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Embarrassing clash between Alexis Sanchez and Christian Fuchs

Alexis Sanchez’s (Arsenal midfielder) received a yellow card during the Premier League game on the 26th April 2017 due to his playfulness, this made Christian Fuchs (Leicester defender) agitated with the referee. With a few minutes remaining of the game at the Emirates Stadium, Sanchez blocked Fuchs’s throw by standing a few inches away causing Fuchs to throw the ball at Sanchez’s shoulder. This led the midfielder collapsing on the ground as the game slowly reached full time.

Nigel Winterburn commented on the incident after the game

Nigel Winterburn believed that the incident should be ‘nipped in the bud.’

“The whole thing is a mess. The referee and the assistant got it completely wrong because they could have diffused it first of all.”  I said straight away when the incident happened that both of them will probably get booked.”

(After the game, Winterburn told Sky Sports)

Ex-Manchester City striker Shaun Goater also spoke on this

According to the FA the rules for a throw is that the defendant should be standing at least two metres away from the thrower, some commented that Sanchez was not aware of the rules.

“He probably wasn’t and he was doing what I probably would have done because I wasn’t aware of the rule until recently. So, Sanchez was only doing what the players do in the modern game.”

(After the game, Goater told Sky Sports)

Sanchez tweets after incident


Arsenal wasn’t affected by the card after they had won the game with Arsenal winning 1-0. Yes Sanchez went overboard but was this all an act for Leicester not to score? This incident took matter too far as this could have been avoided. Sanchez posted a photo on twitter with the aftermath of the event.

Arsenals’ next game is on Sunday 30th April 2017 against Tottenham. Will they be able to beat Man United who are 5th on the Premier League table?

The great Manchester Derby is live tonight 27th April 2017. It could be a close game, who will take the points?

Eventmasters will once again be able to offer Arsenal hospitality for the 2017/18 Premier League season. Call us on 0121 2336500 for more details.

Premier League Game Week 32 Review 2017

Another thrilling week of Premier League action saw stunning goals, controversial decisions and shock results. Read our review of all the action in Game Week 32.

All the big boys stamped their authority on the weekend Premier League games as they ramped their performances up for the final run-in.

The Chelsea title charge continues

Chelsea maintained their seven-point lead at the top of the Premier League, outclassing plucky Bournemouth 3-1.

They got lucky with the first goal – Diego Costa’s scuffed shot went in off the head of grounded home defender Adam Smith.

But the second was magnificent.

Eden Hazard raced onto a long pass, rounded Bournemouth stopper Artur Boruc and slid the ball into the net.

Joshua King got one back with a long-range deflected effort.

But Chelsea were always in control and secured the points through Marcos Alonso.

His lovely free-kick cleared the wall and nestled into the net without Boruc even moving.

Tottenham keep the pressure on Chelsea with impressive win

Tottenham made hay in the sun, thrashing Waford 4-0.

Dele Alli curled a beauty into the top corner.

And then the floodgates opened as Eric Dier smashed in a deflected cross and Son Heung-min added a third just before the break.

After half-time Son further confirmed Spurs’ dominance by meeting Kieran Trippier’s cross with a lovely half-volley at the far post.

He could have had a hat-trick, while Harry Kane, returning from injury as a second-half substitute, smacked the bar with a late strike.

Manchester City end their winless run

Manchester City ended a four-game winless run in the Premier League with an easy victory over struggling Hull City.

Ahmed Elmohamady’s own goal opened the scoring at the Etihad Stadium as the defender turned in Jesus Navas’ low cross.

Raheem Sterling set up Sergio Aguero and then Fabian Delph picked up a rare score.

Andrea Ranocchia pulled one back late on, as dodgy keeper Claudio Bravo allowed a weak effort to trickle past him.

Brazilian magic saves Liverpool at Stoke

A tale of two halves at Stoke as Liverpool came back to win 2-1.

All Stoke in the first period with Jon Walters heading home Xherdan Shaqiri’s cross.

But Liverpool threw on the Ill Philippe Coutinho and the injured Roberto Firmino and both scored.

The Reds owed the sometimes shaky Simon Mignolet who made a number of fine saves.

It keeps Liverpool well in the race for a Champion League place.

Manchester United keep the pressure on the teams in the top four

Bottom club Sunderland’s got hammered by Manchester United 3-0.

