Premier League RESULTS: Arsenal and Newcastle hit four as Leicester concede more ground to top-four rivals Chelsea and Manchester United
There were suggestions that behind-closed-doors football could lead to some wacky results and that was certainly the case on Wednesday night.
Newcastle, certainly not renown for their relentless goalscoring, hit FOUR past Bournemouth in the 4-1 victory at the Vitality Stadium.
Goals from Dwight Gayle, Sean Longstaff, Miguel Almiron and Valentino Lazaro gave Steve Bruce’s men an astonishing result and plunged the Cherries into serious trouble.
Eddie Howe’s men remain without a point since the restart, having not won any of their last seven Premier League games, and Dan Gosling’s last-minute consolation barely raised even a smile.
Less unusual was Arsenal’s 4-0 thrashing of Norwich, although you never know which Gunners side you’re going to get.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang struck twice, reaching 50 Premier League goals and becoming the fastest Arsenal player to do so, while Cedric Soares scored on his debut and Granit Xhaka also grabbed one.
Back-to-back wins keep alive the Gunners’ very slim hopes of Champions League football next season, but there’s surely no saving Norwich now.
In the final 6pm match, Leicester conceded yet more ground to their top-four rivals by losing 2-1 at Everton.
Richarlison and Gylfi Sigurdsson put the Toffees two goals up after just 16 minutes, and Kelechi Iheanacho’s 51st minute strike proved insufficient for the visitors – who haven’t won since the restart.
Chelsea can overtake the Foxes in third if they beat West Ham later, while fifth-place Man United are now just two points off Brendan Rodgers’ men.
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