Premier League round-up: Magnificent Mahrez sends Leicester top, while Arsenal win too

first_img Leicester City’s hat-trick hero Riyad Mahrez Leicester City’s excellent season continued as they thrashed Swansea City 3-0, putting them top of the Premier League table.And while Jamie Vardy couldn’t get another goal to extend his streak to 12, Riyad Mahrez produced a magnificent display to claim a well-deserved hat-trick.Renowned for his pace and skills, he put the Foxes in front when he nudged a corner beyond Swans goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski.He second was more aesthetically pleasing as he picked up N’Golo Kante’s pass, despite looking offside, and curled the ball neatly into the far corner with his left foot.The Algerian completed a brilliant afternoon’s work when he nabbed his third after 67 minutes, sliding the ball home after excellent work from Kante and Vardy.With Manchester City losing to Stoke earlier in the day, Leicester are now two points clear at the top of the table.Arsenal are sitting second after riding their luck at the Emirates to claim a 3-1 victory over a rejuvenated Sunderland.Fabio Borini wasted an early chance for, hitting a shot straight at Petr Cech, as the visitors caused plenty of problems in the opening minutes but it was to be the Gunners who struck first.Assist king Mesut Ozil slid the ball through to Costa Rica forward Joel Campbell and he crashed his shot past Costel Pantilimon.The Black Cats deservedly went in level at the break as Olivier Giroud found the net at the wrong end, turning Yann M’Vila’s free-kick beyond Petr Cech.The Frenchman, though, atoned for his error with 63 minutes gone as he stooped to convert Aaron Ramsey’s cross with a diving headerAnd while Sunderland pushed for an equaliser, the Gunners guaranteed themselves all three points as Aaron Ramsey snuck the ball into the back of the net from close range.Tottenham failed to keep up tabs on their rivals near the top as they were held to a 1-1 draw by West Bromwich Albion at the Hawthorns.England starlet Dele Alli nabbed the opener in front of Roy Hodgson as he delicately dabbed Toby Alderweireld’s astonishingly good pass between the legs of Boaz Myhill after 15 minutes.But before the break James McClean got the hosts back on level terms as he beat Kyle Walker at the back stick to head home Darren Fletcher’s cross.Superb defending from Gareth McAuley denied Harry Kane a goal early in the second half, while at the opposite end Danny Rose put in a stunning stop to deny the Baggies a route through on goal.West Brom could have won it with several chances but couldn’t convert, while McClean was lucky to remain on the field after a terrible challenge on Mousa Dembele.Watford moved themselves up to ninth in the table as they beat Norwich City 2-0 at Vicarage Road.After strike partner Odion Ighalo was clattered by Alexander Tettey, Troy Deeney rocked up and slipped home a spot-kick with ease in the first-half.And Ighalo, who was earlier denied a goal by an offside flag, then managed to get on the scoresheet as he battled past Sebastien Bassong before firing home.Elsewhere, Southampton battled back to claim a 1-1 draw with struggling Aston Villa at St Mary’s.The visitors got themselves ahead a minute before half-time as poor defending from the Saints allowed Joleon Lescott to swoop home a corner at the far post.Remi Garde’s Villans couldn’t hold out though and it was ex-Chelsea and Barcelona midfielder who poked home the equaliser.Meanwhile, Manchester United and West Ham played out a 0-0 draw, with Mauro Zarate and Anthony Martial missing chances to win it for their respective sides.Premier League results in full:Arsenal 3-1 SunderlandManchester United 0-0 West HamSouthampton 1-1 Aston VillaSwansea City 0-3 Leicester CityWatford 2-0 NorwichWest Brom 1-1 Tottenham 1last_img read more