Arsenal join City at top of EPL

first_imgMANCHESTER, England (AP):Welcome to the Premier League, Bob Bradley. The first American coach in the 24-year history of the Premier League got a taste of the frantic nature of England’s top division in his debut match in charge of Swansea, a 3-2 loss at Arsenal yesterday.Lots of goals, a red card, momentum swings, a nerve-wracking finish. It was some first game for Bradley, but ultimately, a sixth loss in the last seven league games for Swansea and a reminder of the scale of the task facing the much-travelled 58-year-old coach.”That was an exciting game,” Bradley said, “but it didn’t finish the way we wanted.”Defensive mistakes by Swansea allowed Theo Walcott to score twice and put Arsenal 2-0 ahead by half-time at Emirates Stadium. Bradley’s new team showed spirit to fight back against the league’s most in-form team, with Gylfi Sigurdsson making it 2-1 and Borja Baston setting up a tense ending with a 66th-minute goal to make it 3-2.In the end, Mesut Ozil’s stunning volley in the 57th minute was the difference between the two teams, earning Arsenal a sixth straight win that left them tied on 19 points with first-place Manchester City after eight games.Arsenal finished with 10 men after midfielder Granit Xhaka’s 70th-minute red card.City stayed in top spot despite a 1-1 draw at home to Everton. Tottenham missed the chance to take over in first place after also drawing 1-1 at West Brom.MAN CITY 1 EVERTON 1After starting his City tenure with 10 straight wins, Pep Guardiola has now gone three matches without a victory after this draw at Etihad Stadium. City will wonder, though, how they failed to beat Everton.City had two penalties saved – by Kevin De Bruyne and Sergio Aguero either side of half-time – and needed a 72nd-minute goal by substitute Nolito to earn a point from a game they dominated.Everton went ahead in the 64th through Romelu Lukaku, his sixth goal in the last five league games.WEST BROM 1 TOTTENHAM 1With City drawing, Spurs could have gone top with a fifth straight league win, but needed an 89th-minute goal by Dele Alli to claim a point at The Hawthorns and preserve their undefeated record.Nacer Chadli put West Brom ahead in the 82nd minute with his fourth goal in five games since moving from Tottenham for a club-record transfer fee.Alli finally broke the resistance of West Brom and its impressive goalkeeper Ben Foster when he turned home a finish from 10 metres, his second goal in as many league matches.Other results: Chelsea 3 Leicester 0; Bournemouth 6 Hull 1; Crystal Palace 0 West Ham 1; Stoke 2 Sunderland 0.last_img read more

Exclusive – Alli will take England call-up ‘in his stride’, insists Robinson

first_imgDele Alli will take his England call-up in his stride.That’s the verdict of Karl Robinson, who nurtured the teenager through his early days in professional footballer at Milton Keynes Dons.The 19-year-old has adapted quickly to life in the Premier League with Tottenham at the start of this season, even though his elevation to senior international level may have come as something to surprise.But, after being named in Roy Hodgson’s squad for the Euro 2016 qualifiers against Estonia and Lithuania, he is being backed to cope with the rapid promotion.“There are always an awful lot of questions about players playing for a short period of time and then getting in the England squad almost immediately,” MK Dons boss Robinson admitted on Drivetime. “But he is someone we’ve always said will play for England.“He’s an exceptionally gifted kid and the way he’s conducted himself over the past three months has been quite remarkable, how he just seems to take everything in his stride.“And I think you’ll see that again. He’ll just conduct himself the same way he has all season.”last_img read more