Arsenal beat Bournemouth 1 – 0 in a scrappy affair at the Emirate. Arsenal took the lead in the 8th minute when David Luis was unchallenged from a corner by Nicolas Pépé, and his header beat the despairing dive of the keeper. After that neither side could make much of an impression with Bournemouth particularly poor in the first half. They improved after the break and Callum Wilson went close, but it was a game of few chances, and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s late effort which hit the post was a rare bright spot in a turgid second half.
Manchester City suffered a shock 2 – 0 home defeat to Wolverhampton Wanderers, only the second time in 45 league games that they have failed to score. Both goals came late on from Adama Traore, with the visitors capitalising by a mistake by João Cancelo who lost possession, allowing Raúl Jiménez to run forward and roll the ball to Traore to finish. City desperately pressed forward for an equaliser, and, in injury time Jiménez found Traore again who was able to add a second. The result means that Liverpool go into the international break with an 8 point lead at the top of the table.
Chelsea beat Southampton convincingly 4 -1 at St. Mary’s Stadium. Chelsea took the lead on 17 minutes after a fast break Calum Hudson-Odoi setting up Tammy Abraham to score his 8th Premier League goal of the season. They then doubled their lead when Mason Mount found the bottom left-hand corner after an assist from Willian. Southampton pulled a goal back thanks to a close range effort from Danny Ings, but N’Golo Kanté restored Chelsea’s two goal advantage with a right foot shot from outside the box. On the stroke of full-time, Michy Batshuayi, on a substitute, made the game safe with the fourth, after a pass from another substitute Christian Pulisic.
Newcastle United beat Manchester United 1 – 0 to heap the pressure on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. In a first-half desperately short of quality, the closest that either side came to scoring came when Diego Dalot’s cross was narrowly headed over his own bar by Newcastle defender Fabian Schär. From the resulting corner Harry Maguire headed wide from four yards out.
The second half was not much better, Manchester’s Daniel James providing most of the bright spots in the surrounding sea of mediocrity. The decisive moment though came in the 72nd minute when Newcastle broke down the left, and the ball was pulled back for Matty Longstaff, playing in midfield alongside his brother Sean, to cap his debut with a fine goal drilling in a fine low shot from the edge of the box. Manchester United huffed and puffed but really never came close to equalising.