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Emily Wilson·1 March 2023

🦁 Determined Liverpool beat Wolves; Arsenal sink Everton to go five clear

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The Premier League returned with some midweek action on Wednesday.

Here is what went down.

Liverpool strike late to down Wolves

Scorers: Van Dijk 73′, Salah 77′

Liverpool faced familiar foes Wolves at Anfield after just scrapping past them in the FA Cup and losing the opposite league fixture at Molineux but dug deep to come out top 2-0 this time around.

Right from kick-off, the visitors looked ready to pounce and came close to the opener twice. João Moutinho, in particular, called Alisson Becker into a diving save.

Stefan Bajčetić was again impressive for the hosts, as was Harvey Elliott. A cheeky backheel flick from Diogo Jota also caught some attention but failed to find anyone in the box.

Wolves were also been forced into an early change as Hugo Bueno appeared to pull his hamstring around 20 minutes in.

It remained all square at the break, and things became tense in this second 45 minutes with challenges flying from either side.

Both sides continued to push for the opener, and some drama ensued around the hour mark.

Darwin Núñez picked up on a loose ball and blasted home, only for VAR to find a foul in the build-up and rule it out.

But minutes later, Liverpool had the ball in the not once but twice as Virgil van Dijk became a striker and turned things 1-0 with 15 minutes to go before Mohamed Salah chested home a second for his 20th of the season.

Looking at the table, the 6th-placed Reds are now six off a spot in the top four while Wolves are 15th.

Saka stars as Arsenal go five clear

Scorers: Saka 40′, Martinelli 45+1′, 80′, Ødegaard 71′

A little under a month ago, Sean Dyche stunned the Premier League after leading relegation-zone Everton to victory over Arsenal, but the Gunners ensured that was in the past with a 4-0 win at the Emirates.

The opening moments were nervy this time around as neither side settled in on the ball. Chances to break the deadlock were subsequently few and far between.

Neal Maupay was active for the Toffees in the first half but couldn’t seem to find his footing, while Gabriel Martinelli squandered some opportunities at the other end.

But that would all change just before the break as the hosts snapped the deadlock.

Oleksandr Zinchenko teed up Bukayo Saka, who rifled the ball into the top of the net, beating Jordan Pickford at the near post for 1-0.

Minutes later, Arsenal had the ball back in the net again after Saka stripped Idrissa Gueye of the ball, and Martinelli doubled the lead after being confirmed onside by VAR.

Coming out into the second half, Everton looked to add some pressure and almost cut the defect in half, but a Zinchenko header cleared away the ball.

And any momentum the visitors had was then erased as Martin Ødegaared redirected a cross home to all but wrap up the three points for the hosts.

To pile misery on the visitors, Martinelli scored a late fourth and Arsenal moved five points clear at the top over Manchester City while Everton are 18th.