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12.45 BST: Aston Villa 0-4 Chelsea

Full-time: Arsenal 4-0 Watford

Full-time: Bournemouth 0-4 Manchester City

Full-time: Norwich 3-2 Newcastle

Full-time: Stoke 2-2 Swansea

Full-time: Sunderland 0-0 West Brom

Full-time: West Ham 2-2 Crystal Palace

17.30 BST: Liverpool vs Tottenham

Alex Iwobi
Alex Iwobi and Hector Bellerin both scored on an extremely comfortable afternoon for Arsenal against Watford Getty

That is all for this particular blog, but join IBTimes UK sports editor Nick Howson for live coverage of Tottenham's trip to Liverpool.

We will also be back tomorrow for Leicester vs Southampton and Manchester United's clash with Everton. Until then, goodbye.


Arsenal 4-0 Watford

Bournemouth 0-4 Manchester City

Norwich 3-2 Newcastle

Stoke 2-2 Swansea

Sunderland 0-0 West Brom

West Ham 2-2 Crystal Palace

City make it four through Kolarov's late strike and momentum takes another hefty swing in Norfolk, where Norwich have taken the lead once again through Olsson. Surely they have a crucial three points in the bag now?

Goal: Norwich 3-2 Newcastle (Martin Olsson)

Goal: Bournemouth 0-4 Manchester City (Aleksandar Kolarov)

The icing on the cake for a dominant Arsenal as Ozil's raking ball forward is collected by Campbell on the left flank. The Costa Rica international then beats Nyom all ends up before laying it on a plate for fellow substitute Walcott to score from close range.

Goal: Arsenal 4-0 Watford (Theo Walcott)

A potentially vital goal for Newcastle in the context of their fight for survival. Mitrovic steps up to beat John Ruddy from the spot after Gary O'Neil was penalised for handball.

Goal: Norwich 2-2 Newcastle (Aleksandar Mitrovic)

Giroud is a whisker away from scoring after good work from Campbell and Ozil. Amrabat then crosses for the unmarked Anya, but he tries to find Deeney instead of directing his header on target and the chance is wasted.

Elneny is booked for an obvious shove on Amrabat. The game has somewhat fizzled out at the Emirates with Arsenal so comfortably ahead.

Guedioura's free-kick is deflected behind and Giroud clears a subsequent corner at the front post before the Algerian fires wide from distance. He needs no second invitation to shoot.

It's level at the Britannia too, where Paloschi, who only replaced Bafetimbi Gomis nine minutes ago, scores with a shot that deflects in past Jakob Haugaard.

Goal: Stoke 2-2 Swansea (Alberto Paloschi)

Palace quickly make their numerical advantage count as Gayle reacts to a loose ball first to level things up at 2-2.

Goal: West Ham 2-2 Crystal Palace (Dwight Gayle)

A third and final change from Arsenal. Joel Campbell jogs on in place of Sanchez.

Just moments after Newcastle get back on level terms at Carrow Road, they fall behind for a second time. First substitute Mitrovic heads home Andros Townsend's cross, then Dynamo Kiev loanee Mbokani cuts in from the left and dispatches a shot past Karl Darlow.

Goal: Norwich 2-1 Newcastle (Dieumerci Mbokani)

Goal: Norwich 1-1 Newcastle (Aleksandar Mitrovic)

Giroud gets a firm header on Ozil's corner but Gomes holds. Wenger puts on Theo Walcott in place of Iwobi, who has enjoyed another positive afternoon.

Swansea reduce the deficit at Stoke, Sigurdsson notching his 10th goal of the season following Wayne Routledge's cross. 20 minutes left for them to find an equaliser.

Goal: Stoke 2-1 Swansea (Gylfi Sigurdsson)

Perhaps a lifeline for Palace as Kouyate receives a straight red card for a foul on Dwight Gayle.

At the Emirates, Ospina is called into action as he parries a snapshot from Deeney.

Red card: Cheikhou Kouyate (West Ham)

A change for each side now. Welbeck receives a hearty round of applause as he is replaced by Olivier Giroud and Watford send on Guedioura for Abdi.

A crucial sliding challenge from Prodl diverts Sanchez's perfectly-weighted pass towards Welbeck safely through to the hands of Gomes. You get the distinct feeling that Arsenal are going to add to their tally in the final 25 minutes here.

Arsenal come forward with pace and purpose once more. Ozil feeds Elneny and the Egyptian midfielder tries to pick out Welbeck before Mario Suarez heads behind.

Nyom is the first player to be cautioned for scything down Ozil. Clear signs of frustration from the 27-year-old, who had clearly become exasperated by all the tricks and flicks.

