Arsenal’s Goodison sadness as Reds rot continues

Arsenal’s assault on the Premier League title suffered a blow at Goodison Park when Sean Dyche provided Everton’s new manager.

The Toffees secured their first league win since October to condemn the Gunners to defeat, opening the door for Manchester City to cut the gap on the leaders to just two points if they beat Tottenham on Sunday.

Sean Dyche’s side weren’t the only relegation-threatened side to pick up a big scalp, as Wolves stunned Liverpool at Molineux to extend a miserable run by Jurgen Klopp’s Reds.

There was no similar result for Southampton, who were beaten by a top-form Brentford side, while Manchester United kept up their fine home run with a hard-fought win against Crystal Palace.

Here Stats Perform takes a look at the most interesting facts to emerge from Saturday’s Premier League action.

Everton 1-0 Arsenal: Goodison pessimism for Gunners

Goodison Park is a ground that used to hold many happy memories for Mikel Arteta, who began his Premier League career at the club, but three consecutive league defeats to Arsenal at the venue may have changed that.

Arteta has lost all three of his Premier League away games against Everton, the first Gunners manager to endure such a run, while the Toffees claim three straight home league wins against Arsenal for the first time since March 1977 to August 1978.

It handed Arsenal just their second loss in their last 21 Premier League games (won 17, drew 2), with the defeat ending a 14-game unbeaten run in the top flight for the league leaders.

Meanwhile, Dyche became the second manager to beat a team that starts the day top of the table in his first Premier League game in charge of a club, after Alan Curbishley defeated Manchester United in his first match for West Ham in December 2006.

Wolves 3-0 Liverpool: Dawson’s delight amid Klopp’s rot

Craig Dawson is not a name that strikes fear among opposition defenders in the Premier League, but the Wolves defender has made a habit of unsettling Liverpool, his latest goal representing his third against the Reds.

Each of those goals has come for a different team (West Brom, West Ham, Wolves) and he has scored more goals against Liverpool than against any other team.

Klopp’s side have now lost three consecutive Premier League away games for the first time since a run of four in April 2012 and have lost consecutive games on Saturdays at 3pm in the competition for the first time since March 2012. .

A start to terror was their downfall against Wolves, with Liverpool conceding more Premier League goals in the first five minutes of matches than any team this season (five), while Joel Matip’s own goal was the first in 135 Premier League appearances.


Brentford 3-0 Southampton: Bees buzzing at home

Unbeaten in their last nine Premier League games (won five, drawn four), only Newcastle United currently have a longer unbeaten run, extending their run to 16 with a draw against West Ham in the last game.

The Bees’ trio of goals against Southampton brought their tally to 23 goals in 11 Premier League home games this season, surpassing the tally of 22 last season. In fact, only Manchester City (38) and Arsenal (25) have scored more at home this season.

Back in goal with a header, 10 of Ben Mee’s 12 Premier League goals have come that way and no team have conceded more top-flight headed goals this season than Southampton (10), two of them on Saturday.

The pressure on Saints boss Nathan Jones continues to mount, with Southampton losing eight of their last nine in the Premier League, winning just once, while they have only one clean sheet in their last 27 games in the competition.



Manchester United 2-1 Crystal Palace: Penalties on point for United

With 13 consecutive home wins in all competitions, Manchester United are on the right track and are enjoying their longest run at Old Trafford since a run of 20 games between December 2010 and September 2011.

While Marcus Rashford scored in five consecutive Premier League home games for the first time, it was Bruno Fernandes’ opening goal from the penalty spot that sent Erik Ten Hag’s side on their way, and led the tally of goals. of penalty of the Portuguese midfielder in the Premier League to 14

Only Wayne Rooney (20) and Ruud van Nistelrooy (18) have scored more from the spot for United than Fernandes, and his latest effort was the club’s 173rd all-time Premier League penalty kick, the total highest along with Liverpool. .

The red mist descended on Casemiro, however, as the Brazilian received a straight red card for the first time in Europe’s top five leagues; the firing comes in his 366th such appearance.

That provided a late charge for Palace, who saw eight of their 10 shots in the last 20 minutes after Casemiro’s sending off, but Patrick Vieira’s side are still winless in the Premier League in 2023 (dive 2, lose 3), scoring only once in the process.

Man Utd's Crystal Palace

Man Utd’s Crystal Palace

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