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Weekend Roundup: Arsenal Climb Into Top Spot amid Liverpool, Man City Stalemate

Manchester United 2-0 Everton

Man Utd’s two match league losing streak was brought to an end thanks to two penalties against struggling Everton. It was a far from convincing performance; Everton actually had more shots on goal and the possession stats were even despite the fact Man Utd were at home. James Tarkowski and Ben Godfrey both conceded penalties by taking down Alejandro Garnacho in the first half, and Bruno Fernandez and Marcus Rashford dispatched the spot kicks.

AFC Bournemouth 2-2 Sheffield United

Sheffield United were minutes away from picking up just their fourth victory of the season at Bournemouth; they took the lead in the first half courtesy of Gus Hamer, and doubled their lead in the second half thanks to defender Jack Robinson with just under half an hour to go. But Bournemouth, who need only a few more wins this season to guarantee safety, fought back with two goals from substitutes, firstly Dango Ouattara with fifteen minutes to go, and then through Enes Unal in stoppage time. Sheffield United remain ten points from safety at the foot of the table.

Crystal Palace 1-1 Luton

Fourteenth placed Crystal Palace took an early lead against struggling Luton Town via Jean Philippe Mateta in the 11th minute after a defensive error, and they continued to dominate the match, notching up a total of 21 shots on goal. But their wayward finishing, a problem they’ve had all season long, meant they failed to capitalize on their domination, and it went from bad to worse when substitute Cauley Woodrow headed in an Andros Townsend cross in the 96th minute to rescue an unlikely point.

Wolves 2-1 Fulham

Wolves bounced back from a disappointing 0-3 defeat at Newcastle last week to pick up all three points against an in-form Fulham side who dominated the goalless first half but couldn’t find a way to score. Wolves picked up two first half injuries to make matters worse, but came out a different team in the second half. Rayan Ait Nouri opened the scoring in the 52nd minute before a huge deflected goal from a Nelson Semedo shot doubled their lead. Alex Iwobi netted for Fulham with virtually the last kick of the game.

Arsenal 2-1 Brentford

Arsenal managed to get past a stubborn Brentford side to move to the top of the Premier League table. Declan Rice netted on 19 minutes with a strong header, and although Arsenal dominated the first period, a huge error by goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale saw Brentford equalize on the stroke of half time. Arsenal huffed and puffed in the second half, and although Ramsdale did redeem himself with two outstanding stops, Arsenal did finally manage to break through with five minutes to go via Kai Havertz.

Aston Villa 0-4 Tottenham

It was a weekend to forget for Aston Villa who lost at home for only the third time this season in the league. Following a dull and goalless first half with very few shots on target from either side, Tottenham the screw on a tired looking Aston Villa who played in Europe in midweek. James Maddison and Brennan Johnson scored within three minutes of each other early in the second half, and Aston Villa’s chances of a comeback were ended with John McGinn’s straight red card on 65minutes. Heung Min Son and Timo Werner both scored in stoppage time to pile more misery on Villa and close the gap between the two sides to two points.

Brighton 1-0 Nottingham Forest

Brighton bounced back from a 0-4 defeat at Roma in the Europa League in midweek to pick up their first win in five games by overcoming struggling Nottingham Forest. A single first half goal thanks to an own goal by Andrew Omobamidele from a Pascal Gross free kick was enough to separate the sides, with both teams guilty of wasting chances. Brighton moved up into eighth, whilst Forest sit on the edge of safety, just three points above Luton Town.

West Ham 2-2 Burnley

Nineteenth place Burnley were minutes away from picking up only their fourth win of the season at West Ham, but ultimately had to settle for a point. Burnley were 2-0 up by half time thanks to an early Fofana goal and a forced Mavropanos own goal on the brink of half time. West Ham came out a different side in the second half, and within a minute, Lucas Paqueta had pulled a goal back. Substitute Danny Ings netted the winner a minute into stoppage time, a minute after he had a goal ruled out and a few minutes before he hit the woodwork as he came agonizingly close to winning it.

Liverpool 1-1 Manchester City

Despite their domination for the majority of the game, Liverpool were unable to bounce back to claim all three points from their closest rivals, as Alexis MacAllister’s second half penalty cancelled out a first half John Stone goal. Check here for a detailed match report.

Chelsea 3-2 Newcastle United

Chelsea managed to pick up maximum points at home with a solid performance that saw Cole Palmer claim an assist and a goal. It took all but six minutes for Chelsea to open the scoring with Nicolas Jackson flicking in a long range Palmer strike. Alexander Isak equalized for Newcastle with their first shot on target just before the half time break, but Palmer restored Chelsea’s lead with a thunderous strike on the hour mark before Mudryk added another twenty minutes later. Jacob Murphy netted for Newcastle as the match entered stoppage time but it was too little too late for the Magpies.

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