Arsenal Amps Up the Heat on Liverpool, Luton Dominates Brighton, Villa Faces Tough Loss


Arsenal narrowed the gap on leaders Liverpool by securing a 2-1 victory against Nottingham Forest in the Premier League midweek fixtures.

Meanwhile, Luton Town climbed out of the relegation zone with an impressive 4-0 win over Brighton & Hove Albion.

Aston Villa, currently in fourth place, suffered a disappointing 3-1 defeat at home against Newcastle United.

Crystal Palace, on the other hand, staged a comeback to defeat Sheffield United 3-2 in an exciting match. Fulham and Everton, both struggling teams, battled it out to a goalless draw at Craven Cottage.

In Arsenal’s match, Gabriel Jesus found the back of the net and then assisted Bukayo Saka’s goal just seven minutes later at the City Ground.

Despite conceding a late goal, the Gunners managed to hold on for the win, moving up to second place and closing the gap to leaders Liverpool to just two points.

Liverpool currently sits on 46 points after playing 22 matches, surpassing Manchester City who has 43 points from 20 matches.

On Wednesday, Liverpool will be hosting Chelsea at Anfield, where they will have the opportunity to play their postponed match against Arsenal.

Despite dominating the game with 74% possession and taking 19 shots, Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal team struggled to score until the 65th minute when Jesus managed to find the back of the net from a difficult angle, despite his knee injury.

“We have to do what we have to do,” Arteta told BeIN Sports. “Perform the way that we were doing last year and start of this year, because performances were there, results not. Results are going our way now. We have some momentum, let’s go for it.”

Forest’s concerns about being relegated intensified as Nuno Espirito Santo’s team found themselves in 16th place with 20 points, just two points ahead of the relegation zone.

Luton’s Elijah Adebayo showcased his skills by scoring a hat-trick, and within the first three minutes of the match against Brighton, the Hatters were already leading by two goals. The enthusiastic crowd at Kenilworth Road erupted with joy.

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Adebayo wasted no time and swiftly opened the scoring with a header from close range after only 18 seconds.

Shortly after, Chiedozie Ogbene, the speedy winger, extended Luton’s lead to 2-0 in just two minutes and 17 seconds.

“It’s a wonderful feeling … we said we needed to start sharp and two goals in two minutes was the right way to start,” Adebayo told Sky Sports.

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“We just kept our foot on the gas. When you come here it’s tough, especially under the lights and the fans make it a fortress for us.”

Luton ascended to the 17th position with 19 points after playing 21 games. Their triumph, combined with Everton’s draw at Craven Cottage, resulted in the Merseysiders slipping back into the relegation zone with 18 points from 22 matches.

Newcastle’s triumph at Villa was initiated by two goals from defender Fabian Schar in the first half, putting an end to their streak of five consecutive Premier League losses on the road.

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“Set pieces, it’s normal to go forward and today I was in the right position and there was a bit of luck to be there,” a delighted Schar told TNT Sport. “Obviously it was great to help the team with the goals and get the win.”

Villa’s defeat maintained their position in fourth place in the standings with 43 points, while Newcastle surpassed Brighton to claim seventh place with 32 points.

Crystal Palace’s Eberechi Eze and the returning Michael Olise showcased an impressive attacking performance in a remarkable comeback win against the struggling Sheffield United.

This victory propelled the Eagles to 14th place with 24 points, alleviating some of the pressure on manager Roy Hodgson.

Eze scored two crucial equalizers, while Olise secured the winning goal. The match started off frenetically, with Sheffield United taking the lead twice through goals from Ben Brereton Diaz and James McAtee.

“I say it all the time. I enjoy playing with him because he’s a top player,” Eze said of Olise.

Everton managed to salvage a point at Fulham despite enduring relentless pressure throughout an eventful second half.

“I thought the game was a bit flat,” Toffees goalkeeper Jordan Pickford said. “Both teams had to create our own energy and tempo and we could have been on the front foot a bit more, but it’s a great point.

“We’ve had to change a lot, everyone is ready to put on the shirt, put on the badge for the club and do our best, just give 100% and we will get points.”

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