Son's 100th goal in Spurs victory; Arsenal wins 3rd straight
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LONDON (AP) — Son Heung-min reached a century of Tottenham goals as his team ended a four-game winless run in the Premier League, and Arsenal surged to a third successive victory that allays relegation jitters in a bright start to 2021 for the north London rivals on Saturday.

Tottenham's Son Heung-min during the English Premier League soccer match between Tottenham Hotspur and Leeds United at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London, England, Saturday, Jan. 2, 2021. (Julian Finney/Pool via AP) © Provided by Associated Press Tottenham's Son Heung-min during the English Premier League soccer match between Tottenham Hotspur and Leeds United at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London, England, Saturday, Jan. 2, 2021. (Julian Finney/Pool via AP) Tottenham's Son Heung-min, right, celebrates with teammate Tottenham's Harry Kane after scoring his side's second goal during the English Premier League soccer match between Tottenham Hotspur and Leeds United at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London, England, Saturday, Jan. 2, 2021. (Andy Rain/Pool via AP) © Provided by Associated Press Tottenham's Son Heung-min, right, celebrates with teammate Tottenham's Harry Kane after scoring his side's second goal during the English Premier League soccer match between Tottenham Hotspur and Leeds United at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London, England, Saturday, Jan. 2, 2021. (Andy Rain/Pool via AP)

Alexandre Lacazette scored twice in a 4-0 rout of West Bromwich Albion that took Arsenal up to 11th place.

Tottenham is six points better off in third place after Son scored and got an assist in a 3-0 victory over Leeds.

Sheffield United remains winless 17 games into the season after losing 2-0 at Crystal Palace. The most goals of the day came on the south coast with Brighton fighting back from a two-goal deficit to snatch a 3-3 draw with Wolverhampton.

SON-KANE COMBO

Son and Harry Kane equaled the Premier League record for most goal combinations in a season, leveling Alan Shearer and Chris Sutton’s tally of 13 from 1994-95.

This was achieved with another 22 games to go. After Kane had opened the scoring from the penalty spot, he teed up Son for his landmark goal.

Arsenal's Alexandre Lacazette scores his sides 4th goal of the game during the English Premier League soccer match between West Bromwich Albion and Arsenal at the Hawthorns in Birmingham, England, Saturday, Jan. 2, 2021. (Michael Regan/ Pool via AP) © Provided by Associated Press Arsenal's Alexandre Lacazette scores his sides 4th goal of the game during the English Premier League soccer match between West Bromwich Albion and Arsenal at the Hawthorns in Birmingham, England, Saturday, Jan. 2, 2021. (Michael Regan/ Pool via AP)

With all stadiums denied fans due to pandemic restrictions, the South Korean could only celebrate his 100th goal with teammates.

Son returned the plaudits by setting up the third. Toby Alderweireld benefited from Illan Meslier’s error as the Leeds goalkeeper allowed a header from Son’s corner to squirm in for the third in the second half.

It was the first time Spurs scored three times in a league game since they drew 3-3 with West Ham in October as the shackles finally came off after a month of sitting on leads.

Arsenal's Alexandre Lacazette celebrates after scoring his sides 4th goal of the game during the English Premier League soccer match between West Bromwich Albion and Arsenal at the Hawthorns in Birmingham, England, Saturday, Jan. 2, 2021. (Michael Regan/ Pool via AP) © Provided by Associated Press Arsenal's Alexandre Lacazette celebrates after scoring his sides 4th goal of the game during the English Premier League soccer match between West Bromwich Albion and Arsenal at the Hawthorns in Birmingham, England, Saturday, Jan. 2, 2021. (Michael Regan/ Pool via AP)

“We could have scored more goals," Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho said. “We had good opportunities to score, and not just from the traditional Sonny and Kane.”

West Bromwich Albion's Conor Gallagher, left and Arsenal's Dani Ceballos vie for the ball with during the English Premier League soccer match between West Bromwich Albion and Arsenal at the Hawthorns in Birmingham, England, Saturday, Jan. 2, 2021. (Michael Regan/ Pool via AP) © Provided by Associated Press West Bromwich Albion's Conor Gallagher, left and Arsenal's Dani Ceballos vie for the ball with during the English Premier League soccer match between West Bromwich Albion and Arsenal at the Hawthorns in Birmingham, England, Saturday, Jan. 2, 2021. (Michael Regan/ Pool via AP)

ARSENAL RAMPANT


Video: Lacazette scores third Arsenal goal v. West Brom (NBC Sports)

After snow was cleared from the Hawthorns pitch, Arsenal swept aside a hapless West Brom.

