- As Man City cruise past 10-man Baggies
Olivier Giroud scored two goals in four minutes as Arsenal beat Newcastle to continue their pursuit of second-placed Manchester City.
After City beat West Brom, the Gunners kept a point behind their rivals with a sixth successive win but they hung on as Newcastle improved after half-time.
Giroud poked in from Santi Cazorla’s free-kick before heading in a corner.
Moussa Sissoko’s finish sparked a response but Arsenal held on after David Ospina saved Remy Cabella’s shot.
Any Newcastle hopes that the Gunners would suffer a hangover after Tuesday’s Champions League exit were extinguished in a first half where the Gunners could easily have been four goals ahead.
Despite being without Mesut Ozil, they did not miss the German playmaker as Giroud again linked up well with Alexis Sanchez and Danny Welbeck to score his ninth goal in as many games.
If only Newcastle could call on the same firepower. Newcastle manager John Carver witnessed an improved second-half display from his side, but without injured top scorer Papiss Cisse and suspended defender Fabricio Coloccini, they slipped to a fourth defeat in the last five games.
And Harry Kane’s first Premier League hat-trick got Tottenham’s challenge for a top-four spot back on track with a hard-fought win over Leicester.
Kane slotted home and scored with a deflected shot as Spurs went 2-0 up.
Leicester fought back and Jamie Vardy steered in a David Nugent cross before Wes Morgan headed in an equaliser.
Kane converted a penalty and a Christian Eriksen shot went in off Jeff Schlupp as Spurs, despite Nugent’s late second goal, held on for victory.
In the early game, striker Wilfried Bony scored his first Manchester City goal as they beat 10-man West Brom in unusual circumstances.
The visitors had Gareth McAuley sent off in the second minute, although it was Craig Dawson who brought down Bony on the edge of the penalty area.
The Ivorian put City ahead with a well-taken goal, before Fernando poked in the next and David Silva added a third.
Sergio Aguero struck the post and Bony hit the bar, with Albion’s Saido Berahino heading onto the woodwork, reports the BBC.
West Ham United 1 – 0 Sunderland
Manchester City 3 – 0 West Brom
Aston Villa 0 – 1 Swansea City
Newcastle United 1 – 2 Arsenal
Southampton 2 – 0 Burnley
Stoke City 1 – 2 Crystal Palace
Tottenham Hotspur 4 – 3 Leicester City