Emery off the mark at Arsenal, Maguire saves foxes
Published on: August 25, 2018 07:48 (EAT)
Arsenal celebrated their first Premier League win of the season under new manager Unai Emery after coming from behind to beat London rivals West Ham United 3-1 in an action-packed match on Saturday. A Nacho Monreal strike, Issa Diop’s own goal and Danny Welbeck’s stoppage-time effort enabled the Gunners to bounce back from their opening two defeats after Marko Arnautovic had fired West Ham into a 25th-minute lead. Monreal equalised five minutes later, drilling a fierce shot from eight metres past two defenders on the line after goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski parried Hector Bellerin’s cross into the defender’s path. Arsenal took the lead when Diop’s poor clearance resulted in Alexandre Lazazette’s cut-back cannoning off the defender’s body into the net and Welbeck sealed the win after Bellerin’s cross gave him time and space to beat Fabianski from close range. In Southampton, defender Harry Maguire’s stoppage-time goal gave Leicester City a hard-fought 2-1 Premier League victory over the hosts who played with ten men for the closing quarter-hour. Southampton had failed to score at home in four of their last six games, but after a goalless first half, full back Ryan Bertrand broke the deadlock with a thunderous strike from the edge of the box. The lead proved short-lived as Leicester winger Demarai Gray punished slack Southampton defending to rifle home the equaliser and the sending-off of Saints midfielder Pierre Hojbjerg in the 77th minute proved pivotal. Hojbjerg’s foolish dive and subsequent dismissal for his second yellow card handed the initiative to the visitors and Maguire sent a low shot into the bottom corner for the winning goal in stoppage time.