Arsenal top Chelsea; Liverpool and Manchester United win big: Premier League Week 6 results and round-up

A round-up of all the results and match reports from this weekend's action in the Premier League.
Sergio Aguero marked his return from a three match ban with two goals against Swansea City. Andrew Couldridge / Reuters
Sergio Aguero marked his return from a three match ban with two goals against Swansea City. Andrew Couldridge / Reuters

A round-up of all the results and match reports from Week 6 of the Premier League.

Monday

Burnley 2 Watford 0

Burnley: Jeff Hendrick (38’) Michael Keane (50’)

• Burnley struck either side of halftime with headers from Jeff Hendrick and Michael Keane to claim a 2-0 Premier League home win over Watford on Monday in the first top-flight meeting of the two clubs.

Forward Hendrick broke the deadlock before defender Keane scored to lift the Clarets into 13th spot where they joined five clubs on seven points from six games, including Watford and champions Leicester City who they trail on goal difference.

Steven Defour laid on both goals with Hendrick heading home his corner in the 38th minute and Keane rising to nod in the winger’s left wing cross five minutes into the second half.

Belgian international Defour was man of the match with Keane and manager Sean Dyche saying he gave Burnley extra quality.

“He’s played brilliantly ever since he came into the team, you can see the quality he’s got,” said Keane.

* Reuters

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Sunday

West Ham United 0 Southampton 3

Southampton: Charlie Austin 40’, Dusan Tadic 62’, James Ward-Prowse 90+2’

• Read Richard Jolly on the match: It wasn’t supposed to go like this for West Ham

• Slaven Bilic has warned his West Ham flops they won’t be allowed to live off past achievements after Southampton condemned them to a fourth successive Premier League defeat.

Bilic’s side were lauded after finishing seventh last season but just months later they are languishing in the relegation zone following a miserable 3-0 home defeat on Sunday.

West Ham have the worst defensive record in the league after conceding 14 goals in their last four matches and Bilic is starting to lose patience with a team that looked desperately short of confidence against Southampton.

Threatening to axe his stars, Bilic fumed: “A player can make a mistake but it is all of us. These are the same players, at least 80 per cent of the team was here last year.

“As a team at the moment we have to be clear, everything that was really good last year is bad this season.

“We are way below par. We can say the season has only just started, but it’s happened for four games now. We have to change it, big time.

“The credit was there for a lot of them but now the credit is gone. We will pick the team purely on training.”

*AFP

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Saturday

Manchester United 4 Leicester City 1

Manchester United: Smalling (22’), Mata (37’), Rashford (40’), Pogba (42’)

Leicester City: Gray (59’)

• Jose Mourinho’s reshaped Manchester United destroyed champions Leicester City 4-1 with a performance that thrilled Old Trafford and justified his decision to leave out Wayne Rooney.

The shake-up seemed to liberate Paul Pogba who led the way with a polished display, heading his first goal for the club on 42 minutes and starting the clever move that led to Juan Mata firing home United’s second after 37 minutes.

Mata also played a major part in United’s third, firing across goal for Marcus Rashford to convert from close range. Chris Smalling had begun the rout with a header after 22 minutes.

Three of the goals came via Daley Blind corners from the left as Leicester slumped to their third league defeat. Claudio Ranieri responded by replacing Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez at halftime, with substitute Demarai Gray looping a 20-yard shot over David De Gea for a 59th-minute consolation.

*Reuters

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Bournemouth 1 Everton 0

Bournemouth: Stanislas (23’)

• Everton lost their first game of the season after being tormented once again by Bournemouth’s Junior Stanislas.

Stanislas, who had scored a 98th minute equaliser against Everton in a two-goal late show in last season’s equivalent fixture, struck after 23 minutes with a magnificent 25-metre shot.

Bournemouth were well worth their lead after England international Jack Wilshere, on loan from Arsenal, had earlier had a shot deflected off Seamus Coleman onto the bar.

Bournemouth dropped deeper after the break as Everton applied the pressure but Ronald Koeman’s men were uninspired as the hosts kept only their second clean sheet in their last 15 league games.

*Reuters

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Liverpool 5 Hull City 1

Liverpool: Lallana (17’), Milner (pen 30’, pen 71’), Mane (36’), Coutinho (52’)

Hull City: Meyler (51’)

• Free-scoring Liverpool’s burgeoning title challenge was given further impetus with a merciless 5-1 thrashing of 10-man Hull City at Anfield.

