Leicester join Arsenal at the top

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Substitute Joe Allen’s stoppage-time volley saw Liverpool claim a point in a thrilling 3-3 draw with Barclays Premier League leaders Arsenal.

The Reds were in charge early on when Robert Firmino found the net twice in the opening 19 minutes, either side of Aaron Ramsey’s reply, in a breathless start to proceedings at Anfield.

However, Olivier Giroud made it 2-2 by poking a corner past Reds goalkeeper Simon Mignolet at the near post and the Frenchman turned before firing in a brilliant second early in the second half.

That looked set to maintain the Gunners’ two-point lead at the top until Welshman Allen arrived from the bench to level as snow came down in front of The Kop.

Second-placed Leicester joined Arsene Wenger’s side on 43 points thanks to a 1-0 win at Tottenham.

Centre-back Robert Huth headed home from a corner with seven minutes remaining to end the Foxes’ six-hour wait for a goal and give them three points in north London.

Manchester City were unable to trim the gap on Arsenal, who they remain three points behind, as they were held to a 0-0 stalemate with Everton at the Etihad Stadium.

Jermain Defoe scored his first Premier League hat-trick since November 2009 to guide Sunderland to a 4-2 win at 10-man Swansea that boosted the Black Cats’ survival hopes.

The former West Ham and Tottenham striker grabbed two goals in the victory over Aston Villa in Sunderland’s previous league match and their revival continued in Wales.

After Defoe and Gylfi Sigurdsson, with a penalty, had traded goals, Kyle Naughton was sent off for the Swans, who went ahead anyway before half-time through Andre Ayew.

However, Patrick van Aanholt levelled things up once more before Defoe struck twice more to move Sunderland just one point away from safety.

Stoke also took advantage of a red card to move up to seventh courtesy of a 3-1 victory over Norwich at the Britannia Stadium.

Gary O’Neil’s 31st-minute wild hack on Ibrahim Afellay left the Canaries up against it and Jonathan Walters soon gave the Potters the lead.

Although Jonny Howson equalised, Joselu restored Stoke’s lead with just his second goal for the club before Ryan Bennett’s own goal sealed the three points.

James McClean earned West Brom a share of the spoils at Stamford Bridge as the Baggies drew 2-2 with Chelsea.

The Blues had led twice, through Cesar Azpilicueta and a Gareth McAuley own goal, but Craig Gardner and McClean were on target for Tony Pulis’ men to ensure a point apiece.

Watford lost a third straight game as they went down 2-0 to Southampton, who scored in either half through Shane Long and Dusan Tadic.

 

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