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EPL PIX: City's 100 per cent home record falls; Chelsea hammer Leicester

Last updated on: October 15, 2016 22:58 IST

Arsenal joined Manchester City at the top of the Premier League on Saturday after leaders City suffered another afternoon of penalty woes in a 1-1 draw with Everton that ended their 100 percent home record this season

Double penalty woe for Man City as 100 per cent home record falls

Sergio Aguero

IMAGE: Sergio Aguero of Manchester City, centre, is fouled in the box by Phil Jagielka of Everton during the Premier League. Photograph: Clive Brunskill/Getty Images.

Manchester City squandered their 100 per cent home record after Kevin de Bruyne and Sergio Aguero both had penalties saved by Maarten Stekelenburg in a 1-1 draw with Everton on Saturday.

City retained their Premier League lead but now only on goal difference from Arsenal after their dominance - they had 18 shots on goal to Everton's one - was dented by more problems from the spot as they have now missed half their penalties this season.

After Phil Jagielka had fouled David Silva just before halftime, De Bruyne's poor penalty was comfortably saved by the Dutchman and Everton cashed in when Romelu Lukaku hit City on the break in the 64th minute with his sixth goal of the season.

Jagielka then fouled substitute Aguero, only for the Argentine to miss his second penalty of the week following his failure for Argentina against Paraguay, but a Nolito header finally broke Everton's resistance in the 72nd minute.

Walcott brace as 10-man Arsenal hang on to beat Swansea

Theo Walcott

IMAGE: Shkodran Mustafi of Arsenal lifts goalscorer Theo Walcott of Arsenal after he scored against Swansea City. Photograph: Julian Finney/Getty Images.

Theo Walcott scored twice as 10-man Arsenal beat Swansea City 3-2 at the Emirates in Bob Bradley’s first game in charge of the Welsh club.

The in-form England forward struck midway through the first half and added his second from close range when Jack Cork's defensive header fell conveniently into his path after 33 minutes.

Swansea were offered a lifeline five minutes later when an error by Switzerland international Granit Xhaka gifted possession to Gylfi Sigurdsson, who struck a beautiful curling shot beyond Petr Cech and into the far corner of the net.

Mesut Ozil's fierce volley from an Alexis Sanchez cross gave Arsenal their third goal, only for Borja Baston to pull one back for Swansea and Xhaka’s afternoon ended early when his foul on Modou Barrow earned him a straight red card.

Chelsea hammer Leicester in battle of last two champions

Diego Costa

IMAGE: Victor Moses of Chelsea, left, celebrates scoring his sides third goal with Diego Costa of Chelsea during the Premier League match against Leicester City at Stamford Bridge. Photograph: Ian Walton/Getty Images.

Chelsea demolished the team that succeeded them as Premier League winners when champions Leicester City succumbed tamely 3-0 at Stamford Bridge.

Goals from the Premier League's leading marksman Diego Costa, Eden Hazard and Victor Moses ensured Leicester boss Claudio Ranieri's visit to his old club was a far cry from five months ago when the Foxes received a guard of honour for their title triumph.

Diego Costa

IMAGE: Nathaniel Chalobah and Diego Costa of Chelsea embrace after the final whistle during the Premier League match. Photograph: Ian Walton/Getty Images.

The unmarked Costa's seventh-minute strike was his seventh goal of the season, before Chelsea's dominance was further rewarded, following more comedy defending, by Hazard's expertly-taken second.

Moses finished a brilliant one-two 10 minutes from time to leave Leicester as the first English top-flight champions since Blackburn Rovers 21 years ago to lose their opening four away games of the season.

Stanislas leads Bournemouth rout of Hull

Bournemouth crushed Hull City 6-1 in the Premier League on Saturday to give Mike Phelan a miserable start in his first game as full-time head coach of the visitors.

Charlie Daniels lashed home Bournemouth’s first goal after five minutes and Steven Cook, Junior Stanislas (two), Callum Wilson and Dan Gosling sealed an emphatic win for Eddie Howe's side.

Against the run of play, Ryan Mason equalised for Hull after 34 minutes but Cook quickly headed Bournemouth back in front.

Stanislas converted a penalty just before haltime and struck again before Wilson and Gosling completed the rout.

Alli strikes late to save Spurs at West Brom

Tottenham Hotspur stretched their unbeaten Premier League start to eight games after England midfielder Dele Alli struck an 89th-minute equaliser in a 1-1 draw at West Bromwich Albion.

The home side took an 82nd-minute lead through Tottenham's former forward Nacer Chadli, who blasted a close-range rebound into the roof of the net after keeper Hugo Lloris parried James McClean's shot.

West Brom goalkeeper Ben Foster had produced a string of superb saves to deny Alli, Ben Davies and Christian Eriksen before Chadli, who joined the Brummies from Tottenham during the close season, scored against the run of play.

When it seemed the hosts would get away with a smash-and-grab win at the Hawthorns, Alli salvaged a point for Spurs with a clever finish with the outside of his foot after good work by Eriksen in the penalty area.

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