|Diogo Jota sees red after his indiscretions against Tottenham on Saturday. Tottenham beat Liverpool 2-1. (Photo credit: Sky Sports)|
Arsenal delivered a grand performance on Saturday away from home to move within one point of Manchester City at the top of the Premier League table.
The points gap became one after the champions slipped at Wolves and Arsenal didn’t miss the opportunity to get closer to the top of the log with goals from Martin Odegaard, Bukayo Saka, Kai Havertz, and Ben White.
It was pretty for Arsenal from start to finish, and Bournemouth never looked like getting into the game at any point. The Cherries handed a starting shirt to fit-again striker Dominic Solanke, but he didn’t have a sniff around the Arsenal area.
Gabriel Jesus headed across goal, and an unmarked Saka had a simple header to make it 1-0. One became two at the end of the first half after Eddie Nketiah was hacked down in the Bournemouth area, and Odegaard converted with ease.
It didn’t take long for Arsenal to make it three in the second half. Odegaard was bundled over in the Bournemouth box for another penalty, and there was huge applause in the stadium from the away end as Saka handed the ball to Havertz, and the German made no mistake for his first Arsenal goal.
Ben White rounded off the scoring at the tail end of the game with a fine Odegaard free kick. The England defender was also on the score sheet earlier in the year when Arsenal came back from two goals down to beat the Cherries 3-2.
The final game of the day was at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium as Spurs continued their great start to the season with an interesting 2-1 win over Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool, but the game was marred by a VAR error that the PGMOL would later apologise for.
Heung Min Son scored the opener after an end-to-end affair, but Curtis Jones was soon sent off for a rash tackle. Despite the numerical disadvantage, Liverpool levelled through Cody Gakpo, but the Dutchman got injured in the process and didn’t return for the second half.
It went from bad to worse for Liverpool midway into the second half. Diogo Jota was booked twice in the space of 22 seconds to force the Kops to end the game with nine men. Liverpool made three defensive changes to manage the game, but it ended in premium tears.
Tottenham threw everything at Liverpool, and the Kops did everything possible to repel all attacks until the final minute of the six minutes that were added. Pedro Porro’s fierce low cross was bundled into the Liverpool net by Joel Matip, handing Spurs a big win that took them up to second on the log.
Arsenal and Tottenham are the only two unbeaten teams in the Premier League this season, but the Gunners host Manchester City next weekend while the Spurs are away to Luton.