Premier League round-up: Manchester United and Arsenal draw, Liverpool come from behind, while Chelsea throw away lead

Here’s what happened in the evening kick-offs in the Premier League on Wednesday, December 5…

Manchester United 2-2 Arsenal

Arsenal were forced to settle for a draw against Manchester United in a bruising encounter at Old Trafford.

The visitors took the lead when David De Gea inexplicably allowed Shkodran Mustafi’s header to slip through his fingers and trickle agonisingly over the line.

United responded instantly as Ander Herrera was quickest to react to Marcos Rojo’s spilled free kick to square for Anthony Martial to tap home his eighth goal of the season.

After losing Aaron Ramsey and Rob Holding to injuries, the introduction of Alexandre Lacazette sparked the Gunners into life as they regained the lead through the France internationals scuffed shot.

But right from the restart the game was level again as Sead Kolasinac dithered on the ball in the box after Romelu Lukaku caused mayhem, allowing Jesse Lingard to squeeze the ball past Bernd Leno.

Jesse Lingard had the final say for Man United

Tottenham 3-1 Southampton

Ralph Hasenhuttl found out the hard way just how tough his assignment at Southampton will be as he watched Tottenham earn a 3-1 win at Wembley.

The Austrian was named as Mark Hughes’ successor earlier in the day and took a watching brief at the national stadium, but for the first hour it was painful viewing.

Spurs bounced back from their north London derby disappointment with a trouble-free three points, with Harry Kane, Lucas Moura and Son Heung-min grabbing the goals.

Hasenhuttl will take over from interim Kelvin Davis, who becomes the new manager’s number two, and begins the task of guiding the Saints out of the bottom three, though he will have been encouraged by the final 30 minutes as they were the better side and got a late consolation through Charlie Austin.

Heung-min Son put Spurs three ahead

Heung-min Son put Spurs three ahead

Burnley 1-3 Liverpool

Liverpool’s title credentials were given a thorough examination at Turf Moor but they passed with flying colours after coming from behind to win a gruelling encounter 3-1.

Manager Jurgen Klopp’s gamble of making seven changes, including leaving out his big guns up front, was ultimately justified but for more than an hour it looked like backfiring.

The Clarets gave their visitors a tough test and after goalkeeper Joe Hart had kept them in the game with two top-class saves from Daniel Sturridge and Naby Keita, Jack Cork put them ahead just after the break.

However, James Milner soon equalised and after Klopp sent on Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino the latter converted from close range within four minutes of his arrival and Xherdan Shaqiri completed victory in added time.

It maintained their unbeaten start to the season and ensured the gap to Premier League leaders Manchester returned to two points.

Xherdan Shaqiri sealed Liverpool’s wni

Xherdan Shaqiri sealed Liverpool’s wni

Everton 1-1 Newcastle

Everton were forced to settle for a point as Newcastle dug in to claim a creditable 1-1 draw at Goodison Park.

Everton forward Richarlison cancelled out Salomon Rondon’s early strike for the visitors but the hosts paid the price for spurning further gilt-edged chances before the break.

Gylfi Sigurdsson and Cenk Tosun both looked certain to score before being denied by Federico Fernandez and Martin Dubravka respectively.

Everton’s pace dropped in the second period as Newcastle sat deep to protect a point and inch a little further away from the Premier League’s bottom three.

Richarlison netted for Everton

Richarlison netted for Everton

Wolves 2-1 Chelsea

Chelsea slipped 10 points behind Manchester City in the Premier League title race after a shock defeat at feisty Wolves.

The hosts ended a two-month wait for a win with quickfire second-half goals from Raul Jimenez and Diogo Jota clinching a 2-1 victory.

Ruben Loftus-Cheek’s deflected strike opened the scoring for the Blues but they now sit fourth to seriously trail leaders City.

Pep Guardiola’s side visit Stamford Bridge on Saturday with Chelsea facing a must-win game to avoid slipping further behind after a second defeat in three league outings.

Diego Jota stunned Chelsea

Diego Jota stunned Chelsea

Fulham 1-1 Leicester

Claudio Ranieri was denied a memorable victory over Leicester when his former team recovered from a goal down to secure a 1-1 draw at Fulham.

The manager had been out of the Premier League for approaching two years since his sacking by Leicester, who he remarkably inspired to the title in 2016, when last month Fulham recruited him to lead them to safety following a troubled start to the season.

His influence has already been felt and he was on course to take them out of the relegation zone when Aboubakar Kamara gave the hosts a first-half lead.

The classy James Maddison then scored during the second half, 16 minutes from time, as both teams wasted further chances, instead keeping Fulham bottom of the league.

Maddison got Leicester’s equaliser

Maddison got Leicester’s equaliser

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