Football: Granit Xhaka and Arsenal consolidate their first place

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SoccerGranit Xhaka and Arsenal consolidate their first place

The Gunners remain Premier League leaders no matter what happens in Sunday’s Manchester derby. The Swiss midfielder scored the liberating goal against Tottenham (3:1). Chelsea, for their part, defeated Crystal Palace (2-1) and Liverpool drew with Brighton (3-3).

Granit Xhaka celebrates: he has just scored Arsenal’s third goal.

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Arsenal and a superb Granit Xhaka cemented their place at the top of the Premier League. With a 3-1 win over Tottenham in the 192nd North London derby in history, the Gunners will remain in the lead at the end of Day 8, whatever happens in Sunday’s derby between the two Manchesters. For their part, Tottenham suffered their first defeat of the season in the league.

Granit Xhaka played a key role in this success. In fact, it was he who delivered his team in the 67th minute. He used a Martinelli serve, false-footed the London defense with an acceleration at the 16-metre line, before pinning Hugo Lloris to the ground with a cross from his left foot (67 minutes).

Earlier, Arsenal had opened the scoring through Thomas in the 20th minute, but Tottenham were caught up again thanks to a penalty by Kane (31′). Gabriel Jesus got the Gunners back on track (49′) before Emerson was sent off for Spurs (62′). Xhaka closed the case shortly thereafter. “They were phenomenal,” enthused Mikel Arteta about his players, whom he described in this meeting as “free, brave and proud”.

Chelsea restarts

For his second game on the Blues bench, Graham Potter recorded his first success at Crystal Palace (2-1) which allowed him to get back into the Champions League race. Chelsea provisionally sit 5th with 13 points, while Palace languish in 16th with six points.

The Blues started poorly, however, leading from the seventh minute through a goal by former Parisian Odsonne Édouard, who was met by former Marseillaise Jordan Ayew. However, they equalized with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s first goal in his new shirt, led by Thiago Silva, who could have been sent off earlier for deliberately preventing Palace from scoring (1-1, 38′). . .

Chelsea eventually won thanks to a last-minute pearl from young midfielder Conor Gallagher – a sweeping shot from twenty yards into the top corner – for his first goal with Chelsea, who had loaned him to the Eagles last year (2-1, 90′). .

Liverpool row

Just missing the correction in the first half, then the masterpiece in the second, Liverpool have to settle for a draw with Brighton (3-3), which shows their current serious difficulties. With 10 points, the Reds are in a very sad 9th place, unworthy of their status, while Brighton remain in 14th with 14 units.

Completely overwhelmed for twenty minutes, especially defensively, Jürgen Klopp’s players were 2-0 down in the Seagulls’ first game since the departure after a brace from Belgian Leandro Trossard (1-0, 4th and 2-0, 17th). by Potter. The result was flattering even for the locals, but new Brighton manager Roberto De Zerbi remained unmoved on his bench. And he was right, as Liverpool got back into the game and equalized thanks to a brace from Roberto Firmino (2-1, 33rd and 2-2, 54th). An Adam Webster own goal put the Reds ahead just after the hour mark, but it was a new Trossard strike with seven minutes to go that ended the game on a more logical note.

“We could have won but would we have deserved it? I’m not sure, admitted Jürgen Klopp sporty. Trust is like a little flower and when you step on it, it’s really hard.”

With a double confrontation against Rangers and games against Arsenal and then Manchester City over the next two weeks, Liverpool are already at a turning point in their season.

Mbabu in the hard

Among the other encounters of the afternoon, note Newcastle’s win by Fabian Schär (keeper and replaced in the 83rd) on Fulham’s ground (4-1). The Magpies hadn’t tasted a win since day one. For the Cottagers, Kevin Mbabu was substituted at half-time, punishing a first half where he was passed.

Winning Southampton (2-1), Everton chained their sixth unbeaten game in the Premier League, Bournemouth and Brentford parted in a goalless draw (0-0), while West Ham came out of the red zone at the end of Wolverhampton (2nd minute). :0).

(RTY/AFP)


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