Arsenal and Manchester City seal victory as Jürgen Klopp steers Liverpool to dramatic win over troubled Chelsea.
BY STEVE NJUGUNA
Arsenal kept tabs on Manchester City at the top of the table with a splendid second half against Swansea as Arsene Wenger’s men claimed a 3-0 win over Garry Monk’s Swansea. After a tense first half where Swansea created the better chances, Arsenal came into the second half with more determination and effort and French forward Olivier Giroud headed in a corner for the first goal. Swansea pushed on in search of an equalizer and Petr Cech was kept busy in the Arsenal goal as he put in a good shift to keep out Bafetimbi Gomis and Gylfi Sigurdsson’s efforts. Laurent Koscielny scored a controversial second as it appeared that he and Swansea goalkeeper tried to out muscle each other before Koscielny scored into an empty net with Swansea appealing for a foul on Fabianski. Finally, Costa Rican forward Joel Campbell scored the third goal to seal the three points for Arsenal.
Elsewhere, Manchester City extracted a win from a resilient Norwich side with a 2-1 win. Norwich bravely defended in the first half but City gained the initiative after new signing Nicholas Otamendi scored a powerful header, his first goal for the club. Norwich equalized after a crazy error by the usually reliable Joe Hart who spilled a ball into the feet of Cameron Jerome who did the move justice. City then clinched the winner with a Yaya Toure penalty after a Chris Martin handball in the box.
At Selhurst Park, Manchester United struggled to a second consecutive goalless draw as Crystal Palace defended splendidly and also attacked well.
Chelsea’s woes continue as they succumbed to yet another loss and slipped to 15th place, looking like a shadow of the team that won the league last season. The Blues lost 3-1 to Liverpool granting Jürgen Klopp his first premier league win since replacing Brendan Rodgers last month. Chelsea took the lead through a Ramires header early in the 1st half and stayed compact defensively before Phillipe Coutinho scored a beauty on the stroke of half-time to equalize.
Both teams pushed for a go ahead goal but Liverpool grabbed their second as Coutinho scored another goal to claim a brace. Substitute Christian Benteke compounded more troubles for Jose Mourinho’s side as he took advantage of lackluster defending from Chelsea to get Liverpool’s third.