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Premier League Roundup: Wayne Rooney Snatches Win For Man U

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ARSENAL 1-0 Newcastle. – Laurent Koscielny scored the only goal of the game as Arsenal beat Newcastle at the Emirates to go two points clear at the top of the Premier League.

Aleksandar Mitrovic had the only notable chance of the first 45 minutes but his overhead kick was straight at Petr Cech.

Koscielny finally gave the Emirates crowd something to cheer with less than 20 minutes remaining when Olivier Giroud battled well to win two headers following Mesut Ozil’s corner, before the defender toed in from inside the six-yard box.

Leicester 0-0 Bournemouth

Riyad Mahrez missed a penalty as Leicester made it three games without a win with a goalless draw at home to 10-man Bournemouth.

Josh King missed golden chance to take a surprise lead for the visitors with a header inside the opening 15 minutes.

Jamie Vardy missed a sitter after 26 minutes in what had been a quiet afternoon for the striker, as his toe-poked effort hit the post from only six yards.

Leicester’s other shining light Mahrez had a moment to forget in the second half when his penalty, which came after Simon Francis saw red for a foul on Vardy, was well saved by Artur Boruc.

Manchester United 2-1 Swansea

Wayne Rooney moved into second place in the all-time Premier League goalscorer list as his late goal gave Manchester United a happy start to 2016 with a win over Swansea.

Anthony Martial finally got the goal that his running and drive deserved when, a minute after half time, Ashley Young whipped in a cross that the Frenchman headed into the net.

However, Swansea hit back through Gylfi Sigurdsson’s looping header after Modou Barrow got the better of Matteo Darmian down the left flank.

But Louis van Gaal will be thanking his captain tonight for digging him out of trouble as Rooney exquisitely back-heeled Manchester United ahead again after yet more good work from Martial.

Norwich 1-0 Southampton

Norwich gained another vital three points at home to 10-man Southampton as they moved six points away from Newcastle in 17th position.

Victor Wanyama saw red for two yellow cards in quick succession, leaving his Southampton side needing to hold out for 20 minutes with 10 men.

However, they could only last two of those minutes as Alexander Tetty found the top corner after a cut-back from Vadis Odjidja-Ofoe.

Sunderland 3-1 Aston Villa

Two-goal hero Jermain Defoe gave Sunderland a crucial victory over relegation rivals Aston Villa at the Stadium of Light.

The first goal of the game came after 30 minutes when Micah Richards inadvertently turned Patrick van Aanholt’s shot passed a helpless Brad Guzan.

Villa pulled a deserved goal back after a spectacularly acrobatic volley from Carles Gil left Vito Mannone no chance following a strong run from Adama Traore.

But Sunderland were back on top through Defoe as the Englishman fired in at the near post to leave Aston Villa all but relegated with just under half of the season remaining.

Defoe scored again at the death to meaning Villa sit seven points adrift at the bottom of the Premier League.

West Brom 2-1 Stoke

Johnny Evans scored a 93rd minute winner for West Brom to give Tony Pulis victory over former club Stoke City.

Stephane Sessegnon opened the scoring at the Hawthorns when he rocketed the ball passed Jack Butland into the roof of the net.

Substitute Jon Walters pulled a goal back with nine minutes left on the clock with a header but joy quickly turned to despair for the Potters as defender Geoff Cameron received his marching orders for striking Claudio Yacob after a challenge from the West Brom man.

And it got worse for Mark Hughes’ side as Evans tapped in from two yards to give the Baggies back-to-back wins. – talkSPORT

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