The English Premier League (EPL) league table continues to get intense with each passing matchday. This past weekend produced some interesting results.
Arsenal 3-1 Tottenham
Second-half goals from Gabriel Jesus and Granit Xhaka fired Premier League leaders Arsenal to a 3-1 win over 10-man Tottenham in an entertaining North London Derby on Saturday. Arsenal were rewarded for a bright start when Thomas Partey produced a stunning long-range finish after 20 minutes, but Harry Kane swiftly levelled with a penalty. The impressive Gunners hit the front again when Jesus bundled home following Hugo Lloris’ mistake, and Tottenham’s hopes of a comeback were dashed when Emerson Royal was sent off. Xhaka then drilled into the bottom-right corner as Mikel Arteta’s rampant side moved four points clear of Manchester City and consigned their fierce rivals to a first Premier League defeat of the season.
Liverpool 3-3 Brighton
Leandro Trossard scored a hat-trick to earn a 3-3 draw for Brighton and Hove Albion in a Premier League thriller against Liverpool at Anfield. Trossard’s double in the opening 17 minutes put the visitors in command in head coach Roberto De Zerbi’s first game in charge. Liverpool hit back through Roberto Firmino before the break and the Brazil striker equalised early in the second half of a pulsating Premier League encounter. Adam Webster’s own goal put Liverpool ahead for the first time, but Trossard completed his treble with seven minutes of normal time remaining to give Brighton a deserved point.
Man City 6-3 Man Utd
A hat-trick each for Erling Haaland and Phil Foden gave Manchester City a 6-3 win against Manchester United at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday. It was a ruthless performance from the Premier League champions, who were four goals up at half-time after tearing United apart time and again with their pass and move football. Antony scored with an excellent strike early in the second half and Anthony Martial came off the bench to add two more late on to make the score a bit more respectable, but it was an otherwise dominant showing from City against Erik ten Hag’s men. Pep Guardiola saw his team go back to within a point of leaders Arsenal at the top of the league, and remain the only unbeaten team in England’s top flight this season.
Fulham 1-4 Newcastle
Southampton 1-2 Everton
Crystal Palace 1-2 Chelsea
Bournemouth 0-0 Brentford
West Ham 2-0 Wolves
Leeds Utd 0-0 Aston Villa
Leicester City 4-0 Nottingham Forest