London: Manchester City benefited from a case of mistaken identity as they trimmed Chelsea’s lead in the Premier League to three points by beating West Bromwich Albion 3-0 on Saturday.
Olivier Giroud scores a brace for Arsenal
Bidding to bounce back from their Champions League elimination by Barcelona in mid-week, City were giving a big helping hand when referee Neil Swarbrick sent off West Brom defender Gareth McAuley after only 89 seconds. But it was Craig Dawson, West Brom's number 25, who had committed a foul on Wilfried Bony (who then stumbled into number 23 McAuley), and Swarbrick confessed at half-time that he had sent off the wrong player.
Arsenal stay on course
Arsenal remain a point behind City in third place after Olivier Giroud scored twice in a 2-1 win at Newcastle United. On target as Arsenal went out of the Champions League despite beating Monaco on Tuesday, Giroud struck twice in four minutes in the first half at St James' Park, with Moussa Sissoko replying early in the second period.
Meanwhile, Harry Kane continued his astonishing form with a first Premier League hat-trick as Tottenham Hotspur edged bottom club Leicester City 4-3 to move to within three points of the top four.