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Senegal international, Mame Diouf, celebrated his strike by getting on his knees and kissing the turf at the Bet365 Stadium

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The win is Arsenal's first in 2018 and provides a timely boost after defeat at Bournemouth last weekend and then a week dominated by transfer speculation.
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Sergio Aguero scored the eleventh hat-trick of his Manchester City career, as his side rebounded from last week’s loss to Liverpool with a 3-1 win over Newcastle to continue their unstoppable march for this year’s title.


Defending Champions, Chelsea, moved up third over idle Liverpool following a 4-0 trouncing of Brighton, Manchester United picked up a narrow lone goal win against Burnley, and Arsenal ended their game non-winning run in the Premier league with a 4-1 rout of Crystal Palace.

Also on Saturday, Leicester cruised to a 2-0 win over Watford, West Ham were held to 1-1 tie at home by Bournemouth, new Stoke City boss, Paul Lambert, marked his return to the Premier League with a win over Huddersfield, and Everton were held to 1-1 tie at home.

Harry Kane scored his 99th Premier League on Sunday in a 1-1 tie with Southampton that saw the latter extend their non-winning run to 11 Premier League games.

And on Monday, Swansea stunned Liverpool with a lone goal win at home to boost their chances of survival.


Monday

Swansea 1-0 Liverpool

Alfie Mawson scored the winner as Swansea boosted their survival hopes with a battling 1-0 victory over Liverpool on Monday Night Football.

Mawson punished a tame defensive header from Virgil van Dijk - who was making his Premier League debut for the Reds - five minutes before half-time to hand the Swans a vital victory.

Liverpool pushed for an equaliser but failed to build on their thrilling win over Manchester City as Roberto Firmino struck the post and Mawson blocked Adam Lallana's rebound in a thrilling finale in stoppage-time.

But the night belonged to Swansea as they moved level with 19th-placed West Brom at the bottom of the table and three points from safety, while Liverpool missed the chance to go third and remain fourth.



Sunday

Southampton 1-1 Tottenham

Harry Kane scored his 99th Premier League goal but it was not enough for Tottenham to beat Southampton in a 1-1 draw on Super Sunday.


Southampton vs. Tottenham

The striker moved within one of becoming the 27th Premier League centurion when equalising on 18 minutes after Davinson Sanchez had inadvertently put through his own net three minutes earlier.

Both teams created chances to win it in an entertaining clash in torrential conditions on the south coast.

The result leaves Mauricio Pellegrino's men in the bottom three, a point from safety, while Spurs remain in fifth, two points off Liverpool in fourth, who play Swansea on Monday Night Football.



Saturday

Brighton 0-4 Chelsea

Eden Hazard opened the scoring for Chelses with a neat finish from inside the box and midfielder Willian added a second from 18 yards, after a slick move that he started, to leave Chris Hughton's side facing an uphill task six minutes into the game.

Brighton 0-4 Chelsea

 

The hosts' response was impressive. They had a penalty denied when Chelsea stand-in goalkeeper Willy Caballero upended defender Ezequiel Schelotto, while Israeli striker Tomer Hemed was brilliantly denied by the former Manchester City shot-stopper. Davy Propper headed against the post and Schelotto went close after the break as Brighton pushed to get back in the game.

Willian had a free-kick pushed on to the post by Brighton keeper Mat Ryan before Hazard scored his second with a fine solo effort and Victor Moses' late goal completed the victory. Brighton has 23points for the 16th spot.

Arsenal 4-1 Crystal Palace

Arsenal shrugged off the absence of Alexis Sanchez as they romped to a 4-1 victory over Crystal Palace.

Arsenal 4-1 Crystal Palace


With Sanchez not in the squad as talks continue over a move to Manchester United, the Gunners blew Palace away with four goals in a dazzling opening 22 minutes.

Nacho Monreal, Alex Iwobi and Laurent Koscielny all finished from close range before Alexandre Lacazette fired in after a slick passing move.

Palace improved in the second half but could only pull back a consolation goal in the 78th minute through Luka Milivojevic. Palace has the 13th spot on 25points while Arsenal remained 6th on 42points.