Not helped by playing with 10 men for more than 45 minutes after Sebastian Larsson was red carded for a challenge on Ander Herrera.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic put United ahead with a 20-yard effort, Henrikh Mkhitaryan made it 2-0 before Marcus Rashford notched the third.

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Eventmasters To Sponsor Players’ Player of the Season At Birmingham City Awards Dinner

Eventmasters are delighted to confirm our sponsorship of the one of the biggest awards at the Birmingham City Player Awards Dinner at the ICC Birmingham on Sunday 30 April 2017.

On what is sure to be a fantastic evening, we will be sponsoring the prestigious Players Player of the Season Award, always one of the most popular accolades of the evening. We can’t wait to see who will be picking up the award in 2017 with so many potential winners.

This annual event will provide a fantastic evening of entertainment as members of the first-team squad and management come together with supporters to celebrate the 2016/17 Sky Bet Championship Season.

Eventmasters, based in St Pauls Square in the heart of the city, boast a wide-range of West Midlands football fans in the office – with Birmingham City well supported by several members of the team.

Managing Director, Denise Sheasby is an adopted Birmingham City supporter, as she began to follow the club when moving to the Midlands, after growing up a Sheffield Wednesday fan.

Denise Sheasby said: “We are so pleased to be sponsoring one of the best awards at the Birmingham City Players Awards Evening – The Players Player of the Year Award.

“It is going to be a fantastic evening and one which we are really looking forward to. To be associated with one of the biggest clubs in the West Midlands is fantastic and we can’t wait to be at the ICC at the end of the month. ”

Full List of Awards & Sponsors:

Supporters’ Player of the Season sponsored by 888 sport
Young Player of the Season sponsored by Bluecon
Goal of the Season sponsored by Birmingham International Coaches
Blues in Business sponsored by Eze Group
Captain’s Choice sponsored by MKG
Top Goalscorer sponsored by Swallow Drinks Limited
Supporter of the Season sponsored by Eze Talk
Moment of the Season sponsored by JS Spooner
Players’ Player of the Season sponsored by Eventmasters

If you are interested in attending the Birmingham City FC Players Awards Dinner, please follow the link to the official page.

Premier League Game Week 30 Review – 2016/17

A wake up call for Chelsea and their championship aspirations – beaten 2-1 at Stamford Bridge by Crystal Palace.

Palace fighting for Premier League survival.

The home side’s superstars perhaps a touch jaded following the international break, but Chelsea battered Palace in the second half and could have scored two or three.

Just wouldn’t go in the net. Sometimes you have those days.

Their top six rivals will be encouraged that perhaps it is not all over yet. Maybe the leaders might still be pegged back. Unlikely, but possible.

The lead is now down to seven points.

The Blues struck first when Cesc Fabregas converted Eden Hazard’s low cross after five minutes, but they were quickly behind.

Wilfried Zaha turned to fire home from the edge of the box with a fine solo finish and, seconds later, set up Christian Benteke to put Palace ahead with a delicate clip.

Chelsea piled on the pressure but could find no way past Eagles keeper Wayne Hennessey, who made 11 saves in total to ensure his side won a fourth successive game. Some were scruffy, some were lucky, some were brilliant, but they were all vital.

Liverpool put ambitious Everton back in their box, winning the derby 3-1.

An important victory in terms of the Reds’ hopes of Champions League qualification.

Sadio Mane gave the hosts an early lead finishing off an angled run with a shot into the corner.

However Everton soon equalised, Matthew Pennington pouncing for his first Everton goal on his first appearance of the season.

Coutinho, back to his best, beat two players and curled a sublime shot into the top corner, and he then set up substitute Divock Origi – on for the injured Mane – to power in Liverpool’s third.

Liverpool hired a private jet to bring Coutinho and fellow Brazil international Firmino back after their country’s win over Paraguay in midweek – good business.

Ross Barkley should have been sent off for two horrendous, potential leg-breaking, challenges, but escaped with a single yellow.

Everton have not won at Anfield since 1999.

Arsenal and Manchester City fought out a 2-2 draw at the Emirates, frustrating for both.

The Gunners got off to the worst possible start when Leroy Sane put City ahead after only five minutes, running on to Kevin de Bruyne’s pass to round David Ospina and score.

