Week 24: Chelsea too strong for rivals Arsenal, Gabriel Jesus bags late Man City win over Swansea

Premier League leaders Chelsea condemned rivals Arsenal to back-to-back defeats, as Eden Hazard scored a superb goal in a 3-1 win over the Gunners, to leave them 12 points off the summit.

Left-back Marcos Alonso headed Chelsea in front on 13 minutes, after Diego Costa headed against the crossbar and Hazard doubled their lead with a superb solo goal on 53 minutes, running half the pitch before calmly slotting into the far corner.

Eden Hazard scored the pick of the bunch in Chelsea's 3-1 win over Arsenal image: itv.com

Eden Hazard scored the pick of the bunch in Chelsea’s 3-1 win over Arsenal
image: itv.com

Former Gunner Cesc Fabregas wrapped up the points for Antonio Conte’s side five minutes from time as he lobbed the ball into an empty net after a Petr Cech error, while Olivier Giroud’s header grabbed a late consolation for Arsenal in injury time.

It was goals galore at Goodison Park as Everton held off a second-half Bournemouth comeback to bag a 6-3 win over Eddie Howe’s side, four of them courtesy of star striker Romelu Lukaku.

It took Lukaku just 30 seconds to put the Toffees in front with a powerful left-footed strike and James McCarthy doubled Everton’s advantage on 24 minutes, as he poked home from close range from Lukaku’s pass.

Lukaku made it 3-0 just before the half hour mark as he poked home from close range, but Josh King pulled one back for Bournemouth on the hour mark with a side-footed strike from close range.

King grabbed his second of the game to reduce the deficit to 3-2 on 70 minutes as he turned in Ryan Fraser’s low cross, but Romelu Lukaku completed his hat-trick on 83 minutes to deny them a stunning comeback with a brilliant volley from inside the box.

The Belgian definitely made sure of all three points a minute later for his fourth of the game, as he tucked the ball into the bottom corner from Barkley’s flick, before Bournemouth snatched a third through a controversial Harry Arter effort in injury time.

Ross Barkley put the icing on the cake in the 94th minute as he grabbed Everton’s sixth by rounding goalkeeper Artur Boruc and slotting home into an empty net to make it three wins in four for seventh place Everton.

Hull grabbed a massive three points in their fight against relegation as Marco Silva’s side followed up on an impressive draw at Old Trafford, by piling the misery on Liverpool with a 2-0 win against Jurgen Klopp’s side.

New signing Alfred N’Diaye made a goalscoring debut to put Hull in front just before half-time with a simple tap in after a Simon Mignolet error and former Everton striker Oumar Niasse sealed victory for the Tigers on 84 minutes as he rolled the ball home from close range.

Man City moved up to third in the table as Gabriel Jesus continued his fine start to his Man City career, with the Brazilian grabbing a late winner in a 2-1 win over Swansea.

Jesus opened the scoring on 11 minutes as the pounced from inside the box after good work by David Silva, but Gylfi Sigurdsson pulled the Swans level on 82 minutes with a low 20-yard drive.

It was Jesus to the rescue for Man City as he snatched his third goal in two games to seal all three points for Pep Guardiola’s side, as he poked home from close range after Swans goalkeeper Lukas Fabianski dropped the ball.

It was also victory for Man United as they piled the misery on champions Leicester with a 3-0 win over the Foxes, to move within two points off the top four places.

Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s brilliant solo goal was finished off with a strike into the bottom far corner to break the deadlock on 42 minutes and Zlatan Ibrahimovic doubled United’s lead moments later when he turned in Antonio Valencia’s cross.

Juan Mata made sure all three points were heading United’ s way just four minutes into the second half with a low strike from inside the box, to leave the champions just one point above the relegation zone.

Elsewhere, Sunderland picked up a big win at the bottom of the table as Jermain Defoe scored twice in a 4-0 thrashing of Crystal Palace, while Middlesbrough sit just one point above the bottom three after a 1-0 defeat to second place Tottenham.

Man United picked up a first league win in four by thrashing the champions image: bbc.co.uk

Man United picked up a first league win in four by thrashing the champions
image: bbc.co.uk

Saturday 4 Feb

Chelsea 3-1 Arsenal (Alonso 13, Hazard 53, Fabregas 85 | Giroud 90)
Crystal Palace 0-4 Sunderland (Kone 10, N’Dong 43, Defoe 45, 45)
Everton 6-3 Bournemouth (Lukaku 1, 29, 83, 84, McCarthy 24, Barkley 90| King 59, 70, Arter 90)
Hull 2-0 Liverpool (N’Diaye 44, Niasse 84)
Southampton 1-3 West Ham (Gabbiadini 12 | Carroll 13, Obiang 44, Noble 52)
Watford 2-1 Burnley (Deeney 10, Niang 45 | Barnes pen 78, Hendrick s/o 6)
West Brom 1-0 Stoke (Morrison 6)
Tottenham 1-0 Middlesbrough (Kane pen 58)

Sunday 5 Feb

Man City 2-1 Swansea (Jesus 11, 90 | Sigurdsson 82)
Leicester 0-3 Man United (Mkhitaryan 42, Ibrahimovic 44, Mata 49)

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