Mesut Ozil inspired Arsenal to reclaim top spot in the Premier League, at least for 24 hours, as they won their first league meeting with Bournemouth today.
After a tense opening, Ozil’s corner was met with a firm header by defender Gabriel for his first goal in English football.
Ozil made it 2-0 after the break from a slick one-two with Olivier Giroud.
Bournemouth showed plenty of spirit, but could not find their way through as Arsenal closed out the victory.
With Leicester not playing until Tuesday, Arsenal replaced them in top spot by one point.
Bournemouth, meanwhile, slipped to 16th and remained only three points from danger as their six-match unbeaten run came to an end.
Manchester United were unable to ease the pressure on manager Louis van Gaal despite a much-improved performance as they were held to a scoreless draw by Chelsea at Old Trafford.
Van Gaal’s future was shrouded in uncertainty after a run of four straight defeats – and while a draw offers minor relief, United were still unable to secure the victory the 64-year-old Dutchman so desperately needs.
United’s luck was out as both Juan Mata and Anthony Martial struck the woodwork inside the first 15 minutes and only a brilliant reflex save from Chelsea keeper Thibaut Courtois stopped Ander Herrera from six yards after the break.
Chelsea, under the temporary control of Van Gaal’s fellow countryman Guus Hiddink, had chances of their own and United needed the brilliance of keeper David de Gea as he saved athletically from John Terry’s early header then made a double save from Pedro and Cesar Azpilicueta after the break.
And as United ran out of momentum and ideas –– although they were unlucky not to get a penalty when Willian handled –– Nemanja Matic missed the best chance of the game when he raced clear, only to shoot hopelessly over the top.
Meanwhile Xherdan Shaqiri scored one of the goals of the season as Stoke earned a thrilling 4-3 win at Everton through Marko Arnautovic’s injury-time penalty.
The Potters led through Shaqiri early on and after Romelu Lukaku levelled from eight yards, the Swiss looped a stunning half-volley over Tim Howard.
Lukaku struck again after the break and Gerard Deulofeu tapped Everton ahead.
But Joselu volleyed his first Premier League goal and Arnautovic won it after being brought down by John Stones.
Other results today: Crystal Palace 0, Swansea 0; Norwich 2, Aston Villa 0; Watford 1, Tottenham 2; West Bromwich 1, Newcastle 0; West Ham 2, Southampton 1.