Chelsea drew 1-1 with West Ham United on Saturday, as Joao Felix’s goal was cancelled out by former Blues defender Emerson Palmieri, leaving Graham Potter’s expensive team still a long way from a place in the top four.
Felix, who returned to the team after the rented Portuguese winger was sent off in his debut for Chelsea last month, scored with his side-foot in the 16th minute after an accurate pass from England record-holder Enzo Fernandez, one of many new faces at Stamford Bridge.
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Chelsea tried to increase their lead, but it was their former winger Emerson who equalized in the 28th minute when he appeared unmarked at the far post to meet Jarrod Bowen’s shot and slot it past Kepa Arrizabalaga.
With few chances in the second half, Tomas Soucek sent the ball into the net in the 82nd minute, but Declan Rice, who kicked the ball to the Czech, was ruled offside by VAR.
A few minutes later, Chelsea demanded a penalty in vain, claiming that the shot by substitute Conor Gallagher was stopped by Soucek’s hand.
The draw meant that Chelsea had won only one of their last seven games in the league – and had not won away since October. They remain in ninth place in the table, nine points behind fourth-place Newcastle, who have played one less game.
Arsenal held off Brentford
New Arsenal player Leandro Trossard scored his first goal for the Premier League leaders, but they were left disappointed that Ivan Toney provided Brentford with a deserved 1-1 draw on Saturday.
The Belgian striker replaced Gabriel Martinelli just after an hour of play when his team was struggling, and he scored almost immediately with a low shot from Bucayo Saca.
An eight-point lead in the table became a reality for Mikel Arteta’s team, but they never looked comfortable against an enterprising Brentford, who should have taken the lead already at halftime.
Toni, guilty of a miss in the first half, sent the ball into Christian Norgaard’s goal in the 72nd minute with a nod.
Despite losing points for the second straight week, Arsenal lead the table by six points over champion Manchester City, both clubs playing 21 games each.
Arsenal has 51 points, while City, who hosts Asto on Sundayn Villa, – 45. The top two clubs will meet at Emirates on Wednesday.
Tottenham Hotspur’s hopes of finishing in the top four in the Premier League suffered another blow when they were thrashed 4-1 by defeated Leicester City, despite leading on Saturday.
Seeking to build on their win over champions Manchester City last weekend and earn their fourth straight victory in all competitions, Spurs snatched an early lead at King Power Stadium thanks to a Rodrigo Bentancur strike from close range.
However, the hosts quickly turned the tide as Nampalis Mendy equalized in the 23rd minute before James Maddison scored his second goal of the match two minutes later.
Nigerian striker Kelechi Iheanacho added a third goal in the first half to increase Leicester’s lead, and the timing of that strike seemed to kill Spurs’ hopes of getting anything out of this match.
After halftime, the visitors hardly attacked, and Harvey Barnes added a fourth goal nine minutes before the end, giving Leicester its third straight win in all competitions and lifting it to 13th in the table with 24 points in 22 games.
Spurs remain fifth with 39 points from 23 matches, one point off their Champions League place but having played two more games than fourth-placed Newcastle United, and Eddie Howe’s side will play Bournemouth on Saturday.
After Tottenham manager Antonio Conte returned to the camp after missing the match against Manchester City last Sunday because of gallbladder surgery, the Italian will be pleased with his team’s start.
A straight league win allowed Spurs to stay in touch with the top four, and Bentancur’s corner kick after 14 minutes gave them hope of climbing into fourth place.
But Mendy, who scored his first goal for Leicester, restored parity before a defensive error allowed Iheanacho, who made a pass to Maddison and he scored.
The Englishman has scored in each of his last three matches against Tottenham.
Leicester’s third goal was helped by a weaker Spurs defence when Eric Dier overshadowed Iheanacho, allowing the Nigerian to shoot past goalkeeper Fraser Forster, who replaced the injured captain Hugo Llaurice.
Harvey Barnes thought he added a third goal in the 70th minute, but his shot after another mistake by the Spurs defense was inaccurate.cancelled due to offside after a VAR review.
Nevertheless, the winger was not to be denied, and he successfully completed the end, ending a bad day for the visitors.
In the 34 Premier League games between Leicester and Tottenham, 128 goals were scored, an average of 3.8 per game, the highest of any match played more than 20 times.