EPL PIX: Arsenal stay top as Tottenham self-implode; Chelsea win

 IMAGES from the English Premier League matches played on Saturday.

Arsenal meted out their usual punishment to their North London rivals Tottenham Hotspur at the Emirates Stadium with goals by Thomas Partey, Gabriel Jesus and Granit Xhaka sealing a 3-1 win to keep them top of the Premier League on Saturday.

Harry Kane’s leveller for Tottenham saw him set yet more scoring records, but his side self-destructed after halftime as their 12-year wait for a league win in the fixture continued.

Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal have now won seven of their opening eight games and lead the standings by four points with second-placed Manchester City facing Manchester United on Sunday.

An absorbing derby with the top spot up for grabs was evenly poised after Partey’s sublime 20th-minute opener was cancelled out by Kane’s penalty just past the half-hour mark, making him the first player to score 100 away goals in the Premier League.

But Arsenal was gifted back the lead in the 49th minute when a dreadful mix-up between Spurs keeper Hugo Lloris and defender Cristian Romero allowed Jesus the easiest of tap-ins.

Royal was then red-carded for the visitors in the 62nd minute for a needless kick-out at Gabriel Martinelli deep in Arsenal’s half, and five minutes later Xhaka swept in Arsenal’s third to leave Tottenham reeling.

There was a celebratory mood around the stadium after that as Arsenal moved up to 21 points.

Previously unbeaten Tottenham could have gone up top with a win but have now managed only one victory in their last 30 league visits to Arsenal. They are currently third with 17 points.

Tottenham will complain about the harsh decision to send off Royal, but can only blame themselves as they underperformed in this away game, at their fierce rivals.

 

Tottenham have lost five of their last six league matches away to Arsenal despite finishing above them for the past six seasons.

“From the first second I think we were the better team,” Xhaka said. “After we conceded we were struggling a little bit, but in the second half we were much better, and I am so happy to score my first derby goal and help the team to win.”

A typically frantic start to the game saw Gabriel Martinelli hit the outside of the post for Arsenal while at the other end, fellow Brazilian Richarlison was denied by Aaron Ramsdale.

Partey was a doubtful starter due to injury, ahead of the game but produced a moment of stunning quality to put his side in front. Ben White rolled the ball across to him outside the area and the Ghanian midfielder curled a right-footer beyond Lloris’s dive.

Tottenham looked dangerous on the counter-attack and Ivan Perisic lashed a good chance wide shortly before Richarlison was fouled in the area by Gabriel. From the penalty spot, Kane calmly beat Ramsdale down the middle for a record-extending 15th goal in the north London derby and 44th in London derbies overall, taking him past Thierry Henry’s record of 43.

For a while, Arsenal were rattled and Tottenham looked increasingly confident, but everything changed after the interval.

Tottenham had a sloppy start to the second half and when Bukayo Saka fired in a shot, Lloris parried it out to Romero who bundled the ball back towards his keeper, only for it to squirm out of the Frenchman’s grasp, just enough for Jesus to convert. It was a sweet moment for the Brazilian, whose fifth goal of the season sent a reminder to his national side’s manager Tite, who left him out of the squad last month.

Tottenham then imploded after Royal’s sending-off, and Arsenal’s Xhaka, back in his home crowd’s favour again, beat Lloris with a low shot after a Martinelli dribble, persuading a trickle of Tottenham fans to begin heading home early.

Gallagher turns heartbreaker in Chelsea win

Conor Gallagher sealed a last-gasp comeback 2-1 win for Chelsea at Crystal Palace on Saturday, sinking the club he excelled for on loan last season with a glorious curling shot in coach Graham Potter’s first Premier League game in charge of the Blues.

Gallagher, applauded loudly by the home fans in the pre-match warm-up received a ball from fellow substitute Christian Pulisic, created a yard of space for himself, and then bent the ball around Vicente Guaita for his first Chelsea goal.

Earlier, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang had seized a headed pass by Thiago Silva to level the match with his first goal for Chelsea in the 38th minute. The Brazilian nodded the ball down towards Aubameyang, who let it cross him before swivelling and shooting to open his account for the Londoners following his move from Barcelona.

Referee Chris Kavanagh had given Silva a yellow card for denying Jordan Ayew a run on goal by handling the ball, a few minutes before he set up Aubameyang. Palace defender Nathaniel Clyne was injured as he challenged Silva, and manager Patrick Vieira was also shown a yellow card for remonstrating with Kavanagh over his VAR-backed decision to not give Silva a red card.

Odsonne Edouard had given the Eagles the lead in the seventh minute when the French striker seized on a loose pass by Wesley Fofana, fed Ayew on the right and stabbed home the cross as it came back to him.

The result kept Potter’s men eight points adrift of league leaders Arsenal, underscoring the challenge he faces after replacing Thomas Tuchel a month ago, although the Blues have a game in hand over the Gunners.

“We had to survive moments as they are a good side with dangerous players. To be a goal down and come away with three points is fantastic, so credit to the players,” Potter told the BBC.

“There’s character, that’s for sure. They could’ve felt sorry for themselves after conceding the goal but the players stood up all the way through.”

Before Chelsea’s late winner, Palace had the best opportunity of the second half when Wilfried Zaha connected with a cross from the fleet-footed Michael Olise, but his first-time shot was saved by Kepa Arrizabalaga.

Trossard trebled Liverpool for a point

A hat-trick from Belgian forward Leandro Trossard earned Brighton & Hove Albion a worthy point in an exhilarating 3-3 draw with Premier League title-chasing Liverpool on Saturday.

Brighton coach Roberto De Zerbi’s first game in charge could not have got off to a better start as two well-taken goals from Trossard gave the visitors a 2-0 lead by the 17-minute mark at a stunned Anfield.

