Saturday, August 13

Match day 12, a bad day for Arsenal and Manchester United

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Liverpool kept pace with Premier League leaders Chelsea thanks to a thrilling 4-0 demolition of Arsenal during which Jurgen Klopp and Mikel Arteta nearly came to blows.

After 33 largely uneventful minutes at Anfield the game sparked into life when Liverpool boss Klopp and Arsenal counterpart Arteta were involved in a heated altercation in the dugout.

It proved the catalyst for an emphatic display of Liverpool’s attacking might as they harnessed the fevered Anfield atmosphere to take a half-time lead through Sadio Mane’s header before running riot in a devastating second-half blitz.

Diogo Jota brilliantly punished a costly defensive error within five minutes of the restart, Mohamed Salah finished a counter-attack from close range and then substitute Takumi Minamino added a fourth with his first touch as Arsenal endured another sobering trip to Merseyside.

The victory sees Liverpool return to winning ways, lifts them into second place in the table and ends Arsenal’s eight-game Premier League unbeaten run, with the Gunners remaining fifth, three points outside the top four.

Watford ramped up the pressure on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to new levels with a deserved 4-1 win over a shambolic Manchester United at Vicarage Road.

United’s loss was their fourth in their last five games, and their heaviest to newly-promoted opposition in more than 30 years. Despite such a magnitude of defeat, Solskjaer – who was loudly booed by the away support at full-time – said he believed “we can turn this round” after the loss, which leaves United 12 points off leaders Chelsea after as many games.

Goalkeeper David de Gea, one of the few – or only – Manchester United players to emerge from the defeat with any credit, described the loss as “embarrassing” and “unacceptable”, and apologised to the club’s fans.

De Gea added: “It was hard to watch the team playing like today. I think it’s a nightmare, after a nightmare, again, for a long time, so it’s not acceptable.

“The players are trying to give our best, to fight for the team but for sure something is very wrong.”


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