Premier League round-up: Aston Villa hammer Sunderland, Arsenal close gap on Man City

first_img1 Gus Poyet’s future as Sunderland manager was cast into serious doubt after his side succumbed to an embarrassing 4-0 defeat to a rejuvenated Aston Villa at the Stadium of Light.Villa went ahead after 16 minutes when Christian Benteke converted Leandro Bacuna’s right wing cross, before Gabby Agbonlahor added a cooly-taken second just two minutes later.Agbonlahor compounded the misery for Poyet with a third goal on the counter attack, which triggered a mass exodus from Sunderland fans, with a minority attempting to confront their stricken manager.Benteke then scored a towering header to make it four before half time, matching Agbonlahor’s tally of three goals in two games, as Tim Sherwood’s side leapfrogged their opponents in the table.Arsenal moved to within a point of second-placed Manchester City with a 3-0 victory over West Ham which flattered the home side, but ensured they remain unbeaten against the Hammers in 14 league games.Olivier Giroud’s fifth goal in as many matches gave Arsene Wenger’s side the lead right on half time, before West Ham failed to capitalise on a period of dominance immediately after the break.The hosts then struck twice in as many minutes through Aaron Ramsey and substitute Mathieu Flamini to add extra gloss to Arsenal’s eighth win in nine league games.West Brom all but secured their Premier League safety as Tony Pulis masterminded a 1-0 triumph over former club Stoke City.Brown Ideye’s first half header, his fifth goal since turning down a move away from the club in January, proved the difference as the hosts ended Stoke’s three-game winning streak in the Premier League.Elsewhere, Hull City held on to earn a crucial 0-0 draw against Leicester City at the King Power Stadium, despite Tom Huddlestone’s second-half dismissal for two bookable offences.Premier League results:Arsenal 3-0 West Ham UnitedLeicester City 0-0 Hull CitySunderland 0-4 Aston VillaWest Brom 1-0 Stoke City Christian Benteke last_img

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