Tuesday, October 11, 2022

Match Week 10 Results: Gunners Remain Top With Defeat of Liverpool; Manchester City Rolls the Saints; Chelsea Returns To Top Four After Slaying Wolves; Ronaldo’s 700th Keys Manchester United Win; High Scoring Newcastle Moves Into Top Six; Palace Makes it Look Eze

Arsenal’s Gabriel Martinelli scored one minute into the match and Bukayo Saka captured victory with his 76th minute penalty as Arsenal posted a 3-2 win over a stubborn Liverpool squad in a tense match at the Emirates. League leading Arsenal proved itself once again by defeating a quality opponent one week after its win over Spurs in the north London derby. Sunday’s match was a tense encounter with Liverpool twice coming back to tie the match. Emotions boiled over and nearly led to chaos on a controversial foul on Gabriel Jesus leading to Saka’s game winning kick. Argument led to some laying of hands and some inappropriate comments between the players in an incident which has been referred to the English Football Association for investigation. Saka’s game winner was his second of the match. Darwin Nunez and Bobby Firmino were the goal scorers for a Liverpool squad which showed grit but failed to win for a sixth time in its eight league matches to date. Arsenal, meanwhile, won its eighth consecutive home match. The two clubs are traveling different paths as Arsenal continues to lead the league and a struggling Liverpool now sits 10th in the table.

Manchester City remains a point behind Arsenal as Erling Haaland continues to break records. The Citizens easily defeated Southampton 4-0 as Haaland scored his 15th goal of the season to make him the fastest to that mark in Premier League history. Manchester City as a team has accounted for 33 goals in nine league matches, 10 more goals than next highest scoring Arsenal. Kevin De Bruyne has been integral in fueling the City attack with his assist of a Phil Foden goal against the Saints giving the Belgian midfielder nine for the season versus the four assists of the league’s next nearest set up man. Joao Cancelo and Rodri also contributed goals in the demolition of Southampton as Manchester City remained the only undefeated club in all four divisions of English football. The Saints, meanwhile, lost a fourth consecutive match and seemed entirely focused on just keeping the score down Saturday versus the Manchester City juggernaut.

Tottenham Hotspur responded to its loss in the north London derby last week by downing Brighton 1-0 on a header by Harry Kane. The English captain has now registered a goal in four consecutive Premier League appearances.

Spurs emerged from an emotional week which saw the passing of fitness coach Gian Piero Ventrone. Brighton fell to seventh in the table with the loss.

Replacing Brighton in the top four, four points behind third place Spurs, is a resurgent Chelsea side. The Blues had little difficulty in a 3-0 win at Stamford Bridge over goal poor Wolverhampton. Chelsea’s starting  lineup saw seven changes from the side that defeated AC Milan midweek. US Men’s National Team star Christian Pulisic started for just a second time this season and delivered his first Premier League goal of the current campaign. Pulisic has struggled for playing time and his goal could make the case for further minutes under new manager Graham Potter. Kai Havertz, starting as Potter rested Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, notched the opener for Chelsea in first half stoppage time. Second half substitute Armando Broja scored his first goal in a Chelsea shirt. Wolverhampton failed to score for a sixth time in its last nine matches and came away without a victory for the fifteenth time in their last sixteen matches.

Manchester United are fifth in the table, just a point behind Chelsea, after the Red Devils’ 2-1 win at Everton. Cristiano Ronaldo’s 700th career goal in club competition provided the winner for Manchester United.

The Portuguese legend was fittingly assisted on his goal by former Real Madrid teammate Casemiro who made his first Premier League start for Manchester United. An opening goal by Everton’s Alex Iwobi was earlier negated when Antony scored for a third time in three league appearances for the Red Devils.

Newcastle has now scored nine goals in two matches after a resounding 5-1 home win over Brentford which moved Manager Eddie Howe’s side to sixth in the Premier League table. A Bruno Guimares brace and tallies by three other Magpies overwhelmed a Brentford side which lost for a second time in three matches. The Bees winless run versus Newcastle at St. James Park now extends to 88 years.

Nottingham Forest moved off the bottom of the table as  Manager Steve Cooper celebrated his new contract by watching Forest end a five-match losing run in a 1-1 draw with Aston Villa. Aston Villa has exceeded one goal in only one match this season as stars such as Philippe Coutinho, Danny Ings, and Ollie Watkins have failed to produce.

Leicester’s 2-1 loss to Bournemouth dropped the Foxes back to the league’s basement while the Cherries extended their unbeaten run to five matches since the appointment of interim manager Gary O’Neil. Bournemouth has moved from 17th to 8th in the table under O’Neil’s stewardship.

Fulham fell to ninth in the table after sustaining its third loss in four matches in a 3-1 defeat at West Ham. West Ham’s London derby win was a second consecutive victory for the Hammers who have moved up the table to 13th after spending much of this season in the relegation zone. Gianluca Scamacca and Jarrod Bowen each scored for a second consecutive match while Michail Antonio sealed the win over Fulham with a stoppage time goal.

Crystal Palace secured a much needed 2-1 victory over Leeds when Eberechi Eze scored in the 76th minute for his first goal of the season. The Eagles had fallen behind early on a goal by Leeds’s Pacal Struijk before Odsonne Edouard began the Palace comeback at Selhurst by scoring for a second consecutive league match. Crystal Palace won for just a second time this season and are level on points with Leeds and Aston Villa, just three points removed from the drop zone. Leeds lost for a third time in a five-match winless run.

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