Hull, who had not lost an away game all season, were overrun and forced to play for an hour with 10 men after Ahmed Elmohamady was sent off for handling a Philippe Coutinho shot on the line with James Milner tucking away the resulting penalty.

The home side, already ahead through Adam Lallana, looked poised to score every time they pressed forward with Sadio Mane making it three before the break with his 11th goal in his last 13 league games for Southampton and Liverpool.

David Meyler’s unlikely 51st-minute response for Hull was short-lived, Coutinho answering instantly with a superb fourth before Milner completed the rout with his second penalty after Daniel Sturridge had been fouled by Andrew Robertson.

*Reuters

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Middlesbrough 1 Tottenham Hotspur 2

Middlesbrough: Gibson (65’)

Tottenham: Son (7’, 23’)

• Tottenham Hotspur made light of the absence of Harry Kane as two goals from Son Heung-min brought a deserved 2-1 win at Middlesbrough to move back to second place.

Although Ben Gibson clawed a goal back for Boro in the second half, the game was effectively settled by Son’s two early strikes. That took his tally to four in three games, as many as he managed in the whole of last season.

On seven minutes the Korean forward fooled goalkeeper Victor Valdes with a double feint after a one-two with Vincent Janssen. Son’s second, on 23 minutes, was even better as he wriggled free from a seemingly impossible position out wide and bent a shot past the keeper.

Christian Eriksen and Janssen both went close for the visitors before Gibson struck half-way through the second half, heading home Stewart Downing’s cross.

*Reuters

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Stoke City 1 West Bromwich Albion 1

Stoke: Allen (73’)

West Brom: Rondon (90’+1)

• Tony Pulis was unable to mark his 1,000th game as a manager with a win as his West Bromwich Albion drew 1-1 away to former club Stoke City, still to win in the league this season.

Joe Allen put Stoke head in the 73rd minute before Albion’s Salomon Rondon equalised deep into stoppage time.

*Agence France-Presse

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Sunderland 2 Crystal Palace 3

Sunderland: Deofe (39’, 60’)

Crystal Palace: Ledley (61’), McArthur (76’), Benteke (90’+4)

• Striker Christian Benteke scored a stoppage-time winner as Crystal Palace came back from a two-goal deficit to beat Sunderland after Jermain Defoe had given the hosts a two-goal lead.

A scrappy first half littered with fouls gave way to an absorbing second as Defoe struck two typically clinical goals at the Stadium of Light.

But having fallen 2-0 behind on the hour, Palace pulled one back less than a minute later when Joe Ledley’s shot from 20 metres took a heavy deflection off Patrick van Aanholt.

James McArthur levelled with a thumping 76th-minute header after a pinpoint Zeki Fryers cross before Benteke, who missed several chances, put the icing on the cake for Palace when he headed home Lee Chung-Yong’s floated free kick.

*Reuters

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Swansea City 1 Manchester City 3

Swansea: Llorente (13’)

Manchester City: Aguero (9’, pen 65’), Sterling (77’)

• Sergio Aguero struck twice to guide leaders Manchester City to a comfortable 3-1 victory over Swansea.

Argentine Aguero fired City ahead after nine minutes with a neat finish but Swansea hit straight back through Spanish forward Fernando Llorente who blasted the ball home from 12 metres.

City poured forward in the second half, Raheem Sterling wasting a good opportunity before Aguero coolly converted a 65th-minute penalty following a foul on Kevin de Bruyne.

Sterling scored with a fine finish 13 minutes from time to confirm City’s sixth successive league victory of the season.

*Reuters

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Arsenal 3 Chelsea 0

Arsenal: Sanchez (11’), Walcott (14’), Ozil (40’)

• Arsenal cruised to a 3-0 win over Chelsea, scoring all three goals in the first half to claim their first league victory over their London rivals in 10 attempts.

Arsenal gave manager Arsene Wenger something to celebrate as he marked 20 years in charge of the club, punishing Chelsea for poor defending to race into a 2-0 lead within 15 minutes.

First, Alexis Sanchez pounced on a feeble attempt at a back pass by Chelsea defender Gary Cahill to beat the advancing Thibaut Courtois with a neat chip in the 11th minute.

Three minutes later, Arsenal were 2-0 up as Hector Bellerin found himself in space on the right and picked out Theo Walcott who blasted home from close range.

Chelsea’s attempts to claw their way back were effectively finished in the 40th minute when Mesut Ozil picked up a loose ball deep in the Arsenal half and raced forward to exchange passes with Sanchez and volley the hosts into a 3-0 lead.

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Published: September 24, 2016 04:00 AM

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