Arsenal overcome Spurs in 4-2 derby thriller as Chelsea, Liverpool win

 Arsenal overcome Spurs in 4-2 derby thriller as Chelsea, Liverpool win

Arsenal came from 1-2 down to beat Tottenham 4-2 in a pulsating north London derby to move above their rivals in the Premier League table.

A breathless first half saw Spurs go in ahead after each side had a penalty and Tottenham scored twice in four minutes to overcome an early goal from the Gunners.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang had opened the scoring from the spot before drawing his side level in the second half after Spurs had gone in ahead thanks to Eric Dier’s flick and Harry Kane’s penalty.Substitute Alexandre Lacazette put Arsenal back in front in the 74th minute, and just three minutes later the excellent Lucas Torreira fired home a fourth to complete a superb turnaround.

Jan Vertonghen was then sent off five minutes from the end to cap a miserable afternoon for the visitors, but a statement day for Unai Emery’s new Arsenal side, who moved above Spurs in the table on goal difference.

Earlier, goals from Pedro and Ruben Loftus-Cheek gave Chelsea a largely comfortable 2-0 victory over west London rivals Fulham at Stamford Bridge.

The Blues scored right at the start and right at the end of the game and were largely in control of the game as Claudio Ranieri endured a losing return to the Bridge.

Chelsea needed just four minutes to break the deadlock as Padro bagged their 100th goal at home in the Premier League.

Jordan Pickford’s blunder allowed Divock Origi to score a 96th-minute winner for Liverpool against a valiant Everton in the Merseyside derby

Belgian striker Origi scored his first goal for the Reds since May 2017 as he made a rare appearance for Jurgen Klopp’s side as a late second half substitute.

Origi almost made an instant impact as he hit the woodwork from close range, but it looked like Marco Silva’s Everton would grab a deserved point after an accomplished display at Anfield saw them have several clear cut chances themselves.

However, in the sixth minute of injury time, Virgil van Dijk’s skied volley dropped seemingly harmlessly towards Pickford’s crossbar, but he failed to deal with it and Origi was on hand to nod in from close range to send the Kop wild.

Klopp could not contain himself as he ran onto the pitch after the winner – perhaps reflecting his relief after a tough week and three points that keeps Liverpool just two behind league leaders Manchester City.

Tolani Giwa

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