Arsenal vs Tottenham final score: Gunners boss North London derby


Emile Smith-Rowe and Bukayo Saka both had a goal and an assist as Arsenal rode a three-goal first half past a sad Tottenham Hotspur in a 3-1 North London derby win on Sunday.

The Gunners scored thrice in 22 minutes to open up a healthy lead and Spurs barely registered anything above disinterest in the first 60 minutes.


Heung-min Son scored late to give Spurs a brief amount of hope, but Tottenham stumbles — scratch that, falls right on its face — in a third-straight loss with three goals conceded.

Both teams now have nine points with three wins and three losses, but the margin of victory moves Arsenal into 10th compared to Spurs’ 11th.

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Arsenal vs Tottenham final score, stats

Final score: Arsenal 3, Tottenham 1

Scorers: Smith-Rowe (12′), Aubameyang (27′), Saka (34′), Son (79′)

Shots: Arsenal, 12-10

Shots on goal: Arsenal 7-4

Possession: Tottenham, 53%

Three things we learned from Arsenal vs Tottenham

1. Arsenal keeps moving up, Spurs down: The Gunners’ determined performance was bright, too, and Arsenal is the only team in the Premier League boasting an active three-match win streak. On the flip side, only Norwich City joins Tottenham in having lost three in-a-row, all while allowing three goas. Harry Kane looks a shell of himself and Eric Dier doesn’t resemble a starting caliber PL center back, while Emile Smith-Rowe, Martin Odegaard, and Bukayo Saka oozed class at times in this decisive win.

2. Nuno will be furious: It’s not so much that Arsenal lost the derby or even that it was 3-0 within 34 minutes, it’s that the Gunners simply did whatever they wanted in a match that not only proffered better table position than their North London derby rival but the chance to kickstart the season. Remember: Nuno Espirito Santo’s Wolves beat Arsenal 2-1 home and away last season. He’s got the acumen here, though starting Dier and Davinson Sanchez over Cristian Romero is a question for the Portuguese boss.

3. Partey is a difference maker: We can’t count on Thomas Partey staying healthy for long but Mikel Arteta and the Gunners should celebrate every moment he’s available because the Ghanaian is a wonder worker for Arsenal. Partey read the game well while showing bite and a terrific range of passing in a 3-0 derby win.

Man of the Match: Bukayo Saka

Emile Smith-Rowe had almost as many key passes (two) as misplaced ones (88% passing), and that includes three-from-three long balls. Two drawn fouls add to his goal and assist in drawing up his day.

Somehow that lagged behind Saka, who was relentless with three key passes, two fouls drawn, three tackles, an interception and a clearance.

North London derby recap

Arsenal was swarming the visitors within moments of kickoff, and it felt like not if but when would the Gunners best Hugo Lloris.

Smith-Rowe struck first with a well-worked team goal that saw the young English attack spin a low cutback past a diving Lloris.

Aubameyang had it 2-0 on another goal that showed a real lack of awareness from the Tottenham back line.

The third was courtesy Saka and off of a Kane giveaway, the center forward’s sliding bid to make amends for his error leaving Saka clean on goal for another low finish.

Arsenal might’ve had two or three more and Tottenham should’ve felt relief to get to halftime with the deficit at three.

But the answers off the bench did not arrive apart from Son’s close-range finish to make it 3-1.

West Ham vs Manchester United final score: De Gea delivers dramatic end


Oh, the drama in West Ham vs Manchester United on Sunday at London’s Olympic Stadium.

David De Gea saved Mark Noble’s stoppage-time penalty as Manchester United collected a 2-1 win over West Ham to join Liverpool atop the Premier League table.

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The Irons led 1-0 through Said Benrahma but Cristiano Ronaldo had a quick answer and ex-WHU loanee Jesse Lingard made it 2-1 to the visitors late.

West Ham had a chance to equalize from the penalty spot late but De Gea read the ice-cold sub’s first touch of the game and Man United took all of the points.

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West Ham vs Manchester United final score, starts

Final score: Manchester United 2, West Ham United 1

Goals: Benrahma (30′), Ronaldo (35′), Lingard (89′)

Shots: Manchester United, 17-13

Shots on target: Man United, 10-4

Possession: Manchester United, 61%

Three things we learned from West Ham vs Manchester United

1. VAR provide so many questions: Cristiano Ronaldo scored and was again active and dangerous in testing Declan Rice and West Ham’s safeguard, but his flopping didn’t pay the bill on not one, not two, but three penalty claims. The final one, which came just before Luke Shaw’s outstretched hand sent West Ham to the spot, was the only legitimate shout even if VAR granted three reviews. The polar opposite was Ronaldo’s launch into the knee of Tomas Soucek. The Premier League decided to take into account attacker intent and the severity of the foul involved and someone should inform this world legend of the change.

