Arsenal 2-0 Manchester United (2-0)
Mikel Arteta scored his first win as Arsenal manager. In his third game as gunners’ head coach, Arteta’s decision to put Nicolas Pépé in the starting eleven paid off: in the undefeated home win over Manchester United, the Ivorian scored after a flat effort from Sead Kolasinac to make it 1-0 (8th minute). Sokratis’ 2-0 lead was set up by Pépé with a corner ball (42nd).
With their first home win in the league since the 8th day of play at the beginning of October, Arsenal climbed to tenth place in the table. Manchester United, who remain in fifth place with 31 points, are four points behind.
Southampton 1-0 Tottenham Hotspur (1-0)
Tottenham Hotspur beat Southampton in the English Premier League on New Year’s Day. After a long ball into the penalty area, Danny Ings had defender Toby Alderweireld out and hit the bottom right into the goal (17th) it was Ing’s 13th goal of the season.
Spurs, closer to Chelsea in fourth place, missed out on fourth place in the league, the third under manager José Mourinho, and remain sixth. Tottenham are also worried about goalkeeper Harry Kane, who had to be substituted 15 minutes before the end.
Southampton scored important points in the relegation battle. The team of coach Ralph Hasenhüttl is unbeaten for four games, three of which the team won. Among other things, the Saints beat Chelsea. Southampton are currently 11th in the Premier League and have a five-point lead over the relegation places.
Manchester City 2-1 Everton (0-0)
In Manchester, fans had to wait for the second half to see goals. Then Gabriel Jesus struck twice within seven minutes: after a steep pass from Ilkay Gündogan, the striker scored in the penalty area to make it 1-0 (51st), shortly afterwards he was sent by Riyad Mahrez towards the penalty spot and scored his second goal (58th). Everton managed only the follow-up goal. When Manchester City lost the ball in their own penalty area, Richarlison scored to make it 2-1 (71st).
Everton coach Carlo Ancelotti lost a game with his new team for the first time, the first two games under the Italian had been won by Everton. Manchester City remain third in the Premier League and are 11 points behind the leaders ahead of Liverpool’s game against Sheffield.
Newcastle United 0-3 Leicester City (0-2)
Leicester City defended second place in the Premier League. The Foxes won 3-0 at Newcastle United and have cut the gap to Liverpool by at least 10 points by Thursday. Jurgen Klopp’s team then play against Sheffield United.
Leicester benefited from two defensive errors from Newcastle defender Florian Lejeune in their win. Ayoze Pérez intercepted the ball after a mis-pass from Lejeune in the penalty area and hit the lead. Shortly thereafter, Lejeune made the next mistake, in which James Maddison scored from distance to make it 2-0 (39th). Hamza Choudhury’s shot from 20 yards made it 3-0 (87th).
Brighton & Hove Albion – Chelsea 1-1
Chelsea did not get beyond a draw at Brighton & Hove Albion. The Londoners remain fourth after the 21st day of play. Spanish defender César Azpilicueta had dusted off a corner for the lead in the opening period (10th). The equaliser was more spectacular: Alireza Jahanbakhsh scored on a drop-back to make it 1-1 (84th).