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Premier League: Chelsea, Arsenal score narrow wins, Leicester City lose to Crystal Palace

Brighton and Hove Albion played a 0-0 draw against Burnley while Huddersfield scored a big 4-1 win over Watford.

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Updated: Dec 17, 2017, 12:43 AM IST

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Arsenal and Chelsea managed 1-0 win over their opponents while Christian Benteke returned to scoring ways as Crystal Palace beat Leicester City in the Premier League on Saturday. In the other matches Brighton and Hove Albion played a goalless draw against Burnley while Huddersfield scored a big win over Watford.

West Ham crush Stoke with Arnautovic on target

West Ham United continued their Premier League resurgence with a 3-0 victory at Stoke City to move clear of the relegation places on Saturday with Marko Arnautovic scoring against his old club.

The kickoff was delayed because of a power outage at the bet365 Stadium, but it was West Ham who switched on quicker and they took the lead with Mark Noble's penalty.

West Ham defended solidly thereafter and Arnautovic, who joined the London club in the summer, wrapped up the points in the 76th minute having twice been denied by the woodwork.

Diafra Sakho gave the scoreline a slightly flattering look with a third goal for the visitors in the 87th minute.

With seven points from their last three games under new manager David Moyes, West Ham moved up to 15th with 17 points, above Stoke who are now only one point above the bottom three having conceded nine goals in three games. 

Murray misses for Brighton

Brighton and Hove Albion striker Glenn Murray missed a first-half penalty as his side drew 0-0 at home to Burnley on Saturday to extend their run of Premier League games without a victory to seven.

The Seagulls, who have not won in the league since beating Swansea City 1-0 away on Nov. 4 and who have only scored one goal in their last six games, began slowly but went on to dominate the first half.

Anthony Knockaert hit the post midway through the first half, and striker Murray should have given the home side the lead when he was awarded a penalty after tangling with James Tarkowski, but he smashed the spot kick over.

Burnley improved considerably in the second half, forcing Brighton keeper Mathew Ryan to make a number of smart saves, but despite a late assault from the home side neither team could break the deadlock and the game finished scoreless.

Huddersfield end away drought in style with win at Watford

Elias Kachunga got a controversial early goal and Aaron Mooy scored twice as Huddersfield Town beat Watford 4-1 in the Premier League on Saturday to record their first away win since the opening day of the season.

Kachunga, who was carried off on a stretcher with a knee injury minutes after his goal, appeared to be offside when he prodded home from close range following a Huddersfield corner in the sixth minute but the flag stayed down despite Watford's protests.

Australian Mooy added a second goal midway through the first half before Watford captain Troy Deeney all but ended his team's hopes of a comeback when he was shown a straight red card for a challenge from behind on Collin Quaner.

Laurent Depoitre put the visitors 3-0 up with a well-taken goal soon after the interval before Huddersfield lost their skipper Jonathan Hogg to a second yellow card that briefly evened up the contest.

Abdoulaye Doucoure pulled one back for Watford with a sweetly struck half-volley through a crowd of bodies as the home team cranked up the pressure but the midfielder gave away a penalty in the dying minutes and Mooy converted for his second goal.

Alonso free kick hands Chelsea victory 

Chelsea consolidated third place in the Premier League with a 1-0 win over Southampton at Stamford Bridge on Saturday, thanks to a Marcos Alonso goal.

Alonso scored the only goal of the game by curling a long-range free kick past goalkeeper Fraser Forster and into the bottom corner in the third minute of first-half injury time.

Chelsea dominated the match for long periods and would have won by a greater margin had Forster not made a string of impressive saves.
Southampton improved after sending on Charlie Austin for Manolo Gabbiadini in the second half but they were unable to snatch an equaliser.

The result extended a poor run of form for Mauricio Pellegrino's side, who have now gone five matches without a win in the Premier League and have dropped to 12th in the standings.

Chelsea have moved on to 38 points, level with second-placed Manchester United, who visit West Bromwich Albion on Sunday. 

Ozil gives Arsenal 1-0 win over Newcastle

A blistering first-half volley by Mesut Ozil gave Arsenal a 1-0 home win over Newcastle United on Saturday and lifted them into the Premier League's top four while it also piled more misery on the struggling Magpies.

Germany midfielder Ozil unleashed an unstoppable shot past visiting goalkeeper Rob Elliot in the 23rd minute as Arsenal celebrated their 10th successive top-flight win over Newcastle, who have now taken one point from their last nine league games.

The dominant home side missed several chances in either half while the visitors came close against the run of play in the 56th minute, when Arsenal keeper Petr Cech parried a fierce low shot by Spanish striker Joselu.

Talented left back Ainsley Maitland-Niles produced another fine performance for Arsenal and nearly scored after a darting solo run, with Alexis Sanchez and Jack Wilshere also coming close as the Gunners kept their rivals on the back foot.

Benteke strikes for Palace

Belgian striker Christian Benteke made good on his pledge to make amends to his Crystal Palace team mates as he ended his long scoring drought with the first goal in his side's 3-0 victory at Leicester City on Saturday.

Benteke was the villain of the piece last week when he ignored team orders to take, and miss, a stoppage-time penalty that would have given Palace victory over Bournemouth.

But his headed goal after 18 minutes, his first in 1,106 minutes of Premier League football and Palace's first on the road this season, paved the way for a victory that lifted Roy Hodgson's side out of the bottom three.

Wilfried Zaha, whose form has helped Palace climb out of trouble, scored a silky second and Bakary Sako was also on target in stoppage time at the King Power Stadium.

Palace have 17 points from 18 games, which is a remarkable turnaround considering they had none, and no goals, after seven.

(With Reuters Inputs)

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