Theo Walcott scrambled home an equaliser before Sergio Aguero’s powerful finish put City back in front.

Shkodran Mustafi rose high from a corner to restore parity after 53 minutes.

Aguero missed two good opportunities. City hit the post twice. But neither team could secure victory.

Both defensively poor in what one pundit described as “an insanely open game”.

A good response from Arsenal after their terrible run of form; more evidence that Pep Guardiola’s side is failing to live up to the high expectations demanded of them.

Manchester United’s stuttering season continued as they failed to break down West Brom’s stubborn defence, the visitors leaving with a point following a 0-0 deadlock at Old Trafford.

Jose Mourinho’s side have now drawn 11 games in the top flight, more than any other side and including eight at home.

United dominated possession. West Brom got 11 men behind the ball.

Baggies keeper Ben Foster made two stunning, full-stretch saves from Marcus Rashford but for all United’s attacking talent it wasn’t to be.

With injuries and suspensions denying them Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Paul Pogba and Juan Mata, United struggled to break West Brom down.

Yes, they are much improved from the David Moyes and Louis van Gaal eras, but it is still not quite there.

Tottenham were too classy for Burnley at Turf Moor.

It ended 0-2 as the visitors ground out a performance against a stuffy home side.

Eric Dier fired in after the hosts failed to properly clear Christian Eriksen’s corner. Son Heung-min made sure of victory as he tapped in Dele Alli’s squared pass on 77 minutes.

Not one of Spurs’ prettier performances, but effective enough.

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Arsenal Out Of Champions League After Bayern Collapse

Arsenal experienced pride and humiliation in equal measure against Bayern Munich in the second leg of their Champions League clash at the Emirates.

Pride in the high tempo first half performance, total humiliation by the end. 5-1 down following an abject performance in Germany the gap was always set to be too big.

The Gunners could surely never have envisaged losing 5-1 at home, but they did, falling at the last 16 stage once again, undone by going down to ten men at the start of the second period.

At least the large crowd had something to cheer about for a while, seemingly able for a night to enjoy a big game to the exclusion of fears that Arsenal may not secure a top four Premier League spot and hence miss out on Champions League qualification for next season, the refusal of Alexis Sanchez to sign a new contract, suggestions Mesut Ozil could quit too, and calls for the head of manager Arsene Wenger.

Yet this defeat and the extent of it put Arsenal’s difficulties into even starker focus. Arsenal showed real fight and verve at the outset before it all fell apart in the second 45 minutes.

Theo Walcott produced first, but a poor touch allowed Manuel Neuer to clear in his sweeper-keeper role. But Walcott was on fire and in the next significant attack played through three opponents helped by lady luck, and then thrashed the ball high into the net.

The sort of world class goal of which Walcott is capable yet produces all too infrequently. And it was the electric Walcott again who was very unlucky not to get a penalty when taken out in the box.

Looked very giveable, but the referee wouldn’t have it. Somewhere in between Olivier Giroud hit a post with a strange effort which came off head and shoulder.

At half time there was still hope even if Arsenal were missing too many chances. But that was cruelly taken away from the re-start.

Bayern were always a threat on the break and their cleverness fashioned an opening for the ever dangerous Robert Lewandowski. Lauren Koschielny fouled him – penalty given. Koschielny shown yellow and then, after consultation between the officials, harshly upgraded to red.

Lewandowski scored from the spot, Arsenal down to ten men, and the tie was over.

Now it was simply a question of whether the home side could keep the score down. They couldn’t. Arjen Robben scored after schoolboy confusion in what remained of the Arsenal defence.

Substitute Douglas Costa was on the score sheet next. Arturo Vidal made it four benefiting from yet another mistake, then added a fifth for good measure. It was agony and embarrassment for Arsenal and may well seal the fate of Wenger despite being one of the greatest managers English football has ever seen.

Wenger disputed the Lewandowski penalty, accused the referee of spoiling the game, hailed the huge effort of the players – he had a point but it was all somewhat akin to clutching at straws.

The end of an era? It is looking likely.

Lincoln City in the FA Cup next for Arsenal, a possible banana skin moment not bare thinking about!

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Premier League Game Week 26 Review 2017

Another thrilling week of Premier League action saw stunning goals, controversial decisions and shock results. Read our review of all the action in Game Week 26.

