Premier League roundup: Wins for Arsenal, Spurs, Man City, Saints at the top (video)

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On Saturday seven games took place in the Premier League with plenty of goals, controversy and drama at both ends of the table.

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The big boys kept rolling with Manchester City, Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur all winning, while Southampton, Crystal Palace and Swansea City nabbed narrow victories to keep their good form going.

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Below you will find recaps, analysis, videos and more from all seven matches…

Newcastle United 1-2 ArsenalRECAP

Two clinical finishes from Olivier Giroud turned out to be the difference, as the Gunners recorded a sixth-straight win to solidify third spot in the PL and stay just four points off the top of the table. But after a busy week which saw them go out of the UEFA Champions League, Arsene Wenger’s boys almost blew it after Sissoko pulled one back and David Ospina made a string of fine saves.

Tottenham Hotspur 4-3 Leicester CityRECAP

Spurs raced into a 2-0 lead, despite losing Hugo Lloris early on through injury, as Harry Kane bagged both. However, Jamie Vardy and Wes Morgan hit back to make it 2-2. Kane then sealed his hat trick and Schlupp scored an own goal to make it 4-2 before David Nugent’s late goal set up a tense finish. Spurs held on, as Kane now has 29 for the season as Spurs stay in the top four hunt, while Leicester’s hopes of avoiding the drop took yet another hit.

Manchester City 3-0 West Bromwich AlbionRECAP

The Citizens had a helping hand as West Brom were down to 10-men after just two minutes despite referee Neil Swarbrick sending off Gareth McAuley when he meant to send off Craig Dawson. Goals from Wilfried Bony, Fernando and David Silva did the damage as City remain three points behind Chelsea but have played two more games than the Premier League leaders.

Stoke City 1-2 Crystal PalaceRECAP

Stoke dominated the first half and Mame Diouf put them ahead but Palace equalized just before the break through Glenn Murray‘s PK and then went ahead through Wilfried Zaha‘s strike on the stroke of half time after sloppy Stoke defending. Despite a poor first half, somehow the Eagles were ahead. Palace improved in the second half and ground out a win to all but stave off relegation, while Stoke slip to 10th.

Southampton 2-0 BurnleyRECAP

Saints went ahead in the first half through Shane Long and hit the woodwork twice through Graziano Pelle and Steven Davis before Jason Shackell scored an own goal in the second half to make it 2-0. Burnley forced substitute goalkeeper Kelvin Davis (who replaced the badly injured Fraser Forster) into three fine saves, as the Clarets couldn’t break through and remain in the bottom three, while Saints’ top four hopes are still alive.

Aston Villa 0-1 Swansea CityRECAP

Tim Sherwood’s gilet will look a little less inflated on Saturday as his Villa side lost, with their good run ending. Bafetimbi Gomis’ late goal handed Swansea the win as Garry Monk’s men put in yet another fine defensive display away from home. Villa are still in the relegation battle, just three points above the drop zone.

West Ham United 1-0 SunderlandRECAP

The Hammers left it late, but Diafra Sakho’s effort was the difference as Dick Avocaat tasted defeat during his first game in charge of the Black Cats. Both sides were poor throughout but West Ham probably deserved to shade it for their first win in eight PL matches. As for Sunderland, they remain one point and one place above the drop zone.

Four-star Manchester United wins Europa League group

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Manchester United is in fine feather and showing it, smashing AZ Alkmaar in a stylish 4-0 win at Old Trafford in Europa League play on Thursday.

Juan Mata had a goal and set up two others, while Mason Greenwood scored twice after Ashley Young opened the scoring in a group-claiming victory.

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United wins the group with 13 points, conceding just twice in six matches.

The Red Devils have won three-straight matches, as AZ joins Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur in the loss column. Up next is a Sunday visit from Everton in the Premier League before Wednesday’s League Cup quarterfinal visit from Colchester United.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer handed starts to James Garner, Brandon Williams, and Axel Tuanzebe, bringing youngsters Ethan Laird and Tahith Chong off the bench.

Greenwood, 18, now has six goals in 22 senior appearances, while Mata, 31, gets on the score sheet for the first time this season.

For his career, the award-winning Spaniard is doing okay, though: 125 goals and 149 assists in 542 senior appearances.

Ljungberg hails ‘amazing’ teen Saka after game-changing performance

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Arsenal phenom Bukayo Saka‘s big day spurred the Gunners to a top seed in the Europa League knockout rounds.

Arsenal went behind on two deflected goals in the second half’s first 25 minutes, but Saka answered with a goal and an assist in three minutes to take a point from Belgium in a 2-2 draw at Standard Liege.

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Saka was at the heart of it of all good things Arsenal, the 18-year-old handed plenty of responsibility. despite his tender age.

“He was amazing,” said interim manager Freddie Ljungberg. “He was a bit upset with me before the game that he had to play wing-back and full-back. He’s a tremendous talent.”

