Arsenal Beaten Again At The Hands Of A Top Six Side

Arsenal Beaten Again At The Hands Of A Top Six Side

Arsenal were heavily beaten away at Liverpool yesterday and must now try to use the international break to reset at come back stronger when the league campain resumes in September. The home side brushed aside visitors Arsenal 4-0 with ease and but for an early Danny Welbeck chance were never troubled. Liverpool pressed and broke at pace when they won the ball back and looked like scoring at almost every venture into the Arsenal half. Arsenal were picked off at pace as Salah and Mane took advantage of the disorganised midfield. Record signing Alexandre Lacazette was left on the bench at the start and the game was already lost before he featured. The away side did put pressure on the Liverpool goal but they never looked like finding a way through and instead lost posession aleading to a Liverpool chance. This was most notably highlighted by the Arsenal corner which led to Liverpools third goal. Arsenal fall to 16th in the table and but for the dramatic opening day win over Leicester would be further behind the pack. Liverpool move to second, two points from the top.
It’s three wins from three for Manchester United as they go into the international break top of the table. The leagues’ early pace setters didn’t have it all their own way though and after Juan Mata’s strike was ruled out for off side the game was goalless at half time. Leicester had few chances after the break and United began to build pressure but were limited to long shots. The home side were awarded a penalty after a hand ball in the area but Lukaku saw his shot saved. With 20 minutes remaining, Marcus Rashford was introduced and almost immediately made the difference, scoring from a corner. Fellaini added the second as Leicester tried to force an opportunity but the game finished 2-0. Three wins and three clean sheets put United in a strong position. Although they are yet to face a strong test, the sides they have beaten so far are the games they would have struggled in last season. Leicester drop to 15th with one win in their opening three games.
Chelsea won their second game in a row as the beat top seven hopefuls Everton 2-0 at home. In a comfortable performace, the home side were never really troubled until the closing stages and move up the league to recover from the opening day defeat. They were 2-0 up at half times through goals from Fabregas and Morata and although they had vchances to add more, could not find the finish. Everton had no real clear cut chances in the game but given that it was their third tough game in a week they were perhaps a little leggy. They drop to 12th in the table but have gotten some difficult games out of the way already.
Bournemouth have never beaten Manchester City in the Premier League but it was the home side who started brightest and opening the scoring with an impressive strike from Charlie Daniels. That goal then seemed to bring City to life as they took control of the game until half time. The sides went in level after a lovely ball from David Silva found Gabriel Jesus to slide the equaliser home. The second half was a close match up with both sides hitting the goal frame. Then the game went into injury time with both sides still trying to find a winner. Raheem Sterling then took it upon himself to change the game with two bookings either side of the winning goal. His first yellow was for a needless trip and he then received his marching orders after celebrating with the away fans. 2-1 the end result after Sterlings 97th-minute goal which moves City to 4th. Bournemouth are still searching for their first point and this result will be difficult to swallow after they competed well.
Tottenham’s search for a home win this season continues as they were denied late on by Burnley. Harry Kane and Tottenham had six or seven good opportunities to put the game to bed but Burnley showed good resilience to remain in the game and struck late on. The first half was a tepid affair but Dele Ali scored just after the interval to break the dead lock. They couldn’t find the vital second goal however and allowed Burnley to come back at the end. The few opportunities which Burnley created came through Robbie Brady and it was his pass to new signing Chris Wood which created the injury time equaliser. There is little now to separate the sides in the league as they sit 9th and 10th.
Newcastle United won their first game since returning to the Premier League and condemned West Ham to further problems in the process. Their 3-0 win at St. James Park came with little opposition from the away side. Newcastle were on top in the early part of the game and pressed well to create the opening for the first goal. Their 1-0 lead at half time was almost wiped out but a scrambled clearance prevented West Ham’s only real chance of the game from going in. The second goal came just like the first as Matt Ritchie won the ball back in the opposing midfield and delivered a good cross for Clark to head home. The third was added four minutes from time to finish off the away side who remain bottom. West Ham have now conceded 10 goals in the opening three games and already find themselves under pressure to improve. Newcastle climb the league a little bit will likely come up against tougher opponents next time.
West Brom finally conceded but remain unbeaten as they held out for 77 minutes against Stoke until Peter Crouch levelled the game. Following two 1-0 wins in their opening games, it looked as though this game could head the same way until a defensive error allowed Crouch to head into an open net. Neither ‘keeper had much to do for the first hour until the deadlock was broken from West Brom’s first proper attack. On balance, neither side looks likely to win the game so a point is fair. West Brom drop to 5th while Stoke climb to 11th despite what many people said was a difficult start.
Crystal Palace are the last of three sides to lose their opening games following their 2-0 defeat at home to Swansea. The home side did start well and could have taken the lead in the early exchanges. That was until Tammy Abraham showed some of the form he had in the Championship last season in converting one of the openings he had. Palace were limited to long shots for the majority of the game and just minutes after their only real opening of the game they gave up the second. Possession was conceded on the halfway line and Jordan Ayew scored from his own, rather fortunate rebounded shot. Swansea are one of five sides with four points from their opening games where as Palace remain 19th and need to use the two-week break to improve.
The final two games of the weekend both finished goalless but were not without incident. Most notably was Brighton’s visit to Vicarage Road where the newly promoted side picked up their first point of the season but it really could have been more. The side who still have not scored in the league so far hit the post early on through Anthony Knockhaert and it was the Frenchman who was on the receiving end of a stupid tackle which reduced Watford to 10 men. They then hit the post again and came close with an indirect free kick. Brighton won’t have many better opportunities to get an away win in the Premier League than this and so it must go down as a missed opportunity. Watford remain unbeaten but this game will feel more like a let off.
Huddersfield missed the chance to win their first three games of the season with a stalemate at home to Southampton. The home side had a number of good opportunities throughout the game but were unable to capitalise. They drop to third on goal difference. After scoring three in their last game Southampton once again struggled to find the net. They have now failed to score in six of their last ten games stretching back to last season. They do however look defensively solid and difficult to beat but will be hoping to find a win at home to Watford when league fixtures return.
By the time Arsenal play again in the league all of the want away players short term future will be solved. The transfer window will be closed and so fans will be expecting to see an improvment. The side need to put in a much better performance against Bournemouth next time as after that they must travel to Chelsea.

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