Premier League: Mohamed Salah redeems Liverpool FC, Arsenal stumble
After two competitive defeats, FC Liverpool have again won thanks to Mohamed Salah. Arsenal coach Unai Emery relinquished the fit Mesut Özil in the London derby - and lost again.
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Brighton & Hove Albion - Liverpool 0: 1 (0: 0)
Leaders Liverpool have returned to winning ways with a narrow victory in the Premier League. At Brighton & Hove Albion, coach Jürgen Klopp's side beat 1-0 (0-0), at least temporarily extending their lead over pursuers and holders Manchester City to seven points.
Egypt's Mohamed Salah scored the penalty for the Reds in the 50th minute. Former Ingolstadt-based Pascal Gross had previously pulled Salah's jersey in the penalty area and brought down African footballer of the year. Liverpool defended the match for much of the match, defending the narrow result of the contested closing phase and surviving five minutes of stoppage time.
After the first league defeat of the season at defending champions Manchester City and the Wolverhampton Wanderers Cup out, the Brights in Brighton celebrated their first competitive win this year. Champions Manchester City can reduce the distance to Klopp Elf on Monday with a win against Wolverhampton back to four points.
Cheering players from West Ham United
West Ham United - Arsenal 1: 0 (0: 0)
Arsenal had suffered another setback in the fight for the Champions League. The Gunners lost 1-0 to West Ham United in the London derby and are now six points behind fourth-placed FC Chelsea, who defeated Newcastle United 2-1 after their fifth defeat of the season.
The guests with the German goalkeeper Bernd Leno, who gave an unlucky figure in the condemnation by Declan Rice (48.), determined the first 30 minutes, then the Hammers were around their French newcomer Samir Nasri but more and more strong.
After the deficit increased the guests, in whose squad Mesut Özil once again lacked the pressure. Above all, goalscorer Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang missed but best opportunities for the Gunners. In the end, the hosts celebrated their first home win against Arsenal since 2006.
Afterwards, coach Emery had to put up with critical questions regarding Mesut Özil. He had not appointed the 30-year-old in the squad for the London derby, although Özil had trained again after knee complaints and was fit.
"I picked the players I thought were the most suitable for this match," Emery said after the defeat. "The players who played today deserved to be in this game - whether we won or lost."