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Chelsea see off Hull to extend EPL lead

dpa logodpa 22/01/2017 Bob Bensch

Chelsea have moved eight points clear at the top of the EPL, with Arsenal rising to second after a last-gasp win over Burnley.

Chelsea beat Hull 2-0 to extend their Premier League lead on Sunday, after a dramatic late win had lifted Arsenal up to second.

Goals from Diego Costa and Gary Cahill moved Chelsea eight points ahead of the Gunners, who beat Burnley 2-1 thanks to Alexis Sanchez's controversial 98th-minute penalty.

The Blues and Arsenal were the only teams among the top six to win this weekend.

"It was a good weekend before we kicked a ball today," Cahill told Sky Sports. "I see a healthy gap for us.

"We're not complacent at all and we want to keep pushing."

Costa returned to the team to match Sanchez for the league lead with his 15th goal in first-half injury time.

The Spain international missed last week's win at Leicester amid reports of a disagreement with a training staff member and rumours of a big-money offer from a Chinese team.

Cahill then headed in Cesc Fabregas' free kick with 10 minutes left to clinch the Blues' 15th win in 16 league games.

Hull remain second-bottom in the table after a ninth straight away league defeat.

Sanchez's late penalty cancelled out Andre Gray's spot-kick in stoppage time and lifted Arsenal above Tottenham and Liverpool in the table.

Shkodran Mustafi also scored for Arsenal, who overcame the sending-off of Granit Xhaka at the Emirates Stadium.

Wenger was also sent to the stands by Moss and the veteran boss admitted he went too far and looks almost certain to be sanctioned by the Football Association after making contact with the fourth official.

"I regret everything. I should have shut up, gone in and gone home. I apologise for that," Wenger said.

When asked if he had spoken to Taylor since the incident, the Frenchman added: "Not yet. I have a press conference to make.

"It was nothing bad. I said something that you hear every day in football. Overall nine times out of 10 you are not sent to the stand for that. If I am, I am and I should have shut up completely. I was quite calm the whole game, more than usual."

After Mustafi gave Arsenal the lead, Xhaka was sent off for a reckless challenge on Steve Defour in the 65th minute.

Gray equalised with his penalty in the 93rd minute after Francis Coquelin fouled Ashley Barnes, but Ben Mee was penalised for a high foot on Laurent Koscielny and Sanchez coolly chipped in from the spot.

Burnley manager Sean Dyche was upset with the call against Mee as he felt Koscielny was offside.

"Our team are doing their job: they're clearing their defensive line like they should do, and he's offside," Dyche said.

"Forget about the penalty; if he's offside, he's offside."

The away woes continued for champions Leicester City following a 3-0 loss at Southampton.

James Ward-Prowse, Jay Rodriguez and Dusan Tadic scored as Southampton ended a run of four straight league defeats and moved to 11th in the table.

Leicester are now winless in 11 away league matches and remain just five points clear of the relegation places in 15th place.

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