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Premier League roundup: Arsenal go top as Vardy shreds Guardiola’s City and Watford stun Everton

Jamie Vardy breaks his three-month goal drought with a hat-trick as Premier League champions Leicester City inflict a humiliating 4-2 defeat on Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 11 December, 2016, 11:42am
UPDATED : Sunday, 11 December, 2016, 11:42am

Jamie Vardy broke his three-month goal drought with a hat-trick as Premier League champions Leicester City sensationally inflicted a humiliating 4-2 defeat on Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City on Saturday.

At a rain-sodden King Power Stadium, Vardy hit his first top-flight treble and Andy King also found the net to ensure Leicester atoned for their 5-0 Champions League mauling by Porto.

The match completed a day that featured 29 goals in six games, with all six home teams scoring at least three goals.

Mesut Ozil’s crafty header inspired Arsenal to a comeback victory over Stoke as Arsene Wenger’s side supplanted Chelsea at the summit.

Charlie Adam’s penalty put Stoke ahead at the Emirates Stadium, but Theo Walcott equalised before Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain teed up Ozil to float a delightful header over Lee Grant in the 49th minute.

Alex Iwobi completed the victory to lift Arsenal top on goals scored above Chelsea, who go in search of a ninth consecutive win against West Bromwich Albion on Sunday.

Victory came at the cost of a first-half injury to Shkodran Mustafi and Wenger was aggrieved that Stoke were awarded a penalty after Granit Xhaka caught Joe Allen with his elbow.

“We got a very unlucky penalty against us, because it is not even a foul in my opinion. But we have showed great mental strength,” said the Arsenal manager.

“It is down to us to maintain the focus and the desire to improve. We have a chance to fight at the top.”

Italian striker Stefano Okaka scored his first Watford goals as Walter Mazzarri’s side came from behind to beat Everton 3-2, leaving Ronald Koeman’s men with one win from 10 league games.

Romelu Lukaku netted twice for Everton but Okaka’s double -- the first a brilliant, volleyed flick -- and a Sebastian Proedl header earned the hosts victory.

Swansea City climbed off the bottom at Sunderland’s expense with a 3-0 home win over the north-east club in which Fernando Llorente scored twice.

Wilfried Zaha starred as Crystal Palace rescued a point in a topsy-turvy 3-3 draw at fellow strugglers Hull City.

The former Manchester United winger won a penalty, scored a sizzling solo goal and set up Fraizer Campbell to head in Palace’s 89th-minute equaliser.

Meanwhile, Jeff Hendrick’s brilliant flick-and-hit volley set Burnley up for a 3-2 home win over Bournemouth.