LONDON – Arsenal missed out on the chance to move back into a top four position following a 2-0 defeat to Southampton at St Mary’s.
Sadio Mane opened the scoring when he clipped the ball over Gunners goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny after 34 minutes. The Polish goalkeeper had an afternoon to forget, and saw Dusan Tadic double the Saints’ advantage when a defensive mix-up allowed the Serbian an easy opportunity.
The result leaves Ronald Koeman’s side just one point behind third-placed Manchester United, and three points ahead of Arsene Wenger’s side.
Manchester City, who let a two-goal lead slip against Burnley last Sunday, saw history repeat itself against Sunderland at the Etihad. Manuel Pellegrini’s side appeared to be cruising when Stevan Jovetic gave the Blues a 2-0 lead, but Jack Rodwell and Adam Johnson got the visitors back on terms. Frank Lampard, who recently agreed to stay at City until the end of the season, was on hand to head home the winner, though, giving the Blues a 3-2 victory.
Man City might have been able to recover from their defensive frailties, but Liverpool, who also threw away a two-goal lead, were not as lucky.
Steven Gerrard scored two penalties against Leicester City at Anfield, although, in truth, the Reds were fortunate to be awarded both. For the first, replays showed Wes Morgan was hit in the face, rather than his arm, by the ball, and then Danny Simpson was also harshly judged to have handled in the box. But a second-half fightback saw David Nugent and Jeffrey Schlupp score goals to hand the Midlanders a point.
Alan Pardew, who is due to be named the new Crystal Palace manager in the coming days, watched on as the Eagles played out a drab 0-0 draw with Aston Villa at Villa Park.
Pardew’s former club Newcastle, meanwhile, drew 3-3 with Burnley at St James’ Park as their indifferent form continued. Steven Taylor gave the Magpies the lead, before Paul Dummett scored an own goal to get the Clarets back in the match. Jack Colback’s stunning effort handed the home side the lead again, but Danny Ings’ header levelled things. Moussa Sissoko thought he had handed the hosts all three points, but a late George Boyd effort saw both teams share the points.
Wilfried Bony rescued a point for Swansea against QPR with a dramatic late goal. Leroy Ferâ€™s astonishing strike looked to have handed QPR all three points at Loftus Road, but Bony struck in injury-time to snatch a draw for the visitors.
New West Brom boss Tony Pulis watched from the stands as the Baggies drew 1-1 with West Ham. Diafra Sakho scored the opening goal for the Hammers but Saido Berahino, who has been linked with a move away from the Hawthorns, equalised just before half-time.
Evertonâ€™s awful form continued as Hull City ran out 2-0 winners at the KC Stadium. The Toffees have now lost seven of their last nine fixtures, as the pressure mounts on Roberto Matinez. The Tigers had Ahmed Elmohamady and former Goodison Park striker Nikica Jelavic to thank for their victory.
Earlier in the day, Manchester United drew 1-1 with Stoke City at the Britannia Stadium.
Premier League results
Aston Villa 0-0 Crystal Palace
Hull 2-0 Everton
Liverpool 2-2 Leicester
Man City 3-2 Sunderland
Newcastle 3-3 Burnley
QPR 1-1 Swansea
Southampton 2-0 Arsenal
West Ham 1-1 West Brom