2. Fabianski’s foil ante raised by De Gea (and Moyes) : Lukasz Fabianski was spectacular in holding Man United down, making eight saves including six from shots inside the box and one spectacular stop on Ronaldo (two really, but Ronaldo deposited the rebound). But right when you were ready to salute one keeper, David De Gea stopped cold Mark Noble’s stoppage-time penalty. When has asking a sub to make his first strike of the ball a match-leveling penalty kick been a good idea (even for a veteran and living club legend like Mark Noble)? Wow.

David Moyes answer to that question is worth monitoring after this one. Here’s what he said.

3. Should’ve paid for the points: Jesse Lingard was dynamite on loan to West Ham last season, and he did not celebrate his potential point-sealing goal against his former team but you know that the East London faithful will be asking what fee was too much for the player after he delivered a goal.

Man of the Match: Lukasz Fabianski

Eight saves is eight saves, even as Man United scored a pair beyond the reach of the Polish shot-stopper.

West Ham vs Manchester United

It’s cliche, but the Red Devils appeared to still be in Switzerland for the first 20-plus minutes of the match. Harry Maguire allowed Jarrod Bowen’s press to become an end line giveaway, and Bowen wound up with two chances to open the scoring inside of three minutes.

Man United grew into it and Lukasz Fabianski got fingers to a Bruno Fernandes smash off the far post in the 27th minute.

West Ham took the lead when Bowen picked up an Aaron Cresswell backheel and spotted Benrahma, whose shot from outside the arc took a wicked turn off a leaping Raphael Varane to make it 1-0 to the Irons.

Ronaldo tapped in the equalizer in the 35th after Fabianski saved the Portuguese’s first bite at a cross, and Cresswell’s leg kept him onside through VAR review

The second half began with verve, as Fernandes set Ronaldo to Fabianski’s doorstep within 90 seconds only to see the Polish keeper deny the superstar.

Lingard then beat his former club with a beauty from about 16 yards away, and De Gea settled the tie with his late penalty save.

Three things we learned from Newcastle vs Aston Villa: VAR in Villa Park

  • Final score: Aston Villa 2, Newcastle 0
  • Goals scored: Ings (45’+3), El Ghazi (pen 62′)
  • Shots: Villa 10-9
  • Possession: Newcastle 53%

Newcastle vs Aston Villa’s score put the VAR in Villa Park.

Aston Villa built on an outstanding overhead kick goal from Danny Ings with a VAR-awarded penalty, and the Video Assistant Referee took a penalty away from Newcastle United in a 2-0 win for the home team at Villa Park on Saturday.

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Anwar El Ghazi converted Villa’s penalty in the win, as the Villans rebound from a 3-2 opening day loss to Watford while Newcastle adds a second loss to the column following a defeat at home to West Ham last weekend.

Newcastle hosts Saints next while Villa stays home for Brentford.

Three thINGS (and MINGS) we learned from Aston Villa vs Newcastle

1. Villa nabs first post-Grealish win: This storyline is going to be around a while, but is this team already under new leadership following the departure of nine-figure man Jack Grealish (who scored his first Man City goal on Saturday)? Danny Ings looks the same line-leader who delivered Southampton from the drop last season and Burnley before that, while Tyrone Mings was an absolute force with the armband. This is going to be all about Ings and Mings, with a little bit of McGinn(s?).

2. VAR bites Newcastle again (twice): The Villa Park faithful were twice signing “V-A-R” to the tune of  “Kum Ba Yah” after the Video Assistant Referee spotted Tyrone Mings’ header glancing off the arm of Jamaal Lascelles, whose arm was outstretched as he bid to kick the ball at the same time Mings’ headed it. Somehow, Lascelles was supposed to kick with his arm planted at his side, as Newcastle was hit by a questionable VAR penalty for the second time in two weeks.

Wait, a third: Wilson had a penalty taken off the board by VAR for the thinnest offside (even with thicker lines). Steve Bruce was bound to be apopletic (again. Twilight Zone stuff here), even if the calls have all been borderline.

3. When Wilson, Saint-Maximin struggle: Granted Callum Wilson probably would’ve won a penalty on any other day of the year but he could’ve scored early on a breakaway to change the direction of the game, and Newcastle struggled to get the ball to playmaker Allan Saint-Maximin (credit to Villa there). The Magpies have little depth and Sean Longstaff’s entry for Isaac Hayden hurt the game. Ryan Fraser and Matt Ritchie continue to be non-factors (at least in a positive sense) and Freddie Woodman might be a fine young goalkeeper but he is decidedly not Martin Dubravka and was caught before Lascelles’ handball.

Still, the Magpies played open early and will look at both of their opening losses to claret-based teams as results that could’ve gone either way. They finished a game with a rare advantage in possession and were basically shot-for-shot with the victors.

Man of the Match: Tyrone Mings

It could easily be Ings, but Mings was instrumental in both goals and very good in his own end as well.

