Arsenal join City at top of EPL

Jamaica Gleaner - - SPORT -

MANCH­ESTER, Eng­land (AP): WEL­COME TO the Premier League, Bob Bradley. The first Amer­i­can coach in the 24-year his­tory of the Premier League got a taste of the fran­tic na­ture of Eng­land’s top di­vi­sion in his de­but match in charge of Swansea, a 3-2 loss at Arsenal yes­ter­day.

Lots of goals, a red card, mo­men­tum swings, a nervewrack­ing fin­ish. It was some first game for Bradley, but ul­ti­mately, a sixth loss in the last seven league games for Swansea and a re­minder of the scale of the task fac­ing the much-trav­elled 58-year-old coach.

“That was an ex­cit­ing game,” Bradley said, “but it didn’t fin­ish the way we wanted.”

De­fen­sive mis­takes by Swansea al­lowed Theo Wal­cott to score twice and put Arsenal 2-0 ahead by half-time at Emi­rates Sta­dium. Bradley’s new team showed spirit to fight back against the league’s most in-form team, with Gylfi Sig­urds­son mak­ing it 2-1 and Borja Bas­ton set­ting up a tense end­ing with a 66th-minute goal to make it 3-2.

In the end, Me­sut Ozil’s stun­ning vol­ley in the 57th minute was the dif­fer­ence be­tween the two teams, earn­ing Arsenal a sixth straight win that left them tied on 19 points with first­place Manch­ester City af­ter eight games.

Arsenal fin­ished with 10 men af­ter mid­fielder Granit Xhaka’s 70th-minute red card.

City stayed in top spot de­spite a 1-1 draw at home to Ever­ton. Tot­ten­ham missed the chance to take over in first place af­ter also draw­ing 1-1 at West Brom.


Af­ter start­ing his City ten­ure with 10 straight wins, Pep Guardiola has now gone three matches with­out a vic­tory af­ter this draw at Eti­had Sta­dium. City will won­der, though, how they failed to beat Ever­ton.

City had two penal­ties saved – by Kevin De Bruyne and Ser­gio Aguero ei­ther side of half-time – and needed a 72nd­minute goal by sub­sti­tute Nolito to earn a point from a game they dom­i­nated.

Ever­ton went ahead in the 64th through Romelu Lukaku, his sixth goal in the last five league games.



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