Premier League

Wenger downplays Arsenal crisis: Liverpool have never won Premier League

Arsenal have dropped to sixth place in the table following their 3-1 loss at West Brom last weekend, while they crashed out of the Champions League following a 10-2 aggregate defeat at the hands of Bayern Munich.

Wenger, however, feels Arsenal's situation is not as bad as some make it out to be, stressing the quality of the other teams in the Premier League these days makes it difficult to consistently win trophies.

Manchester City can still win Premier League - Midfielder Ilkay Gundogan

City are second in the standings but eight points adrift of leaders Chelsea after 25 matches.

Gundogan and City made a strong start to life under manager Pep Guardiola before a lull in performances and results.

But the 26-year-old Germany international, who is sidelined for the remainder of the season due to a serious knee injury, said City are still in the race.

"Eight points behind Chelsea seems difficult to catch up, but in England everything is possible," Gundogan told Eurosport. 

Mourinho predicts 'trouble' as United face fixture pile-up

United is still involved in four competitions — the Premier League, the FA Cup, the Europa League and the League Cup.

"If we progress in the competitions," Mourinho said, "we will be in trouble."

United is through to the last 32 of the Europa League — it play French club Saint-Etienne in the first leg on Thursday — and has also reached the last 16 of the FA Cup.

League leader Chelsea held but move 10 points clear

The result meant Chelsea extended their lead to 10 points over second-placed Tottenham, which lost 2-0 at Liverpool on Saturday, but this was one of the most uncomfortable games that Antonio Conte's side has experienced for some time.

Pedro Rodriguez finished off a rapid counterattack to put Chelsea ahead in the seventh minute, only for Burnley to equalize through Robbie Brady's curling, 25-metre free-kick in the 24th.

Burnley had the better chances to win the game, with their physical presence causing Chelsea problems throughout.

EPL ROUND-UP: Martial stars as Man United beat Watford 2-0

The 21-year-old set up Juan Mata's opener in the first half before doubling the lead following a slick counter-attack to give the home side only a fourth win in 10 league games at Old Trafford.

Martial was forced to rubbish rumours this week that he would look to force a move away from United at the end of the season, with Jose Mourinho having restricted him to cup appearances only since he was replaced in the second half of the 1-1 draw with Liverpool on January 15.

Sanchez double sees Arsenal beat Hull amid controversy

Sanchez scrappily manufactured a 34th-minute opener following a sustained spell of pressure, but diverted the ball over the line with his hand.

The close proximity of the Chile forward to a ricochet off Hull goalkeeper Eldin Jakupovic probably cleared him of any intent, but the sight of his raised right arm breaking the deadlock left Marco Silva's side understandably aggrieved.

I need to play – Wilshere uncertain over Arsenal future

The midfielder is on loan at Bournemouth from Arsenal in 2016-17 and his contract at Emirates Stadium expires at the end of next season.

Arsenal want Wilshere to sign a new deal, but the 25-year-old – who has made 19 Premier League appearances for Bournemouth – wants to make sure he is in a position to continue playing week in, week out.

"I'm concentrating on the next three or four months and then I'm not sure what is going to happen," he said to Sky Sports.

"At the end of the season, when I sit down and think, that [regular football] will be a big factor.

PREMIER LEAGUE ROUND-UP: Liverpool stumble again as Hull win 2-0

Juergen Klopp's side, with only one win in its last 10 games in all competitions, was sunk by a goal in each half from newcomer Alfred N'Diaye and Oumar Niasse.

Liverpool, which drew midweek against Chelsea after three straight defeats, are still without a league win this year and now trail league leader Chelsea by 13 points.

N'Diaye, on loan from Spanish team Villarreal, pounced in the 44th minute after Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet had flapped at a corner.

In a scrappy game, Liverpool had more possession but failed to create enough chances to score.

Hazard scores mesmerizing solo goal as Chelsea beat Arsenal

A goal of such exceptional quality, between Marcos Alonso's header and Cesc Fabregas' lob into an empty net, embodied the leaders' transformation since a 3-0 loss in the reverse fixture in September.

That defeat saw an eight-point chasm open up between Chelsea, then in eighth place, and front-runner Manchester City. Now, Chelsea is 12 points in front of north London clubs Tottenham and Arsenal at the summit.

Chelsea v Arsenal: Conte presents masterpiece crafted from rubble of Emirates loss

So long the Gunners' tormentors in the barren second half of the Frenchman's reign, Wenger and his players had finally, clinically, put Chelsea to the sword at Emirates Stadium.

The veteran's bete noire Jose Mourinho was out of the way and his successor Antonio Conte would surely take plenty of time to recover from this humbling, coming as it did on the back of being outclassed at home to Liverpool.

But little did Wenger know, 10 minutes into the second half, everything had crystalised perfectly for the former Juventus boss in the other technical area.