Football: Chelsea on Top

Tottenham inflicted Maurizio Sarri’s first competitive defeat as Chelsea boss to leapfrog their London rivals into third in the Premier League with a 3-1 win at Wembley that barely reflected Spurs’ dominance.
Dele Alli and Harry Kane put the hosts 2-0 in front inside 16 minutes and Son Heung-min’s brilliant individual run and finish early in the second-half hauled Mauricio Pochettino’s side back to within five points of league leaders Manchester City.
Olivier Giroud pulled back a late consolation for Chelsea, who slipped eight points off the leaders with a  dreadful display that left Sarri visibly frustrated. By contrast, Spurs couldn’t have started a huge week in better form with a do-or-die Champions League clash with Inter Milan and the North London derby against Arsenal to come.

Chelsea were unbeaten in their first 18 games in all competitions under Sarri but was blown away by a combination of Spurs’ flying start and some questionable defending. The world’s most expensive goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga also failed to cover himself in glory for both of Spurs opening goals. Alli got ahead of his marker to flick home Christian Eriksen’s free-kick despite the 71 million Kepa getting a hand to the English international’s header.
The Italian managed to make a difference with the introduction of Ross Barkley, Pedro Rodriguez and Giroud from the bench. And it was Giroud who grabbed Chelsea’sconsolation five minutes from time when he powered home Cease Azpilicueta cross at the back post.

Arsenal pip Bournemouth Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang extended Arsenal’s unbeaten run to 17 matches with the goal that sealed a 2-1 win at Bournemouth on Sunday. Unai Emery’s side took the lead through Jefferson Lerma’s bizarre own goal before Josh King equalized on the stroke of half-time at Dean Court.

Aubameyang netted his eighth league goal of the second midway through the second half to lift the fifth placed Gunners within a point of the top four in the battle to qualify for next season’s Champions League.

The north Londoners have been revitalized since Emery replaced Arsene Wenger in the close-season. After three successive home draws against Liverpool, Sporting Lisbon and Wolves, it was essential Arsenal got back to winning. Emery left Mesut Ozil on the bench and was without Alexandre Lac-azette due to a groin injury.


Tottenham Hotspur 3
(Delle Alli 8, Harry Kane 16, son Heung-min 54)
Chelsea 1
(Oliver Giroud 85)
Arsenal 2
(J. Lerma 30-Aug, p. Aubameyang 67)
Bournemouth 1
(J. King 45+1)




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