Week 29: Dawson brace helps West Brom stun Arsenal, Liverpool and Man City share the spoils

Arsenal fell to a fourth defeat in five Premier League games, as West Brom stunned the Gunners 3-1 at The Hawthorns to pile the pressure on under-fire boss Arsene Wenger.

Craig Dawson headed home from Nacer Chadli’s corner kick to give the Baggies a 12th minute lead, but Alexis Sanchez grabbed Arsenal’s equaliser three minutes later when his right-footed shot was guided in off the crossbar.

Craig Dawson’s brace condemned Arsenal to a fourth loss in five league games
image: arsenal.com

Substitute Hal Robson-Kanu rolled the ball into the back of the net after David Ospina failed to deal with Chadli’s cross to put the home side back in front on 55 minutes, before Dawson’s second header of the game on 75 minutes sealed the win for Tony Pulis’ side.

Man United leapfrogged the Gunners into fifth place in the table, as Jose Mourinho’s side recorded a 3-1 win over managerless Middlesbrough to boost their hopes of Champions League qualification.

Marouane Fellaini opened the scoring on the half-hour mark as he headed home from Ashley Young’s cross, before Jesse Lingard made it 2-0 on 62 minutes with a brilliant right-footed strike into the top corner.

Rudy Gestede pounced from close range on 77 minutes after a Chris Smalling error to give the relegation threatened Boro some hope, but Antonio Valencia took advantage of a Victor Valdes slip to walk the ball into an empty net to make sure all three points were heading United’s way.

Man City came from behind to deny Liverpool a third consecutive Premier league win as both sides had to make do with a point each after a thrilling 1-1 draw at the Etihad Stadium.

James Milner calmly tucked a penalty kick into the corner to give Jurgen Klopp’s side the lead six minutes into the second half, after Gael Clichy was penalised for a high boot on Roberto Firmino.

Sergio Aguero grabbed Man City’s equaliser on 69 minutes as the Argentine turned in Kevin De Bruyne’s cross from close range to deny Liverpool the chance to leapfrog them into third place.

Premier League leaders Chelsea left it late to pick up a 2-1 win at Stoke as Gary Cahill fired home an 87th minute winner for Antonio Conte’s side, who edge closer to a second Premier League in three years.

Willian’s clever free kick caught out Stoke goalkeeper Lee Grant to put the away side in front on 13 minutes, but Jon Walters equalised from the penalty spot on 38 minutes after Gary Cahill bundled over the Republic of Ireland striker.

Cahill made up for his mistake as he smashed home the winner three minutes from time, after Stoke failed to clear a Cesc Fabregas corner and Cahill fired the ball into the top corner from close range.

Champions Leicester followed up on a sensational 2-0 win over Sevilla in the Champions League to record their first Premier League away win of the season in a 3-2 victory at West Ham.

Riyad Mahrez got the Foxes up and running after just five minutes as his cross alluded everyone and beat Darren Randolph in the West Ham goal, before Robert Huth headed home two minutes lead to fire Leicester into an early 2-0 lead.

Manuel Lanzini pulled one back for the Hammers on 20 minutes with a sublime free-kick, but Jamie Vardy restored Leicester’s two goal advantage on 38 minutes as he stabbed the ball home from a Mahrez corner kick.

Andre Ayew’s 63rd minute header got back West Ham back into it but Leicester held on for their first away win of the season, with goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel pulling off a brilliant save to deny Andy Carroll late in the game to hold onto the win.

Down the other end of the table, Bournemouth made it back-to-back wins for the first time this season as a 2-0 win over Swansea helped Eddie Howe’s side move nine points clear of safety.

Benik Afobe’s low strike went in off Alfie Mawson for an own goal on the half-hour mark, but Afobe would not be denied a second goal as his 72nd minute strike was guided in off the far post to seal all three points for the Cherries.

Crystal Palace leapfrogged Swansea into 16th place in the table as Tory Deeney headed into his own net to give Sam Allardyce’s side a 1-0 win over Watford to move four points clear of safety.

Elsewhere, Hull remain in the drop zone after a Romelu Lukaku brace helped Everton to a 4-0 win over Marco Silva’s side, while Sunderland remain bottom of the table after holding Burnley to a scoreless draw.

Bournemouth inflicted a fourth loss in six games on Swansea
image: dailymail.co.uk

Saturday 18 Mar

West Brom 3-1 Arsenal (Dawson 12, 75, Robson-Kanu 55 | Sanchez 15)
Crystal Palace 1-0 Watford (Deeney o/g 68)
Everton 4-0 Hull (Calvert-Lewin 9, Valencia 77, Lukaku 90, 90| Huddlestone s/o 73)
Stoke 1-2 Chelsea (Walters pen 38, Bardsley s/o 90 | Willian 13, Cahill 87)
Sunderland 0-0 Burnley
West Ham 2-3 Leicester (Lanzini 20, Ayew 63 | Mahrez 5, Huth 7, Vardy 38)
Bournemouth 2-0 Swansea (Mawson o/g 31, Afobe 72)

Sunday 19 Mar

Middlesbrough 1-3 Man United (Gestede 77 | Fellaini 30, Lingard 62, Valencia 90)
Tottenham 2-1 Southampton (Eriksen 14, Alli pen 33 | Ward-Prowse 52)
Man City 1-1 Liverpool (Aguero 69 | Milner pen 51)

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