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Football | Premier League 2023 | Matchweek 32 | Roundup

By Robert Wheeler

  • Arsenal dropped even more points
  • Newcastle smash Tottenham 6-1
  • Liverpool win in a five-goal thriller
UK – It was a high-scoring Premier League weekend with Arsenal and Southampton drawing 3-3, Newcastle beating Spurs 6-1 and Liverpool winning 3-2 against Forest.

 

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Gunners draw again

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Arsenal played out their third successive draw which leaves them just five points ahead of Manchester City who has two games in hand. It could have been worse for the Gunners who fought back from two goals down and needed Bukayo Saka to score late on to rescue a point in a 3-3 thriller.

You would not have thought that Southampton was the Premier League’s bottom side facing the league leaders after they raced into a two-goal lead in the first 15 minutes. Aaron Ramsdale gave the ball away to Carlos Alcaraz who finished the chance that was gifted to him. Former Arsenal man Theo Walcott then got their second, he did not celebrate but the strike would have hurt the Gunners fans.

Gabriel Martinelli got one back for Mikel Arteta‘s side with a volley. However, the Saints’ two-goal advantage was restored when Duje Caleta-Ca headed in from a corner.

Martin Odegaard fired in from outside the box in the 88th minute which gave the Gunners some hope. Saka then tapped in the equaliser in the 90th minute to save the day. They could even have got a winner but Leandro Trossard‘s shot just skimmed off the top of the bar.

A draw is not good enough for Arsenal at this stage of the season. It adds even more pressure on Arteta’s side who face Manchester City in the title decider on Wednesday.

 

Newcastle destroy Tottenham

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Newcastle United gave themselves a massive boost in the race for a Champions League spot after they defeated Tottenham Hotspur 6-1 at St James’ Park. The result puts Eddie Howe‘s side up to third in the league with a six-point advantage on Spurs in 6th.

Jacob Murphy gave Newcastle the lead after just two minutes with a tap-in. This followed Fabian Schar sending a long pass for Joelinton which the Brazilian controlled and finished. Murphy then fired in from range to make it three. Alexander Isak then scored twice to remarkably put the Magpies five goals up at halftime.

Harry Kane got one back for Spurs with a great run and finish. The England captain has wanted to leave the club in the past and with a scoreline like this, you can see why. It did not spark off a comeback as Callum Wilson then scored Newcastle’s sixth.

Tottenham has got rid of Antonio Conte because of his rants in press conferences. However, the side under his assistant Cristian Stellini has got even worse. If they fail to get into the Champions League which they are up against it, the Spurs will be in for a long summer of change.

 

Liverpool win a five-goal thriller

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Liverpool made it back-to-back wins with a 3-2 victory over Nottingham Forest at Anfield. Jurgen Klopp‘s side remains 7th in the table but seems to be back on track and on the hunt for qualifying for the best European competition they can for next season.

After a goalless first half, Diogo Jota headed in from a corner just after the break to give the Reds the lead. However, former Liverpool player Neco Williams soon levelled the score with a deflected strike from outside the box. The Welshman did not celebrate but his players and the Forest fans sure did.

Jota put the Reds back in front after he controlled Andy Robertson‘scross before volleying it past Keylor Navas. Steve Cooper‘s side came back again with Morgan Gibbs-White striking in a volley that took a deflection off Trent Alexander-Arnold on its way in. Alexander-Arnold made amends when his free-kick was tapped in by Mohamed Salah for the winner.

Brennan Johnson hit the crossbar late on which would have rescued a valuable point for Forest. They remain in the bottom three and if results do not improve will be playing Championship football next season.

Predictions vs actual results:

Rob’s prediction Actual result
Arsenal 2-0 Southampton Arsenal 3-3 Southampton
Newcastle 2-2 Tottenham Newcastle 6-1 Tottenham
Liverpool 4-0 Nottingham Forest Liverpool 3-2 Nottingham Forest

There is not long until the Premier League returns with midweek fixtures starting on Tuesday, April 25.