Arsenal consolidate Premier League lead with scrappy 1-0 win over Newcastle
Manchester United end six-game winless streak with Wayne Rooney scoring to secure a vital 2-1 victory over Swansea City
Arsenal’s English Premier League title charge gathered momentum as they moved two points clear at the top with a scrappy 1-0 victory over Newcastle United on Saturday as Leicester City’s push faltered with a goalless home draw against Bournemouth.
Predictions that Leicester’s unlikely surge to the summit would be short-lived gained further substance when they failed to break down 10-man Bournemouth and missed a penalty through Riyad Mahrez to extend their winless run to three games.
That gave Arsenal the chance to open a gap at the top and they did not miss it, although they endured a tighter than expected afternoon at home to Newcastle where defender Laurent Koscielny poached the winner after 72 minutes.
Louis van Gaal was finally given reason to smile as Manchester United ended a dismal six-game winless league streak at home to Swansea City, Wayne Rooney securing a vital 2-1 victory with his first Premier League goal since October.
“When we scored, there was not a problem any more. We scored two beautiful goals,” said Van Gaal.
“I am very happy for the players because they had to play under big pressure and now we have won. We are still near the top of the league and the gap is less.”
Jermain Defoe scored twice for Sunderland whose hopes of avoiding relegation were boosted with a 3-1 win over bottom club Aston Villa, whose own plight looks increasingly bleak.
Alex Tettey scored the only goal of the game for Norwich City against Southampton, who had Victor Wanyama sent off in the second half, and Jonny Evans snatched a stoppage-time winner for West Bromwich Albion as they beat Stoke City 2-1.