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Arsenal beats Newcastle, moves 3rd (video)

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  • Ramsey sees goal pulled back
  • Then bags left-footer off post
  • Arsenal moves third with 63 points
  • Newcastle seven clear of drop zone

Aaron Ramsey‘s first half goal was all Arsenal needed in a tight 2-0 defeat of Newcastle United at the Emirates Stadium on Monday.

The win boosts Arsenal into third place in the Premier League, while Newcastle is 14th.

The Gunners visit Everton on Saturday when Newcastle hosts Crystal Palace.

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Ramsey looked to have put Arsenal ahead off a 13th minute corner kick, but Anthony Taylor spied Sokratis’ hold of Florian Lejeune and the goal did not stand.

Ramsey flicked a ball to send Alexandre Lacazette into the box, and a bobbling ball ended up back in the Welshman’s range for a shot off the far post and into the goal for 1-0 in the 30th minute.

Matt Ritchie made a terrific goal line stop when a free-flowing move from Arsenal saw Alexandre Lacazette spin to lash a shot on goal in the first minute of first half stoppage.

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Arsenal yelled for a penalty kick when Lacazette’s end line cross attempt hit a sliding Paul Dummett‘s arm, but only a corner arrived for the Gunners.

Newcastle keeper dove forward to foil a cross from substitute Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to strike partner Lacazette in the 68th.

Ki Sung-Yueng sent an arrow over the Arsenal goal shortly before the Gunners found their second through the typically clinical Lacazette.

Newcastle top Watford, grab long-awaited win

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  • Magpies get first win
  • Watford allows first goal in 3 matches
  • Subs Ki, Perez combine for winner

Ayoze Perez’s second half goal was enough for Newcastle United to win its first Premier League match of the season and emerge from the drop zone with a 1-0 defeat of Watford at St. James’ Park on Saturday.

The Magpies now have six points, while Watford has 19 and sits eighth.

The win avoids the worst start in Newcastle history.

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The opening 10 minutes belonged to Newcastle, but the Magpies couldn’t maneuver inside the final third.

At the other end, Watford then won a series of corners but found Newcastle very willing to block shots and clog lanes.

Newcastle’s Mo Diame dribbled into space and ripped a shot that Ben Foster parried, and Watford dealt with his rebound cross.

Kenedy intercepted a Craig Cathcart pass but saw Adrian Mariappa slide to block his in-tight effort. Watford countered off the ensuing corner, but Gerard Deulofeu missed the far post.

Watford’s 12th attempt was its first on target, as DeAndre Yedlin helped allowed an Isaac Success shot saved by Martin Dubravka.

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The Hornets dealt with two Newcastle chances off a 46th minute free kick, and Matt Ritchie‘s ensuing free kick was blocked only to see the Magpies keep possession.

Roberto Pereyra hit the bar at the other end before Dubravka stopped his rebound effort.

The Magpies, however, broke through off a set piece, Perez nodding a Ki Sung-Yueng free kick past Ben Foster. The under-fire Spaniard plugged his ears in celebration, and it was 1-0 to Newcastle.

Newcastle came close to making it 2-0, but instead nearly lost their lead on a counter attack thanks to a poor pass from left back Paul Dummett.

South Korean captain signs for Newcastle United

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Ki Sung-Yueng is staying in the Premier League even as his Swansea City side joins the Championship.

South Korea’s captain is signing a two-year deal with Newcastle United. He had two goals and two assists in under 2,000 minutes for Swans last season.

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The Chronicle claims that Everton, West Ham, and AC Milan wanted to sign Ki, but the 29-year-old opted for a return to Northeast England having played on loan for rivals Sunderland.

Ki has also played for Celtic and FC Seoul, and is fresh off another stint captaining South Korea at the World Cup. Ki has 104 caps with 10 goals. From NUFC.co.uk:

“I’m so pleased I can join the club. I was always pleasantly surprised when I came to St. James’ Park to play against Newcastle – there is a great atmosphere and the passion from the fans is a great support to the players.

“Everyone knows how big this club is so I’m really looking forward to playing with my teammates and for the fans.”

AT HALF: Son scores beauty; Swans rolling, Bournemouth ahead

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Long injury delays have given the five first halves around the Premier League disparate finishes, but just four goals have arrived across the quintet of matches.

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Mame Biram Diouf took a vicious challenge from Wesley Hoedt that somehow went uncarded, while Winston Reid was stretchered off in a scary incident between West Ham and Swans.

Leicester City 0-1 Bournemouth

Joshua King has won and converted a penalty kick as the Cherries are off to a fine start at King Power Stadium.

Swansea City 2-0 West Ham United

The Swans revolution is being televised, and Ki Sung-Yueng is being projected by the direction of Carlos Carvalhal. He scored again to start this one, and Mike Van der Hoorn made it 2-0.

There’s been a scary injury in between the goals, as Winston Reid got his knee bent in a grotesque fashion before being stretchered off with his neck in a brace.

Tottenham Hotspur 1-0 Huddersfield Town

The final ball hasn’t been there for Spurs over the past two matches, but Mauricio Pochettino‘s men are dominating again. Heung-Min Son has the goal, and it was beautiful stuff from Spurs.

A fine American note from esteemed stats man Paul Carr:

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Southampton 0-0 Stoke City
Watford 0-0 West Bromwich Albion

Swansea City 1-0 Burnley: Carvalhal glory continues

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  • Swans move 15th on Ki goal
  • Burnley out attempts Swans 13-9
  • Clarets remain seventh

Carlos Carvalhal’s Swansea City revolution continued with a 1-0 win over Burnley at the Liberty Stadium on Saturday.

Ki Sung-Yueng scored the lone goal of the match, as Swans moved two points clear of the drop zone to 15th.

Sean Dyche‘s Clarets are still seventh, but Leicester is a point back and Everton two behind the hosts.

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A pair of Sams, Burnley’s Vokes and Swansea’s Clucas, mishit each side’s best chances of the first half.

A dull match sprang to life in the second half, at least momentarily, as Ki provided a neat finish to lift the Welsh crowd into euphoria.

Swansea almost made it 2-0 through Jordan Ayew, but the younger Ayew brother just missed from a tight angle.

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