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EPL Photos: Arsenal overpower United, Spurs lose

Last updated on: January 02, 2020 10:35 IST

High drama ensued during the English Premier League matches on Wednesday as Spurs manager Jose Mourinho was booked while Brighton stunned Chelsea via Alireza Jahanbakhsh's superb equaliser to deny the Blues victory.

Here is all the EPL action in IMAGES from Wednesday's matches.

Arsenal's Sokratis Papastathopoulos celebrates with his teammates after scoring his team's second goal against Manchester United at Emirates Stadium in London on Thursday

IMAGE: Arsenal's Sokratis Papastathopoulos celebrates with his teammates after scoring his team's second goal against Manchester United at Emirates Stadium in London on Thursday. Photograph: Julian Finney/Getty Images

Arsenal showed signs they can excel under coach Mikel Arteta with an impressive 2-0 win at home to Manchester United in the Premier League on Wednesday while Southampton sunk Tottenham Hotspur 1-0 and Chelsea were held 1-1 at Brighton & Hove Albion.

 

Nicolas Pepe was in inspired form as he gave Arsenal an early lead and Sokratis made it 2-0 before halftime, galvanising the home fans who finally had something to shout about following a miserable run by their standards.

Brighton & Hove Albion's Alireza Jahanbakhsh scores with a spectacular overhead kick against Chelsea FC at American Express Community Stadium in Brighton 

IMAGE: Brighton & Hove Albion's Alireza Jahanbakhsh scores with a spectacular overhead kick against Chelsea FC at American Express Community Stadium in Brighton. Photograph: Mike Hewitt/Getty Images

Brighton forward Alireza Jahanbakhsh's brilliant equaliser denied fourth-placed Chelsea back-to-back league wins. However, United's defeat meant Chelsea were five points clear of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side and six clear of Spurs.

Chelsea, like Spurs, have also struggled for consistency over the festive period.

Cesar Azpilicueta celebrated his 100th start as Chelsea captain with a 10th-minute strike and the visitors held on to that lead until the 84th minute, with Iranian Jahanbakhsh coming off the bench to spectacularly earn his side a point, firing home an incredible overhead kick.

"When I saw the ball, I just tried to hit it as hard as I could and the bicycle kick was the only option," he said. "I'm going to watch it a couple more times."

The result helped Brighton end a run of nine straight league defeats by Chelsea stretching back to 1983.

Match referee Mike Dean shows a yellow card to Tottenham Hotspur manager Jose Mourinho, during the Premier League match against Southampton FC at St Mary's Stadium in Southampton 

IMAGE: Match referee Mike Dean shows a yellow card to Tottenham Hotspur manager Jose Mourinho, during the Premier League match against Southampton FC at St Mary's Stadium in Southampton. Mourinho was booked for an altercation with the home coaching staff. Photograph: Michael Steele/Getty Images

Spurs have suffered from inconsistency after an early bounce under under Jose Mourinho and their loss at St Mary's to a Danny Ings strike further derailed their push for a top-four finish, while their problems mounted with Harry Kane limping off injured.

Days after a laboured showing in a 2-2 draw at bottom side Norwich City, Spurs could not find a way back into the game after Ings's goal in the 17th minute.

Kane thought he had equalised late in the second half, but he was adjudged to be offside. The England captain then hobbled off, seemingly with a hamstring injury.

A hamstring injury to Harry Kane that forced the England striker off in the second half ensured it was a miserable start to the new year for Tottenham, whose manager Jose Mourinho was booked for an altercation with the home coaching staff.

After a bright start to the Mourinho reign at Spurs, the Portuguese has now lost three of his nine league games in charge and a haul of four points from their last four games has seen them fall off the pace in the battle for a top-four spot.

Mourinho has cut a relaxed presence since replacing Mauricio Pochettino in November but the frustration showed on Wednesday.

"I was rude. I clearly deserved the yellow card as I was rude. I was rude to an idiot. Because I was rude I deserved the yellow card," Mourinho said of his caution for appearing to go into the home technical area to have words with a member of the Southampton technical staff.

Manchester City's Gabriel Jesus celebrates scoring their second goal against Everton at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester 

IMAGE: Manchester City's Gabriel Jesus celebrates scoring their second goal against Everton at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester. Photograph: Andrew Yates/Reuters

Third-placed Manchester City secured a 2-1 victory over Everton, while David Moyes' West Ham United reign got under way with a 4-0 hammering of Bournemouth.

Manchester City stayed one point behind Leicester after handing new Everton manager Carlo Ancelotti his first Premier League defeat since he took charge of the Merseyside club.

It took until the 51st minute for City to click into gear as Gabriel Jesus scored two goals in seven minutes to put his side 2-0 up.

A mistake from stand-in City goalkeeper Claudio Bravo allowed Richarlison to score but City held on for the win.

Leicester City recorded a comfortable 3-0 victory at Newcastle United -- their second away win in as many games.

Former Newcastle forward Ayoze Perez got the ball rolling before a stunning strike from James Maddison made it two before halftime while Hamza Choudhury rounded off a fine victory for Leicester, who closed the gap with leaders Liverpool to 10 points.

West Ham United's Mark Noble celebrates scoring their first goal against AFC Bournemouth at London Stadium in London

IMAGE: West Ham United's Mark Noble celebrates scoring their first goal against AFC Bournemouth at London Stadium in London. Photograph: Tony O'Brien/Action Images via Reuters

Moyes enjoyed a flying start on his return to the West Ham helm, with a Mark Noble double helping the Hammers to thrash Bournemouth at London Stadium.

The result allowed West Ham to climb above Bournemouth, who are now in the bottom three having won one of their last 10 league games.

Watford continued their resurgence under new manager Nigel Pearson as they made it three wins from their last four games with a hard-fought 2-1 victory over Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Aston Villa earned just their second away win of the season with a 2-1 success at Burnley, who have now lost six of their last eight games.

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