Premier League: Liverpool hold Arsenal in high-scoring thriller, manchester City thrash Bournemouth

first_imgLiverpool and Arsenal played out a thrilling draw at the Emirates stadium on Saturday with Roberto Firmino scoring the equaliser in the 71st minute while Manchester City hammered four past Bournemouth at the Etihad stadium in the Premier League.It was Philippe Coutinho who opened the scoring in the 26th minute and that was to be the only goal in the first half. But the real action unfolded in the second half as Liverpool doubled their lead through Mohammed Salah in the 52nd minute.The Gunners immediately responded with Alexis Sanchez scoring in the very next minute. Arsene Wenger’s side then equalised three minutes later as Granit Xhaka found the back of the net. Two minutes later Mesut Ozil put the home team ahead for the first time in the match before Firmino drew level in the 71st minute.Manchester City lead the points table with 55 points in 19 games followed by Manchester United (41), Chelsea (39), Liverpool (35) and Arsenal (34).Such were the depths of Arsenal’s defensive ineptitude that the players were booed off at halftime at Emirates Stadium. And that was only when Arsene Wenger’s side was trailing 1-0 following Philippe Coutinho’s header.Arsenal’s troubles deepened seven minutes into the second half when Mohamed Salah was gifted even more space to double Liverpool’s lead.But inside 388 seconds, Arsenal was a force transformed. Liverpool paid the price.Showing the desire and assertiveness completely missing in the first half, Arsenal pulled level through Alexis Sanchez and Granit Xhaka by the 56th minute.Much to the fury of Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp, Mesut Ozil was able to dink the ball over goalkeeper Simon Mignolet to send Arsenal into a 58th-minute lead that seemed improbable minutes earlier.advertisementChelsea on the other hand, managed to draw their game against Everton at Goodison Park.Meanwhile, Sergio Aguero’s double took Manchester City’s Premier League goal total for 2017 to more than 100 goals.Raheem Sterling also claimed his 16th goal of the season and Danilo grabbed his first for the club as Pep Guardiola’s side extended the top-flight football record to 17 successive victories.City has 101 goals for the calendar year – across two league seasons – and it still has two games remaining. City has a 14-point lead over Manchester United, which is at Leicester on Saturday night.Meanwhile, Sam Allardyce kept up his unbeaten start as Everton manager with a 0-0 draw that further undermined Chelsea’s Premier League title defense on Saturday.Antonio Conte’s side, missing suspended top scorer Alvaro Morata, played most of the game in Everton’s half and had 25 attempts on goal to the host’s five but the closest they came was when home defender Ashley Williams headed against his own bar trying to clear a cross.Everton are now unbeaten in five games under new manager Sam Allardyce who has steered the Merseysiders to ninth place having looked in real relegation trouble earlier in the campaign.SWANSEA DRAW WITH PALACEPlayer-coach Leon Britton’s first game in charge of Swansea ended in a 1-1 home draw against Crystal Palace in the Premier League on Saturday.Swansea had put the club veteran in temporary charge after firing Paul Clement on Wednesday.Luka Milivojevic sent Palace ahead on the hour but substitute Jordan Ayew rescued a point 13 minutes from time with a powerful 20-yard (meter) drive. It was Ayew’s second goal of the season, with his previous league strike coming against Palace at Selhurst Park in August.Britton oversaw a vastly improved display from last-place Swansea which had scored only 10 goals in 18 games under Clement this season.Palace dropped to 16th, five points ahead of Swansea.(With inputs from AP & Reuters)last_img

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