Football: Arsenal and Xhaka take the lead, Liverpool equal goal record

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SoccerArsenal and Xhaka take the lead, Liverpool equal goalscoring record

Arsenal retained their Premier League lead, dominating Fulham (2-1) for the fourth time on Saturday. A hat-trick by Erling Haaland allowed Manchester City to overthrow Crystal Palace (4-2). Liverpool defeated Bournemouth (9-0) and set a goal record.

French defender William Saliba and his Arsenal teammates defeated Fulham late in the game. The Gunners settle at the top of the Premier League.

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Arsenal survived a terrible defensive error and saved from ex-keeper Bernd Leno to beat Fulham (2-1) and stay in control of the table. With 12 points in 4 games, the Gunners keep their record impeccable and are 2 points ahead of Manchester City and the surprising Brighton.

Dominating for a long time but hopeless, Arsenal thought they were falling into the trap again when Gabriel stole the ball from Aleksandar Mitrovic, who opened the scoring for the newly promoted team (56′).

But Mikel Arteta’s side showed character, equalizing through Martin Odegaard (1-1, 64′) and clinching victory thanks to a redeeming goal from Gabriel, who took advantage of a handball by Leno, blocked by William Saliba, who found himself in in central defense (2 -1, 85′). The Swiss Granit Xhaka played the entire game. The Nati captain made 79% of his passes (46/58) but failed to frame any shots. In the opposing camp, Geneva’s Kevin Mbabu came into play in the 79th minute on Fulham’s right lane.

The Haaland Show

Quickly led 2-0 by Crystal Palace, defending champions Manchester City finally prevailed with their child prodigy Erling Haaland as executor of the main works. The Norwegian scored three times to give City the win.

Surprising Brighton, winners of Leeds (1-0), also have 10 points in 4 days.

City saw themselves led by the performances of John Stones against his camp (0:1, 4th) and Joachim Andersen (0:2, 21st). He began to correct Bernardo Silva’s shot on a deflected shot (1: 2, 53rd) before the Haaland “show” began.

Hat-trick author Erling Haaland saved Manchester City from falling into the trap against Crystal Palace.

Hat-trick author Erling Haaland saved Manchester City from falling into the trap against Crystal Palace.

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The Norwegian first successfully headed in a skillful pass from Phil Foden (2:2, 62nd) before he blocked a missed shot by John Stones (3:2, 70th) at the right moment.

Well started by Ilkay Gündogan, he brought the point home (4:2, 81st) against the men of the disappointed Patrick Vieira.

Liverpool on fire, Salah dumb

Liverpool equaled the record for greatest success in the Premier League for their first win of the season on Saturday of Day 4 by atomizing newly promoted Bournemouth (9-0), thanks in particular to a brace from Roberto Firmino.

A brace from Luis Diaz, goals from Harvey Elliott, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Virgil van Dijk, Fabio Carvalho and an own goal from Chris Mepham see the Reds temporarily climb to 8th place with 5 points in 4 games. Egyptian striker Mohamed Salah (no goal) did not take part in the Schützenfest.

Brazilian Roberto Firmino had a great game against Liverpool on Saturday.

Brazilian Roberto Firmino had a great game against Liverpool on Saturday.

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Bournemouth, who recovered from the Championship this summer, where they were relegated in 2021, are coming off an absolutely abominable three-game streak in which they have recorded 16 goals against City (0-4), Arsenal (0-3) and then against the Reds.

The first 9-0 dates back to 1995

This is the fourth game in the English league to end with this result since the Premier League was formed in 1992, including three times in the last three years.

Manchester United were the first to inflict such humiliation in 1995 against Ipswich with an Andy Cole quintet.

The Red Devils did it again in February 2021 against Southampton, with eight different goalscorers, France’s Anthony Martial scoring twice.

Southampton have the dubious honor of appearing on this list twice, having suffered a similar defeat at home just 15 months earlier when Leicester, Ayoze Perez and Jamie Vardy enjoyed a field day with a hat-trick each.

However, the record for most successful game remains the property of Portsmouth-Reading in September 2007 with 11 goals (7-4).

Chelsea close

Reduced to 10 before the half-hour, Chelsea clinched an important win against Leicester (2-1) thanks to a brace from Raheem Sterling (47th and 63rd) which was answered by a goal from Harvey Barnes (66th).

The Blues, badly beaten by Leeds (3-0) last week, lie in ambush on 7 points in sixth place.

(AFP)


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