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Abena Alice|myghanalinks - Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur were the big winners of Week 7 of the 2015-16 EPL season; with Alexis Sanchez delivering a spectacular hat-trick en route to 'The Gunners' 5-2 thumping of Leicester while Tottenham Spurs shocked, manhandled and handed former league-leaders - Manchester City - their second straight defeat of the young season with a 4-1 score line as the former recorded their third straight victory.

Manchester United took over the EPL leaderboard after their 3-0 home demolition of Sunderland, while Liverpool survived what could have been a very edgy last few minutes, edging a testy Aston Villa side by 3 goals to 2 to secure a vital home win.

Elsewhere, reigning champions Chelsea fought back from 2 goals down to deny Steve McClaren's Newcastle his first win, Southampton secured their second Premier League win of the season with an impressive 3-1 victory over Swansea at St Mary's, Stoke City finally notched their first league win of the season and Cheikhou Kouyate saved the day for West Ham with his stoppage time equalizer.

In the only EPL game played on Sunday Yohan Cabaye condemned Watford to their first home defeat of the season with a neatly executed spot kick and on Monday Night Romelu Lukaku scored two and made one as Everton came back from 2-0 down to win 3-2 at West Brom.

Tottenham 4-1 Manchester City

Harry Kane ended his 13-hour wait for a Tottenham goal as Spurs thrashed Manchester City 4-1 and sealed a third successive Premier League win.

The England striker made it 3-1 on 61 minutes after Christian Eriksen's free-kick bounced back off the crossbar, as Spurs brilliantly came from behind following Kevin De Bruyne's 25th minute first-half opener in which he appeared to be marginally offside.

Eric Dier provided the equalizer for the hosts on the stroke of half-time from a seemingly offside position but there was nothing wrong with Toby Alderweireld's header that put Spurs in front before Erik Lamela excellently wrapped up an emphatic victory with a deserved goal of his own when his tenacity beat the last defender just inside the box, and then the outstretched Cabellero, before he fired into an empty net with 11 minutes remaining.

City had a period of resurgence, with Raheem Sterling testing the hands of Hugo Lloris, but in the end the Spurs defence proved too strong for the visitors who dropped to the second spot on 15points following the defeat.

Leicester 2-5 Arsenal

Alexis Sanchez broke his 8 games goal scoring drought with a hat-trick as Arsenal came from behind and won 5-2 at the King Power Stadium to end Leicester's unbeaten start to the season, and move above their hosts into fourth on 13points.

Jamie Vardy's opener (11) was quickly answered by Theo Walcott (18), and Sanchez (33) sent his side into the break ahead before adding two more (57 & 81) as Arsenal pulled away.

Vardy (89) and substitute Olivier Giroud (90) then exchanged late strikes on an afternoon when Leicester's gung-ho style finally met its match and more.

Arsene Wenger's side doubled their tally of Premier League goals, and new leaders Manchester United - next week's visitors to the Emirates - are just three points ahead.

Liverpool 3-2 Aston Villa

Daniel Sturridge scored his first goals in six months as Liverpool held on to win 3-2 and ease the pressure on Brendan Rodgers after an entertaining encounter with Aston Villa at Anfield.

Liverpool got off to a perfect start as James Milner gave them the lead after 66 seconds, collecting a pass from Coutinho on the edge of the box with one touch and finding the bottom corner with his second to lift the tension at Anfield.

Liverpool gave themselves a 2 goal cushion with Sturridge who was making his second appearance after hip surgery finding the net in the 59th minute with a beautiful volley following a flicked pass from James Milner from the edge of the box.

Liverpool scored their third less than a minute later with Sturridge as the goal scorer following a one-two exchange with Coutino before rolling the ball into the bottom corner with his right foot.

Aston Villa refused to quit and a brace from Rudy Gestede meant Villa were right in the game throughout and ensured a tense finale for the home manager and supporters alike.