Home supporters grew more frustrated as the hosts struggled to create openings, before Roberto Firmino’s goal, which was initially ruled out for offside against Mohamed Salah, only to be overturned by VAR, gave his side a 33rd-minute lifeline.

Brighton caused Liverpool more problems early in the second half, but their wastefulness at key moments proved costly as Firmino levelled with his fifth league goal of the campaign.

Liverpool completed the turnaround and appeared to be on course for a crucial victory after their slow start to the season when Brighton’s Adam Webster put the ball in his own net, in the 63rd minute.

But Trossard was not done yet, completing his treble seven minutes from time and ensuring Brighton left Merseyside with the point they deserved, a draw that keeps them fourth in the standings, four points ahead of Liverpool in ninth.

Liverpool came into the match under pressure to get a busy October off to a positive start, with leaders Arsenal 12 points clear of Klopp’s team, before kick-off against high-flying Brighton. Their chances of bringing the Premier League trophy back to Anfield for the second time under the German coach looked to be a distant dream as Brighton took control in the Merseyside sunshine.

First, Danny Welbeck flicked the ball through for Trossard to break the deadlock in the fourth minute, making it the ninth time Liverpool have conceded first in their last 11 league games. Then, Trossard stroked home an almost identical second.

The goal out of nowhere that did get Liverpool back into the match was not celebrated with too much vigour, given the linesman’s flag was raised, but replays showed Salah was in fact, just onside when diverting the ball into Firmino’s path.

Liverpool surprisingly had started the match with Diogo Jota, Darwin Nunez and Luis Diaz all on the bench, but the latter’s introduction at the break immediately paid dividends, as the Colombian supplied the pass for Firmino, whose superb touch and finish did the rest.

Liverpool took the lead in the 63rd minute with a goal Brighton goalkeeper Robert Sanchez will not want to see again, as he completely missed his punch, leaving Webster powerless to prevent the own goal as the ball rolled into his net off his chest.

Brighton kept coming, with Welbeck denied by a brilliant save from Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson, before Trossard again, arrived right on cue at the back post, becoming the third opposition player to score a Premier League treble at Anfield.

Everton takes down Southampton

Conor Coady and Dwight McNeil scored in quick succession in the second half as Everton came from behind to overcome Southampton 2-1 on Saturday and hand the hosts their third straight Premier League defeat.

Everton’s second win of the season lifted them into 11th place with 10 points while Southampton are three points behind in 15th.

Everton seized control of the game after a sloppy start, but Frank Lampard’s side lacked quality in front of the goal as winger Demarai Gray failed to make the most of several promising openings.

Southampton made the visitors pay after the break when Joe Aribo produced a neat finish, after he was left unguarded at the edge of the box before Everton turned the game on its head in just a few minutes.

Coady pounced on an Amadou Onana knock-down in the 52nd minute to equalise, and McNeil fired Everton into the lead two minutes later, lashing home from a tight angle following a clever pass from Alex Iwobi.

“My eyes lit up a little at the back post when I saw it pop down. It was important we got it and that we bounced back pretty quickly from going behind,” said Coady, who found himself in acres of space for his goal.

“First half, we played really well but lacked a bit of a ruthless edge in the final third. I thought we deserved the three points as we were fantastic, bar that little spell.”

Southampton kept pushing forward and Jordan Pickford was called into action more than once, with Adam Armstrong and Kyle Walker-Peters forcing the England keeper to make some smart saves.

Centre half Duje Caleta-Car could have a rescued a point for the Saints when he found himself unmarked at the back post deep into stoppage time, but the Croatian failed to keep his effort on target, as boos rang out on the final whistle.

“We had some good moments to score a goal, but the last decision around the box was not the best. In the second half, we showed we could do it well,” said Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhuettl.

A fourth defeat in five games means only three points separate Southampton and the drop zone, but Hasenhuettl added that he was impressed by his team’s fighting spirit. “The positive thing for me, is that we never stopped trying and creating chances. We are convinced by what we have done today. Premier League football is brutal. When you don’t score, you concede. This is what this young team has to learn,” he said.

Newcastle make Fulham see Red

Newcastle United made the most of an early red card for Fulham’s Nathaniel Chalobah, thumping their hosts 4-1 in their Premier League clash at Craven Cottage to secure their first away win of the season.

Defensive midfielder Chalobah, was sent off in the eighth minute for a dangerous challenge on Sean Longstaff that referee Darren England initially only deemed worthy of a yellow card, but later upgraded to a straight red after a VAR review.

The visitors wasted little time capitalising on his dismissal, with Callum Wilson bundling the ball home from close range to open the scoring three minutes later. Miguel Almiron made it 2-0 in the 33rd minute with a sumptuous left-foot volley.

Things went from bad to worse for Fulham as Serbian striker Aleksandar Mitrovic, who has scored six times in eight league games so far this season, hobbled off four minutes later with an injury.

Newcastle went into the break 3-0 up after Sean Longstaff reacted quickest to thump home the rebound after team mate Sven Botman’s header was turned onto the post by Fulham keeper Bernd Leno.

Almiron slotted home his second from Joe Willock’s precise pass to make it 4-0, 12 minutes into the second half, and only the linesman’s flag stopped him from completing his hat-trick as he had a goal ruled out for offside in the 69th minute.

Newcastle will be delighted to have scored four times despite missing record signing Alexander Isak, who missed the game after pulling out of the Sweden squad during the international break due to injury.

Bobby De Cordova Reid scored a late consolation goal for the hosts, but it made little difference as Newcastle move into sixth spot on 11 points after eight games, while Fulham are two places below them on goal difference.

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