Watford beats Arsenal, Sunderland holds Spurs

Arsene Wenger was again watching from high in the stands of the Emirates Stadium as he served his touchline ban and the Arsenal boss was rocked in the 10th minute when former Tottenham defender Younes Kaboul's powerful strike deflected in off Aaron Ramsey.

Arsenal's Gabriel Paulista looks dejected after the game.   -  Reuters

Watford dealt a major blow to Arsenal’s Premier League title hopes as it secured a surprise 2-1 victory at the Emirates Stadium on Tuesday.

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Arsene Wenger was again watching from high in the stands of the Emirates Stadium as he served his touchline ban and the Arsenal boss was rocked in the 10th minute when former Tottenham defender Younes Kaboul's powerful strike deflected in off Aaron Ramsey.

Watford suffered an embarrassing FA Cup defeat at third tier Millwall on Sunday and had gone seven league games without a win.

But the view from the posh seats got even more uncomfortable for Wenger three minutes later as Troy Deeney doubled Watford's lead with a close-range finish after Etienne Capoue unhinged the Arsenal defence.

Alex Iwobi got one back for Arsenal when the young winger rammed home from Alexis Sanchez's cross in the 58th minute.

Gunners forward Lucas Perez hit the crossbar in the closing stages, but Watford held on for its first league victory at Arsenal since 1988.

Arsenal is nine points behind Chelsea in third place.

Tottenham missed a chance to close the gap on Chelsea after being held to a dour > 0-0 draw by struggling Sunderland.

Mauricio Pochettino's side, who lost England left-back Danny Rose to a first half injury, rarely got into top gear in its second successive draw.

Struggling champion Leicester crashed to a third successive league defeat as Sam Vokes' controversial strike gave >Burnley a 1-0 win at Turf Moor.

Claudio Ranieri's team was shattered when Michael Keane nodded down for Vokes from a corner and the ball appears to hit the striker's hand before he lashed in from close range in the 87th minute.

Leicester, with just one win in its last eight league games, is now two points above the relegation zone.

Sam Allardyce celebrated his first league win as Crystal Palace manager at the sixth attempt as the lowly Eagles won 2-0 at Bournemouth.

Scott Dann's 46th minute tap-in from Damien Delaney's flick on put third bottom Palace ahead and Christian Benteke wrapped up the points in second half stoppage-time.

Fourth bottom Swansea boosted their bid for survival with a 2-1 win over Southampton at the Liberty Stadium.

Alfie Mawson's 38th minute headed opener was cancelled out by Saints striker Shane Long's cool finish in the 57th minute, only for Gylfi Sigurdsson to win it for Swansea with a 70th minute volley.

Middlesbrough drew 1-1 with West Bromwich Albion at the Riverside Stadium.

James Morrison put Albion ahead with a long-range strike in the sixth minute, but Alvaro Negredo equalised with a 17th minute penalty after being fouled by Gareth McAuley.

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