Watford come close to grabbing a consolation as Watson's searching free-kick is nodded back across goal by Deeney, but Prodl sees his goal-bound header cleared off the line by Nacho Monreal.

Potentially suspect goalkeeping in the Potteries, where Lukasz Fabianski has failed to prevent Bojan from doubling Stoke's lead over Swansea.

Goal: Stoke 2-0 Swansea (Bojan)

Sanchez, like Iwobi, has been very impressive today and he forces Gomes into another low save down to his left. Watford are being torn to pieces this afternoon.

Almost a fourth for the rampant hosts as Iwobi gets himself into the box and is allowed time and space to shift the ball on to his left foot before smacking a powerful shot against the crossbar. Ozil scuffs the rebound over.

Arsenal begin the second 45 in high spirits and it takes them less than four minutes to add to their tally. Bellerin and Sanchez attack down the right, before Nyom heads away the latter's cross towards Welbeck.

Former Watford loanee Bellerin gets to the rebound first, volleying past Gomes who was deceived by a hefty deflection off Watson.

Goal: Arsenal 3-0 Watford (Hector Bellerin)

The second half between Watford and Arsenal is now off and running. An unhappy Flores makes another change at the break, replacing Ighalo with Nordin Amrabat.


Arsenal 2-0 Watford

Bournemouth 0-3 Manchester City

Norwich 1-0 Newcastle

Stoke 1-0 Swansea

Sunderland 0-0 West Brom

West Ham 2-1 Crystal Palace

Norwich take the lead over relegation rivals Newcastle on the stroke of half-time. A dangerous free-kick from Robbie Brady on the right wing is headed home inside the six-yard box by January signing Klose.

Goal: Norwich 1-0 Newcastle (Timm Klose)

Winless Palace might have thought that their luck was set to change after taking the lead today, but they fall behind before half-time as the brilliant Payet hits a trademark free-kick over the seven-man wall and in off the woodwork.

He netted a similarly excellent goal for Euro 2016 hosts France in their 4-2 friendly victory over Russia in midweek. What a season he is having.

Goal: West Ham 2-1 Crystal Palace (Dimitri Payet)

Flores looks understandably peeved with what he has seen from his team so far and reacts to that second goal by throwing on Ikechi Anya in place of Etienne Capoue.

Watford had begun to stir slightly over the last few minutes, but they face a huge uphill battle now after Arsenal double their lead with a swift and incisive attacking move.

Coquelin picks out the run of Sanchez down the right-hand side of the box and he pulls it back nicely for Iwobi to sweep home a low shot from near the penalty spot. That's the Nigerian's second Premier League goal, following on from his first at Everton before the international break.

Goal: Arsenal 2-0 Watford (Alex Iwobi)

Abdi and Deeney look to launch another Watford attack and Gabriel goes down in some pain after an accidental kick from his own teammate in Francis Coquelin.

The ball almost falls for Ighalo in a useful position but Laurent Koscielny makes an important intervention.

Alert defending from Craig Cathcart to cut out Welbeck's low cross towards Sanchez after the England striker had exchanged passes with Iwobi and sped past Prodl to the byline.

At the other end, Ighalo does well to turn inside the sliding Gabriel but Hector Bellerin is on hand to clear into touch.

Abdi has had a very patchy first half for Watford, giving the ball away often. He now requires treatment for an injury but looks like he will be fine to continue.

Gomes to the rescue again as he pushes Sanchez's dipping free-kick wide of the right-hand post.

City are having a field day at the Goldsands Stadium, where an Aguero header has given them a 3-0 lead inside just 19 minutes.

It's all happening at Upton Park, meanwhile. After a mistake from Adrian allows Delaney to give Palace the lead, West Ham hit straight back when Lanzini rifles past Wayne Hennessey. All square.

Goal: West Ham 1-1 Crystal Palace (Manuel Lanzini)

Goal: Bournemouth 0-3 Manchester City (Sergio Aguero)

Goal: West Ham 0-1 Crystal Palace (Damien Delaney)

A penalty appeal now for Welbeck, who went over just inside the box after a slight push from Prodl. Nothing given.

Watford launch a rare foray forward but Troy Deeney's header from a Nyom cross is easily held by Ospina.

Only a fine diving save from Gomes has denied Arsenal a second goal through Iwobi. Still the Gunners attack and Welbeck's drive is deflected behind by Prodl.

Fourth-place City's title challenge is realistically over given that they trailed Leicester by 15 points before kick-off, but confidence is flowing ahead of their maiden Champions League quarter-final appearance as De Bruyne marks his return from an ankle ligament injury with a volley that followed skillful work from Sergio Aguero and David Silva.

