2018-19 Premier League: Week 14 Roundup

Manchester City remain top from Liverpool after a dramatic weekend of Premier League action, featuring three local derbies. 

The Citizens survived a tough home test as they ran out 3-1 winners against Bournemouth, whilst Divock Origi’s last gasp header proved the difference for Liverpool in the Merseyside derby against Everton as they remain two points behind. 

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Chelsea meanwhile reclaimed third with a 2-0 win over bottom placed Fulham, who sit a point behind Burnley after the Clarets lost by same result to Crystal Palace.

Southampton complete the bottom three after blowing an early two goal lead to draw 2-2 at home to Manchester United. 

Atop, the battle between London’s three biggest clubs was hotting up as just three points separated them coming into this weekend.

Chelsea’s win on Sunday Lunchtime meant that victory over Arsenal in the North London derby would send Tottenham Hotspur back into third but this was a proper classic London derby. 

Serge Aurier got the match off to an explosive start by fouling Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in eighth minute to give away a free kick. Things then soon got worse when Jan Vertonghen handballed the delivery to give Arsenal a penalty, which Aubameyang dispatched with ease to put the Gunners ahead after ten minutes.

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Both teams then had chances to score before Son Heung-min got fouled by Sokratis Papastathopoulos down Arsenal’s right to give away a set piece.

Christian Eriksen whipped in the free kick to near post and fittingly, it was Vertonghen who headed it in to atone for giving away Arsenal’s opener 20 minutes earlier. 

The game then seemingly turned on its head just minutes later when Rob Holding fouled Son in the box. Harry Kane then stepped up and lashed the spot kick into bottom left for his eighth of campaign. 

Arsenal however came back fighting and got their second ten minutes into second half when sub, Aaron Ramsey collected Hector Bellerin’s cross and played in Aubameyang for his second of the match.

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The Gunners’ win was then sealed through a quick-fire double from Alexandre Lacazette and Lucas Torreira in 74 and 77th minutes. There was however still time for a sending off which befell Vertonghen after a foul on Lacazette for his second yellow of the afternoon.

In the end, Arsenal held on to wrap up a 4-2 victory to move above Spurs into fourth. 

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Elsewhere, West Ham recovered from last weekend’s thrashing by Man City to thump Newcastle United 3-0, with Javier Hernandez collecting a brace before Felipe Anderson wrapped up the three points in injury time. 

Cardiff and Brighton both came from behind to see off Wolves and Huddersfield respectively. 

Finally, Leicester City moved into eighth with a 2-0 home win over Watford to end their three match winless home drought, as the Hornets drop to tenth. 


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