Wins for Chelsea, Liverpool and Man United as David de Gea shines in goal for victory over Arsenal

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David De Gea denies Alexandre Lacazette. Arsenal had 33 shots (15 on target) but could only manage to beat the Spanish ...

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David De Gea denies Alexandre Lacazette. Arsenal had 33 shots (15 on target) but could only manage to beat the Spanish stopper just the once.

Jesse Lingard scored a double for Manchester United to beat Arsenal 3-1 and keep pace in the English Premier League title race.

A splendid performance by goalkeeper David de Gea left United in second place behind Manchester City before both teams meet next week.

United’s first two goals came early on from sloppy play in possession by Arsenal.

Jesse Lingard celebrates with a dance after scoring his sides second goal.

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Jesse Lingard celebrates with a dance after scoring his sides second goal.

Antonio Valencia intercepted a poor pass from defender Laurent Koscielny that was meant for wing back Sead Kolasinac. The Ecuadorean quickly drove forward and exchanged passes with Paul Pogba. Valencia struck a low shot that went in between goalkeeper Petr Cech’s legs in the fourth minute.

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Lingard doubled the lead in the 11th after Arsenal defender Shkodran Mustafi gave the ball away in United’s half. Anthony Martial flicked on to Lingard in the area and the latter’s effort careened in off a post.

Paul Pogba saw red for stamping on Hector Bellerin and will miss next week's Manchester derby.

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Paul Pogba saw red for stamping on Hector Bellerin and will miss next week’s Manchester derby.

Arsenal got back into the match in the 49th when United defender Marcos Rojo tried and failed to play Lacazette offside. Midfielder Aaron Ramsey was onside when he touched the ball back to Lacazette who fired it past de Gea.

But the home side’s optimism for a comeback was snuffed out in the 63rd when United hit Arsenal on the break. Pogba drove forward into the box and held off Koscielny to pull back a pass for Lingard, who had an easy tap-in.

Pogba was later sent off for a stamp on Hector Bellerin’s leg which means the Frenchman will miss the Manchester derby.

Chelsea's Eden Hazard wheels away in celebration after scoring one of his two goals against Newcastle.

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Chelsea’s Eden Hazard wheels away in celebration after scoring one of his two goals against Newcastle.

The scoreline slightly flattered United with Arsenal playing with verve and pummeling de Gea’s goal. But the Spaniard’s quick reflexes kept his team in the match, especially after Arsenal scored and he made a spectacular double save.

Meanwhile, Eden Hazard and Philippe Coutinho produced stunning individual displays to inspire impressive wins for Chelsea and Liverpool.

Hazard scored twice and tormented Newcastle throughout in Chelsea’s 3-1 come-from-behind win at Stamford Bridge.

Philippe Coutinho scores Liverpool's fourth goal against Brighton and Hove Albion.

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Philippe Coutinho scores Liverpool’s fourth goal against Brighton and Hove Albion.

Coutinho, another of the league’s star No 10s, scored one goal and set up three others as Liverpool routed Brighton 5-1 to continue its prolific form away from home this season.

Of the genuine contenders for the Champions League positions, Tottenham was the only one to slip up, again, after drawing 1-1 at Watford. Spurs, though, played most of the second half a man down after Davinson Sanchez’s straight red card for elbowing.

Manchester City, which holds an eight-point lead, plays West Ham on Sunday (Monday NZT).

Chelsea moved level on points with United, while Liverpool was three points further back.

In other results, Everton began life under new manager Sam Allardyce with a 2-0 win over Huddersfield. Alan Pardew also got a job this week, at West Bromwich Albion, but his team only drew 0-0 at home to Crystal Palace.

Leicester beat Burnley 1-0 and Stoke came from behind to win 2-1 at home to Swansea, which drops to last place.


 – AP

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