Stoke have taken the lead against Swansea at the Britannia Stadium, meanwhile, with Dutch international Afellay celebrating his 30th birthday with a header from Arnautovic's left-wing cross.

Goal: Stoke 1-0 Swansea (Ibrahim Afellay)

Goal: Bournemouth 0-2 Manchester City (Kevin de Bruyne)

The signs are looking very ominous for Watford. Sanchez has been particularly menacing down that right flank, charging past Ake before passing inside for Welbeck. With Ozil arriving unmarked on the overlap, he decides to fire a low shot that is blocked by Allan Nyom.

City have also started quickly down on the south coast, where Fernando has turned in a Jesus Navas corner for only his third goal in English football since a £12m move from Porto in June 2014.

Goal: Bournemouth 0-1 Manchester City (Fernando)

A heartfelt minute's applause now for David "Rocky" Rocastle, the former Arsenal midfielder who died 15 years ago this week. An immensely popular figure who has never been forgotten.

It's been all Arsenal during the opening stages of this match and they take the lead with less than five minutes after Alex Iwobi is allowed to stride unchecked down the left channel when Abdi's pass goes astray.

His cross towards the back post evades Nathan Ake and Sanchez sees an initial header saved by Heurelho Gomes before he turns the rebound home from close range. The perfect start.

Goal: Arsenal 1-0 Watford (Alexis Sanchez)

A quiet start as Arsenal look to monopolise possession. The Gunners are wearing their familiar white and red home strips, while Watford are decked out all in black.

Referee Anthony Taylor gets the action underway at a sunny Emirates Stadium.

A quick refresher on how Arsenal and Watford are lining up today:


Under 10 minutes remaining until kick-off. A reminder that we will have live coverage of Arsenal vs Watford, while also keeping you fully up to date with the goals from elsewhere.

Something has to give today, doesn't it?


It's all over in the West Midlands, where Aston Villa's truly desperate campaign has continued with a thumping 4-0 defeat to Chelsea. Pedro notched a fourth for the visitors and Alan Hutton compounded the misery late on by being dismissed for a second bookable offence.

A baptism of fire for poor caretaker boss Eric Black.

The headline from that glut of team news is that Manchester City have both Kevin de Bruyne and Samir Nasri back from long-term injury. That will be music to Manuel Pellegrini's ears ahead of their Champions League quarter-final first-leg trip to Paris Saint-Germain on Wednesday night.

In Norwich, Rafa Benitez has dropped striker Aleksandar Mitrović for a pivotal clash despite his equaliser in the Tyne-Wear derby last month.

West Ham vs Crystal Palace

West Ham: Adrian, Antonio, Reid, Ogbonna, Cresswell, Noble, Kouyate, Emenike, Lanzini, Payet, Sakho

Subs: Randolph, Song, Tomkins, Carroll, Valencia, Obiang, Moses

Crystal Palace: Hennessey, Ward, Dann, Delaney, Souare, Zaha, Puncheon, Jedinak, Ledley, Sako, Bolasie

Subs: McCarthy, Mariappa, Kelly, Mutch, Lee, Gayle, Campbell

Sunderland vs West Brom

Sunderland: Mannone, Yedlin, Kaboul, Kone, Van Aanholt, Kirchhoff, Cattermole, M'Vila, Khazri, Borini, Defoe

Subs: Pickford, O'Shea, Jones, Larsson, Rodwell, N'Doye, Toivonen

West Brom: Foster, Dawson, McAuley, Evans, Chester, Gardner, Sandro, Yacob, Fletcher, Berahino, Rondon

Subs: Myhill, Olsson, McClean, Lambert, Pritchard, Anichebe, Leko

Stoke vs Swansea

Stoke: Haugaard, Bardsley, Cameron, Wollscheid, Pieters, Imbula, Whelan, Afellay, Bojan, Arnautovic, Joselu

Subs: Given, Muniesa, Ireland, Adam, Diouf, Crouch, Choulay

Swansea: Fabianski, Rangel, Fernandez, Williams, Naughton, Britton, Fer, Cork, Sigurdsson, Routledge, Gomis

Subs: Nordfeldt, Amat, Taylor, Ki, Montero, Emnes, Paloschi

Norwich vs Newcastle

Norwich: Ruddy, Wisdom, Bennett, Klose, Olsson, Jarvis, Howson, O'Neil, Brady, Naismith, Mbokani

Subs: Rudd, Bassong, Hoolahan, Mulumbu, Redmond, Jerome, Bamford

Newcastle: Darlow, Janmaat, Mbemba, Taylor, Anita, Townsend, Tiote, Shelvey, Sissoko, Wijnaldum, Cisse

