Arsenal 3-2 Swansea City: 10-man Gunners win thriller

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  • Walcott scored twice, Ozil the other
  • Sigurdsson, Baston pulled goals back
  • Xhaka given straight red card
  • Arsenal win six-straight games

LONDON — Bob Bradley’s debut in the Premeir League was a sensational game.

Arsenal raced into a 2-0 lead with Theo Walcott making the most of two horrendous defensive errors but Gylfi Sigurdsson curled home after Granit Xhaka‘s miscue to make it 2-1 at half time.

The Gunners went 3-1 up early in the second half with Mesut Ozil’s volley but then the game turned as the brilliant Modou Barrow set up Borja Baston to make it 3-2 and then Xhaka was sent off for a lunge on Barrow as Arsenal finished with 10-men.

Try as they might Swansea couldn’t find an equalizer as Arsenal held on for a sixth-straight Premier League win but Bradley — the first-ever American coach to manage in the PL — will be delighted with the fighting spirit of his side, although concerned by the defensive frailties on show.

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Gunners dominated the ball early on and Skhodran Mustafi headed against the crossbar from a corner.

Swansea looked dangerous on break with the pace of Barrow causing Arsenal problems and Leroy Fer should’ve put the Swans ahead inside the first 20 minutes.

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A swift move involving Barrow and Kyle Naughton down the right found Fer on the edge of the box but he could only curl his shot over the bar. Glorious chance wasted by the Swans.

That proved costly as Arsenal went 1-0 up after 25 minutes as Hector Bellerin headed goalwards then Jordi Amat hesitated and allowed Walcott to tap home. 1-0 to the Arsenal.

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Sanchez almost scored an audacious lob as he was played in but his high effort dropped just wide of the far post with Lukasz Fabianski stranded. Soon after it was 2-0 with a corner from the left bouncing around in the box and Walcott tapping him.

Swansea were handed a lifeline just before half time as Granit Xhaka gave the ball away and Sigurdsson bent home a beautiful strike into the top corner. 2-1. Game on.

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The game opened up in the second half with Fabianski saving well from Alex Iwobi down low after good interplay on the left side of the box.

Ozil made it 3-1, on his birthday, with a sublime finish just before the hour. Sanchez’s cross to the back post was met by Ozil who smashed a volley home to restore Arsenal’s two-goal advantage.

Swansea were far from done though as Barrow raced cleared of Nacho Monreal and crossed for substitute Baston to slot home his first goal for the club. Barrow’s pace again caused problems as he drew a lunging tackle from Xhaka which saw the Arsenal man handed a straight red card with 20 minutes to go.

Sigurdsson blazed over from a great Barrow pull back and as Swansea piled forward they left plenty of gaps at the back. Arsenal almost made the most of that as Walcott ran free but his shot hit the inside of the post and came out.

Fer went close late on as Swansea swung plenty of crosses into the box, while Walcott (who could have had six goals) slammed over from close range with his hat trick beckoning. The miss wouldn’t matter as Arsenal held on for the win as Bradley’s debut ended in defeat.

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.