Sports Desk, Oct 23 (EFE).- A goal by Southampton’s Stuart Armstrong in the second half for the 1-1 result frustrated Arsenal’s hopes for a road win on Sunday, and they are now sitting just two points ahead of No. 2 Manchester City on the Premier League table.
Mikel Arteta’s men went out in front at St. Mary’s stadium in Southampton on a tally by Granit Xhaka in the 11th minute, and – despite multiple opportunities for Gabriel Jesus to add a tally or two to that good start, in the 65th minute it was Armstrong who secured the draw.
Southampton sits just three points above the relegation zone with 12 points.
Meanwhile, Callum Wilson and Miguel Almiron scored for Newcastle United in the team’s 2-1 away victory over Tottenham Hotspur, with the hosts’ goaltender Hugo Lloris making a couple of telling errors that sealed the team’s doom.
Wilson got the visitors on the board in the 31st minute, hitting an unguarded net, and then Almiron added another tally nine minutes later on a tight-angle shot, while Harry Kane scored for the Spurs in minute 54.
Tottenham is in third place with 23 points while Newcastle, having moved into fourth place with the win, is nipping at their heels with 21 points.
In other action, Leon Bailey and Danny Ings rejuvenated Aston Villa in its 4-0 drubbing of Brentford in the first win for newly appointed interim manager Aaron Danks and the squad’s first victory after a four-match winless streak.
Fifteen minutes into play, the Birmingham team was already up 3-0 with Bailey starting the goalfest at the two-minute mark on a pass from David Luiz, and another tally by Ings five minutes later to beat the visitors’ Spanish goaltender, David Raya. At minute 14, after a foul by Kristoffer Ajer inside the area, Ings scored once again on the penalty kick.
With the game all but decided, the rhythm of play slacked off. Brentford simply lacked the ability to respond for the remainder of the outing, but Aston Villa’s Ollie Watkins got the team’s fourth tally at the one-hour mark.
With the win, Aston Villa climbed out of the relegation area and it now in 14th place with 12 points, while Brentford is in 10th with 14 points.
And Fulham mounted a comeback to deepen Leeds United’s crisis – featuring four consecutive losses – with a 3-2 road win at Elland Road.
Leeds now finds itself below the relegation threshold and in the next-to-last spot in the table in the 12th week of the season.
Leeds’ top player, Spain’s Rodrigo, got the home team on the board first, but six minutes later Alexandar Mitrovic evened things up on a pass from Andreas Pereira, who proved to be the visitors’ dynamo on this outing. The second tally was scored by Bobby Reid.
Leeds tried to react, but their efforts went nowhere, and Fulham’s Willian found the twine on a Harrison Reed pass. Leeds, however, managed to get the ball into the net in extra time via Crysencio Summerville.
Leicester notched another win against Wolverhampton, a 4-0 road goalfest against the hosts, who are mired in the relegation zone Steve Davis’s team suffered its second consecutive loss in a match where they just couldn’t get anything going, and the Foxes enjoyed their second win in a row, tallying eight minutes into play on a shot by Youri Tielemans, with Harvey Barnes adding another one at minute 19.
Matters continued as before after the break, with James Maddison sinking the third goal on a Jamie Vardy pass, with the latter scoring goal number four 10 minutes before time on a pass from Timoth Castagne.
Leicester now has three consecutive wins and has escaped the relegation zone, while Wolverhampton is still below the threshold with 9 points.