LONDON ( Associated Press) — Arsenal showed how to fight back on Boxing Day, usually the busiest day in English football, with a 3-1 win over West Ham to open up a seven-point lead at the top of the Premier League.
Newcastle moved into second place on Monday with a 3-0 win over Leicester and dropped defending champions Manchester City to third.
Said Bananarama’s 27th-minute penalty gave David Moyes’ West Ham a 1–0 lead at half-time after VAR had disallowed the Gunners’ penalty.
But Arsenal manager Mikel Arrieta saw his team improve after the break after Bukayo Saka and Gabriel Martinelli scored early in the second half.
Eddie Nketiah sealed the win against former Arsenal manager Arsene Wagner after coming on for the injured Gabriel Jesus, giving Arsenal their 10th consecutive home win in the Premier League.
Manchester City visits Leeds on Wednesday and are one point lower than Newcastle, but with two fewer games.
Monday’s seven games were the first in the Premier League in just over a month due to Qatar’s long World Cup break.
Harry Kane, who returned to the Premier League after England’s World Cup quarter-final loss to France two weeks ago, helped Tottenham rally to a 2-2 draw with Brentford.
Kane dismissed chants of “you let your country down” from a section of Brentford supporters. He went ahead in the 65th minute following a pass from Clément Lenglet. Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg equalized for Tottenham six minutes later.
Vitaly Kanelt and Ivan Toni scored for Brentford.
liverpool wins again
Liverpool beat Aston Villa 3–1 in their third consecutive league game and moved up to sixth in the standings, one point behind Manchester United. There were goals from Mohamed Salah and Virgil van Dijk in the first half, but Stefan Bajetić scored in the end.
“We have to be a headache for everyone,” admitted coach Jürgen Klopp. “We are not in the best position, there is a distance between us and the other teams, we know it.”
Elsewhere, Wolverhampton manager Julen Lopetegui made his Premier League debut with a dramatic 2-1 extra-time win against Everton. The defeat put pressure on Everton manager Frank Lampard.
Brighton beat Southampton 3-1 at St Mary’s and are one point behind Liverpool. Southampton have slipped to the bottom of the table with four consecutive losses.
Fulham beat nine-man Crystal Palace 3–0 to win the Capital derby for the second time in 29 attempts.
Manchester United face Nottingham Forest at Old Trafford and Chelsea, which are in ninth place, host Bournemouth.