The win is Arsenal's first in 2018 and provides a timely boost after defeat at Bournemouth last weekend and then a week dominated by transfer speculation.


Burnley 0-1 Manchester Untied

Manchester United beat Burnley to remain 12 points behind leaders Manchester City.

Burnley 0-1 Manchester Untied


Martial's second-half strike was one of only two efforts on target from the visitors in a display that was effective rather than entertaining. After a dour first half, Martial fired in off the underside of the bar after good work in the build-up from Romelu Lukaku.

Burnley pressed forward in search of a leveller, coming closest when Johann Berg Gudmundsson's free-kick hit the bar. Burnley remain 8th on 34points.


Everton 1-1 West Brom

Oumar Niasse scored within 57 seconds of coming off the bench to rescue a 1-1 draw for Everton against West Brom.

Jay Rodriguez put the Baggies on course to claim back-to-back wins for the first time under Alan Pardew when he opened the scoring after seven minutes.

A disjointed Everton display took a turn for the worse when James McCarthy suffered an horrific double leg fracture early in the second half, which left West Brom striker Salomon Rondon distraught.

But the Toffees dug deep to claim a point as Niasse volleyed debutant Theo Walcott's knock-down home with his first touch on 70 minutes.

Rondon recovered to rattle the bar in stoppage-time but there was to be no winner as Everton boss Sam Allardyce had to settle for a draw from his 1,000th competitive game as a manager.

Stoke City 2-0 Huddersfield

After a dour opening half, Stoke broke the deadlock as Maxim Choupo-Moting's low cross was swept in by Allen (53) and victory was assured after Xherdan Shaqiri expertly found Mame Biram Diouf who slotted home via the post 16 minutes later.

Huddersfield offered very little as an attacking threat and were fortunate not to fall further behind as Choupo-Moting blazed over in the closing stages.

The victory moves Stoke out of the relegation zone above Southampton into 17th place while Huddersfield remain 14th having lost their last three league games


Leicester 2-0 Watford

A Jamie Vardy penalty and a late Riyad Mahrez strike were enough to earn Leicester City a 2-0 win over Watford.

Highlights - Leicester 2-0 Watford

Vardy scored from the spot in the first half after being fouled by Molla Wague in the box and Mahrez sealed the points in injury-time.

Watford held on to their mid-table spot while Leicester improved to 34points for the 7th spot.

West Ham 1-1 Bournemouth

Javier Hernandez scored two minutes after Ryan Fraser's opener as West Ham came from behind to draw 1-1 with Bournemouth.

Bournemouth went ahead with their first attempt on target when Fraser powered a shot beyond Hammers 'keeper Adrian at his near post after 71 minutes.

However, their joy was short-lived with substitute Hernandez - tucked home a loose ball, nine minutes after coming on for the injured Manuel Lanzini.

The draw means both sides extend their unbeaten Premier League runs to five games, with West Ham sitting one place and one point above Bournemouth in 11th.

Manchester City 3-1 Newcastle

Sergio Aguero's hat-trick helped Manchester City beat Newcastle 3-1 at the Etihad to keep Pep Guardiola's side 12 points clear at the top of the Premier League table.


Manchester City 3-1 Newcastle

 

City broke the deadlock after 34 minutes when Aguero nodded in Kevin De Bruyne's inch-perfect cross, before the Argentinian's penalty doubled the lead (63).

Jacob Murphy pulled a goal back for Newcastle four minutes later, only for that man Aguero to seal the win with his 11th hat-trick for City, and his 22nd goal of the season. Newcastle are just two points clear of the relegation zone in 15th.

 English Premier League Week 24 standings

EPL Week 24 Scores At A Glance

Brighton 0-4 Chelsea
Arsenal 4-1 Crystal Palace
Burnley 0-1 Manchester Untied
Everton 1-1 West Brom
Leicester 2-0 Watford
Stoke City 2-0 Huddlesfield
West Ham 1-1 Bournemouth
Manchester City 3-1 Newcastle
Southampton 1-1 Tottenham
Swansea 1-0 Liverpool



Game day reports from BBC and skysports were used in this compilation.

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