Johann Gudmundsson scored late as Burnley rescued an unlikely point in a 1-1 draw against Premier League leaders Manchester City at Turf Moor.

John Stones and David Silva were both absent, while club-record signing Aymeric Laporte was named on the bench as Pep Guardiola only selected only six substitutes.

Despite that it didn’t take City long to go ahead, Danilo curling home a fine effort from outside the box in the 22nd minute following a short corner from Kevin De Bruyne.

Aaron Lennon saw an effort turned onto the crossbar by City goalkeeper Ederson in the second-half as Burnley rallied, but the visitors had more than enough chances to wrap up the victory with Sergio Aguero particularly wasteful in front of goal and Raheem Sterling missed a big opportunity to score.

That came back to haunt them when Matthew Lowton crossed for Gudmundsson to bundle home in the closing stages and deny City an 18-point lead at the top of the table.

That left the door open for Manchester United to cut the gap, which they did reducing City’s lead to 13 points with an unconvincing 2-0 win against Huddersfield at Old Trafford.

The talk prematch was of Jose Mourinho’s decision to drop Paul Pogba and start with Scott McTominay against the newly promoted side who had already beaten United this season.

And McTominay could have had an early penalty when he was flattened by Terence Kongolo as Huddersfield tried to put him under pressure.

Romelu Lukaku broke the deadlock 10 minutes after the break, scoring from close range from a Juan Mata cross.

And Alexis Sanchez added a second, his first for the club, scoring the rebound after Jonas Lossl saved his penalty.

Aaron Ramsey’s hat trick helped Arsenal move on from their surprise midweek defeat to Swansea in style as they beat Everton 5-1 with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scoring on his debut.

Ramsey fired Arsene Wenger’s side ahead on six minutes, after being set-up by Henrikh Mkhitaryan in his first of three assists on the night.

Laurent Koscielny doubled the hosts’ advantage after 14 minutes with a back-post header following a corner.

Ramsey then added his second goal and Arsenal’s third on 19 minutes, lashing home from the edge of the box following a pass from Alex Iwobi.

And club-record signing Aubameyang added a fourth eight minutes before half-time when he was adjudged to be onside in a questionable decision.

Shortly after the hour mark substitute Dominic Calvert-Lewin reduced the deficit with a header, his eighth goal of the season, but Ramsey completed his hat trick on 73 minutes to round off the win.

Southampton‘s hopes of Premier League survival received a major boost as they beat fellow strugglers West Brom 3-2 at the Hawthorns and moved out of the bottom three.

Ahmed Hegazi put West Brom ahead in the fourth minute from a Chris Brunt corner, but two Southampton goals shortly before half-time turned the game on its head.

Mario Lemina pulled the visitors level with a 40th-minute stunner before Jack Stephens headed home a James Ward-Prowse corner three minute later to complete the turnaround.

Ten minutes after half-time Ward Prowse looked to have made the points safe for the visitors with an excellent free kick, but Salomon Rondon did give the Baggies hope after Brunt set up a second goal of the game.

Brighton also eased away from trouble at the foot of the division as they overcame West Ham 3-1 to inflict a first defeat in seven games.

Glenn Murray had Brighton in front with only eight minutes gone after being put through one-on-one with West Ham goalkeeper Adrian by Anthony Knockaert.

But Javier Hernandez had the visitors on level terms after 30 minutes following a dummy from Joao Mario.

Jose Izquierdo scored a brilliant curling effort from the edge of the box just before the hour-mark to edge Brighton back in front before Pascal Gross sealed the win with a clinical finish.

Bournemouth extended their unbeaten run in the Premier League to eight games as they fought back to beat Stoke 2-1.

Xherdan Shaqiri headed Stoke into an early lead at the back post seconds after seeing an effort cleared off the line.

However, some inspired substitutions from Eddie Howe turned the game around as two players who started on the bench scored to snatch three points for Bournemouth.

Josh King had the hosts level with 20 minutes to play after good build-up play from Guy Mousset and Dan Gosling.

Mousset then found himself on the end of a Jordon Ibe cross to head home the winner with just over 10 minutes remaining.

Swansea kept up their good form under manager Carlos Carvalhal and extended their unbeaten run in all competitions to seven games but it was not enough to beat a Leicester team without star man Riyad Mahrez.

Leicester made the most of their early possession to take a 17th-minute lead through Jamie Vardy after good work by Kelechi Iheanacho.

Swansea struck back and equalised early in the second-half through a Federico Fernandez header from close range.

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