Arsenal extends their lead, Tottenham escape defeat after conceding lead
Teammates surround a jubilant Gabriel Martinelli who scored the second goal against West Ham on Monday.

Premier League was first to resume action in club football on Monday after the World Cup break as Tottenham Hotspur rescued a 2-2 draw at Brentford while the Arsenal extending their lead at the top with 3-1 victory over.

The biggest league in the world in terms of finances and viewership is the only top competition in Europe which doesn’t have a Christmas break unlike their rivals in Italy, Germany, Spain and France.

The table leaders enjoyed their outing at the Emirate Stadium as Bukayo Saka, Gabriele Martinelli and Eddie Nketiah scored in the three second-half goals in the 53rd, 58th and 69th minute respectively. However, it were the visitors, West Ham, had secured lead after Said Benrahma converted a penalty in the 27th minute.                        

In the first Premier League fixture since mid-November, Tottenham were in danger of a damaging defeat after Vitaly Janelt and Ivan Toney put Brentford in command at the Community Stadium.

Janelt fired home after 15 minutes with a close-range finish after Tottenham keeper Fraser Forster spilled Mathias Jensen’s shot. Toney struck from close-range in the 54th minute from Christian Norgaard’s flick on.

But Kane netted with a 65th minute header to start the Tottenham recovery in his first game since missing a crucial penalty in England’s World Cup quarter-final defeat against France.

And six minutes later, Danish national Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg scored the equaliser thanks to a cross by Dejan Kulusevski of Sweden.

Tottenham stay fourth in the table, four points ahead of fifth-placed Manchester United in the race to qualify for the Champions League.

Newcastle are three points ahead of Tottenham as their unexpected push for a top four finish gathers pace after their 3-0 win against Leicester.

The Magpies, revitalised by boss Eddie Howe since their Saudi-backed takeover, were ahead with less than three minutes on the clock when Chris Wood converted a penalty awarded for Daniel Amartey’s foul on Joelinton.

Newcastle doubled their lead in sublime fashion in the sixth minute as Miguel Almiron played a one-two with Bruno Guimaraes and slotted past Danny Ward for his eighth goal in his last eight league games.

Joelinton headed home from a corner in the 32nd minute as Newcastle made it six successive league victories — their best run in the competition since 2012.

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