Liverpool 3-1 Arsenal: Reds pile misery on sinking Gunners

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  • Reds leapfrog Gunners
  • Arsenal’s third loss in 4 PL games
  • Sanchez starts on bench
  • Wijnaldum puts it to bed

Sadio Mane had a goal and an assist as Liverpool used a pair of first half goals to beat Arsenal 3-1 at Anfield on Saturday.

Roberto Firmino and Georginio Wijnaldum scored the Reds’ other goals, while Danny Welbeck scored in the second half for the Gunners.

Alexis Sanchez was controversially left out of the Starting XI by Arsene Wenger, and the Chilean made an instant impact as second half sub. It wasn’t enough.

The win boosts Liverpool to third with 52 points, while Arsenal slips a point ahead of sixth-place Manchester United.

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Joel Matip was forced to concede a corner thanks to a strong Hector Bellerin cross, and Arsenal had a fifth minute opportunity that wound up in the arms of Simon Mignolet via a Francis Coquelin shot.

The Reds went ahead, as even a struggling Firmino couldn’t miss his 10th minute chance in the goal mouth. Philippe Coutinho missed Sadio Mane’s cross, but Firmino had time to finish.

Coutinho did force Petr Cech into a solid save in the 29th minute, and the Gunners dealt with the ensuing corner.

Arsenal’s poor defense again let Liverpool to the doorstep in the 40th minute. This time Mane was left alone to his devices, and he lashed a shot behind Cech.

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Alexis Sanchez subbed into the match at halftime, and almost immediately paid dividends. Olivier Giroud headed a terrific cross toward the corner, but Mignolet made a fantastic save to push the ball off the crossbar and collect the danger.

Welbeck dragged Arsenal back into the match off an Alexis cross in the 57th minute, an exquisite finish chopped behind a flayed Mignolet.

Cech made a full-extension stop in the 76th minute to keep the score 2-1.

There was a question as to whether Emre Can would be sent off after clattering into a tackle along with teammate Joel Matip, but Bobby Madley was unmoved by the clip.

Divock Origi flicked a header off the post following an 83rd minute free kick from James Milner.

Wijnaldum put it to bed after Adam Lallana used a majestic turn — almost a Beckenbauer — at midfield to spy Origi down the right. Origi found Wijnaldum, 3-1.

Watford chasing Rennes, Senegal star Sarr

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Watford may capture one of the rising stars of the game.

Ismaila Sarr would cost the Hornets a club transfer record fee, and Sky Sports says that Watford and Rennes are about $10 million apart.

The Ligue 1 side reportedly wants $34 million for the Senegal national team right wing.

[ VIDEO: Nketiah leads Arsenal win ]

Sarr, 21, scored a goal and an assist in Senegal’s run to the Africa Cup of Nations final, playing opposite Sadio Mane of Liverpool.

He posted 13 goals with 14 assists last season between Ligue 1, the French Cup, and the Europa League. He was the lone Rennes player to score against Arsenal in the UEL Round of 16.

Watford has held onto Abdoulaye Doucoure and Dodi Lukebakio this offseason. Lukebakio is also a 21-year-old right wing, and had a sensational loan season with Fortuna Dusseldorf in 2019-20.

Nketiah leads Arsenal past Fiorentina (video)

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Eddie Nketiah scored twice as Arsenal beat Fiorentina 3-0 in Charlotte on Saturday.

Joe Willock also scored for the Gunners, which beat Colorado Rapids and Bayern Munich in their first two matches of the preseason and meet Real Madrid in Maryland on Tuesday.

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Fiorentina took 18 of the match’s 30 shots, though Arsenal had nearly 60 percent of the ball.

Nketiah, 20, scored against Burnley in last season’s Premier League finale and then late against Bayern Munich earlier this week.

He was deft in a high-pressure spot for this one.

Premier League friendlies: Watford beats Bayer, Man Utd over Inter

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Arsenal and Fiorentina are set to kickoff in Charlotte tonight, with the Gunners the last of a bevy of Premier League sides to engage in preseason friendlies this muggy Saturday.

[ MORE: Guardiola hails KDB ]


Girona 1-2 Bournemouth

Juanpe’s late header pushed La Liga’s hosts past Eddie Howe and his 10-man Cherries, playing down after VAR deemed Jack Simpson‘s foul worthy of a sending off. Ryan Fraser scored Bournemouth’s goal, assisted by Jordon Ibe.

Northampton Town 0-4 Sheffield United

Oliver Norwood converted two penalties in an easy win for Chris Wilder in his return to a club he played for and managed.

Fulham 2-1 Brighton and Hove Albion

Pascal Gross scored with an early free kick — a Megan Rapinoe special — but Tom Cairney scored twice after halftime for the Championship side.

Cheltenham Town 1-2 Leicester City

The Foxes collected a second win over a lower league side this week, with Jamie Vardy and Marc Albrighton on the board.

Newcastle United 1-0 West Ham United (Shanghai)

New manager Steve Bruce watched from the crowd as the Magpies made amends for a 4-0 loss to Wolves by blanking West Ham. Jamie Sterry‘s cross for Yoshinori Muto was delightful, and the Japanese striker’s finish was well-taken.

Port Vale 1-3 Burnley; Crewe Alexandra 0-1 Burnley

Chris Wood, Matej Vydra and Robbie Brady scored as the Clarets overcame an early Nick Pope goal to beat Port Vale, but the Premier League side couldn’t do much in a simultaneous friendly at Crewe.

Inter Milan 0-1 Manchester United (Singapore)

Substitute forward Mason Greenwood, just 17, scored the late goal in a match United controlled, outshooting Inter 21-8.

Preston North End 1-3 Southampton

Brace-bagging Danny Ings doesn’t usually have a problem with finish, so passing the ball directly to him is not something we’d recommend to goalkeepers. Jake Vokins also scored for Saints at Deepdale.

Watford 2-1 Bayer Leverkusen (Austria)

Will Hughes and Andre Gray scored as the Hornets collected a win over Champions League competition.

Man City (0-0, 2-3 pens) Wolves (Shanghai)

Rui Patricio was very good over 90 minutes, and stopped City’s first two penalty attempts as Wolves continue to perplex the PL champions.

WATCH: Marco Fabian smashes set piece goal

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Marco Fabian sent a missile toward goal, and perhaps it’s good the goalkeeper didn’t get to the hand-breaking shot.

Philadelphia took a 1-0 lead over Chicago on Saturday in Chester, Pennsylvania, thanks to the Mexican midfielder.

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It was a pretty set piece from Jim Curtin’s men, a backwards played free kick was laid off to Fabian for his audacious rip.

Fabian hasn’t had a wonderful 2019 season, but his fourth goal of the season will give Union supporters hope that he’ll pick up his form and make the already East-leading side all the more dangerous.