Arse­nal lose 1-0, Liver­pool lead by seven points

Jamaica Gleaner - - SPORTS -

LON­DON (AP): TRAIL­ING 1-0 in a dreary Lon­don derby, what Arse­nal man­ager Unai Emery needed was a cre­ative spark to in­spire a come­back at West Ham.

Me­sut Ozil, perhaps? The play­maker wasn’t in the start­ing line-up, but he wasn’t on the bench either. And he was not in­jured.

Arse­nal’s high­est-paid player – re­put­edly earn­ing £350,000 a week – wasn’t in Emery’s tac­ti­cal plans so didn’t make the trip across Lon­don to the Olympic Sta­dium.

“I de­cided the idea of the play­ers that I think are the best for this match,” Emery said. “To­day, the play­ers who were here are the play­ers who de­served to be in this match. We could’ve won or lost.”

But Arse­nal lost – for the third time in six English Premier League matches – af­ter De­clan Rice’s first goal for West Ham three min­utes into the sec­ond half-earned the vic­tory.

Re­cov­er­ing league po­si­tions is prov­ing harder. Fifth-place Arse­nal fell six points be­hind Chelsea, who ex­tended their grip on the fourth and fi­nal Cham­pi­ons League place af­ter labour­ing to a 2-1 vic­tory over New­cas­tle.

Liver­pool, though, are well placed to end their 29-year league drought. Liver­pool beat Brighton 1-0 thanks to Mo­hamed Salah. The African player of the year net­ted a penalty four min­utes into the sec­ond half af­ter be­ing brought down by Pas­cal Gross.

It put Liver­pool seven points ahead of City ahead of the cham­pi­ons play­ing Wolves to­mor­row.

Other re­sults: Burn­ley 2 Ful­ham 1; Cardiff 0 Hud­der­s­field 0; Crys­tal Palace 1 Wat­ford 2; Le­ices­ter City1 Southamp­ton 2.

Arse­nal man­ager Unai Emery

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