Ighalo double sink West Ham, Manchester City, Arsenal thrive


Manchester City and Arsenal continued their impressive run in the Barclays Premier League on Saturday against Norwich City and Swansea respectively while Manchester United’s poor form continued.

Crystal Palace 0-0 Man United

A goalless draw means United have now failed to score in their third successive game, however, Palace will feel they should have had all three points having been on target with five of their 11 shots on goal.

Man City 2-1 Norwich

City had two penalties in the last five minutes, but were successful with one as they secured the win in a game which saw Russell Martin sent off. Nicolas Otamendi had broken the deadlock at the Etihad midway through the second half, with Cameron Jerome benefitting from a Joe Hart howler five minutes from the end, which allowed Norwich to equalise. However, Yaya Toure’s penalty ensured City remain at the top and then, while Aleksander Kolarov put his spot-kick wide with the last kick of the game.

Newcastle 0-0 Stoke

Jack Butland was on hand to earn Stoke a point at St James’ Park. The England ace saved superbly to keep out Moussa Sissoko and Jamaal Lacelles.

Swansea 0-3 Arsenal

Olivier Giroud scored his sixth goal in six games to head Arsenal into the lead. Centre-back Laurent Koscielny made it 2-0 and four minutes later the impressive Joel Campbell put the game beyond doubt with just over 15 minutes left on the clock.

Watford 2-0 West Ham

Nigeria striker, Odion Ighalo, scored again for Watford to claim his sixth and seventh goals of the season. James Collins was sent off for the Hammers, who drop to fifth.

West Brom 2-3 Leicester City

Jamie Vardy has now scored in eight successive Premier League games – only the third player to do so – when he put away Leicester’s third at the Hawthorns.

Salomon Rondon headed in his third goal for the Baggies after half an hour to make it 1-0 to West Brom, but Fantasy Premier League favourite, Riyad Mahrez, volleyed Leicester level and then minutes later doubled the visitors’ lead.

A Rickie Lambert penalty five minutes from the end gave the home supporters brief hope of their team salvaging a point, but the Foxes held on and are up to third in the Premier League.