Another record equaling weekend, with Vardy’s goal scoring record in danger of being gazumped by Everton’s Lukaku.
Another lackluster performance by Manchester United who fell apart to lowly placed Bournemouth as their woes continue with another defeat. Tottenham however suffered their second premier league defeat of the season at the White Hart Lane.
Liverpool also went down at home for a late goal at Anfield and the high flying Palace moving onwards and upwards.
Aston Villa 0-2 Arsenal
Oliver Giroud became the fifth player to score 50 Premier League goals for Arsenal to take the Gunners to the top of the Premier League summit. He scored from a controversial penalty which appeared to be the right call when Theo Walcott was brought down by Alan Hutton in the eighth minute, handing his team the lead. There was a long delay before the referee eventually awarded the penalty.
Aaron Ramsey finished off a sweeping counter-attack from Mesut Ozil’s unselfish assist – his 13th of the season, to double Arsenal’s advantage.
The bottom of the league home side team performed better in the second half, limiting the Gunners to a few chances and failing to find any good opening for themselves, leaving them eight points away from safety as a result and Arsenal’s 17–year unbeaten record at Villa Park intact.
Bournemouth 2-1 Manchester United
Eddie Howe’s Cherries followed up their famous win at Stamford Bridge with another giant killing feat against Louis van Gal’s injury ravaged Red Devils.
The Cherries took the lead inside three minutes as Junior Slanislas’ corner floated over everyone before nestling in De Gea’s net. Maroune Fellaini levelled the match for the Red Devils, who played without nine first team regulars at the Vitality Stadium, only for a former Manchester United youngster Joshua King, to seal the three points for Bournemouth with a finish from a low corner kick.
Man City 2-1 Swansea
Swansea City were put to swords with a Yaya Toure special in stoppage time to move City to second place in the table at the Etihad. Swansea deserved something from the tie for giving a very good account of themselves, with Joe Hart the busier of the two goalkeepers and creating the better chances.
Swansea went behind by deserting their defensive duties at a first half corner when Ashley Williams lost his man, Wilfred Bony from a Jesus Navas swinging corner. Lucas Fabrianski had little chance from a firm header by Bony from the six-yard line to open the scoring against his old club.
Bafetimi Gomis equalised in the 90th minute before Toure, who did not have one of his most influencial games, came to the rescue with a shot from a tight angle, destined for the goal but Kelechi Iheanacho had the final touch.
City are now second in the table, however, Swansea will gain confidence from a determined and very improved performance despite been managerless.
Sunderland 0-1 Watford
Odion Ighalo continues on his goal-scoring streak to help Quique Sanchez Flores men climb up the table by netting the only goal of the game for Watford on four minutes from close range with his tenth goal of the season.
It appears Ighalo can’t stop scoring goals in 2015 as this was his 26th in the calendar year, demonstrating the sharpness and instinct that has made this such a memorable year for him.
A surging run down the right by Allan Nyom was poked in by Ighalo who got ahead of Sebastian Coates, past the goalkeeper Costel Pantilimon to put Watford seventh in the table with 25 points from 16 matches.
The home side played better in the second half after a slow start with Jermaine Defoe going close twice but Watford held on doggedly, although they squandered the opportunities presented to them to put game to bed in the first 60 minutes.
Crystal Palace 1-0 Southampton
Yohan Cabaye’s first half strike steered Crystal Palace to a 1-0 victory over the Saints as the Eagles climbed to sixth in the Premier League.
Palace record signing, Cabaye’s masterclass was the difference between the two sides but the Eagles were forced to hold on towards the end of the match under severe pressure after spurning chances to put the result beyond doubt.
The Saints who are finding a victory hard to come by recently stay in 12th.
West Ham 0-0 Stoke
It was a good and open game of football by both sides with the Hammers having the better of the chances, however, it was a game that got away for West Ham after hitting 22 shots in the match without getting past Jack Butland.
Mark Hughes will certainly be the happier of the two managers. The draw leaves the Hammers in eight in the Premier League table and Stoke 11th after 16 games.
Norwich 1-1 Everton
Jamie Vardy’s 11 consecutive goal scoring record is now in Romelu Lukaku’s sight after scoring in six consecutive Premier League games to become the first Everton player since Bob Latchford to score in seven consecutive games for the Latics.
Lukaku could easily have scored a hat-trick but for missing a glut of chances, whose surge in goals-coring form is embarrassing Chelsea for selling him to Everton. West Hoolihan levelled the scoring for the home side just after half time with Roberto Martinez’s side throwing a lead away yet again.