Arsenal beat Chelsea to return to top of table


Earlier in the day, another Australian international, Mary Fowler, crossed for Khadija Shaw to head home for Manchester City to seal their 3-0 win at Reading after the hapless home captain, Emma Mukandi, had scored two own goals in the space of eight minutes.

Shaw leads the race for the Golden Boot as the WSL’s top scorer with seven goals, while Kerr, winner of the past two seasons, still has some ground to make up with three.

Arsenal return to the top with victory over Chelsea

In the men’s competition, a 63rd-minute goal-line kick from Brazilian defender Gabriel earned Arsenal a 1-0 win over Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Sunday and lifted them back to the top of the Premier League League.

Elsewhere, Liverpool held on for a 2-1 win at Spurs, Aston Villa beat Manchester United 3-1, Newcastle beat Southampton 4-1 and Crystal Palace edged West Ham for 2-1.

Arsenal's Gabriel Jesus missed the chance to beat Chelsea goalkeeper Edouard Mendy but had better luck with a 63rd-minute free-kick.

Arsenal’s Gabriel Jesus missed a chance to beat Chelsea goalkeeper Edouard Mendy, but had better luck with a 63rd-minute free-kick.Credit:Getty Images

At Stamford Bridge, Gabriel, lurking at the far post, got on the end of a Bukayo Saka corner that went past a line of Chelsea defenders.

Arsenal deserved victory in a highly-charged London derby that left the Gunners two points clear of Manchester City on 34 points and left a second-best blue team in seventh place.

Mikel Arteta’s side pressed hard and moved the ball at pace, so Chelsea were often opened up in their own half.

But despite their superiority, Arsenal fell apart in front of goal, with Gabriel Jesus, Gabriel Martinelli and Ben White all missing chances against Graham Potter’s side. Arsenal enjoyed 56% of possession and had 14 shots to Chelsea’s five.

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Chelsea’s best efforts came on the counter-attack, but they could only produce half a chance for Kai Havertz, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Raheem Sterling.

Chelsea have picked up just two points from their last four league games and have lost two in a row following a 4-1 win at Potter’s former side Brighton & Hove Albion last week.

Salah doubles Spurs

Mohamed Salah struck twice to fire Liverpool to a 2-1 win at Tottenham.

Jurgen Klopp’s side had not won away from home in the league all season and had to hold on against Spurs’ second-half fightback with Harry Kane halving the deficit.

Mohamed Salah scores his second against Spurs.

Mohamed Salah scores his second against Spurs.Credit:Getty

Salah put Liverpool ahead in the 11th minute when Darwin Núñez controlled Andy Robertson’s pass and set up his strike partner. Salah turned and fired into the bottom corner to beat Hugo Lloris.

Last season’s joint Golden Boot winners doubled their tally and Liverpool’s in the 40th minute. Eric Dier missed his header from Alisson Becker’s clearance and Salah fired home for throw Lloris

Kane fired Tottenham back into the game in the 70th minute when he finished from a tight angle to create a chance to come back.

But despite intense pressure in the closing stages, Liverpool held on to take the three points and move up to eighth. Tottenham is fourth, seven points ahead of Liverpool.

Salah has now scored nine goals in his last eight games.

“We did well to get the three points,” he told Sky Sports. “He is always a tough opponent. I’m focused on making a difference and today I achieved that.”

Aston Villa shock Manchester United

Aston Villa manager Unai Emery tasted victory in his first game in charge as his side beat Manchester United 3-1, the visitors’ first defeat in 10 games in all competitions.

Former Arsenal manager Emery received a warm welcome from the home fans before the game and could not have wished for a better start to life in the Premier League as Villa raced into a two-goal lead in 11 minutes.

Leon Bailey fired a strike into the bottom corner to give Villa the lead, before Lucas Digne curled a sublime free-kick over the despairing dive of United goalkeeper David de Gea, to the delight of Emery on the touchline.

United improved greatly as the half wore on, creating a number of openings before Luke Shaw’s strike deflected off a great Jacob Ramsey deflection and found the net on the stroke of half-time to give the visitors hope.

However, those hopes were quickly dashed as Ramsey made amends, finding the top corner four minutes into the second half to restore Villa’s two-goal advantage.

Tempers flared as the game reached its climax but United were unable to mount a comeback, losing at Villa Park for the first time in the league since 1995 to remain fifth in the table as a well-deserved win it lifted Villa to 14th place.

Ruthless Newcastle beat Saints

Newcastle United produced another impressive display in a 4-1 win over struggling Southampton at St Mary’s.

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After a frantic and fast-paced opening half hour, a quick Newcastle break put Miguel Almiron through on goal and he dribbled past Ainsley Maitland-Niles before calmly rolling the ball past goalkeeper Gavin Bazunu on 35 minutes on the clock.

Quickfire goals from Chris Wood and Joe Willock in the second half sealed a fourth straight win for Newcastle, with Bruno Guimaraes adding a late flourish after Romain Perraud’s consolation goal for the hosts.

At West Ham, Michael Olise scored in the 94th minute as Crystal Palace secured their first away win of the season with a 2-1 win.

Olise scored the decisive goal when his shot from the edge of the box took a wide deflection and curled into the back of the net to secure Palace’s first away success since April.

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