Subs: Woodman, Sterry, Lascelles, De Jong, Perez, Riviere, Mitrovic

Bournemouth vs Manchester City

Bournemouth: Boruc, Smith, Francis, Cook, Daniels, Ritchie, O'Kane, Surman, Gradel, Grabban, King

Subs: Federici, Distin, Elphick, Gosling, Iturbe, Pugh, Murray

Manchester City: Caballero, Zabaleta, Otamendi, Mangala, Clichy, Navas, Fernando, Fernandinho, Silva, De Bruyne, Aguero

Subs: Wright, Demichelis, Sagna, Kolarov, Nasri, Iheanacho, Bony

Watford, meanwhile, make three changes, replacing Miguel Britos with Sebastian Prödl and starting Ben Watson ahead of the ill Valon Behrami. Almen Abdi is also in for José Manuel Jurado and winger Steven Berghuis comes on to the bench.

Wenger opts to keep faith in David Ospina and only includes Cech as a substitute. The rest of Arsenal's starting XI is unchanged from the win at Goodison Park, with third-choice goalkeeper Matt Macey the only player to drop out of the match-day squad.

Watford: Gomes, Nyom, Cathcart, Prodl, Ake, Capoue, Suarez, Watson, Abdi, Ighalo, Deeney

Subs: Pantilimon, Britos, Guedioura, Anya, Berghuis, Jurado, Amrabat

Arsenal: Ospina, Bellerin, Gabriel, Koscielny, Monreal, Coquelin, Elneny, Iwobi, Ozil, Sanchez, Welbeck

Subs: Cech, Gibbs, Mertesacker, Chambers, Campbell, Walcott, Giroud

Confirmed line-ups for our feature game are on the way...

Aside from Arsenal vs Watford, there are seven other Premier League matches taking place today.

Chelsea currently lead managerless Aston Villa 3-0, with Pedro extending their lead just 50 minutes after the break to add to first-half goals from Ruben Loftus-Cheek and the lesser-spotted Alexandre Pato. Title contenders Tottenham visit Liverpool in the late kick-off.

At 15.00 BST, Manchester City travel to Bournemouth, Stoke play Swansea and Sunderland host West Brom. There is also a proverbial relegation six-pointer at Carrow Road, where Norwich entertain Newcastle. Crystal Palace travel to West Ham.

Flores has almost an entirely fit squad to choose from and is not expected to deviate too much from the team beaten by Stoke. Centre-back Joel Ekstrand played 75 minutes for Watford's U21 side last week after 11 months on the sidelines following surgery on a severe knee injury, but is not expected to play any part at the Emirates.

Tommie Hoban remains their only long-term absentee.

Official team news to arrive shortly, but let's quickly run through the expected ins and outs. For Arsenal, goalkeeper Petr Cech is in contention to make his comeback after missing the club's last five matches with a calf injury sustained in the defeat by Swansea. Santi Cazorla will require approximately three to four weeks more work before he is considered for selection, while Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain remains out.

Jack Wilshere and Tomas Rosicky have both returned to training this week, but neither will be involved here. Mathieu Flamini and Aaron Ramsey are likely to return at West Ham next weekend following hamstring and thigh problems respectively.

Third-place Arsenal's 2-0 triumph at Everton before the international break was a first in four league matches. Out of the cup and the Champions League, they are 11 points behind leaders Leicester with one game in hand to come against West Brom later in April. Their failure to compete for silverware on any front during one of the most unpredictable seasons in recent memory has only served to increase the considerable pressure on Arsene Wenger.

As for Watford, an impressive start to the campaign following their automatic promotion from the Championship has given way to a second-half slump. Although they boast a comfortable 11-point gap over the bottom three, Quique Sánchez Flores' side have won only two of their last 13 top-flight games and a 2-1 home defeat to Stoke last time out was their third league loss on the spin. Their away record of late has also left a lot to be desired.

Good afternoon and welcome to IBTimes UK's latest live coverage of the Premier League, with Arsenal set to host Watford in a 15.00 BST kick-off at the Emirates Stadium in north London.

The visitors will have very fond memories of their last trip to these parts. On Sunday 13 March, what can only be described as an absolute rocket from Algerian international Adlène Guedioura ended their opponents' hopes of a third consecutive FA Cup triumph despite Danny Welbeck reducing the deficit late on. That 2-1 win, with Odion Ighalo netting the first, booked Watford's first semi-final appearance since a heavy defeat to Manchester United at Villa Park nine years ago.

Their first meeting of the season at Vicarage Road in October saw Arsenal run out comfortable 3-0 victors courtesy of second-half efforts from Alexis Sanchez, Olivier Giroud and Aaron Ramsey.