Tuesday, November 8, 2022

Match Week 15 Results: Arsenal Trips Chelsea; Liverpool Tops Spurs; Haaland Late Penalty Closes Out Cottagers; Villa Routs United in Emery Debut; Eagles Put Down Hammers; Hasenhuttl Ousted After Sinful Saints Loss To Newcastle; Wolves Score Twice, Still Lose; Super Summerville

Arsenal notched its 11th win of the season, tops in the league, as the Gunners defeated Chelsea and former Arsenal star Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang by a 1-0 margin at Stamford Bridge. Aubameyang was a non-factor from the beginning, touching the ball just eight times versus the 64 touches for Arsenal’s new striker, Gabriel Jesus. Jesus was unable to find the net, however, and it was a different Gabriel, center back Gabriel Magalhaes, who struck the game winner in the 63rd minute. The victory at Chelsea marked the first time in a decade that Arsenal has won three consecutive matches over traditional Big Six clubs. Chelsea, meanwhile, has captured only two of the available twelve points in its last four league matches after Sunday’s defeat followed the embarrassing loss at Graham Potter’s former Brighton club last week. Potter has his work to do with a Chelsea roster which looks a collection of ill fitted pieces. Chelsea’s older roster visibly struggled to keep pace with the far younger Gunners on Sunday.

Former Arsenal Manager Unai Emery enjoyed his first match back in the Premier League when his Aston Villa side embarrassed Manchester United 3-1. Manchester United was unable to find the net on its own as Jacob Ramsey of Aston Villa scored a goal for either team.

Villa won a home match against Manchester United for the first time since 1995. Cristiano Ronaldo captained Manchester United for the match less than three weeks after walking out on the club during a match versus Spurs.

Liverpool won its first game away from home this season by defeating Spurs in London Saturday. Mohamed Salah had a brace for Liverpool, assisted on his first goal by teammate Dawin Nunez and assisted on his second goal by a gaffe from Spurs defender Eric Dier. A Harry Kane goal in the 70th minute brought Spurs back to within a goal but the comeback ended there as Manager Antonio Conte’s side suffered its third loss in the last four matches. Despite the loss, Tottenham Hotspur remains fourth in the table, three points ahead of Manchester United. Liverpool, currently eighth in the table, ended a two-match losing run.

It was Erling Haaland to the rescue as the indomitable Norwegian striker entered the match in the second half for 10-man Manchester City and delivered a penalty kick in the sixth minute of added time to defeat Fulham 2-1. City was undermanned from the 26th minute onward due to a Joao Cancelo red card. The winning score was Haaland’s 18th goal of the Premier League season and keeps Manchester City a point behind league leading Arsenal. The loss by ninth place Fulham ended a four-match unbeaten run for the Cottagers.

Michael Olise had a 95th minute winner to give Crystal Palace its first away victory of the year in a 2-1 defeat of West Ham at London Stadium.

Ironically it was the first Premier League goal for Olise since he scored against those same Hammers in January of this year. Crystal Palace has won three of its last four matches and has lost only one of its last six outings. A third loss in four matches for the Hammers has drawn them once again into the relegation race with but a two-point cushion on 18th place Southampton.

The Saints fell into the drop zone and Manager Ralph Hasenhuttl was fired following a dismal 4-1 loss to Newcastle. Hasenhuttl commented to reporters after the match that he didn’t see a way out of the Saints current slump. He was gone the next day. Newcastle, meanwhile, once again flexed its muscles as the now third place Magpies won for a fourth consecutive outing, extending their unbeaten run in the league to nine matches.

Brighton and Hove Albion put together back-to-back wins for the first time since August with a 3-2 defeat of Wolves. The Seagulls have scored a total of seven goals in the two victories, just one less than Wolves have scored all season. Saturday was the first time Wolverhampton has scored two goals in a match all season.

Bottom of the table Nottingham Forest are now level on points with Wolverhampton after a 2-2 draw with Brentford. An own goal by Bees defender Zanka in the 96th minute handed the point to Forest. Brentford leads the league with seven draws after a third non-decision in the Bees’ last four matches.

Crysencio Summerville scored the matchwinner for a second week in a row as Leeds defeated Bournemouth 4-3. Summerville has notched three goals in his last three appearances with none of those goals coming earlier than the 84th minute. Bournemouth lost a fourth consecutive match after squandering an earlier two-goal lead.

The Foxes are now breaking into a trot up the table as Leicester took all three points in a 2-0 away win at Everton. The Foxes have won three of their last four matches to rise to 14th in the table, level on points with both Everton and a West Ham side who the Foxes will face next week. James Maddison assisted on both Leicester goals versus Everton, doubling his season assist total and submitting a late bid to join the England team heading to Qatar. Oft injured Everton striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin, meanwhile, limped off the field to make for even a worse day for Manager Frank Lampard’s Toffees. 

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