London 2 Provinces 0. A good weekend for the capital’s Tottenham and Chelsea.

Harry Kane scored his third hat-trick in nine games to steamrollers Stoke and go second in the Premier League.

His first was a well-taken finish into the bottom corner, then a left foot half volley and he would not have cared that the fortuitous third came from a massive deflection.

Dele Alli, sent off for a horror tackle in the midweek Europa League defeat to Gent, partially redeemed himself by adding a fourth.

Chelsea notched another victory after disposing of a battling Swansea City at Stamford Bridge.

Cesc Fabregas, marking his 300th Premier League appearance, could have scored four.

After prodding home the opener, the Spanish midfielder had a goal-bound shot deflected behind, was denied by former Arsenal team-mate Lukasz Fabianski and also hit the bar.

But this was no walkover.

Swansea equalised from their first serious attempt on target on the stroke of half-time – Fernando Llorente heading in Gylfi Sigurdsson’s free-kick.

However, Pedro’s curler went under the poor dive of Fabianski, restoring the lead, and Diego Costa netted the third from close range.

It was a weekend when many of the top sides did not feature because of the EFL Cup final at Wembley.

No Manchester derby and Arsenal’s game at Southampton also cancelled.

But what a thrilling final it proved to be, with United squeezing home 3-2.

Will that spur on the Red Devils in the league? It just might.

With Chelsea looking like taking the crown, the three other Champions League places will be fought out by Tottenham, Manchester City, Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester United.

It is going to be a fight to the finish.

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Premier League Game Week 25 Review 2017

Another thrilling week of Premier League action saw stunning goals, controversial decisions and shock results. Read our review of all the action in Game Week 25.

Brady stunner gets a point for Burnley as Chelsea remain top

Chelsea remain in pole position at the top of the Premier League despite being held by a vibrant Burnley at Turf Moor. It ended 1-1 with goals from Pedro and new home signing Robbie Brady.

For periods it looked as if Chelsea must come through as victors but by the end they would have been glad to get just the point from the game.

Chelsea did not have a single shot on target in the second half. Not that it mattered too much as the chasers keep turning over each other.

Can someone come through and challenge the leaders?

If Chelsea have a wobble, then yes. But no-one caught Leicester last year and it is beginning to look much the same this time round.

Liverpool bounceback thanks to Mane double at Anfield

Liverpool got their first decent result of 2017 by beating Spurs 2-0 at Anfield. Sadio Mane, much missed when at the Africa Cup of Nations, scored twice.

Liverpool, who had not won in their previous five matches, will also be pleased at their heavily criticised defence keeping a clean sheet. Spurs had little to offer, extremely disappointing from their point of view.

Their starting XI is a match for anyone but shorn of two of their first choice defenders they seemed terribly vulnerable and Liverpool could have won by more.

2-0 seemed to be the dominant score of the weekend, with both Manchester United and Arsenal claiming victories by the same margin as Liverpool.

Manchester United maintain excellent form with another Old Trafford win – Arsenal breeze past Hull with Sanchez double

Manchester United, unbeaten in their past 16 Premier League games, took the lead against Watford when Anthony Martial set up Juan Mata to finish from close range.

Martial secured the victory when he fired home after a driving run. Not a vintage display from Arsenal but a much-needed win over Hull at the Emirates.

Alexis Sanchez scored twice, the first highly controversial after it came off his hand and ended up in the net – unsighted referee Mark Clattenburg later apologised to the visitors for missing it.

The second was a penalty in injury-time which was awarded after Sam Clucas was sent off for handball from Lucas Perez’s header.

Hull deserved better, causing Arsenal problems throughout. Will Arsene Wenger step down at the end of the season?

It is beginning to seem likely that he will cave in to the minority who claim recent seasons haven’t been good enough. But succeeding Wenger will be tough and those angry Arsenal supporters my find their side goes backwards before it can go forward.

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Premier League Game Week 23 Review 2017

After a mixed weekend for the top-flight sides in the Emirates FA Cup, sides returned to domestic matters with midweek action in the Premier League.

Liverpool battle back against leaders Chelsea and take a point after Costa’s late penalty miss

Some Premier League upsets but the big game saw the points shared 1-1 between Liverpool and Chelsea.

