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Padraig Whelan·2 December 2023

🦁 Newcastle inflict more misery on Man Utd; Arsenal move clear

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There were five Premier League fixtures to enjoy on Saturday.

Here’s what went down.

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Newcastle make light work of Man Utd

Scorers: Gordon 55′.

Manchester United fell to their first defeat in four games after a dominant Newcastle United side eased past them at St.James’ Park.

The visitors did have the first opening of the match when Bruno Fernandes sent Alejandro Garnacho through but the teenager’s shot was saved by the feet of Nick Pope.

Newcastle took control from then on and should’ve been in front earlier if Miguel Almirón and Alexander Isak hadn’t spurned good opportunities from close range.

Kieran Trippier’s free-kick from 25 yards out then smashed the underside of the crossbar as Erik ten Hag’s side went into the break level.

But they weren’t level for long after the restart as a swift counter-attack sent Trippier through down the right and his inviting low ball across goal landed on a plate for Anthony Gordon to tap in from three yards out.

One concern for Eddie Howe came in the dying minute when goalkeeper Nick Pope had to come off injured with what looked to be a suspected shoulder injury before United had a goal ruled out for offside against Harry Maguire.

The win sees the Magpies move up to fifth in the table and within two points of the top four as United drop out of the top six.

Everton off the bottom

Scorers: McNeil 66′

Everton moved off the foot of the Premier League table with a massive 1-0 win away to Nottingham Forest – their first victory following their 10-point deduction.

Sean Dyche’s men went close to the opener shortly before half-time, only for Dwight McNeil to have an effort cleared off the line.

After the interval, it was Forest’s turn to feel frustration when Felipe drilled against the post following a melée inside the penalty area before McNeil made up for his earlier miss with a glorious finish into the top corner from across goal to win it for the visitors.

The victory now puts the Toffees to within two points of safety pending their appeal against the points sanction, while the Trentsiders stay 15th.

Arsenal move clear at the top

Scorers: Saka 6′, Ødegaard 13′; Cunha 86′

Some scintillating first half football from Arsenal saw them see off Wolves with a 2-1 win and extend their lead atop the table despite a nervy finale.

They took the lead on six minutes as the in-form Bukayo Saka linked up brilliantly down the right with Gabriel Jesus, collected a pass from Takehiro Tomiyasu and then fired across goal for the opener.

Another superb, slick Gunners goal quickly made it 2-0 – this time it was down the left flank they did the damage as some incisive football concluded with Martin Ødegaard effortlessly steering home after being picked out in the centre of the area.

Things got even worse for the visitors midway through the half when they lost goalkeeper Jose Sá to an apparent back injury, allowing Dan Bentley to make his first appearance of the season and he was almost quickly beaten, only for the post to come to his rescue from Gabriel Martinelli’s effort.

After Leandro Trossard spurned a big opportunity to make it three, Wolves set up an anxious ending when Matheus Cunha rifled home emphatically, although Eddie Nketiah did almost manage an instant response, only to strike the woodwork as Arsenal saw things through to go four points ahead at the summit.

Burnley blitz Blades in Turf Moor rout

Scorers: Rodriguez 1′, Bruun Larsen 28′, Amdouni 73′, Koleosho 75′, Brownhill 80′

Burnley put on their finest performance of the season as they ruthlessly demolished 10-man Sheffield United 5-0 for their first home win and clean sheet of the campaign.

The hosts got off to a dream start at Turf Moor with one of the earliest Premier League goals ever when Jay Rodriguez netted after just 15 seconds by steering home a left wing cross with a fantastic header.

And as they aimed to avoid losing the most consecutive home games in Premier League history, Jacob Bruun Larsen did his bit for the cause by adding a second shortly before the half hour mark before Oli McBurnie added to the Blades’ woes before half-time by picking up a second yellow card.

Vincent Kompany’s men assured themselves of their first league win in two months inside the closing stages with two goals in as many minutes.

Zeki Amdouni made it three with a low finish after driving through the heart of the defence before turning provider as Luca Koleosho followed up with a quickfire second to put the result beyond doubt.

A miserable afternoon got even worse for the visitors when Josh Brownhill added a fifth on 80 minutes to put his side within two points of safety, while Paul Heckingbottom’s men remain 19th, as the Clarets enjoyed their biggest top flight win since February 1970.

Bees soar in second half

Scorers: Maupay 48′, Mee 55′, Baptiste 81′; Brown 76′

A second half spark from Brentford saw them see Luton Town off with a 3-1 victory at home on Saturday afternoon.

After a disappointing first half, it took Brentford just three second half minutes to break Luton down when Neal Maupay scored his second of the season when the ball deflected kindly into his path and he made no mistake from close range.

After that the floodgates opened as Ben Mee, who played a big part in the opener, made it 2-0 with his head before Jacob Brown reduced the arrears with his second goal in as many games to set up a grandstand finish.

But hopes of a Luton comeback lasted just five minutes before Shandon Baptiste restored the two-goal advantage and make sure of a home win to put the Bees back into the top half, while Luton stay 17th.

Sunday’s fixtures

  • Bournemouth v Aston Villa
  • Chelsea v Brighton
  • Liverpool v Fulham
  • West Ham v Crystal Palace
  • Manchester City v Tottenham