Date: 31st December 2015 at 11:01am
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Arsenal claimed top spot going into 2016 with a comfortable 2-0 win against Bournemouth at the Emirates.

Mesut Ozil was the star of the show, whipping in his 16th assist of the campaign from a corner for Gabriel to head home, before scoring the second himself.

The Gunners are now at the summit on goal difference, meanwhile the Cherries’ six-game unbeaten run comes to an end and they sit 16th, three points above the drop.

28 December 2015 - Premier League - Arsenal v AFC Bournemouth : Mesut Ozil scores the second goal for Arsenal. Photo: Mark Leech

Mesut Ozil converts Arsenal’s second goal against Bournemouth

Arsene Wenger’s side climbed to the top of the division due to Leicester and Manchester City’s goalless draw at the King Power Stadium.

Jamie Vardy went closest for the hosts but blazed the ball over when he was through on goal, whilst Sergio Aguero failed to hit the target for the visitors.

Manuel Pellegrini’s side have now gone six away games without a win in the league and sit third, three points behind the Foxes and Arsenal.

Manchester United and Chelsea failed to secure a much-needed win as the two out of form giants played out a 0-0 draw at Old Trafford, casting further doubt over the future of Red Devils boss Louis van Gaal.

United twice hit the woodwork through Juan Mata and Anthony Martial, whilst David De Gea kept out Pedro and Cesar Azpilicueta at the other end.

The draw means LvG’s side are five points behind fourth-placed Tottenham and without a win in their last six league matches, while Chelsea sit 14th after two successive draws and are still only three points above the bottom-three.

16 December 2015 - Barclays Premier League - Manchester United v Chelsea - Wayne Rooney of Manchester United takes on John Terry of Chelsea - Photo: Marc Atkins / Offside.

Manchester United and Chelsea couldn’t break each other down at Old Trafford

In a Premier League classic, a last minute penalty gave Stoke a sensational 4-3 win over Everton at Goodison Park.

Xherdan Shaqiri’s first goal for the Potters gave them the lead, before Romelu Lukaku levelled.

An extraordinary lob from Shaqiri put the visitors back ahead, but Lukaku once again was on target to equalise with his 15th of the season.

Gerard Deulofeu then tapped-in to put the home side ahead, but Joselu’s volleyed in his first goal for Stoke to make it 3-3.

Then, in added time, Marko Arnautovic was brought down by John Stones in the box and the Austrian stepped up to smash in from the spot.

The result sees Mark Hughes’ side move up to 10th, leapfrogging the Toffees who are now 11th.

Tottenham consolidated their place in the top-four with a hard-fought 2-1 win over in-form Watford at Vicarage Road.

Erik Lamela gave the visitors the lead before Odion Ighalo’s 14th of the season levelled things before half-time.

The Hornets were dealt a blow just after the hour mark when Nathan Ake was shown a red card for a high challenge and, in the last minute of normal time, the advantage told as Son Heung-min flicked in to snatch the points.

Spurs stay fourth and sit just four points off the top, whilst Watford drop to eighth following their first defeat in five.

Aston Villa go into 2016 way adrift at the bottom as they suffered a 2-0 defeat at the hands of of fellow strugglers Norwich.

Goals from Jonny Howson and Dieumerci Mbokani were enough to see the Canaries move three points clear of the drop, whilst Remi Garde’s Villa are rock bottom, 11 points from safety and with just one win all season.

West Ham secured a first league win since October with a 2-1 triumph over Southampton at Upton Park.

28 December 2015 - Premier League - West Ham United v Southampton Michail Antonio celebrates scoring for West Ham whilst Southampton goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg holds up his hands in disbelief behind Photo: Charlotte Wilson / Offside

Michail Antonio scored his first Premier League goal against Southampton

A Carl Jenkinson own goal gave Saints the lead, but two goals in 10 second-half minutes from Michail Antonio – with his first Premier League goal – and Andy Carroll turned the game around for the Hammers.

Southampton are now 12th, with just one win from their last seven, whilst Slaven Bilic’s Irons sit eighth after ending a run of five successive draws.

Liverpool moved up to seventh with a 1-0 win against Sunderland at the Stadium of Light.

Christian Benteke’s second goal in four days just 22 seconds into the second-half was enough to secure victory for the visitors.

The result makes it two successive wins for Jurgen Klopp’s men, whilst the Black Cats have now lost five straight and are seven points from safety.

Newcastle were left entering the New Year in the relegation zone after a 1-0 defeat to West Brom at the Hawthorns.

Darren Fletcher’s header 10 minutes from time squeezed under debutant Karl Darlow to condemn the Magpies to a second defeat in three days.

Albion now sit 13th and end a run of five games without a win, whereas Newcastle sit 18th and two points from safety.

28th December 2015 - Barclays Premier League - West Bromwich Albion v Newcastle United - Darren Fletcher of West Bromwich Albion celebrates the opening goal (1-0) - Photo: Paul Roberts / Offside.

Darren Fletcher was WBA’s match winner against Newcastle

Crystal Palace and Swansea maintained their unbeaten runs going into 2016 with a goalless draw at Selhurst Park.

Patrick Bamford had the best opening but was denied by Lukasz Fabianski, whilst Gylfi Sigurdsson’s free-kick was kept out by Wayne Hennessey.

Palace sit fifth and are now unbeaten in six, meanwhile the Swans sit 17th, two points above the drop and are unbeaten in three.

Player of the Week: Marko Arnautovic
Team of the Week: Stoke
Goal of the Week: Xherdan Shaqiri (2nd goal)

 
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