Football: Tottenham go fifth in Premier League, as Son Heung-min punishes late Aston Villa error

Son Heung-min has surpassed 50 league goals, as the South Korean's brace earned Tottenham Hotspur a late 3-2 win at Aston Villa in the English Premier League on Monday (NZ time).

Spurs defender Toby Alderweireld scored at both ends in the first half, after the Belgian handed Villa the lead with a ninth-minute own goal, before making amends with his first goal in three years, with a hammered half-volley to equalise in the 27th minute.

Son put Jose Mourinho's side ahead on the stroke of halftime to claim his half-century mark by converting a rebound, after missing a penalty kick.

Villa defender Bjorn Engels, who earlier gave away the penalty by bringing down Dutch striker Steven Bergwijn in the area, headed in a corner for his first club goal to make it 2-2 in the 53rd minute, but Son raced away in the fourth minute of stoppage time to seal a dramatic winner.

Son is the first Asian player to score 50 goals in the EPL and the sixth Tottenham player to achieve the feat.

"I thought we deserved to win, but I think they did not deserve to lose," said Mourinho. "Villa played to win."

Spurs manager Jose Mourinho.
Spurs manager Jose Mourinho. Photo credit: Reuters

The victory moves Spurs closer to European Champions League qualification in fifth place on 40 points, a single point behind fourth-placed Chelsea, who host Manchester United on Monday.

Dean Smith's Aston Villa sit 17th on 25 points, one point above the relegation zone.

Back in London, Arsenal claimed their first victory since January 1, with a 4-0 thrashing of Newcastle United at the Emirates Stadium.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Nicolas Pepe netted from close range in the 54th and 57th minutes for a comfortable 2-0 cushion.

German midfielder Mesut Ozil scored his first goal since April in the 90th minute and Alexandre Lacazette grabbed the fourth in the fifth minute of stoppage time.

Arsenal's victory moves them up to 10th on 34 points, with Newcastle three points back in 13th.

The Gunners' points tally after 26 games is one of the lowest in the club's history, but manager Mikel Arteta can see their fortunes turning.

"After the [mid-season] break, we started saying we had to start closing the gap on the top teams and turn draws into wins," Arteta said.

"Today was the first opportunity and we've done it. All good."