Friday, February 3, 2023

Arsenal continue good run at home, beat West Ham

LONDON ( Associated Press) — Eddie Nketiah scored the final goal of the game on his first start for Arsenal this season as the Premier League leaders came from behind to beat West Ham 3-1 on Monday.

The hosts dominated the first half, but Bananarama’s goal from the penalty spot was the only goal until halftime.

The Gunners regrouped before Gabriele Martinelli gave Arsenal the lead and Bukayo Saka equalized eight minutes after the restart.

Nketiah’s 69th-minute strike secured all three points for the Gunners and they matched their highest Premier League home winning streak at the Emirates with 10.

As expected, Nketiah started as a replacement for Brazilian Gabriel Jesus, who was sidelined with the injury he sustained with his team at the World Cup.

West Ham have lost for the fourth time in a row in the league and are one point above the relegation zone.

Newcastle showed their determination to be part of the title fight by beating Leicester 3–0 to temporarily move into second place.

The six-week break hasn’t affected what has been a memorable campaign for the Eddie Howe-led side. The Magpies took all three points at the King Power Stadium after a dominating performance in the first 32 minutes.

A converted penalty by Chris Wood and a superb shot from Paraguayan Miguel Almiron put Newcastle ahead 2–0 after just seven minutes.

Brazilian Joelingen scored the third goal shortly after the end of the half-hour.

Newcastle’s only defeat in 16 Premier League games this season came at Liverpool on the last day of August. The six win streak is the team’s best since 2012.

Howe’s team has shown that it is not satisfied with the good performance it produced in the first half of the campaign.

There is a long way to go and it remains to be seen whether the Magpies have the quality to keep up with Arsenal and Manchester City. But going into the winter transfer window, Newcastle fans are dreaming of at least a top-four finish, which hasn’t happened for 20 years.

Liverpool also extended their winning streak in the Premier. They beat Aston Villa 3–1 and reached the top four.

At Villa Park, Mohamed Salah and Virgil van Dijk scored in the first half, but Stefan Bajetic finished the match with a goal.

A third straight win left the Reds sixth, five points off a Champions League berth.

Julen Lopetegui made his English Premier League debut in a 2–1 win over Everton, scoring an injury-time goal to put the pressure on rival manager Frank Lampard.

Wolverhampton secured their third win of this league campaign. With this, they moved to within one point of Everton leaving the bottom of the table, who are in 17th position.

Now, Lampard’s team have lost six of their last eight games and are unproductive up front.

Returning to the Premier League, Harry Kane helped Tottenham rally from a two-goal deficit to draw 2-2 with Brentford on Monday.

It was the first Premier League game in a month, following the lengthy World Cup disruption in Qatar.

Later, a goalkeeper error and an own goal saw Southampton lose 3–1 to south coast rivals Brighton.

The saint fell under the table. Brighton secured their third win in four league games and moved two points behind fifth-placed Manchester United.

Fulham won the London derby for only the second time in 29 attempts. They beat a Crystal Palace 3–0, leaving with nine men to send off Tyrell Mitchell and James Tompkins for red cards.

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