Premier League Round up: Liverpool beat Chelsea, 10 man Arsenal come from 2 – 1 down to win

Arsenal came from behind in emphatic style to beat Aston Villa at home and Liverpool held on despite a late onslaught from Chelsea to remain five points clear at the top.

Team Spirit was amazing!

Arsenal 3 – 2 Aston Villa

Arsenal’s Pierre Emerick Aubameyang celebrates scoring against Aston Villa with team mate Kolasnac at the Emirates today.

Arsenal boss Unai Emery reacts to his side’s win today: “90 minutes a lot of things happened. When it was 11 v 11 we didn’t control the match how we wanted because we lost a lot of balls in the middle and gave them chances in the transition. When we could attack and get the ball in the box we weren’t bad really. We were also creating chances to score. After the goal we could be calm and improve and the red card changed the idea. For the second half we needed to play first with the head but also with our heart. We needed supporters pushing us and us to take some risks. The team spirit was amazing. We need to continue working and improving things.

“Aston Villa is a good team and an organised team. After this I hope we can improve and be strong. Together with the supporters we will be strong for the matches and hopefully improve.

Aston Villa boss Dean Smith says they will never get a better chance to win at the Emirates than today.

“We will never get a better chance to win at the Emirates. Going a goal up and they went down to 10 men. We retracted when we should have gone out to get the second. We have made a mistake.

“We have given them three goals and dropped too deep in the second half, hanging on to the lead we had. Just before half-time I thought it became a bit of a basketball game – it was end-to-end. We didn’t make the most of our opportunities and lost our structure.

“We ended up jumping out from midfield and they played through us. It is a bitterly disappointing dressing room as they know they can compete but we lost belief in the second half.

“I don’t see too many positives at the moment but in the cold light of day we will look back and analyse the game. The home games are going to be very important. We have had opportunities in all games and not fear anybody except maybe the Man City’s and Liverpool’s in this league.

“We took the lead against Tottenham, should have got a point against Crystal Palace and should have taken something from this game. It’s just about having a bit of know-how.”

Chelsea V Liverpool

Firmino header restores five-point lead at top of the Premier League

Trent Alexander-Arnold and Roberto Firmino were on target as Liverpool went five points clear at the top of the Premier League with a 2-1 win over Chelsea.

The Reds’ work on the training ground paid off as Alexander-Arnold thundered home an unstoppable free-kick after 14 minutes.

Cesar Azpilicueta thought he had equalised with a rare goal but VAR disallowed it for offside.

Three minutes later, Liverpool took advantage as Firmino headed home the second from Andy Robertson’s free-kick.

N’Golo Kante scored a stunning solo goal with 20 minutes left as the Blues pushed for an equaliser but the visitors held on to maintain their perfect start to the season.

Frank Lampard was boosted by the return of Kante and Mason Mount as he switched to a back four, while Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp named an unchanged side.

Both sides pressed in the early stages but it was a moment of brilliance from Trent Alexander-Arnold gave the visitors the lead.

Mohamed Salah flicked the ball onto his right foot and the full-back lashed his effort into the top corner. Kepa had no chance and Liverpool were in front

Tammy Abraham was guilty of missing a huge chance to equalise when put through on goal by Andreas Christensen. With Mount to his left in acres of space, the striker opted to go for goal but saw his effort saved by Adrian.

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