Arse­nal thrash Chelsea as United win with­out Rooney

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ARSE­NAL over­pow­ered Lon­don ri­vals Chelsea 3-0 at the Emi­rates Sta­dium on Septem­ber 24 to mark Arsene Wenger’s 20th an­niver­sary as Gun­ners boss in style.

Ear­lier, Manch­ester United dis­patched de­fend­ing Pre­mier League cham­pi­ons Le­ices­ter City 4-1 to vin­di­cate man­ager Jose Mourinho’s de­ci­sion to drop Wayne Rooney, while Manch­ester City main­tained their per­fect sea­son start with a 3-1 win at Swansea City.

Arse­nal, who hadn’t beaten Chelsea in nine matches, scored twice in three min­utes against a hob­bled Chelsea de­fence that was miss­ing cap­tain John Terry to an an­kle in­jury.

Alexis Sanchez started it off in the 11th minute, rob­bing cen­tre-back Gary Cahill and chip­ping the ball over goal­keeper Thibaut Cour­tois.

Just three later it was 2-0 when Theo Wal­cott fin­ished off a slick Arse­nal pass­ing move.

Then in the 40th minute, Me­sut Ozil and Sanchez ex­changed passes be­fore the for­mer volleyed home to de­cide the game be­fore half­time.

“It was an outstanding team per­for­mance,” Wenger told the BBC. “We played with spirit and col­lec­tive pace and move­ment.”

United scored three of their four goals on Septem­ber 24 from set­pieces, as Chris Smalling, Juan Mata, Mar­cus Rash­ford and Paul Pogba – with his first goal since his re­turn from Ju­ven­tus – were all on tar­get between the 22nd and 42nd min­utes at Old Traf­ford.

Eng­land skip­per Rooney was limited to a few min­utes off the bench but Mourinho told Sky Sports, “Wayne Rooney is a big player for me, United and this coun­try.”

Le­ices­ter man­aged a bril­liant con­so­la­tion goal from half-time sub­sti­tute De­marai Gray, but it wasn’t enough to dig the Foxes out of their sec­ond four-goal hole in as many away league games, af­ter they fell to Liver­pool a fort­night ago.

“It’s not pos­si­ble to con­cede three goals off cor­ners. That means you are not con­cen­trat­ing,” said Foxes man­ager Clau­dio Ranieri.

Ser­gio Aguero marked his re­turn from a three-game ban for a way­ward el­bow as Manch­ester City won 3-1 away to Swansea – the sec­ond time in a week they had tri­umphed at the Lib­erty Sta­dium af­ter their EFL Cup vic­tory over the south Wales side.

Aguero fired City into a ninth­minute lead but Swansea lev­elled min­utes later when Fer­nando Llorente lashed in a half-vol­ley.

City, how­ever, re­gained the lead with an Aguero penalty in the 65th minute af­ter Mike van der Hoorn fouled Kevin De Bruyne in the box.

Ra­heem Ster­ling, us­ing Aguero as a de­coy, then made it 3-1 in the 77th minute.

“Ser­gio is qual­ity,” said Guardi­ola. “His first step, sec­ond step in the box is so good and that is why he is one of the best strik­ers in the world but I want to help him im­prove his game.”

Liver­pool over­pow­ered Hull City 5-1 af­ter the Tigers spent much of the match a man down at An­field.

Adam Lal­lana put Liver­pool ahead in the 17th minute and Hull then found them­selves down a man when Ahmed El­mo­hamady was sent off af­ter block­ing Philippe Coutinho’s goal-bound shot with his arm.

James Mil­ner scored from the re­sult­ing penalty and Sa­dio Mane made it 3-0.

David Meyler pulled a goal back be­fore Coutinho scored with a bril­liant 25-me­tre strike.

Mil­ner scored his sec­ond penalty of the match af­ter Daniel Stur­ridge was tripped by Andrew Robert­son.

South Korea’s Son He­ung-Min scored twice in­side the open­ing 23 min­utes to lift Tot­ten­ham Hot­spur, miss­ing in­jured Eng­land star Harry Kane, over Mid­dles­brough 2-1.

Spurs are sec­ond in the ta­ble, four points be­hind lead­ers City and a point ahead of Arse­nal, Liver­pool and Ever­ton.

Bournemouth ended Ever­ton’s un­beaten start with a 1-0 home win on Stanis­las’s su­perb shot into the top cor­ner, while Crys­tal Palace came from 2-0 down to beat Sun­der­land 3-2.

Mean­while, Tony Pulis was un­able to mark his 1000th game as a man­ager with a win as his West Bromwich Al­bion side drew 1-1 away to for­mer club Stoke City.

West Ham United played Southamp­ton yes­ter­day, while to­day Burn­ley is at home to Wat­ford. –

Photo: AFP

Mid­fielder Me­sut Ozil cel­e­brates scor­ing Arse­nal’s third goal against Chelsea on Septem­ber 24. Arse­nal won 3-0.

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