Saka had four key passes to go with his goal and assist, winning six of eight duels while producing two tackles and an interception.

Ljungberg said Arsenal hasn’t sent its young players on loan enough, though that hardly applies to Saka given he was 17 until September.

The injured Gunners used Konstantinos Mavropanos, Emile Smith-Rowe, Joe Willock, and Reiss Nelson in the Starting XI, and brought Gabriel Martinelli off the bench.

“I feel sorry for our young players,” he said. “A lot of them haven’t been on loan, they’ve not had that exposure to men’s football. Some of them made mistakes but they’ll learn from those mistakes and won’t do them again.”

Smith-Rowe was loaned to RB Leipzig last season and Nelson starred on loan at Hoffenheim. Mavropanos played first team football for Greek Super League side PAS Giannina in his late teens.

Arsenal joins Premier League sides Wolves and Manchester United in the knockout rounds, having lost the Europa League final to rivals Chelsea at the end of last season.

The Gunners beat West Ham on Monday and host Manchester City at 11:30 a.m. ET Sunday.

Arsenal uses thrilling comeback to win Europa League group

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Nothing Arsenal-related is allowed to be easy, it seems.

The Gunners used a goal and an assist from Bukayo Saka to come back from a two-goal deficit and draw Standard Liege 2-2 in Belgium on Thursday, winning its Europa League group when Vitoria came back to beat Eintracht Frankfurt on a wild afternoon of soccer.

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Arsenal trailed on second half goals from Samuel Bastien and Selim Amallah, but rallied behind Bukayo Saka and Alexandre Lacazette to score a second-straight win for interim boss Freddie Ljungberg.

Saka sent in a laser cross in the 78th minute and Lacazette did quite well to power it under the bar.

He’s loving this competition, having made a serious entrance earlier in the tournament versus Eintracht Frankfurt. The 18-year-old now has two goals and five assists across all competitions this season.

The Gunners needed just three more minutes to tie the score on a day they outshot the hosts 15-11.

Saka showed his nose for goal to tie the score five minutes later with a dribble to the top of the 18 and a sly finish to the keeper’s left.

This was all happening around the same time Vitoria scored twice in three minutes to take a 3-2 lead on Eintracht Frankfurt.

Standard Liege goes from the knockout rounds to nothing in a blink, while Eintracht goes from winning the group to second.

The field for the Europa League is looking fierce, with Inter Milan, Benfica, Ajax, Club Brugge, Olympiacos, Shakhtar Donetsk, Bayer Leverkusen, and Red Bull Salzburg joining the competition via transfer from the UEFA Champions League.

Arsenal joins Premier League sides Wolves and Manchester United in the knockout rounds, having lost the Europa League final to rivals Chelsea at the end of last season.

The Gunners beat West Ham on Monday and host Manchester City at 11:30 a.m. ET Sunday.

Prince-Wright’s Premier League picks

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Matchweek 17 is here in the Premier League as the games continue to come thick and fast during the festive season.

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If you, like me, love to dissect all the games and predict what the score will be and which team will win, I encourage you to get involved in the comments section below. Let’s have a bit of fun.

Okay, so I’ve consulted my crystal ball and here’s how we see things panning out. Listen carefully, because this is very specific.

While you can download the NBC Sports Predictor app (below) and play the Premier League Pick ‘Em game yourself to predict the scores and win the prizes.

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With the first section labelled “basically, free money” for the picks I think are dead certs. The section labelled “don’t touch this” means if you’re betting I advise you to stay clear, while the “so you’re telling me there’s a chance” section are the long shots. If it is better odds you are after, those are the picks to go for.


BASICALLY, FREE MONEY

Chelsea 3-0 Bournemouth – (Saturday, 10 a.m. ET, NBCSN) – [STREAM

Liverpool 3-1 Watford – (Saturday, 7:30 a.m. ET, NBCSN) – [STREAM] 

Crystal Palace 3-1 Brighton – (Monday, 2:45 p.m. ET, NBCSN) – [STREAM

Leicester 3-0 Norwich – (Saturday, 10 a.m. ET, NBC Sports Gold) – [STREAM]


DON’T TOUCH THIS…

Southampton 1-1 West Ham – (Saturday, 12:30 p.m. ET, NBC) – [STREAM]

Sheffield United 2-1 Aston Villa – (Saturday, 10 a.m. ET, NBC Sports Gold) – [STREAM

Man United 2-1 Everton – (Sunday, 9 a.m. ET, NBCSN) – [STREAM


“SO YOU’RE TELLING ME THERE’S A CHANCE…”

Arsenal 3-3 Man City – (Sunday, 11:30 a.m. ET, NBCSN) – [STREAM]

Wolves 1-2 Tottenham – (Sunday 9 a.m. ET, NBCSN) – [STREAM]

Burnley 1-2 Newcastle United – (Saturday, 10 a.m. ET, NBC Sports Gold) – [STREAM