Manchester City extended their lead at the top of the Premier League following New Year 2022 action.
Second-half goals from Riyad Mahrez and Rodri saw Manchester City come from behind to defeat ten-men Arsenal 2-1 at the Emirates Stadium, after the Gunners had taken a 31st minute lead through Bukayo Saka before Gabriel was red carded in the 59th minute.
Second-placed Chelsea came from two goals down to draw 2-2 at home to third-placed Liverpool after quick-fire goals from Mateo Kovacic and Christian Pulisic cancelled out the Reds’ opening goals scored by Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah.
City therefore hold a ten-point lead over Chelsea with Liverpool a further single point behind Thomas Tuchel’s Blues.
Manuel Lanzini’s brace helped fifth-placed West Ham move to within a point of fourth-placed Arsenal, as David Moyes’ Hammers defeated Crystal Palace 3-2 away at Selhurst Park on New Years Day.
Down in the relegation zone, Norwich remain rock bottom behind Newcastle after the pair saw away trips to Leicester and Southampton respectively cancelled, owing to a mixture of positive Coronavirus cases and injuries.
Burnley again remain two points adrift of safety after late goals from Stuart Dallas and Daniel James condemned Sean Dyche’s Clarets to a 3-1 defeat at Leeds, having initially equalised through Maxwel Cornet to cancel out Jack Harrison’s opener.
Watford remain just outside of the relegation zone despite delivering a stubborn defensive display, which was eventually undone as Davinson Sanchez’s last-gasp header handed Tottenham a 1-0 win at Vicarage Road.
Elsewhere, Alexis Max Allister’s brace fired Brighton to their first-ever away win against Everton at Goodison Park in a 3-2 victory, although Anthony Gordon delivered a second-half brace for the hosts on their return to action after a two-week absence.
Goals from Yoane Wissa and Mads Roerslev saw Brentford come from behind to defeat Aston Villa 2-1 in West London, after Danny Ings had fired the Villains ahead in the 16th minute.
Finally, Joao Moutinho’s half-volley from Phil Jones’ clearance of Adama Traore’s cross fired Wolves to a narrow away win at Manchester United.