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English Premier League: Chelsea Register First Win, Liverpool Crush Arsenal

English Premier League: Chelsea Register First Win, Liverpool Crush Arsenal Photo: TT
Liverpool Beat Arsenal to Clinch Third Win

Chelsea beat Norwich City 3-2 in the early kick-off to give Frank Lampard his first competitive win as Chelsea manager.

The game got off to a frenetic start as Carrow Road with Tammy Abraham putting the visitors ahead as early as the third minute when he swept in a cross from his captain Cesar Azpilicueta. The lead though did not last long, Todd Cantwell finishing off a flowing move to equalise for Norwich.

The game ebbed and flowed before Mason Mount scored his second goal in as many weeks for Chelsea, cutting inside to score an unstoppable drive past Tim Krul in the Norwich goal. Again though, Chelsea could not hang on to the lead and Temmu Pukki scored his 5th Premier League goal of the season so far, although arguably Kepa in the Chelsea goal should have done more to stop the shot.

Chances came at both ends, but Abraham scored what proved to be the winner half-way through the second period, picking up an assist from Matteo Kovacić before driving at the Norwich defence and firing a low shot past Krul from the edge of the area. Ben Godfrey hit the bar for the home side with a header, but Chelsea held on for the win.

Manchester United suffered a shock 2 – 1 home defeat at the hands of Crystal Palace, a team that had failed to muster a single Premier League goal so far this season previously, and who had never beaten them before in the Premier League. United dominated possession and chances in the first half, but it was Palace who took the lead with some route one football. Jeffrey Schlupp rose highest to meet a goal kick, flicked the ball on to Jordan Ayew, who was left free to run on and shoot past David de Gea in the United goal.

United pressed for an equaliser, and won a penalty with 20 minutes to go when Scott McTominay was brought down in the box. Paul Pogba missed the spot kick in the week against Wolves so Marcus Rashford was entrusted to spot taking duties this time. But he too missed, striking the inside of the post before the ball bounced away. United though did get their equaliser with five minutes left, when Daniel James curled home an effort. But then Palace caught United on the break in injury time, and Patrick van Aanholt hit his low left foot shot through de Gea, who really should have saved it.

Liverpool beat Arsenal 3 – 1 at Anfield, although the score does not reflect the domination of the home side. Liverpool were on the front foot from the start, with Arsenal struggling to cope in both defence and midfield, but it was the visitors who had the two best early chances. First Adrian’s poor clearance fell to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, but his lob landed a foot outside the post. And then Nicolas Pépé broke away clear only to shoot tamely at Adrian.

Liverpool though took the lead they deserved five minutes before half-time when Joel Matip thumped a header into the net from a corner by Trent Alexander-Arnold.

Arsenal’s chances of getting back into the match suffered a blow soon after half-time, when David Luiz pulled Mo Salah’s shirt in the box and conceded an obvious penalty, which Salah himself converted. And then Luiz was guilty of more poor defending, allowing Salah to run past him and score with a low drive. After that, Liverpool took their foot off the pedal and allowed Arsenal to get back into it more, and the Gunners gave their side something to cheer about when substitute Lucas Torreira wriggled free in the box and scored with a low shot.

Liverpool though were clearly the better side on the day, and Arsenal know now the size of task in front of them if they want to challenge for the league again.

Rajeev mcallister
Sports Pundit staff writer

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