With the visitors seemingly on course for the title, all the neutrals had wanted the Anfield side to turn over their opponents like they did at Stamford Bridge earlier in the season. But a draw was a fair result.

For all Liverpool’s pressure in the first half they had just a Georginio Winjaldum shot, comfortably beaten away by Thibaut Courtois, to show for it. The Chelsea defence was just so solid.

And, as so often happens, a dubious free kick is awarded against the Reds and before the defence has got organised David Luiz has stepped up and whacked it past Simon Mignolet.

Same old pattern of Liverpool pressure and Chelsea defiance in the second period until a cunning Jordan Henderson looping pass is nodded back into the middle via a deflection and Winjaldum heads in.

Game on. The Anfield crowd are going mad and the noise goes up a decibel or three as Mignolet saves brilliantly from a Diego Costa penalty.

Pedro could have won it. Firmino could have won it. But nobody won it.

Watford take all three points at the Emirates as Arsenal falter

Disaster for Arsenal beaten 1-2 by Watford at the Emirates. The usual story … pouring with rain, mid-winter and the Gunners’ pretty boys didn’t fancy it.

Former Tottenham defender Younes Kaboul grabbed the opener with a deflected hit and then Troy Deeney tapped in after Etienne Capoue had his shot saved by Petr Cech. Alex Iwobi pulled one back but it was not to be.

Tottenham unable to break stubborn Sunderland resistance

Tottenham had to settle for a point at the Stadium of Light as Sunderland fought for their lives.

Mauricio Pochettino’s side dominated possession against the Black Cats, but a much improved defensive performance by the home side thwarted the Londoners. So Chelsea march on.

A really good side, players who complement each other, a tight system, mercurial vision and goalscorers.

Hard to see how they can be stopped.

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Emirates FA Cup Round Four Review

Spectacular underdog performances in the FA Cup … but can you compare with the sensational results of yesteryear. Like when Ronnie Radford and Hereford beat Newcastle – one of the greatest ever upsets.

Today so many big teams disrespect the competition. They either play the kids or they in effect look to lose, stacking the side with bit-part players.

Respectively, staying in the Premier League, getting a Champions League top four qualifying place, doing well in the Champions League proper or gaining promotion to the top flight is all that matters.

Lincoln City reached the last 16 for the first time in 115 years with a superb demolition of Championship leaders Brighton at Sincil Bank.

Yet Brighton made nine changes. Obscene. The South Coast outfit went in front through Richie Towell but the National League leaders fought back. Alan Power’s penalty started it before Fikayo Tomori put the ball past his own goalkeeper. Theo Robinson, who scored twice at Ipswich in the third round, made it safe.

Brighton deserved their humiliation … as did Liverpool. Championship side Wolves stunned the Reds with a deserved victory at Anfield.

Richard Stearman put the visitors ahead after only 53 seconds, left unmarked to head in Helder Costa’s free-kick. The manager of a Division 3 club would have been appalled how easy it was. But then a class goal.

Costa set up Andreas Weimann to round Liverpool keeper Loris Karius and double Wolves’ lead before the break.

Divock Origi scored late on, but Liverpool, my Liverpool (brought up on the Wirral, the ‘posh’ part) deserved nothing. Disgracefully, they started with just four first teamers. What were they thinking?

Out of the League Cup in the semi-finals – defeated by Southampton just days before – not in Europe, now out of the FA Cup, if they get beaten by Chelsea in the Premier League on Tuesday, their season is over.

League One side Oxford hammered Newcastle 3-0. Rafa Benitez made nine changes to his starting line-up and is no doubt glad to be out. Only promotion from the Championship matters.

I can’t believe the Geordie faithful are OK with this tosh.

Sutton United, the lowest-ranked team left in the competition, beat Leeds, 83 league places above them. Garry Monk made 10 changes. Jamie Collins’ second-half penalty sent the National League side through.

Steve Morison put League One Millwall into the last 16 with an 85th-minute volley. Hornets boss Walter Mazzarri made seven changes.

Championship side Fulham battered Hull City 4-1 at Craven Cottage. Fulham keeper Marcus Bettinelli saved two Abel Hernandez penalties. Troubled Hull, on their third manager of the season, complete disconnect between fans and owners, selling their best players, were abject.

