Agency, 2 January : Arsenal revived their top-four hopes with a 4-1 victory over Fulham at Emirates Stadium.
After Ryan Sessegnon had missed two good chances to put Fulham ahead, Arsenal led through Granit Xhaka, who converted Alex Iwobi’s cross. Ten minutes after the break Sead Kolasinac crossed to Alexandre Lacazette, who fired in to make it 2-0.
Fulham pulled a goal back when substitute Aboubakar Kamara side footed in Sessegnon’s cross. But another substitute, Aaron Ramsey, restored Arsenal’s two-goal lead before Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang sealed victory with a deflected strike, his 14th PL goal of the season.
A first win in three means Arsenal are fifth on 41 points, two behind Chelsea. Fulham remain 19th on 14 points.
First-half flurry moves Spurs up to second
Tottenham Hotspur moved to second place in the Premier League table with a 3-0 victory at Cardiff City. Harry Kane opened the scoring when Sean Morrison’s attempted clearance fortuitously went in off the striker’s knee in the third minute.
Nine minutes later, Christian Eriksen collected Son Heung-min’s centre and found the bottom-left corner of the net. Son added Spurs’ third with 26 minutes gone, firing across Neil Etheridge and into the same corner from Kane’s pass.
Cardiff’s best chance of the match fell to Junior Hoilett, but he could only direct his header straight at Hugo Lloris.
Spurs now have 48 points, one more than third-placed Manchester City who host league leaders Liverpool on Thursday. Cardiff stay 16th with 18 points, three points above the relegation zone.
Vardy strikes to hand Everton defeat
Jamie Vardy scored the first goal of 2019 as Leicester City beat Everton 1-0 at Goodison Park. Everton came closest to a first-half goal when Lucas Digne’s cross was met by Jonjoe Kenny, whose shot hit the bar.
Leicester got the winner in the 58th minute. Pouncing on a miscontrol from Michael Keane, Ricardo Pereira slipped in Vardy to finish past Jordan Pickford for his seventh goal of the season.
Everton struggled to fashion chances to equalise, with Cenk Tosun’s shot straight at Kasper Schmeichel one of only two for them on target.
A third win in four moves Leicester up to seventh on 31 points. Everton are 10th with 27 points after their fourth defeat in five.
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