Arsenal in top 4 as West Ham spoil Leicester party

Monday, October 5th, 2020 00:00 |
Arsenal’s Brazilian defender Gabriel (left) jumps to head the ball against Sheffield United’s English-born Scottish striker Oli McBurnie (second right) during the English Premier League football match at the Emirates Stadium in London on October 4, 2020. Photo/AFP

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Arsenal moved into the Premier League top four as two goals in three minutes saw off Sheffield United 2-1, while Leicester’s perfect start came to a shuddering halt with a 3-0 defeat at home to West Ham.

Liverpool can now leapfrog Leicester to move joint top of the table alongside Merseyside rivals Everton if they win at Aston Villa later on Sunday, while Jose Mourinho takes his Tottenham team to Old Trafford hoping to exact revenge on Manchester United for his sacking nearly two years ago.

Arsenal have taken nine points from their opening four games as they look to return to Champions League football for the first time in five years next season.

But the Gunners were fortunate to take all three points at the Emirates as they had an early escape when David Luiz escaped a red card for a pull on Oli Burke.

Mikel Arteta’s men got going after the break and a fine team move opened the scoring on the hour mark when Bukayo Saka headed home Hector Bellerin’s cross at the far post.

Fully deserved

Bellerin was the provider again moments later as Nicolas Pepe drove forward to curl the ball in off the far post.

David McGoldrick halved the deficit seven minutes from time with the Blades first league goal of the season, but they remain without a point.

Arsenal are now level on points with Leicester as the Foxes suffered a huge fall from grace just a week on from thrashing Manchester City 5-2.

West Ham manager David Moyes was again taking charge from home after testing positive for coronavirus. 

But just as in a 4-0 win over Wolves last weekend, the Hammers did not miss his presence as goals from Michail Antonio, Pablo Fornals and Jarrod Bowen gave the visitors a full deserved three points.

“I’m feeling generally fine but I have had some mild symptoms so we are taking it day by day and following the advice of the medical experts,” Moyes said.

Antonio’s presence was too much for Leicester to handle and he opened the scoring with a header at the far post from Aaron Cresswell’s pin-point cross. West Ham doubled their lead in style nine minutes before half-time.- AFP

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