Sanchez and Mustafi Give Wenger Derby Delight

Sanchez and Mustafi Give Wenger Derby Delight

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Two first half goals in the space of  five minutes from Alexis Sanchez and Shkodran Mustafi gave Arsenal their first home win over their North London rivals, Tottenham, since 2014.

Mauricio Pochettino would have hoped that his big guns could have re-created a similar performance to the one they managed in their 3-1 win over Real Madrid but that was not the case.

Harry Kane and Dele Alli were restricted to very few sightings of Petr Cech’s goal as Arsenal’s 3-4-3 formation nullified the Spurs’ front line so much so, that Kane and Alli were both replaced in the 75th minute.

Arsene Wenger went with his strongest possible eleven with Ozil, Sanchez and Lacazette forming a seriously formidable front three.

Wenger has been reluctant to start the former Lyon frontman in the big games so far, but opted for their record signing and his decision was completely vindicated.

His link up play was superb and was rewarded with a clever assist for Sanchez’ finish. Wenger and his Arsenal players have had a poor record against Pochettino’s side of late but have now moved to within two points of their bitter rivals.

This win is Arsenal’s 11th win at home in the Premier League, stretching back to last season, their best record since they moved to the Emirates. Fortress!

Hazard scores twice as the pressure on Pulis mounts!

A simply outstanding performance from Eden Hazard put Chelsea well on their way to a comprehensive 4-0 win over West Brom at The Hawthorns.

The Belgian wizard scored two and assisted one as Antonio Conte’s men heaped massive pressure on already under-fire manager, Tony Pulis. The Blues started well but could well have been behind early on as Saloman Rondon had a goal rightly ruled out for offside.

That was the closest the Baggies got to Thibaut Courtois’ goal as this result was determined due to some magic moments from some classy Spaniards. Alvaro Morata got his 8th goal of this Premier League campaign as he reacted quickest from a Hazard snapshot.

El Tormenta then returned the favour as he set up the Chelsea No. 10 for his first. Fabregas then delivered a clever ball to which Marcos Alonso smashed to the net with a superb volley from an acute angle.

That was curtains for West Brom and the game was wrapped up when Fabregas notched his second assist of the game when he laid the ball off to Hazard, to which the former Lille man finished with a delightful finish.

Kompany a lucky man as City march on!

Manchester City captain, Vincent Kompany, returned to the starting line-up after an extended period out of the side but his comeback could have ended in disaster.

With less than three minutes on the clock, Riyad Mahrez had played Jamie Vardy through on goal. With an out-stretched the Belgian clearly brought down the Leicester No. 9 and as last man, he should have been shown a straight red card.

However referee, Graham Scott, seemed to bottle the decision and inexplicable show him a yellow card.

The game could have been very different had the City captain received his marching orders. Midway through the first half, City did lose their other starting centre-half. John Stones pulled up with what appeared to be a hamstring injury.

Guardiola after the game confirmed that the young Englishman would be out for up to six weeks. This is bad news for the Cityzens who already have Nicolás Otamendi on the treatment table.

Forgotten man, Eliaquim Mangala, was brought on as City kept asking questions of the Foxes’ defence.

Eventually, the deadlock was broken. David Silva did superbly to tee up Gabriel Jesus as City took the lead on the stroke of half time.

Guardiola’s men didn’t take long to double their lead after the break. After Harry Maguire struck the post for Leicester via Fabian Delph’s deflection, City countered with deveasting affect.

Within 22 seconds of Leicester hitting the post the ball was in the back of the Foxes’ net. Kevin de Bruyne finished with a thumping effort after Leroy Sane’s clever cut-back.

Man City showed their ruthlessness once again with Player of the Year thus far, Kevin de Bruyne, pulling the strings. The former Chelsea and Wolfsburg man has had a hand in 50 Premier League goals (16 goals, 34 assists) in 76 appearances – the quickest midfielder to reach the landmark in the competition’s history. Phenomenal!

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