez rescued a point for ten-man Arsenal as the Gunners came from behind to earn a 2-2 draw at Tottenham in the North London derby.

Aaron Ramsey put the visitors in front before half-time when the Welsh midfielder flicked in Hector Bellerin’s cross but when Francis Coquelin saw red for the Gunners, Tottenham fought back to take the lead.

Alexis Sanchez rescued a point for Arsenal at Tottenham image: theguardian.com

Alexis Sanchez rescued a point for Arsenal at Tottenham
image: theguardian.com

Toby Alderwerield fired into the far corner on the hour mark after Arsenal failed to deal with Christian Eriksen’s corner and two minutes later a brilliant left-footed curling effort from Harry Kane put Spurs in front.

However, the ten men of Arsenal would leave White Hart Lane with a point when Sanchez’s low strike found its way past Hugo Lloris for his first goal since October.

That draw allowed Leicester to move five points clear at the top of the table with nine games to go after Riyad Mahrez scored the only goal in the Foxes 1-0 win at Watford.

The only goal came on 56 minutes when the Algerian’s left-footed strike beat Heurellho Gomes at his near post for Mahrez’s 15th goal of the season to pick up all three points for the leaders.

Man City ended their winless run as Manuel Pellegrini’s side bagged their first win in four league games with a comfortable 4-0 win over bottom side Aston Villa.

It took until the 48th minute to break the deadlock when Yaya Toure scored from close-range and the home side doubled their lead two minutes later when a mix-up between Micah Richards and Brad Guzan saw the ball hit of Sergio Aguero’s shin and into the net.

Aguero grabbed his second of the game on the hour mark with an acrobatic effort and substitute Raheem Sterling turned in Jesus Navas cross for four. It could have been five, as Aguero had the chance for a hat-trick but his penalty hit the post.

Man United’s quest for a top four finish took a hit as Louis van Gaal’s men put in a disappointing display as Solomon Rondon helped the Baggies secure a 1-0 win over the Red Devils.

Man United played most of the game with ten men after Juan Mata saw red in the first half and West Brom made the breakthrough on 66 minutes when an unmarked Rondon turned the ball home from Sebastien Pocognoli’s cross from the left-wing.

West Ham leapfrogged Man United into fifth place as the Hammers came from 2-0 down to secure victory at Everton with goals from Michail Antonio, Diafra Sakho and Dimitri Payet completing an amazing comeback for West Ham to seal a 3-2 win.

Elsewhere, Bournemouth piled the pressure on Steve McClaren and Newcastle with a 3-1 win on Tyneside, while a late Virgil van Dijk goal denied Sunderland victory at Southampton who had to settle for a 1-1 draw.

Josh King scores in Bournemouth's 3-1 win at Newcastle image: dailymail.co.uk

Josh King scores in Bournemouth’s 3-1 win at Newcastle
image: dailymail.co.uk

Saturday 5 March

Tottenham 2-2 Arsenal (Alderweireld 60, Kane 62 | Ramsey 39, Sanchez 76 Coquelin s/o 55)
Chelsea 1-1 Stoke (Traore 39 | Diouf 85)
Everton 2-3 West Ham (Lukaku13, Lennon 56, Mirallas s/o 34 | Antonio 78, Sakho 81, Payet 90)
Man City 4-0 Aston Villa (Toure 48, Aguero 50, 60, Sterling 66)
Newcastle 1-3 Bournemouth (Perez 80 | Taylor o/g 28, King 70, Daniels 90)
Southampton 1-1 Sunderland (van Dijk 90, Fonte s/o 79, Defoe 85)
Swansea 1-0 Norwich (Sigurdsson 61)
Watford 0-1 Leicester (Mahrez 56)

Sunday 6 March

Crystal Palace 1-2 Liverpool (Ledley 48 | Firmino 72, Benteke pen 90, Milner s/o 62)
West Brom 1-0 Man United (Rondon 66 | Mata s/o 26)

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