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Premier League wrap: Manchester City dazzle, West Ham wobble and Arsenal on fire

Sunday 18th September , 2016 9:24 am
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This weekend’s Premier League action started with a bang as Liverpool beat Chelsea 2-1 on Friday night but its business as usual for Saturday 3pm kick-offs…

Hull City 1-4 Arsenal

Alex Iwobi starred for the Gunners once again after a dazzling midweek performance against Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League. Theo Walcott’s cross was palmed away by Eldin Jakupovic but Iwobi was on hand to smash the ball into the net via an Alexis Sanchez deflection.

Arsenal had the chance to double their lead from the spot after Francis Coquelin’s shot was blocked by Jake Livermore – who was sent off for deliberate handball. However, Jakupovic saved Sanchez’s spotkick after diving low to his right.

The Gunners eventually scored their second goal of the game as Iwobi and Walcott combined. Iwobi’s clever back-heel sent Walcott through before the winger fired into the net via the head of Harry Maguire.

Robert Snodgrass pulled one back for the Tigers from the penalty spot but further goals from Alexis Sanchez and Granit Xhaka put the gloss on a polished Arsenal performance.

West Bromich Albion 4-2 West Ham

Nacer Chadli opened his account for the Baggies after a calamitous piece of defending from Arthur Masuaku gifted the home side a penalty. The Hammers fullback stuck out his arm and was duly punished as Chadli calmly slotted his penalty past Adrian in goal.

Slaven Bilic would have been tempted to tear out his new hair following more sloppy defending from his Hammers defenders. Angelo Ogbonna’s poor clearance was seized upon by Nacer Chadli who found Salomon Rondon, before the Venezuelan expertly arrowed the ball into the far corner of the net.

James McClean put the Baggies 3-0 ahead just before half-time as he steered home Chadli’s goal-bound effort. West Brom scored their fourth when Rondon and Chadli raced away in tandem before the latter eventually tapped the ball home from close range.

West Ham scored two goals in the space of four minutes just past the hour mark to threaten a miraculous comeback. Dimitri Payet crossed for Michail Antonio to head past Foster in goal before Manuel Lanzini scored from the spot after Payet was hauled down by Brendan Galloway.

However, the Baggies held out to secure all three points and move into the top half of the Premier League table.

Manchester City 4-0 AFC Bournemouth

Manchester City maintained their perfect start to the season after a dazzling display against the Cherries. Should Pep Guardiola’s side go on to win the Premier League, they will become only the second club to achieve the feat after winning their first five league games.

Kevin De Bruyne continued his impressive form when he put City ahead with a cheeky free-kick. The Belgian opted to slot his set-piece under the Bournemouth wall to leave Artur Boruc helpless.

The Citizens doubled their lead following a fantastic counter-attack. Nolito delivered a splendid pass to De Bruyne, who released Raheem Sterling before teeing up Kelechi Iheanacho.

Manchester City ended any chance of a Bournemouth revival minutes into the second half as Sterling scored City’s third. De Bruyne was involved once again as he set Iheanacho free, before the Nigerian squared for Sterling to score.

Further brilliance from De Bruyne saw Ilkay Gundogan put through on goal and the German made no mistake, as he sent Boruc the wrong way with a cool finish. However, City were reduced to 10 men late on, when Nolito was sent off for a clash with Adam Smith.

Leicester City 3-0 Burnley

Leicester followed up their Champions League win over Club Brugge with a comfortable victory against a disappointing Burnley.

The Foxes took the lead on the stroke of half-time thanks to Premier League debutant Islam Slimani. Christian Fuchs delivered a delicious in swinging free-kick which allowed Slimani to power a header home on what was an impressive first showing from the Algerian.

Slimani grabbed his second minutes after the restart, following a scramble in the penalty area. Riyad Mahrez whipped in a cross from 30-yards out which Jamie Vardy tried to poke home, but the England international missed the ball, before Slimani could poke home from close range.

The hosts scored their third goal of the day following good work from Riyad Mahrez, whose cross deflected off Ben Mee into the back of the defender’s own net.

 

 

 

Source: Talksport

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