Week 27: Liverpool prove too strong for Arsenal, Kane brace helps Tottenham see off Everton

Liverpool clinched a big three points in the race for Champions League football, as the Reds completed the league double over Arsenal with a 3-1 win over the Gunners.

Roberto Firmino fired the home side in front after just nine minute,  as he blasted into the roof of the net from Sadio Mane’s cross and Mane went from provider to goalscorer to double Liverpool’s advantage, by slotting home into the far corner five minutes before half-time.

Sadio Mane’s 12th goal of the season helped Liverpool to a 3-1 win over Arsenal
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Arsenal pulled one back just before the half-hour mark when Alexis Sanchez came off the bench to set up Danny Welbeck, to lift the ball over the head of Simon Mignolet and into the back of the net.

However, Giorgino Wijnaldum made sure all three points were heading Liverpool’s way, as he calmly slotted home from Divock Origi’s cross on the counter attack to help Jurgen Klopp’s side climb back into the top four.

Man United missed the chance to close the gap on the top four, as Jose Mourinho’s side were held to a 1-1 draw by struggling Bournemouth in an incident-packed game at Old Trafford.

Marcos Rojo’s first ever Premier League goal gave Man United a deserving 23rd minute when he turned in Antonio Valencia’s cross, but former Red Devil Joshua King equalised from the penalty spot on 40 minutes, after Phil Jones brought down Marc Pugh.

Just before half-time, Andre Surman was sent off for a second bookable offence to reduce the Cherries to ten man after he pushed Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who elbowed Tyrone Mings in the face, moments after Mings appeared to stamp on the striker’s head.

Ibrahimovic missed the chance to win it for Man United in the second half but he saw his penalty kick easily saved by Artur Boruc, as Man United missed the chance to move into the top five.

Champions Leicester boosted their survival hopes as the Foxes made it back-to-back wins under caretaker boss Craig Shakespeare, but they had to come from behind to beat fellow strugglers Hull 2-1.

Sam Clucas’ first goal of the season put Marco Silva’s side in front on 14 minutes as he bundled home on the counter attack, but Christian Fuchs pulled the hosts level just before the half-hour mark, as he blasted home from Jamie Vardy’s pull-back.

Riyad Mahrez’s first league goal since November put Leicester in front on the hour mark, as his low drive beat Eldin Jakupovic at his near post and they sealed the win in injury time, after Wilfred Ndidi’s flick on from a corner kick went in off the head of Tom Huddlestone.

Swansea also had to come from behind to move five points clear of the drop zone, as Paul Clement’s side continued their resurgence with a 3-2 win over Burnley.

Fernando Llorente headed home from Leroy Fer’s cross to give the Swans a 1-0 lead after 13 minutes, but Andre Gray’s controversial penalty pulled the away side level seven minutes later.

Gray’s second goal of the game looked to put Burnley on course for a first away win of the season, as he was allowed to turn and fire the ball into the far corner from the edge of the area.

January signing Martin Olsson grabbed the equaliser on 69 minutes with his left-footed strike beating Paul Robinson at the near post and Llorente’s second goal of the game sealed the win for Swansea in injury time as he headed home from Tom Carroll’s cross.

There was also a big win for Crystal Palace, as Sam Allardcye’s men recorded back-to-back wins to move out of the relegation zone with a 2-0 win at West Brom.

Wilfried Zaha fired the Eagles in front on 55 minutes as he slotted into the far corner from Yohan Cabaye’s long-ball and Andros Townsend doubled their advantage six minutes from time, as he beat Ben Foster at his near post with a left-footed strike.

Palace’s win meant Middlesbrough fell into the relegation zone, as a Marko Arnautovic brace helped Stoke to a 2-0 win over Aitor Karanka’s side, leaving Boro with no win in ten league games.

The Austrian winger broke the deadlock on the half hour mark when he rounded Victor Valdes and slotted into an empty net and he made it 2-0 before half-time, as he bundled home from a corner kick.

Sunderland remain rooted to the foot of the table and six points from safety as David Moyes’ side proved no match for Man City, who cruised to a 2-0 win at the Stadium of Light.

Sunderland did give Man City a tough fight in the first half, but it was Pep Guardiola’s side who took the lead three minutes before the break when Sergio Aguero turned in Raheem Sterling’s cross at the near post.

Leroy Sane doubled their advantage on the hour mark as he picked up David Silva’s pass to fire in off the far post to seal the win and keep the pressure on second place Tottenham.

Elsewhere, Harry Kane scored twice as Tottenham held off a late Everton fight back to beat the Toffees 3-2, while Chelsea remain ten points clear at the summit, with Diego Costa netting his 17th goal of the season in a 2-1 win at West Ham.

Eden Hazard was on the score sheet in Chelsea’s 2-1 win at West Ham
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Saturday 4 Mar

Man United 1-1 Bournemouth (Rojo 23 | King pen 40, Surman s/o 45)
Leicester 3-1 Hull (Fuchs 28, Mahrez 59, Huddlestone o/g 90 | Clucas 14)
Stoke 2-0 Middlesbrough (Arnautovic 29, 42)
Swansea 3-2 Burnley (Llorente 13, 90, Olsson 69 | Gray pen 20, 61)
Watford 3-4 Southampton (Deeney 4, Okaka 79, Doucoure 90 | Tadic 28, Redmond 45, 86, Gabbiadini 83)
West Brom 0-2 Crystal Palace (Zaha 55, Townsend 84)
Liverpool 3-1 Arsenal (Firmino 9, Mane 40, Wijnaldum 90 | Welbeck 57)

Sunday 5 Mar

Tottenham 3-2 Everton (Kane 20, 56, Alli 90 | Lukaku 81, Valencia 90)
Sunderland 0-2 Man City (Aguero 42, Sane 59)

Monday 6 Mar

West Ham 1-2 Chelsea (Lanzini 90 | Hazard 25, Costa 50)

Wednesday 8 Mar

Man City 0-0 Stoke

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