Arsene Wenger’s hope of a first Premiership title for Arsenal in 12 years has suffered a heavy blow Wednesday night as Swansea came from behind to win 2-1 at Emirates Stadium.
Joel Campbell slid to hook the Gunners into an early lead and they looked set to make up ground on leaders Leicester. Swansea – missing boss Francesco Guidolin through illness – levelled when Wayne Routledge side-footed home. Olivier Giroud and Alexis Sanchez struck the bar before Ashley Williams pounced to earn a crucial Swansea win.
Elsewhere, Tottenham Hotspur missed the chance to go top of the Premier League table after Michail Antonio’s winner earned West Ham United a deserved 1-0 win.
Spurs keeper Hugo Lloris got a hand to Antonio’s powerful header from a corner but not enough to keep the ball out.
The visitors had won the previous six league games but were poor throughout, Harry Kane scuffing their best chance.
At Old Trafford, Juan Mata’s late free-kick earned Manchester United a win over Watford to move them level on points with fourth-placed Manchester City.
United striker Marcus Rashford was quiet in the first half as Watford’s Nigerian forward, Odion Ighalo, wasted two good chances.
But the hosts improved when Rashford switched places with Anthony Martial and the Frenchman won the free-kick which Mata curled in from 20 yards.
City have a game in hand on United, who earned a fourth successive win.
Had Ighalo not shot wide from Troy Deeney’s flick-on or chose to pass to his strike partner when David De Gea thwarted the Nigerian, the story of the match may have been very different.
But buoyed by the recent form of Rashford and Mata scoring his eighth goal of the season, the prospect of reaching next season’s Champions League looks a distinct possibility after their city rivals lost 3-0 at Liverpool.
Arsenal 1-2 Swansea
West Ham 1-0 Tottenham
Stoke 1-0 Newcastle
Liverpool 3-0 Man City
Man Utd 1-0 Liverpool
Sevilla 1-0 Eibar
Celta Vigo 0-0 Villarreal
Malaga 1-2 Valencia
Athletic Club 4-1Deportivo
Levante 1-3 Real Madrid
Bayern 1-2 Mainz 05
Schalke 3-2 Hamburger
Leverkusen 1-4 Bremen
Hertha 2-0 Frankfurt
Hoffenheim 2-1 Augsburg
Darmstadt 0-2 Dortmund