Elsewhere Tottenham recovered from being 2-0 and 3-2 down to win 4-3 against League Two Wycombe.

Arsenal thrashed Southampton 5-0 away, Manchester United barely broke sweat to beat Wigan 4-0, Chelsea sauntered through 4-0 home to Brentford, it was 3-0 for Manchester City at Crystal Palace, though Middlesbrough had to fight hard to secure a 1-0 victory over Accrington.

It is time Premier League Clubs who deliberately field weakened teams in the FA Cup are fined £500,000 a match, win or lose.

Or perhaps the FA Cup has simply lost its sparkle and should be abandoned.

A competition which is past its time – as relevant today as the typewriter in a computer age.

 

Premier League Game Week 22 Review

Game Week 22 in the Premier League saw Chelsea strengthen their position at the top of the table with the return of Diego Costa, while Wayne Rooney finally broke Sir Bobby Charlton’s Manchester United goals record at Stoke City. 

Tottenham Hotspur fightback from two down to rescue a point at Manchester City

Two such different approaches to football, but yet you can’t escape plain old mistakes. Of all people, given how brilliant he has been since coming into English football, Spurs Hugo Lloris was at fault.

It took Son Heung-Min to earn Tottenham Hotspur a point as they came from two goals down to draw 2-2 at Manchester City. Pep Guardiola’s struggling side raced into a 2-0 lead.

France international Lloris headed an attempted clearance on the edge of the penalty box straight at Leroy Sane, who controversially bundled in with the help of an arm, then dropped Raheem Sterling’s cross at Kevin De Bruyne’s feet.

Spurs responded through Dele Alli’s header before Son equalised to the fury of City’s under-fire manager Pep Guardiola.

Referee Andre Marriner ignored Kyle Walker’s sly push on Sterling as the attacker raced into the area with just the goalkeeper to beat – perhaps conscious of his reputation as a diver he for once stayed on his feet but off balance Lloris saved his flick – and almost immediately it went back up the other end where Son swept a low finish past City keeper Claudio Bravo.

Liverpool lose at Anfield as Swansea take all three points

Disaster for Liverpool – the old issue of beating the best and losing to the worst coming back to haunt them.

Swansea somehow managed to turn them over at Anfield. Schoolboy defending by the Reds. Gylfi Sigurdsson clinched it to give Paul Clement his first win as Swans boss.

Roberto Firmino had struck twice to draw the scousers level after Fernando Llorente’s two goals in four minutes after the break. Jurgen Klopp was rightly going mental on the sidelines.

Chelsea have been wooing Llorente – Swansea desperately need to keep him.

Rooney breaks Manchester United record to rescue a point at Stoke

Wayne Rooney became Manchester United’s all-time leading goalscorer with a stoppage-time free-kick that rescued a point at Stoke.

Substitute Rooney curled in from the left-hand corner of the penalty box for his 250th United goal, one more than Sir Bobby Charlton. Juan Mata had previously poked Erik Pieters’ cross into his own net.

Yes, Rooney has scored plenty of goals for United and England, but Sir Bobby was a World Cup winner, easily a level above the Liverpudlian who has never really done it for his country when it counts the most.

OK, it is hard to compare a centre-forward and a midfielder, but for me Sir Bobby was by far the better footballer.

Late Sanchez penalty gets Arsenal all three points against spirited Burnley

Arsenal beat Burnley but only just as both sides converted penalties in injury time.

The ten man Gunners had seen the volatile Granit Xhaka dealt a red card in the 65th minute, soon after Shkodran Mustafi had put the home side into the lead.

It took three minutes over the allotted 90 for Burnley’s Andre Gray to equalise while Alexis Sanchez struck from the spot five minutes after that.

Arsene Wenger saw Arsenal snatch victory sat in the stands after being sent there for over-exuberant protests.

Diego Costa returns with a goal as Chelsea beat Hull to stay top of the Premier League

They now lie second behind Chelsea. Meanwhile, it was a routine day at the office for the league leaders, beating Hull 2-0 at Stamford Bridge.

Diego Costa scored on his return to the team after the bust-up which saw him absent the previous week. A Gary Cahill header made the points secure.

Chelsea are now eight ahead of Arsenal, 14 in front of sixth place Manchester United, and in pole position to claim the title, leaving the rest of the Big Six scrapping for the three other Champions League places.

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