Torreira saves day for Arsenal with a last-gasp winner
Lucas Torreira’s strike ensured Arsenal recovered from the disappointment of Alexandre Lacazette harshly having a goal ruled out to win 1-0 against Huddersfield and extend their unbeaten run to a 21st match.
The French striker had been unfortunate not to have given Unai Emery’s team a first-half lead and their growing frustration showed as two players were booked for diving.
Yet there is again an optimism
surrounding their prospects, owing largely to the improvement they have demonstrated in not losing since visiting Chelsea on August 18, and that self-belief and resilience gradually led to the goal they deserved with Torreira’s fine finish seven minutes from time.
Ralph Hasenhuttl began his reign as Southampton manager with a 1-0 defeat at Cardiff as makeshift striker Callum Paterson delivered again.
Hasenhuttl was brought in after Mark Hughes was sacked on Monday and, mindful that the Titanic had sailed from Southampton, spoke of not “hitting any icebergs”.
But Southampton were sunk by the sort of mistake which has left them in the choppy waters of the drop zone and cost Hughes his job.
There seemed no danger in the 74th minute when Jannik Vestergaard was in control and seemingly shepherding the ball back to his goalkeeper Alex McCarthy. But a slip in possession was all that Paterson needed and the striker, who was signed as a right-back and who still fills that position for Scotland, nipped in to strike.
West Ham came from behind to beat Crystal Palace 3-2 at the London Stadium.
James McArthur put the Eagles in front on six minutes, but the Irons were level three minutes into the second half through Scotland midfielder Robert Snodgrass.
Javier Hernandez put West Ham ahead from close range on 62 minutes, tucking in the rebound from Felipe Anderson’s free-kick.
Before Palace could regroup, they were 3-1 down on 65 minutes as Brazilian Anderson clipped the ball into the top corner.
Substitute Jeffrey Schlupp’s header gave the Eagles hope with 15 minutes left, but there was to be no dramatic finale.
Burnley moved out of the bottom three with a 1-0 home win over Brighton, with defender James Tarkowski getting what proved a crucial breakthrough five minutes before half-time.
New hero: Lucas Torreira.