Arsenal comeback draw helps out Tottenham

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Tottenham Hotspur have boosted their hopes of a top-four finish in the Premier League by beating Aston Villa 2-0 while West Ham United have ceded a three-goal lead to draw 3-3 with Arsenal.

Carlos Vinicius and Harry Kane scored to send Tottenham within three points of the Champions League places with victory at mid-table Villa.

The win marked a quick recovery for Jose Mourinho's side after being eliminated from the Europa League midweek and losing last weekend's north London derby to Arsenal.

Mourinho accused his players of losing to attitude and lacking professionalism in Croatia but, after making some changes, was happy with the response of his side.

"I'm very happy with the result, I'm very happy with the performance, I'm very happy with the attitude," he said.

"I'm not happy with the feeling that if you did it tonight, why you didn't do it 48 hours ago?

"That match on Thursday will be a scar for a long time."

Tottenham took the lead in the 29th minute with the first real chance of the game, as Vinicius struck from close range for his first league goal since joining on loan for the season from Benfica in October.

Tottenham doubled their lead midway through the second half when Kane clinically dispatched a penalty, having been fouled by Matty Cash.

The win lifted Spurs above struggling champions Liverpool into sixth place, three points from fourth-place Chelsea and a point behind West Ham.

Earlier on Sunday, Alexandre Lacazette scored to complete Arsenal's miraculous comeback to prevent the Gunners from moving level on points with Chelsea.

West Ham's capitulation included two own goals as ninth-place Arsenal somehow grabbed something from a game they looked to have lost after conceding three times in the opening 32 minutes.

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta was left to lament his side's rollercoaster performance.

"The first half an hour was really disappointing, we weren't at the races... But in the second half we played some of the best I have seen us play," he said.

"We can't go from here to there. But for the rest of the match I am proud of the team and the courage we showed.

"That shows me how far we have come together."

Jesse Lingard, Jarrod Bowen and Tomas Soucek scored to give West Ham what seemed a commanding lead.

However, Arsenal started to chip into it in the 38th when Lacazette's shot from Calum Chambers' cross deflected in off Soucek.

Another cross from Chambers led to Craig Dawson inadvertently turning the ball into his own net in the 61st.

The fightback was capped in the 82nd when Lacazette headed in powerfully from Nicolas Pepe's cross.