Bale helps Spurs punish Burnley

English Premier League

Tottenham Hotspur thumped Burnley 4-0 at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, with Gareth Bale playing a starring role on Sunday.

Bale made just his third Premier League start of the season, while Serge Aurier also came into Jose Mourinho's side. Jay Rodriguez shook off a knock to start for Burnley, with Chris Wood returning to the bench.

Bale’s resurgence continued as he scored after just 67 seconds. Son Heung-min made headway down the left and Bale arrived late to poke home from close range.

The Welsh winger then notched an assist in the 15th minute. A brilliant 50-yard pass set Harry Kane free and his deflected shot found the back of the net.

Bale also contributed to Tottenham’s third goal after 31 minutes. He sprayed the ball out to Sergio Reguilon and the Spaniard’s cross fell to Lucas Moura, who lashed the ball into the bottom corner.

Bale’s brilliant afternoon continued 10 minutes into the second half with his second goal of the afternoon. Son created space for himself on the left before spreading the ball out to the Real Madrid man and he cut inside and fired into the bottom corner to make it 4-0.

Spurs initiated a blistering counter-attack in the 73rd minute and Son Heung-Min released Delle Alli, who cut inside and fizzed an effort towards the keeper's bottom left which Nick Pope did well to get down and palm away.

The hosts took their foot off the gas as the game approached its end to close out a comfortable win and move back above North London rivals Arsenal and Aston Villa into eighth position on the Premier League standings.

Arsenal rallied from behind to secure a 3-1 victory over high-flying Leicester City on Sunday afternoon.

The Gunners boss Mikel Arteta dropped Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang from the UEFA Europa League win over Benfica, with Alexandre Lacazette returning to skipper the side while Leicester were boosted by the return of Harvey Barnes.

Youri Tielemans gave the Foxes a dream start with the opener in the sixth minute after he burst his way inside the box and drilled a low strike across the face of goal.

Arsenal were initially awarded a penalty after Wilfred Ndidi caught Nicolas Pepe with a challenge just outside the box but after the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) intervened, the referee's decision was reversed, with a free-kick awarded instead.

David Luiz eventually found the equaliser just before the break with a header past goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel after a teasing free-kick by Willian.

The Gunners were awarded a penalty on the stroke of half-time from a VAR review after a handball by Ndidi, which gave Lacazette the chance to hand his side the lead, which he did, from 12 yards out.

Pepe gave the Gunners a two-goal cushion seven minutes from the break with a tap-in at the near post after Willian dribbled his way past Schmeichel from a fast counter-attack.

Substitute Aubameyang came close to making it 4-1 for the Gunners in the last three minutes after cutting inside from the left, but his striker missed the far post.

The win sees Arsenal move up to ninth spot while the Foxes end the weekend in third place.

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