Ar­se­nal, Spurs pro­duce late come­backs

Jamaica Gleaner - - SPORTS -

THE ENGLISH Premier League’s north London ri­vals left it late to snatch points yes­ter­day, with Tot­ten­ham out­do­ing Ar­se­nal with their come­back. Ar­se­nal striker Olivier Giroud scored only his third Premier League goal of the sea­son to re­trieve a 1-1 draw at Manchester United.

Tot­ten­ham for­ward Harry Kane, who missed al­most two months through in­jury across Septem­ber and Oc­to­ber, scored twice in the clos­ing min­utes against West Ham to re­cover a 3-2 vic­tory and end his team’s seven-match win­less run.

Liver­pool re­mained on top de­spite be­ing held by Southamp­ton to 0-0, but Manchester City are only be­hind on goal dif­fer­ence af­ter win­ning at Crys­tal Palace 2-1.

Chelsea, who play Mid­dles­brough to­day and Ar­se­nal are two points be­hind the front-run­ners, while Tot­ten­ham are a fur­ther point back in fifth.


Ar­se­nal manager Arsene Wenger’s win­less run in com­pet­i­tive meet­ings with ri­val coach José Mour­inho ex­tended to 14 matches, but the French­man will prob­a­bly not be too con­cerned with that af­ter see­ing his side escape with a point.

Giroud scored an 89th-minute equaliser in a dis­ap­point­ing meet­ing be­tween two English heavy­weights. In a rare at­tack by the vis­i­tors, Alex Oxlade Cham­ber­lain reached the byline and crossed for his fel­low sub­sti­tute to head home at the far post with Ar­se­nal’s first ef­fort on tar­get all match.

Juan Mata’s 68th-minute goal put United ahead, the play­maker meet­ing a right-wing cut-back by An­der Her­rera with a low, first-time shot into the cor­ner.


Tot­ten­ham re­main the only un­beaten team in all four leagues in Eng­land thanks to Kane’s late scor­ing ex­ploits.

Kane, the league’s top scorer last sea­son, net­ted in the 89th minute and again in the first minute of stop­page time from the penalty spot as West Ham un­rav­elled at White Hart Lane. There was still time for Win­ston Reid to be sent off af­ter col­lect­ing his sec­ond yel­low card for push­ing Kane in the fi­nal sec­onds.

Michail An­to­nio put West Ham ahead with a 24th-minute goal that was can­celled out six min­utes af­ter half­time by Harry Winks on his first Premier League start. West Ham went back in front thanks to Manuel Lanzini’s penalty af­ter Reid was fouled by Vin­cent Janssen.


Yaya Toure made an im­me­di­ate impact on his re­turn from his Manchester City ex­ile.

The Ivo­rian mid­fielder was a sur­prise in­clu­sion in Pep Guardi­ola’s start­ing XI, mak­ing his first league ap­pear­ance of the sea­son, and jus­ti­fied his se­lec­tion by scor­ing goals in the 39th and 83rd min­utes to bring City level on points with first­place Liver­pool.

Sub­sti­tute Con­nor Wick­ham’s 66th-minute goal briefly made it 1-1, but Palace slumped to a fifth suc­ces­sive de­feat.

Other re­sults: Wat­ford 2 Le­ices­ter 1; Ever­ton 1 Swansea 1; Stoke 0 Bournemouth 1.


Manchester City’s Yaya Toure, who scored both their goals, cel­e­brates with his head coach, Pep Guardi­ola, af­ter the English Premier League match be­tween Crys­tal Palace and Manchester City at Sel­hurst Park stadium in London yes­ter­day. Manchester City won 2-1.


Ar­se­nal’s goalscorer Olivier Giroud cel­e­brates af­ter his team drew 1-1 with hosts Manchester United in an English Premier League match at Old Traf­ford yes­ter­day.

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