Mesut Ozil 's looping header sent Arsenal rising to the English Premier League summit with a 3-1 victory over Stoke on Saturday, capping a strong week for Arsene Wenger 's side.
LONDON (AP) —
Arsenal had to come from behind after
The only concern for Wenger will be Arsenal's solitary clean sheet in its last 10 games in all competitions. But the north London club has quickly moved on from an erratic November with a trio of victories at the start of December. After overpowering West Ham 5-1 last week, Arsenal won 4-1 at Basel on Tuesday to secure top spot in its Champions League group for the first time in five years.
Stoke profited from a contentiously awarded penalty after
But a slick move down the right flank carved open Stoke for the equalizer.
Four minutes into the second half, Stoke's defense was static as
Sanchez was tripped as he cut into the penalty area, but referee
Swansea 3, Sunderland 0
SWANSEA, Wales (AP) — Under-fire manager
The American coach came into the home game with only one win in his seven matches in charge, and Swansea at the bottom of the league table.
But the Swans surged to their biggest win of the season with three goals after the interval—a second-half penalty from
The win moves Swansea up three places to 17th with 12 points from 15 games. It will drop back into danger if West Ham gets a point or more at Liverpool on Sunday.
After a scoreless first half, the game turned on a 51st-minute incident when
Sigurdsson sent the spot kick down the middle for his sixth goal of the season.
Three minutes later, Sigurdsson turned provider as Llorente swept home a corner directed low into the penalty area.
But the Sunderland goalkeeper had no answer when Llorente met
Watford 3, Everton 2
WATFORD, England (AP) —
After falling behind to
Watford survived a late scare when Lukaku added his second.
Watford moved into the top half of the table with 21 points, one point more than Everton, which has now failed to win its last five league games.
With host Watford having lost its previous two league matches, both sides lacked confidence early on as a scrappy first half was only illuminated by two moments of quality.
First, Lukaku calmly slid the ball past
Having initially struggled to respond, Watford was inspired by a moment of brilliance from Okaka. The Italian forward played the ball out wide to
Encouraged by the equalizer, Watford began the second half with greater intensity and was rewarded in the 59th when defender Prodl met
Just five minutes later Holebas was the provider once more as Okaka met his corner at the near post, with his header just crossing the line despite