Premier League Sunday results: Arsenal tops Bournemouth, Watford falls to Stoke
Sunday's EPL slate featured a scrappy clash between Watford and Stoke City, while Arsenal took on Bournemouth and Manchester United hosted West Ham United. Recaps and results below:
Sanchez's double leads Arsenal to 3–1 win over Bournemouth
LONDON (AP) — Arsenal rediscovered its attacking potency as Alexis Sanchez's double secured a 3-1 victory over Bournemouth in the Premier League on Sunday.
Theo Walcott was also on target with a header as Arsenal overcame a contentious penalty that Callum Wilson converted in a fiercely fought game at the Emirates Stadium.
Having struggled offensively in recent weeks, Mesut Ozil and Sanchez helped Arsenal to produce some scintillating attacking play.
The home side's early intensity forced a mistake from Steve Cook in the 12th minute, as the Bournemouth defender's back pass gifted Sanchez the chance to round goalkeeper Adam Federici and calmly place the ball into the empty net.
Arsenal believed it should have had a penalty two minutes later but referee Michael Jones waved play on as Sanchez went down under a challenge from Nathan Ake. Replays showed that any contact did in fact take place just outside the area.
Home fans were doubly aggrieved in the 25th when Jones awarded the visitors a penalty as Nacho Monreal and Wilson went shoulder to shoulder in the Arsenal box. The Bournemouth forward calmly placed his spot kick into the bottom right corner.
With Arsenal visibly rattled by the equalizer, Bournemouth spurned opportunities to take the lead, most notably when Adam Smith headed narrowly over when unmarked six yards (meters) out.
However, Arsene Wenger's side began to rediscover its rhythm as Sanchez twice came close just before halftime, striking narrowly over after a neat exchange with Ozil before rattling the bar with a powerful effort from the right side of the box.
Arsenal began the second half as it ended the first and Monreal went some way to redeeming himself by supplying the cross for Walcott to restore Arsenal's lead in the 53rd after good work from Sanchez and Ozil.
Arsenal threatened to extend its lead on several occasions before substitute Olivier Giroud centered for Sanchez in the 90th to seal a much-needed victory after back-to-back league draws.
Arsenal remains fourth in the Premier League, three points behind leader Chelsea.
Jose Mourinho sent off as Manchester United draws at home again
LONDON (AP) — Hired to revitalize Manchester United, Jose Mourinho is instead turning the clock back and losing his temper in public.
A 1-1 draw with West Ham on Sunday left United 11 points behind leader Chelsea and without a win in four league matches at Old Trafford for the first time since 1990.
That dry home spell came toward the end of a 26-year title drought which ended in 1993 with Alex Ferguson collecting the Premier League trophy. Ferguson retired in 2013 with 13 title triumphs to his name and Mourinho was appointed to recreate the Scot's winning mentality at the club after three lackluster years under David Moyes and Louis van Gaal.
The only current similarity between Ferguson and Mourinho, who was fired a year ago by Chelsea, is the fiery temper on the Old Trafford touchline. At least with Ferguson it produced results.
Mourinho was sent to the stands for the second time in a month on Sunday after being enraged by Paul Pogba being booked for an apparent dive.
United had just recovered after conceding inside 90 seconds from Diafra Sakho's header. Pogba set up Zlatan Ibrahimovic to nod in the equalizer in the 21st minute.
"One day it will have to happen for us," said Mourinho's assistant, Rui Faria. "We'll start winning."
If they don't, United faces a second season out of the Champions League and a 30 percent drop in sponsorship cash from Adidas of around 20 million pounds ($25 million). After a third of the season, United is eight points behind Arsenal in the fourth spot to qualify for Europe's elite competition.
Austin's goal after 41 seconds sees Southampton beat Everton
SOUTHAMPTON, England (AP) — Charlie Austin scored after only 41 seconds to give Southampton a 1-0 victory over Everton on Sunday on a miserable return for former manager Ronald Koeman.
Southampton comfortably outplayed Everton, which has won only one of its last eight Premier League games in Koeman's first season in charge.
From kick-off, the hosts created space for Cedric Soares to cross on the right wing. When Everton struggled to clear, winger Josh Sims opened his debut by teeing the ball up for Austin and the striker calmly headed into the back of the net from directly in front of goal.
"As a kid I came through the academy at Southampton so playing in front of all the fans and them singing my name was a dream. It's everything you wish for," the 19-year-old Sims said after his man-of-the-match performance.
"It was a mixture of nervousness and excitement but I was really excited. I knew I was in the squad, but as soon as I found out I was starting I got tips from the lads and they told me to do what I do best."
Southampton climbed to 10th place — two points behind Everton — as it recovered from losing at Sparta Prague in the Europa League on Thursday.
Gomes' own goal gives Stoke win at Watford in Premier League
WATFORD, England (AP) — A scrappy own goal settled a scrappy game as Stoke won 1-0 at Watford in the Premier League on Sunday.
Watford goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes put the ball in his own net in the 29th minute after a header from Charlie Adam came back off the post and cannoned in off his legs.
Despite Stoke being depleted by injuries to Ryan Shawcross and Glenn Whelan as well as a suspension for Joe Allen, the patched-up side was still too much for lethargic Watford.
Watford finished with 10 men after a late red card for Miguel Britos as it slipped to a first home defeat since August. The defender was shown a second yellow card in the 90th minute for tugging back Xherdan Shaqiri.
Watford climbed above Stoke into eighth place, two places and two points above the hosts.