By London correspondent Tony Hughes

Leicester and Arsenal dropped crucial Premier League points on Sunday – and Tottenham fans were given fresh confidence in the title race.

Spurs’ rivals West Ham ended Leicester’s five-match winning run with a controversial 2-2 draw at the King Power Stadium on Sunday.

A late Yannick Bolasie goal at Arsenal secured a 1-1 draw for Crystal Palace to increase the nerves for Arsene Wenger’s team in the race for a top-four finish.

The results mean Spurs will narrow the gap at the top to five points if they win at Stoke on Monday night, and also cements their grip on second place.

Tottenham have a bitter rivalry with West Ham but supporters of the north Londoners unashamedly celebrated when an Andy Carroll penalty and a stunning Cresswell half-volleyed finish put West Ham 2-1 up with four minutes at the King Power Stadium.

Leonardo Ulloa’s nerveless stoppage-time penalty salvaged a point for 10-man Leicester but the result has opened the door for Tottenham in the title race.

Spurs, who started the weekend seven points adrift of the leaders, go to the Britannia Stadium on Monday night with fresh hope that they can win their first title in 55 years.

For good measure, bitter rivals Arsenal’s slim hopes of winning the league are now all but over and they could even face a fight to finish in the top four.

In other Tottenham news, Mauricio Pochettino has explained why axing an impressive player was an “easy” decision.