Manchester United 3-0 Sunderland

Wayne Rooney ended a run of 1,000 minutes without a Premier League goal as Manchester United leapfrogged rivals City to go top with a 3-0 win over Sunderland at Old Trafford.

Memphis Depay put Louis van Gaal's men in front on the stroke of half-time, before Rooney finally ended his longest Premier League goal drought, and Juan Mata scored in stoppage-time to seal the points.

Sunderland offered very little as an attacking force, and the victory was comfortable in the end for United, who top the table for the first time since August 2013 while Sunderland has sole possession of the last spot on the log.

Southampton 3-1 Swansea

Goals from Virgil van Dijk - his first for Saints - a Ki Sung-Yueng own goal and Sadio Mane's third in a week put Ronald Koeman's side three ahead after 61 minutes.

Gylfi Sigurdsson pulled one back for Swansea from the penalty spot with seven minutes to play after Jose Fonte brought down Neil Taylor.

But it was way too late for Garry Monk's side to mount a comeback, and Southampton now leapfrog their opponents on the table, climbing to ninth, while Swansea fall to 11th.

Stoke 2-1 Bournemouth

Stoke City registered their first league win of the season with a 2-1 win over Bournemouth, who lost Callum Wilson to a serious-looking knee injury.

It appeared Jon Walters' first-half goal would be enough to seal the win but though Dan Gosling equalised on 76 minutes substitute Mame Biram Diouf headed home the winner six minutes from time.

It capped a miserable day for Bournemouth as Wilson, who has scored five Premier League goals this season, was taken off early in the first-half on a stretcher and needed oxygen after twisting his knee.

West Ham 2-2 Norwich

Cheikhou Kouyate scored a stoppage-time equaliser to earn West Ham a 2-2 draw with Norwich City at the Boleyn Ground on Saturday.

Robbie Brady gave the visitors the lead early in the first-half with his first goal for the club after capitalising on a poor pass from Hammers captain Mark Noble.

Diafra Sakho equalised for West Ham before half-time with his third goal of the season following a superb exchange of passes with Dimitri Payet.

But Kouyate's equaliser deep into stoppage-time ensured West Ham claimed a point to stay third in the Premier League. Norwich dropped down two places to 13th despite the draw.

Newcastle 2-2 Chelsea

Late goals from substitutes Ramires and Willian denied Newcastle their first win of the season as Chelsea fought back to claim a 2-2 draw at St James' Park.

Steve McClaren's side were much the better team in the first 45 minutes of the Saturday Night Football contest in the Premier League and the Magpies took the lead in the 42nd minute thanks to Ayoze Perez's strike.

Chelsea came out with renewed intensity after the interval but they found themselves 2-0 down when Georginio Wijnaldum stole a march on the Chelsea defence to head home Perez's cross.

Sunday

Watford 0-1 Crystal Palace

Yohan Cabaye's second-half penalty was enough to earn Crystal Palace a 1-0 win over Watford at Vicarage Road and send them up to sixth in the Premier League.

It took until the 71st minute for the deadlock to be broken, when Cabaye rifled home from the spot after substitute Wilfried Zaha was brought down just inside the penalty area by Allan Nyom.

Watford - beaten at home for the first time this season - enjoyed plenty of possession during a match where chances were few and far between, a Jose Jurado free-kick that hit the crossbar just after the break their best opportunity.

Monday

West Brom 2-3 Everton

Romelu Lukaku sparked a comeback win after Saido Berahino's first-half strike and Craig Dawson's header 16 minutes after the interval had put the Baggies in full control at the Hawthorns.

Lukaku reduced the deficit 21 seconds after the restart following Dawson's goal and then turned provider for substitute Arouna Kone to level the scores in the 76th minute.

The bulky Belgian then capped a superb evening with the decisive goal from close range seven minutes from time to stun his former club and secure all three points for Everton.

West Brom are 15th in the table while the Toffees move to fifth in what represents a substantial confidence boost ahead of Sunday's Merseyside derby against Liverpool

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