Arsenal thrash Chelsea as United win without Rooney
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. –
Midfielder Mesut Ozil celebrates scoring Arsenal’s third goal against Chelsea on September 24. Arsenal won 3-0.