Arsenal originated from behind to beat Tottenham 2-1 for a very first north London derby win in three years, as Kelechi Iheanacho’s hat-trick moved Leicester into 2nd in the Premier League with a 5-0 thrashing of managerless Sheffield United on Sunday.
Spurs also lost Boy Heung-min to a hamstring injury on a pricey afternoon for their hopes of a top-four finish, but Jose Mourinho’s men did not deserve anything more for an overly conservative approach at the Emirates.
Arsenal’s afternoon did not start well with captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang dropped to the bench for a breach of discipline, apparently after turning up late for the team’s pre-match meeting.
Leicester striker Kelechi Iheanacho struck a hat-trick SWIMMING POOL/ MOLLY DARLINGTON
Mikel Arteta’s men did not miss their skipper as they controlled early on with Emile Smith Rowe’s effort crashing back off the crossbar.
Erik Lamela was introduced to replace Boy early on and the Argentine opened the scoring in mind-blowing design as he covered his left foot around his right to fire into the bottom corner with a ‘Rabona’ finish.
Cedric Soares hit the post as Toolbox almost hit back immediately and the hosts finally got their reward just before half-time when Martin Odegaard’s shot deflected in off Toby Alderweireld for his very first Premier League goal.
Rabona magic: Tottenham’s Erik Lamela (second left) opened the scoring against Arsenal in spectacular design SWIMMING POOL/ Julian Finney
Alexandre Lacazette captained the Gunners in Aubameyang’s absence and also took the Gabon international’s responsibilities from the penalty spot after the French striker was brought down by Davinson Sanchez inside the location.
Lacazette sent his global teammate Hugo Lloris the wrong way from the area to claim a much-needed win to keep Toolbox’s slim hopes of finishing in the leading 4 alive.
Arteta’s side are now 10 points behind fourth-placed Chelsea with a video game in hand, while Spurs remain six points behind the Blues in seventh.
Martin Odegaard (ideal) struck in Toolbox’s 2-1 win over Tottenham POOL/ DAN MULLAN
Lamela turned from hero to bad guy with two unneccessary yellow cards to be offered his marching orders 15 minutes from time.
Regardless of their numerical downside, though, Tottenham’s best spell featured 10 guys as Harry Kane had a goal dismissed for offside before the England captain struck the post and Sanchez’s follow-up effort was cleared off the line by Gabriel Magalhaes.
Brighton protector Lewis Dunk (ideal) celebrates scoring against Southampton POOL/ ANDREW COULDRIDGE
Leicester revealed no mercy to bottom-of-the-table United in the visitors’ very first match given that Chris Wilder’s departure on Saturday.
Wilder, who led United from third-tier League One to the Premier League, left by mutual approval after a number of days of speculation about his future.
The Blades, handled by interim boss Paul Heckingbottom, look destined for relegation, 14 points from safety with only nine games left.
Nigerian striker Iheanacho opened the floodgates in the 38th minute at the King Power Arena with a close-range surface from Jamie Vardy’s pass after a flowing move.
Iheanacho’s third objective in his last 3 games was followed by Ayoze Perez’s fine strike from the edge of the location in the 64th minute.
Vardy was the company again for Iheanacho’s second prior to the previous Manchester City guy completed his treble with a 25-yard blast past Aaron Ramsdale.
Ethan Ampadu’s own objective from Vardy’s effort in the 80th minute sealed the thrashing for Brendan Rodgers’ side.
Manchester United can move back into 2nd when they host Champions League-chasing West Ham later on at Old Trafford.
In the battle to beat the drop, Brighton edged three points clear of third-bottom Fulham with a video game in hand by winning a mad south-coast derby 2-1 over Southampton.
Brighton took the lead through captain Lewis Dunk in the 16th minute.
Southampton drew level in the 27th minute when Dunk might just assist Ryan Bertrand’s header into the path of Che Adams, who volleyed house at the far post.
But Brighton returned in front in the 56th minute as Leandro Trossard produced a great surface from Danny Welbeck’s lay-off.