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Saturday, 13 May 2017

Premier League : Swansea Close To Survival As Arsenal Thumps Stoke

Swansea Close To Survival

Swansea took a huge step in ensuring Premier League survival by defeating already relegated Sunderland 2-0 at the stadium of light to put them four points away from the final relegation spot with Hull City having a game in hand.


Fernando Llorente and Kyle Naughton got the goals of the game.

If Hull City fail to secure a positive result against Crystal Palace on sunday then Swansea are safe.

Swansea stuck to the same side that defeated Everton last week.

Swansea scored with their first attempt on goal Llorente heading in a cross from a Sigurdsson free kick.

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Sigurdsson had a shot saved by Pickford in the 18th minute before Defoe almost equalized for Sunderland shooting from a tight angle but Fabianski was on hand to stop his effort.

Kyle Naughton got the last goal of the game his first premier league goal just before half time unleasing a stunning strike into the top corner.

Arsenal kept their Champions League qualification hopes alive with a 4-1 victory over Stoke at the Britannia stadium.

The last time Arsenal won at Stoke was in February 2010 with a 3-1 victory.

Arsenal are now on 69 points just a point behind Liverpool who occupy the last Champions League qualification spot.

Arsenal continued with their 3-4-3 formation making four changes to the side that won at Southampton with Coquelin, Hector Bellerin, Olivier Giroud and Lorient Koscielny starting the game.

Arsenal had the first attempt on goal in the 9th minute with Butland tipping Rob Holding's header over the bar.

Monreal's header came off the post in the 17th minute before Olivier Giroud put Arsenal ahead just before half time the Frenchman was able to poke the ball home from a Bellerin cross.

Ozil got the second in the 55th minute collecting a through pass from Alexis Sanchez before lifting the ball over Butland into the back of the net.

Shaqiri almost pulled one back for stoke in the 63rd minute but his looping effort was pushed over the bar by Cech before substitute Peter Crouch scored a controversial goal in the 67th minute guiding Arnautovic's cross with his hand into the net.

Arsenal rallied and got the third goal 10 minutes later Alexis Sanchez finding the bottom corner from the edge of the box.

Olivier Giroud got the fourth goal his second of the game in the 80th minute reaching quickest to Ramsey's low cross before thumping a left footed strike into the top corner.


Manchester City are holding the third position firm with a 2-1 victory over Leceister city at the Etihad stadium.

David Silva and Gabriel Jesus got the goals for City, Okazaki pulled one back for Leceister but Mahrez missed a penalty.

Guardiola kept faith with the same side that thrashed Crystal Palace 5-0 last week but Leceister made two changes for the game Andy King and Ben Chilwell replaced the injured Danny Drinkwaker and Robert Huth.

David Silva put city ahead in the 29th minute with a controversial goal the spaniard converted Sane's cross into the bottom corner but Sterling touched the ball from an offside position on its way into the net.

Benalouane fouled Sane in the box in the 35th minute, Gabriel Jesus stepped up and converted the penalty kick.

Okazaki pulled one back for Leceister just before half time the forward connected with a cross from Albrighton sending the ball with a first time left footed effort past Caballero.

Albrighton almost got the equalizer in the 49th minute the winger's first time shot from a Jamie Vardy cross was saved by Caballero.

Clichy fouled Mahrez in the box in the 76th minute but his penalty kicked was ruled out for Double kick by the referee.

Bournemouth continued their recent good home form by defeating Burnley 2-1 at the Vitality stadium.

Stanilas hit the first goal for Bournemouth against his former side, the Englishman received a pass from Cook, before moving infield and slotting the ball into the bottom corner.

Sam Vokes equalized for Burnley in the 83rd minute with a nice header.

Two minutes after Josh King struck the winning goal slotting the ball beneath the goalkeeper.

Southampton finally won a game in five attempts by defeating Middlesbrough 2-1 at the Riverside stadium.

Jay Rodriguez got the opener for Southampton just before half time connecting with a low cross from long before striking the ball past Guzan.

Nathan Redmond got the second goal in the 57th minute as Burnley defenders failed to pick him up in the left side of the penalty area, he moves the ball to his right foot before sending a curling strike past Guzan.

Long missed a spot kick after he was fouled by Guzan.

Middlesbrough pulled one back in the 72nd minute Patrick Bamford was well positioned to guide Fischer's cross into the net.

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