Kieran Tierney curled in the opener from 15 yards (meters) after beating Darnell Furlong before cutting in.

Bukayo Saka was part of a flowing move with Emile Smith Rowe and Lacazette before tapping in the second before halftime.

West Bromwich Albion's Callum Robinson, front, vies for the ball with Arsenal's Rob Holding during the English Premier League soccer match between West Bromwich Albion and Arsenal at the Hawthorns in Birmingham, England, Saturday, Jan. 2, 2021. (Tim Keeton/ Pool via AP) © Provided by Associated Press West Bromwich Albion's Callum Robinson, front, vies for the ball with Arsenal's Rob Holding during the English Premier League soccer match between West Bromwich Albion and Arsenal at the Hawthorns in Birmingham, England, Saturday, Jan. 2, 2021. (Tim Keeton/ Pool via AP)

Lacazette made it 3-0 after 61 minutes when Saka’s cross caused chaos. His delivery was turned onto his own post by Semi Ajayi, Smith Rowe’s follow-up was blocked and Lacazette fired in the rebound from 10 yards. Lacazette was on target again when he turned in Tierney’s cross from close range.

Arsenal's Kieran Tierney, (3), celebrates with teammates after scoring the opening goal of the game as snow falls during the English Premier League soccer match between West Bromwich Albion and Arsenal at the Hawthorns in Birmingham, England, Saturday, Jan. 2, 2021. (Michael Regan/ Pool via AP) © Provided by Associated Press Arsenal's Kieran Tierney, (3), celebrates with teammates after scoring the opening goal of the game as snow falls during the English Premier League soccer match between West Bromwich Albion and Arsenal at the Hawthorns in Birmingham, England, Saturday, Jan. 2, 2021. (Michael Regan/ Pool via AP)

West Brom has now conceded nine goals in its last two games, to leave Sam Allardyce's new side next-to-last in the league.

WONDER GOAL

A five-game winless run ended for Palace thanks to a meeting with the league's worst team and a wonder goal from Ebere Eze after Jeffrey Schlupp's deflected opener.

Crystal Palace's Eberechi Eze celebrates scoring his side's second goal during the English Premier League soccer match between Crystal Palace and Sheffield United in London, England, Saturday, Jan. 2, 2021. (John Walton/Pool via AP) © Provided by Associated Press Crystal Palace's Eberechi Eze celebrates scoring his side's second goal during the English Premier League soccer match between Crystal Palace and Sheffield United in London, England, Saturday, Jan. 2, 2021. (John Walton/Pool via AP)

Eze collected James McArthur’s pass deep inside his own half and skipped past Oliver Norwood before he did the same to Ethan Ampadu and then produced a measured curled finish into the bottom corner beyond Aaron Ramsdale from 20 yards.

Palace manager Roy Hodgson played Luka Milivojevic despite his captain breaching government guidelines at a New Year Eve’s party.

BRIGHTON RECOVERY

After Aaron Connolly’s early opener, Brighton capitulated against Wolves — conceding from Romain Saiss’ header, an own-goal from Dan Burn and a penalty from Ruben Neves after Burn brought down Adama Traore.

But Neal Maupay won and converted a penalty before Lewis Dunk headed in the equalizer to secure a draw that took Brighton three points clear of the relegation zone, albeit having played two games more than 18th-place Fulham.

Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo was frustrated to throw away two points having been in such a commanding position.

Crystal Palace's Jeffrey Schlupp, falling, to the right of Sheffield United's goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale, scores his side's first goal during the English Premier League soccer match between Crystal Palace and Sheffield United in London, England, Saturday, Jan. 2, 2021. (Catherine Ivill/Pool via AP) © Provided by Associated Press Crystal Palace's Jeffrey Schlupp, falling, to the right of Sheffield United's goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale, scores his side's first goal during the English Premier League soccer match between Crystal Palace and Sheffield United in London, England, Saturday, Jan. 2, 2021. (Catherine Ivill/Pool via AP)

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