Aston Villa vs Newcastle score, recap

Villa 2, Newcastle 0: Callum Wilson beat Emiliano Martinez but missed wide of the far post as Newcastle got a glorious chance in the fifth minute, and the Magpies fired another pass into a dangerous area only to see a Villa clearance in the sixth.

Newcastle was energetic and the better side for the first half hour but the hosts took over as the match neared halftie.

That’s when Ings, the $41 million Aston Villa striker went airborne for an overhead kick that carried real venom on its way into the Newcastle goal for a 1-0 halftime lead.

Ings now has two goals in two Premier League matches as a Villan after scoring in a 3-2 loss at Watford to open the season.

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Villa went up 2-0 when VAR reviewed a Mings header that went off Jamaal Lascelles’ arm, and El Ghazi smashed home his penalty.

Joe Willock tried to answer right away and his shot was saved by Emiliano Martinez and the assistant referee’s flag was raised. Soon after, Matt Ritchie blazed a shot over goal.

The Magpies appeared to get their chance from the spot when Martinez clobbered Callum Wilson in the box and the thicker lines of VAR were tested in front of our eyes. No penalty.

3 things we learned from France v Germany


It’s advantage France after the biggest game of the EURO 2020 group stage so far as a Mats Hummels own goal stand as the difference in the World Cup champs’ 1-0 victory over Germany on Tuesday.

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Germany now stares down two matches without a win if it fails to beat Portugal on Saturday, a Portuguese side that saw a Cristiano Ronaldo brace drive a late 3-0 win over plucky Hungary.

France has won five-straight in all competitions, not allowing a single goal in producing a combined 10-0 scoreline in in wins over Kazakhstan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Wales, Bulgaria, and — who did they play?!? — now Germany.


3 things we learned, France – Germany

1. Germany’s defenders disappoint, and maybe bite? This was a day of errors, both physical and mental, as Hummels’ own goal was joined by a potentially-terrible moment from Antonio Rudiger in giving Germany problems along its back line.

Hummels couldn’t get an intervention over Manuel Neuer’s frame and then Rudiger found an unusual way to defend Paul Pogba in Germany’s EURO 2020 opener against France on Tuesday. The Chelsea and Germany defender appeared to nuzzle against Pogba in the late stages of the first half and jammed his face into the French midfielder’s back, eliciting a pained response before grabbing Pogba’s chest. Did he bite the Man United man?

Throw in two France goals wiped out by offside, and this could’ve been a lot worse for a German side awaiting a changing of the guard from Joachim Loew to Hansi Flick. Still, walking away with just a 1-0 loss shows that Germany should not be considered an also-ran moving forward… if they can score goals.

2. Mbappe a constant threat: Let’s start with the own goal, which came after Paul Pogba cued up Lucas Hernandez for a cross toward the middle. Hummels’ desperate and unfortunate bid to pop it over the goal from six yards was because the irrepressible Kylian Mbappe was surging toward the pass.

Mbappe was everywhere, denied a late goal by VAR but also pressing German keeper Manuel Neuer and his backs into quick decisions and uncomfortable passes. The PSG man is obviously one of the finest in the game but is sometimes shooed away due to his club’s generally superior place in Ligue 1. To his critics: How does doing it against Germany work for you?

3. France flexes title muscle: This team, and we’re not trying to be cute, is almost too good. If you could manage to put these players on the same club and allow Didier Deschamps to train them as often as happens at a club, they’d be the favorites to win that competition.

Look at the list of players who were unused subs: Kingsley Coman, Jules Kounde, Lucas Digne, Mike Maignan.

And the players left off the squad: Dayot Upamecano, Tanguy Ndombele, Houssem Aouar, Eduoardo Camavinga…. just wow.

Man of the Match: Paul Pogba — Like him or hate him, the midfielder was the most influential player on the pitch for the victors, showing an exquisite range of passing and getting stuck into 20 challenges (winning 13).

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VIDEO: Arsenal gift Burnley bizarre goal with calamitous mistake


A horrible mistake from Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka handed a goal on a plate to Burnley and Chris Wood at Turf Moor on Saturday.

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If ever a passage of play summed up all of Arsenal’s problems this season, this was it, as they overplayed at the back and were caught out.

Big time.

Arsenal dominated the first half at Burnley, going ahead early on and they then missed several big chances to extend their lead.

That slack finishing came back to bite them, as the Gunners then shot themselves in the foot in a big way.

Bernd Leno and Granit Xhaka got themselves in a right mess at the back as they played it around casually in their own box, and Burnley pressed them high.

Xhaka then took a touch while under pressure, and facing his own goal, and hit a pass straight against Wood and it deflected into the net to gift Burnley an equalizer.

It really was peak Arsenal, and Mikel Arteta was fuming as his side dominated the game but handed Burnley a lifeline through this comical defensive error.

Check out the goal in the video above, as it summed up the season Arsenal is having perfectly.