Arsenal 2-1 Leicester City: Ozil’s happy return keys Gunners win

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Leicester City remains rooted to the bottom of the Premier League table after a 2-1 loss at Arsenal on Tuesday.

Mesut Ozil was the key figure in goals from Laurent Koscielny and Theo Walcott, as the Gunners moved ahead of idle Manchester United and losing Tottenham for fourth in the PL.

Andrej Kramaric scored for embattled Nigel Pearson’s Leicester side, who sit five points back of safety, dead last with 17 points. Pearson was widely-reported to have been fired on Sunday, but kept hold of his position.

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The Foxes had the most danger to start, as Riyad Mahrez kept Arsenal under pressure and, most notably, had no one back to post to receive his searching cross-six pass in the 15th minute.

The Gunners’ first chance came in the 16th minute, as Mesut Ozil found Theo Walcott. But Mark Schwarzer was there to save Arsenal’s first shot on goal.

And off a spell of strong possession earned a free kick, Arsenal scored when Ozil’s free kick found Koscielny for a low finish past Schwarzer.

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source: Getty ImagesThen Walcott made it 2-0 when he blasted an Ozil rebound past Schwarzer just before halftime.

Gunners keeper David Ospina made a couple tough saves when called upon twice by Kramaric, the second ending with Koscielny heading over the bar.

But the ensuing corner resulted in Kramaric smashing home a headed clearance from Koscielny, and it was ‘game on’ at the Emirates, as they say.

Santi Cazorla hammered an attempt at Schwarzer in the 67th minute, but the Australian keeper turned it away.

Kramaric tried an audacious chip of Ospina on a 1v1 chance in the 79th minute, but the keeper snared it.

Lineups

Arsenal: Ospina, Bellerin, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Monreal, Coquelin, Rosicky, Walcott (Ramsey, 73′; Flamini, 83′), Cazorla, Ozil, Sanchez (Giroud, 68′)

Goal: Koscielny (27′), Walcott (41′)

Leicester City: Schwarzer, James, Upson (Wasilewski, 59′), Morgan (Ulloa, 81′), Huth, Konchesky, Simpson, Mahrez, Cambiasso, Schlupp (Nugent, 86′), Kramaric

Goal: Kramaric (61′)

Watch Live: PL Asia Trophy – Newcastle v. West Ham, Man City v. Wolves

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Manchester City and Wolverhampton Wanderers aim to collect a bit of silverware on the second Premier League Asia Trophy match day of the summer.

But first, a pair of Uniteds look to get off the map after beatdowns in their tournament openers.

Newcastle United and West Ham United were both walloped in Nanjing, and old hands Steve Bruce and Manuel Pellegrini would be happy to massage a victory out of their men.

Then Pep Guardiola and PL champions City get a taste of Wolves before their Oct. 5 meeting in league play.

Below is the full schedule for Saturday’s games in Shanghai’s Hongkou Stadium.

Newcastle United v. West Ham United – 5 a.m. ET – STREAM LIVE
Man City v. Wolves – 7:30 a.m. ET – STREAM LIVE

WATCH: Zlatan stunner answers Vela’s opener in El Trafico

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic is walking it like he talks it, not that that’s anything new.

A few days after claiming superiority over LAFC superstar Carlos Vela, Ibrahimovic and his Galaxy trailed early in El Trafico via a Vela penalty.

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Naturally, Zlatan took it upon himself to answer the bell with his 14th goal in 17 games.

Ibrahimovic chests a long ball onto his right foot, cooking Eduard Atuesta by pushing it into position for a tremendous lash into the LAFC goal.

And if you haven’t been following LAFC’s amazing season, Atuesta’s probably been the side’s best player after Vela, who now has 20 goals in 20 games.

Wizard stuff.

Borussia Dortmund tops Liverpool 3-2 at Notre Dame

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A half-hour of the big guns wasn’t enough to get Jurgen Klopp a result against his former team.

Harry Wilson and Rhian Brewster scored for Liverpool in a 3-2 loss to Borussia Dortmund at the University of Notre Dame on Friday.

Paco Alcacer, Thomas Delaney, and Jacob Bruun Larsen scored for the Black Yellow, who led 3-1 when mass changes began with Virgil Van Dijk, Georginio Wijnaldum, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Jordan Henderson, and Andrew Robertson entering the match.

Liverpool faces Sevilla on Sunday at Fenway Park in Boston.

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Alcacer with the ball in the box is a bad idea, and the Spaniard took advantage of Nathaniel Clyne and Joel Matip to smash home from a yard outside the six.

Wilson leveled the score before halftime, but Delaney made it 2-1 in the 53rd minute when a long diagonal ball beat the Reds line and a low pass across the box went undetected.

It was 3-1 via a clever Bruun Larsen touch to wrong foot James Milner, but Brewster brought the Reds back to within one when he converted a 75th minute penalty won by Ben Woodburn.

Liverpool was without Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino, and Mohamed Salah, who are on break after deep summer tournament runs.

Eriksen offered big Spurs wages, but Atletico Madrid lurks

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Christian Eriksen may trade London for Madrid after all, but Marca claims it’ll be Real Madrid’s rivals who earn the services of Tottenham’s Danish playmaker.

Eriksen, 27, scored 10 goals with 17 assists for Spurs in all competitions last season, and was reportedly ready to spread his wings for Real Madrid.

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But pro-Real site Marca says Zinedine Zidane doesn’t want Eriksen at the Bernabeu, and that Diego Simeone feels differently… should Atletico Madrid fail at landing his prime option.

That’s James Rodriguez, who remains property of Real and that’s a problem.

So Eriksen to Atleti, helping to replace Antoine Griezmann? It’s possible.

From Marca.com:

Just last November, the London club put a 250 million euro price tag on his head, but now appear keen to move him on. The next few days will likely reveal a lot about what’s to come.

So we may get an idea of whether this report has any guts to it by next week. There could be some sense to it, but Metro claims that Spurs are offering Eriksen an “enormous” contract to keep him in North London.

Enormous means a doubling of Eriksen’s wages, and the Dane is said to be happy in England. Might Spurs hold off the finest of La Liga and Serie A after all.